The Tamil New Year celebrations at Dharavi, Mumbai were raised to a higher spiritual level with the lectures of Sri Balaji of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Namabhiksha Kendra, Chennai on 11th April, 2008. There were more than 200 people who had gathered for the lectures which were organized at the local Mariamman temple and Sri Sai Baba Mandir.

At Mariamman temple, Sri Balaji, in a simple and devotional idiom, highlighted the strength of chanting the Mahamantra, in a language laced with words and usages easily understood by the audience. He extolled the virtues of chanting the Mahamantra during the course of the lecture. 


Sri Balaji said that deep devotion that manifests itself through chanting Mahamantra is a sure pathway to reach a heighted spiritual awareness and is a sure shot pathway to reach the Lord. He reiterated how chanting of Mahamantra is liked by the Lord who never forsakes his devotees. He also highlighted the fact that the Lord loves simple devotion as opposed to ostentations rituals. The audience was very much moved when they were told with assurance that simple chanting of Mahamantra is the direct approach to reach God’s feet.

Sri Balaji participated in a pooja at the local Sri Sai Baba Mandir. Here again there was a good crowd who had gathered to attend the Villaku pooja at the temple. Sri Balaji explained the benefits of chanting the Mahamantra. He spoke about the relative simplicity of repeated chanting of the Mahamantra by which we can receive bountiful mercies of the Lord. He assured them that, to earn and maintain the loving care and protection of the Lord, one has to just chant his various Names.

The audience was moved by the sincere eloquence of Sri Balaji and assured him that they shall henceforth collectively chant the Mahamantra in their temple. They expressed their happiness that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Namabhiksha Kendra through Sri Balaji has shown them an easy and perfect way to channel their spiritual energy by collectively chant the Mahamantra.

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