The name Hari has many meanings–SP

June 30, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Madhya 24.53--“Lord Kṛṣṇa even attracts the mind of the goddess of fortune simply by vibrating His transcendental flute.
Madhya 24.54–” ‘O Lord, we do not know how the serpent Kāliya attained such an opportunity to be touched by the dust of Your lotus feet. For this end, the goddess of fortune performed austerities for centuries, giving up all other desires and taking austere vows. Indeed, we do not know how this serpent Kāliya got such an opportunity.’
Madhya 24.59–“Although the word hari has many different meanings, two of them are foremost. One meaning is that the Lord takes away all inauspicious things from His devotee, and the second meaning is that He attracts the mind by ecstatic love for God.
Madhya 24.60–“When the devotee somehow or other always remembers the Supreme Personality of Godhead anywhere and everywhere, Lord Hari takes away life’s four miserable conditions.
PURPORT-The four miserable conditions are due to the four kinds of sinful activities, known as (1) pātaka, (2) urupātaka, (3) mahā-pātaka and (4) atipātaka-preliminary sin, very great sin, greater sin and topmost sin. However, Kṛṣṇa assures the devotee, ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ: “I will protect you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” The word sarva-pāpebhyaḥ indicates four kinds of sinful activity. As soon as the devotee surrenders unto Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet, he is certainly relieved from all sinful activities and their results. The four basic sinful activities are summarized as illicit sex, intoxication, gambling and meat-eating.
Madhya 24.62–In this way, when all sinful activities are vanquished by the grace of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one gradually vanquishes all kinds of impediments on the path of devotional service, as well as the ignorance resulting from these impedimentsAfter this, one totally manifests his original love of Godhead through devotional service in nine different ways-hearing, chanting and so forth.
Madhya 24.63–“When the devotee is freed from all sinful material activities, Kṛṣṇa attracts his body, mind and senses to His service. Thus Kṛṣṇa is very merciful, and His transcendental qualities are very attractive.
Madhya 24.64-“When one’s mind, senses and body are attracted to the transcendental qualities of Hari, one gives up the four principles of material success. Thus I have explained the chief meanings of the word hari.
PURPORT-The four principles of material success are (1) religious performance, (2) economic development, (3) sense gratification and (4) liberation, or merging in the impersonal effulgence of Brahman. These things do not interest the devotee.
Some Conclusions–This is a very nice sequence of verses in CC where Lord Caitanya is explaining the famous Atmarama verse of SB in 61 different ways.  Formerly He did the same with Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya but only in 18 different ways.
The essence of this conversation is that once one begins the chanting of the Holy names of Krsna, Rama and Hari, all auspicious things begin to take place. Prabhupada gave the example once of pouring milk into a glass filled with ink. The ink being our sinful activities. Once this (chanting) pouring began and was continued, the glass looked like a swirl of dark or ink colored milk, which meant that our sins were being shook up and dislodged from our hearts. In the beginning it does not look very pretty, but then neither does an old dirty closet appear nice when you open the door and find all sorts of nasty things in it.  There is a nice verse in BG which states….
BG 7.28-Persons who have acted piously in previous lives and in this life, whose sinful actions are completely eradicated and who are freed from the duality of delusion, engage themselves in My service with determination.
So bottom line, lets not be discouraged, but keep pouring milk into that cup !
Madhya 24.62–“In this way,when all sinful activities are vanquished by the grace of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one gradually vanquishes all kinds of impediments on the path of devotional service, as well as the ignorance resulting from these impediments. After this, one totally manifests his original love of Godhead through devotional service in nine different ways-hearing, chanting and so forth.
Hare Krsna
damaghosa das