Question: What is my relationship with Krishna? How can I develop my relationship with Krishna?
Romapada Swami answers: We all are Krishna’s servants. That is our constitutional position. Happiness is found in accepting and trying to realize the full meaning of what it means to be Krishna’s servant. When we chant we are asking Krishna to engage us in His service. When we chant we are associating with Krishna. Krishna and His Name are non different. Every morning we have a date with Krishna. Every morning with sincerity and eagerness we should keep OUR date with KRISHNA. Imagine! You are associating with KRISHNA for 2 hours every day!
What follows is a letter from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura: “The True Nature of the Holy Name”
“I am overjoyed to hear that your enthusiasm for chanting is increasing. All our contaminations are removed by chanting, the Lord’s form, qualities and pastimes will be revealed to us in the holy name. There is no point in making a separate effort to artificially remember the Lord’s form, qualities and pastimes. The Lord and His name are one and the same. This will be understood clearly when the coverings in your heart are removed. By chanting without offenses you will personally realize that all perfections come from the holy name. Through chanting, the distinction that exists between the self, and the gross subtle bodies, is gradually effaced and one realizes one’s own spiritual form. Once aware of the spiritual body as one continues to chant, one sees the transcendental nature of the Lord’s form. Only the holy name reveals the spiritual form of the living being and then causes him to be attracted to Krishna’s form. Only the holy name reveals the spiritual qualities of the living being and then causes him to be attracted to Krishna’s qualities. Only the holy name reveals the spiritual activities of the living being and then causes him to be attracted to Krishna’s pastimes. By service to the holy name we do not mean only the chanting of the holy name; it also includes the other duties of the chanter. If we serve the holy name with the body, mind, and soul, then the direction of that service spontaneously manifests like the sun in the clear sky of the chanter’s heart. What is the nature of the holy name? Eventually all these understandings spontaneously appear in the heart of one who chants the holy name. The true nature of hari-nama is revealed by listening to, reading, and studying the scriptures. It is unnecessary to write anything further on this subject. All these things will be revealed to you through chanting.”
Srila Prabhupadera Patravali, Volume 1, pp 4-5