No, No God has Name

No, No God has Name

Vedavyasa : He says from the Old Testament that Jesus said, "Hallowed be Thy name," so he didn't say a particular name because, he says, God has actually no name because if we…

Srila Prabhupada : So how He can be no name? He says, "Hallowed be Thy name." He has name. Therefore he says like that.

Vedavyasa : But there's no name in the Bible…

Srila Prabhupada : That doesn't mean… He might not have mentioned or you have not noted. But when he says, "Hallowed be Thy name," there must be the name. Therefore I said if you don't know the name, you take it from us. That is intelligence. Why should you say that there is no name. He says the "Hallowed be Thy name." There must be name but you do not know. (German) [break]

Vedavyasa : He thinks that it's purposely done not to say the name of God, to…

Srila Prabhupada : Because there is name, you find out.

Vedavyasa : He said that when it says, "Hallowed be Thy name," it's meant in this way: that there's no mention of a particular name to be respected…

Srila Prabhupada : Yes. Yes. So that we say that God has no particular name. But according to His action His name is there. Just like Krsna. Krsna is not the name. Krsna means all-attractiveness.

Professor Durckheim : Just as Buddha is not a name.

Srila Prabhupada : Hm. Because He's man of knowledge, therefore He's called Buddha.

Dr. P. J. Saher : The one who has reached…

Srila Prabhupada : Buddha. Buddha means one who has perfect knowledge.

Professor Durckheim : Buddha is not a name of somebody, yes.

Srila Prabhupada : Just like you say, "Hallowed be Thy name." President.President. Now the president has a name but you do not know. But the president must have a name. (German)

Dr. P. J. Saher: Has the name a special esoteric meaning? And is the technique of chanting the name, has this a special hidden purpose that the unenlightened…

Srila Prabhupada : No, not hidden but open because Absolute is not different from His name. Therefore when you chant the name of the Absolute that means you associate with the Absolute. And as soon as you associate with the Absolute you become purified.

Dr. P. J. Saher: Like iron in fire.

Srila Prabhupada : Yes, that's right. (German) [break] …Vedic injunction:

harer nama harer nama harer nama eva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha
[Cc. Adi 17.21]

Author: ISKCON Desire Tree

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