The Hungry Hand

This is a graphic made from appropriating Jim Phillips screaming hand graphic for Santa Cruz skateboards. I first saw these graphics as a teenager in the 80s looking through skate fashion magazines of my father. As the fashion move through its wave of nostalgia the Santa Cruz brand has become popular again.
Seeing this iconic image I was instantly reminded of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī’s sloka, and thought it deserved a contextual remix

tuṇḍe tāṇḍavinī ratiṁ vitanute tuṇḍāvalī-labdhaye
karṇa-kroḍa-kaḍambinī ghaṭayate karṇārbudebhyaḥ
spṛhāmchetaḥ-prāṅgaṇa-saṅginī vijayate sarvendriyāṇāṁ
kṛtiṁno jāne janitā kiyadbhir amṛtaiḥ kṛṣṇeti varṇa-dvayī

~ Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī’s Vidagdha-mādhava (1.15),

“I do not know how much nectar the two syllables ‘Kṛṣ-ṇa’ have produced. When the holy name of Kṛṣṇa is chanted, it appears to dance within the mouth. We then desire many, many mouths. When that name enters the holes of the ears, we desire many millions of ears. And when the holy name dances in the courtyard of the heart, it conquers the activities of the mind, and therefore all the senses become inert.”

As an image I feel it also perfectly describes the hunger needed when  chanting japa as the following sloka explains.



krīyatāṁ yadi kuto ’pi labhyatetatra
laulyam api mūlyam ekalaṁ
janma-koṭi-sukṛtair na labhyate

~ Śrī Chaitanya-caritāmṛta Madhya 8.70

“Pure devotional service in Kṛṣṇa consciousness cannot be had even by pious activity in hundreds and thousands of lives. It can be attained only by paying one price—that is, intense greed to obtain it. If it is available somewhere, one must purchase it without delay”

Purport by Śrīla Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj Real devotion to Krishna is very rarely attained. If you see that type of devotion anywhere, purchase it with your hankering, your laulyam. Only your hankering can give you your share of that property. That is the only price for that, otherwise you cannot achieve it after even billions of lifetimes of merits. So hunger is necessary for that; and hunger will come if you make your stomach empty first.  First take some purgative and cleanse yourself. Then gradually hunger will come. This cleansing means sādhu-saṅga. Through devotional association you will get everything.