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Title: Meditation during Offering of Bhoga to Lords Nityananda-Gauranga

User: Damodara Svarupa dasa      Date: 2005-02-24 16:57:57


Meditation during Offering of Bhoga to Lords Nityananda-Gauranga -- By Swami Gaurangapada


When we offer the bhoga to our Guru and Shrila Prabhupada, he passes

it on to his own Guru and so on until it reaches Lordships Nityananda-

Gauranga and Lordships Radha-Krishna. While offering, alongwith

chanting the mantras one should thus meditate how the bhoga is being

transferred from one Acharya to another and ultimately reaching the

Lord and then how the Lord is relishing it. After the Lords accept

the bhoga, They again pass the maha-prasadam down the same chain of

disciplic succession where each Acharya partakes of the maha-prasadam

and passes on some to his disciple. One can meditate on this also

towards the end of the offering of how the Acharyas are partaking the

maha-prasadam and then passing it on to us. Thus when we offer the

bhoga to the Lord through our Guru, Shrila Prabhupada and the Guru

Parampara, at the end we don't only have maha-prasadam but also maha-

maha-prasadam of all the Acharyas and Shrila Prabhupada and our Guru.

Thus the procedure for offering to the Lord through the Guru

Parampara is the same whether one puts the offering plate directly

before the Deities or before our Guru or Shrila Prabhupada.


The bhoga we place in front of our Guru or Shrila Prabhupada is for

offering to the Lord as they are never going to accept it directly

without offering to the Lord. So it is required to put Tulasi leaves

on each preparation oneself or place some leaves separately on the

side for the Guru and Shrila Prabhupada and the Acharyas to put in on

each preparation before directly offering the bhoga to the Lords

Nityananda-Gauranga. If the Tulasi leaves are not put, the Guru or

Shrila Prabhupada has to specifically go and pluck the Tulasi leaves

and put them on the bhoga before offering the bhoga to the Lord in

the spiritual realm through the Guru Parampara because it is a fact

that the Lord does not accept anything without a Tulasi leaf on it.

Thus we are causing our Guru-varga some inconvenience or giving them

some extra service by not putting the Tulasi leaves ourselves. They

may go out of their way and do it but why should we give them this

extra service when we can do it in the beginning ourselves.


Some very advanced and special pujaris may directly offer the bhoga

to the Lord with the Tulasi leaves while remembering the lotus feet

of their Guru, Shrila Prabhupada and the Acharyas in the beginning.

In that case, after the Lord relishes the bhoga, the maha-prasadam

can be transferred to another special plate and can be put before the

Acharyas, Shrila Prabhupada and Guru for their acceptance. Then the

maha-maha-prasadam can be honoured by one and all.


Actually while meditating during offering bhoga to the Lord in a

plate one can also meditate that the bhoga in all the pots (even if

they are located at some other place) is also being distributed to

the Lord's associates simultaneously in Gauranga-lila and Radha-

Krishna lila after the Lord glances on the posts. Once the Lord is

accepting the bhoga, one should beg the Lord's associates also to

accept the offering in the pots in the mind. Because Lord Gauranga is

very pleased when His eternal associates are fed in His presence as

we find in Chaitanya-Charitamrita. One Tulasi leaf can be placed in

each pot also if possible even if they can't be physically brought to

the altar. The Lord has His eyes and presence everywhere. And the

Lord accepts the bhoga as per the meditation of the devotee offering

by glancing and then personally orders the maha-prasada to be

distributed to His eternal associates. This mental attitude while

offering is most important. In that way everything becomes maha-maha-

prasadam. So either way there is no difference.


If such meditation is not done, then it is better to distribute the

maha-prasadam separately because by mixing it back in the pots

everyone may not get the mahaprasadam especially in case of rice,

sabji, chapatis etc. Mixing it back may be done due to practical

reasons of not being able to distribute it separately. Also some

devotees have the feeling that by mixing the mahaprasadam back,

everything becomes mahaprasadam. But it has not been explicitly

suggested in the scriptures to mix it back. And if one offers in the

above consciousness then anyway everything is going to become maha-



The Bhoga Arati by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura can also be sung after

the chanting of the Bhoga Mantras.







Once who simply knows the below facts becomes the most intelligent



Lord Shri Shri Radha-Krishna advented as the supremely magnanimous

combined golden form of Lord Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu on 18th

February 1486, Lord Shri Balarama advented as Lord Shri Nityananda

Prabhu on 11th January 1473, Shri Vrindavana-Dhama advented as Shri

Navadvipa Dhama (130 kms north of Calcutta), all the eternal

associates of Radha-Krishna advented as the eternal associates of

Nityananda-Gauranga, Shrimad-Bhagavata advented as Shri Chaitanya-

Bhagavata and the "Nityananda" and "Gauranga" Mantras advented as the

King of All Mantras (Mantra Rajas) alongwith the Hare Krishna Maha-

mantra to deliver the entire universe in Kali-Yuga.



Always chant the three most powerful Mantras in Kali-yuga:

"Gauranga" (Gaura-Gopala-Mantra); "Nityananda" (Haladhara-Balarama-

Mantra); and Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare (Maha-mantra) and

daily read atleast 108 verses of Shri Chaitanya-Bhagavata or

Charitamrita or Navadvipa-Dhama-Mahatmya & do the nine-day Navadvipa-

Parikrama every year.





Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.