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Title: Prayers to Beads
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2005-02-05 00:36:15
(1) Shri Nama-mala-grahana-mantra (upon taking one's beads):
"His form bent in three places, His hands bent over the holes of His flute, the son of Nanda Maharaja Lord Krishna stands resplendent amidst a circle of gopis." The Verse is as follows:
(2) Shri Nama-mala-grahana-mantra (on taking the beads for the purpose of japa
avighnam kuru male tvam
shri radha-krishnayor dasyam
dehi male tu prarthaye
"O Mala, please destroy inauspiciousness in my chanting of the holy name of Lord Gaura-Hari and grant me the position of service to Nityananda-Gauranga and Radha-Krishna. This is all I pray, O Mala."
namaiva parama gatih
namnah parataram nasti
tasman nama upasmahe
"The Holy Name is a beautiful transcendental touchstone--it is the supreme goal. There is nothing higher than the Holy Name. I therefore worship the Holy Name."
(3) Shri Nama-mala-samarpana-mantra (consecrating the mala); traditionally, Vaishnavas first offer Krishna everything they use, including their neck beads, japa beads, etc. I don't know that this is intended here though.
"The sacrifice of the name is the highest yajna, which destroys the contamination of Kali-yuga. In order to please Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, I offer this sacrifice of the holy name."
(4) Shri Nama-mala-sthapana-mantra (establishing the beads):
chaitanyaya namo namah
"The holy name is the saviour of the fallen. Oh, please deliver
this lowest of men. Obeisances again and again unto Shri Gauranga
Mahaprabhu and unto Shri Shri Radha-Krishna."
tvam male sarva-devanam
tena satyena me siddhim
dehi matar namo 'stu te
"O Mala, among all of the gods, you are considered the bestower of all perfection. By dint of this fact, O Mother, please grant me perfection. Obeisances unto you!"