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Title: 001 Shrila Shivananda Sena chants Japa of the 4-syllable Gaura-Gopala-Mantra

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-13 05:50:25


The four-syllable Gauranga (Gaura Gopala) Mantra is the most worshipable ista-mantra of Shrila Shivananda Sena who chanted the Mantra constantly as per Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita Antya-lila 2.24,31:


apane bolana more, iha yadi jani;

amara ista-mantra jani' kahena apani.


‘gaura-gopala mantra’ tomara cari aksara;

avisvasa chada, yei kariyacha antara"


Nakula Brahmacari told Sivananda Sena, "You are chanting the Gaura Gopala Mantra, composed of four syllables (which is your ista-mantra i.e. worshipable mantra). Now please give up the doubts that have resided within you about the avesha of Lord Gauranga in me."


Purport by Shrila Prabhupada:

"Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains the Gaura-Gopala mantra in his Amrta-pravaha-bhasya. Worshipers of Shri Gaurasundara accept the four syllables 'gau-ra-an-ga' as the Gaura mantra, but pure worshipers of Radha and Krishna accept the four syllables ra-dha krs-na as the Gaura-gopala mantra. However, Vaishnavas consider Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu nondifferent from Radha-Krishna (shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya). Therefore one who chants the mantra "gauranga" and one who chants the names of Radha and Krishna are on the same level."


Purport by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his Amrita-pravaha-bhashya:


gaura-gopala-mantra gauravadi gana 'gauranga' name chatura-aksara

gaura-mantra ke uddesya karena; kevala krishnavadi gana ei

gaura-gopala-mantra sabde radha-krsnera

chatura-aksara-mantrake uddesya karena.


"The following is the explanation of the Gaura-gopala mantra. The followers of Lord Gauranga accept 'Gauranga' as the four-syllable mantra and the followers of only Krishna accept 'Radha-Krishna' as the Gaura-gopala mantra. The followers of both Lord Gauranga and Lord Krishna accept either one of them as the Gaura-gopala mantra understanding that They are non-different from each other."


Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:


So it is very clear that the most intimate devotees of the Lord like Shrila Shivananda Sena were constantly chanting the four-syllable 'gau-ra-an-ga' Mantra which is non-different than the four syllables of 'ra-dha-krs-na'.


Thus the constant chanting of the name or mantra of 'Gauranga' is authorized in the revealed scriptures and implemented by the previous acharyas. The great advantage is that the ultimate benefit of 'radha-krishna' or the Hare Krishna Mahamantra can be realized by siddha and mukta (perfect and liberated) souls whereas the 'Gauranga' mantra is the most prayojaniya (useful) for anartha-yukta (offensive), badha (conditioned), patita (fallen) souls according to Shrila Prabhupada's purport and specifically the Anubhashya purport of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada in Chaitanya-caritamrita Adi 8.31 which will follow later in this book . Just like the Hare Krishna Mantra is known as Harinama as well as the Mahamantra similarly the Gauranga Mantra is known as Gauranama as well as the Gaura-Gopala-Mantra or Gauranga Mantra. (Commentary Ends)