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Title: 002 Chaitanya Mangala:Worship of Lord Gauranga in Goloka
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-13 05:53:28
The four-syllable Gauranga Mantra is chanted in Goloka Vrndavana by all the eternal associates of the Lord in the direct worship of Lord Gauranga:
In Shri Chaitanya-mangala Sutra-khanda Verse 527 by Shrila Locana Dasa Thakura, the four-syllable Gauranga-mantra is described as the Mantra through which Lord Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu is worshipped in Goloka Vrindavana, the topmost Vaikuntha planet in the spiritual world:
hema-gaura kalevara, mantra chari-akshara;
sahaja vaikuntha-natha shyama.
"The Lord sits on a golden bejewelled throne. He posseses a complexion millions of times more brilliant than the colour of molten gold. He is worshipped by all His devotees by the chanting of the four-syllable Mantraraja 'Gauranga'."
Commentary of Swami Gaurangapada:
There has to be a specific Mantra through which the eternal residents of Shri Navadvipa Dhama in Goloka Vrindavana worship Lord Gauranga, the combined incarnation of Shri Shri Radha-Krishna. Just like there are specific Mantras for the worship of the different forms of the Lord like Rama, Nrisingha, Kurma, Varaha etc. there has to be a specific Mantra to worship the golden Lord Gauranga who is the source of all the incarntions. And this Mantra is described in Shri Chaitanya-Mangala as the supreme four-syllable Mantra: Gauranga Mantraraja.