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Title: 003 Direct order of the Supreme Lord Adi-Guru Shri Nityananda Balarama
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-13 05:57:54
It is the direct, open and primary instruction of the Guru of all Gurus Adi-Guru, Sakshat-Mula-Sankarshana, origin of the spiritual and material worlds Lord Shri Nityananda Balarama to all the moving and non-moving living entities to take constant shelter of chanting the Gauranga Mantraraja as quoted by Shrila Prabhupada himself:
bhaja gauranga kaha gauranga
laha gaurangera nama re;
ye jana gauranga bhaje sei amara prana re.
Lord Nityananda instructs all living entities: "Worship Gauranga, chant the 'Gauranga' Mantraraja and take the Holy Name of 'Gauranga'. Those who will worship Gauranga in this way by constantly chanting the Gauranga Mantraraja are veritably My life and soul and I personally give them all protection."
(This verse is also quoted by Shrila Prabhupada in his lecture, Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila 7.5, Mayapur, March 7, 1974)
"You can also chant the prayer you asked about. This was spoken by Lord Nityananda while He was preaching in the town. He was addressing the people: 'My dear brothers, you simply worship Lord Chaitanya; talk of Lord Chaitanya; speak Lord Chaitanya's Name, so anyone who does so, he is my life and soul." (SP in Letter to: Mahapurusa, Los Angeles, 7 March, 1968)
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
Lord Nityananda was sent to preach the Hare Krishna Mahamantra in Bengal by Lord Gauranga but He preached the Gauranga Mantraraja first because He knew that only the name of Gauranga will impart the qualification to the offensive and sinful souls of Kali-yuga to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.
We would like to quote here from the writings of Shrila Bhakti Rakshaka Shridhara Goswami Maharaja found in his book "The Golden Volcano of Divine Love":
"Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was merged in tasting the sweetness of Radha-Govinda lila, and diving deep into that reality, however, at the same time, He wanted to deliver all souls whose hearts had been devoured by the false notions of renunciation and exploitation. He ordered Nityananda Prabhu, 'Go to Bengal and try to deliver them-give them divine love for Radha and Krishna.'"
"He ordered Nityananda Prabhu to distribute divine love for Radha-Govinda, but instead, Nityananda began to preach about Shri Gauranga. He thought, 'It will be better for them to worship Gauranga; that will help free them from their offenses in their present position, and by doing so, they will automatically achieve a position in Radha-Govinda lila.' "
"He was ordered to preach the name of Krishna, but instead began to preach the name of Gauranga. So, for our own welfare, we bow down to Nityananda Prabhu with all our humility."
"The aim of Shriman Mahaprabhu's descent was to distribute the devotional service of Vrndavana most generously. On the other hand, Nityananda Prabhu used to sing the verse quoted above. (bhaja gauranga, kaha gauranga, laha gaurangera nama re...)"
"In Vrindavan, the pastimes of Krishna are confined to a confidential circle, but in Navadvipa, those pastimes are distributed. Gaura lila is more generous than Krishna lila."
"By the grace of Nityananda Prabhu , we develop our attraction for Shri Gauranga. If we receive the grace of Shri Gauranga , we receive everything to the highest degree. And that is the safest way to approach Radha-Govinda. If we try to achieve Radha-Govinda in some other way, our attempt will naturally be artificial and defective; if we approach Radha-Govinda directly, avoiding Shri Gauranga, there will be great difficulty."
"Therefore, we should invest all our energy in the service of Shri Gauranga . Then, we shall automatically find ourselves being lifted towards the highest level. As much as we devote ourselves to the lotus feet of Shri Gauranga , we will automatically achieve the nectarine servie of Shrimati Radharani in Vrindavan."
"To bring Shri Gauranga nearer to our soul is to get even unconsciously, a guarantee of our achievement in Krishna-lila. For the fallen souls it is more useful to cultivate devotion for Shri Gauranga . That will give us the complete fulfillment of life with the least trouble. Devotion to Gauranga will not lead us to any haphazard or misconceived Krishna consciousness, but real Krishna consciousness. We can have full Krishna consciousness by the help of Gaura consciousness. By developing devotion to Shri Gauranga, we will be able to feel that Shri Gauranga consciousness also includes Krishna consciousness - plus something more. What is that? The distribution of Krishna consciousness." (end)
Chaitanya-Charitamrita Madhya lila 1.29:
‘chaitanya’ seva, ‘chaitanya’ gao,
lao ‘chaitanya’ nama
‘caitanye’ ye bhakti kare, sei mora prama
Lord Nityananda implored; "Serve Lord Gauranga, sing the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga and chant Lord Gauranga's Name in japa. Those who worship Lord Gauranga in this way are My life and soul."
kasta nahi, vyaya nahi na pabe yatana;
shrigauranga bali nace nahika bhavana.
(Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 1)
Lord Nityananda instructs all the living entities:
"There is no trouble or loss nor will you suffer anymore, if you forget yourself in bliss while dancing and chanting the name of Gauranga."
Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his song 'Boro Sukher Khabor Gai', from the Vaishnava-siddhanta-mala:
ek-bar dekhle cakse jal,
gaura bole nitai den sakala sambal.
"When Lord Nityananda sees a tear welling in someone's eye upon chanting the Holy Name of Gauranga, He instantly gives His eternal support and shelter to that person; indeed, He bestows all divine opulences upon him or her."