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Title: 012 All 10 offences destroyed by Nityananda Gauranga Mantrarajas
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-13 19:16:51
In the Gauranga-lila-smarana-mangala stotram Verse 97, Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura states:
namaparadham sakalam vinasya,
bhaktim param yah pradadau jannhyas,
tam gauracandram pranamami bhaktya.
"With great devotion, I bow before Lord Gauranga, who for they who take shelter of His most merciful Holy Name of Gauranga, immediately destroys all the various kinds of offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, and in this way awards His topmost transcendental devotional service to the living entities very quickly without delay."
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
Here the "chaitanya nama ashraya" is used by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura as the only means to destroy the ten offenses in chanting the Mahamantra. In Sanskrit ashraya means to take constant shelter day and night. When we say regularly chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, and take Harinama Ashraya, we mean the bare minimum of atleast 16 rounds of chanting daily which is 27,468 times the name of Krishna daily. So when Shrila Prabhupada uses the words "very regularly", Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada uses the words "karite karite" and Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura uses the words "chaitanya-nama-ashraya" for chanting the names of Nityananda and Gauranga, it cannot mean chanting just 16 to 20 times daily. Shrila Prabhupada also states that Lord Gauranga's name is more essential than the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra considering the fallen position of the people of this age of Kali Yuga. How can the Name which is more essential be chanted a only 16 to 20 times a day?
Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura states that only "Gauranga-Nama-Ashraya" will remove the ten offenses. It can never be accepted that Gauranga-Nama-Ashraya means to chant the Pancha-tattva Mantra only 16 to 20 times a day. Ashraya actually means to chant constantly day and night as per Hari-nama-chintamani. That is why it will be a wonderful addition to our chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra if we chant atleast 10 rounds (atleast 1000 times) each of Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas daily to begin with and increase the chanting to 32, 64, 128 or 256 rounds daily, since These are the most essential Names and Mantras for the offensive people of Kali Yuga. This chanting of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantarajas is not meant to replace the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra but to enable us to give us the taste in the pure chanting of the Mahamantra and grant us with pure love of Krishna without any obstacles.
Order of Acharyas & Shastra:
To constantly chant "Nityananda"
Order of Lord Nityananda:
To constantly chant "Gauranga"
Order of Lord Gauranga
To constantly chant "Hare Krishna".
Some say that since the order of Lord Gauranga is to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra we should only follow that. But what about the divine order of Lord Nityananda to chant the Name of Gauranga constantly? No one wants to follow that order. No one can follow the order of Lord Gauranga without first implementing the order of Lord Nityananda. If someone tries to approach Lord Gauranga directly without Lord Nityananda, he or she will never be accepted by the Lord. And what about the supreme order of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada (in his Anubhashya), Shrila Prabhupada, Shrila Narottama Das Thakura and all the acharyas that "Always chant the Name of Nitai-Gaura". One can never approach Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga without following the order of the acharyas which is to constantly chant the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. So the key to rapid success in our spiritual lives lies in our endeavours to successful execute all the above three orders of the Lords, Acharyas and the Scriptures without leaving out any one order. Unfortunately one is trying to imitate what the great Acharyas may have done rather hearing and implementing their universal instructions about constantly chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.
Some also claim that chanting of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas is escapism from the ten offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Instead one should try to avoid the ten offenses and chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra only. There are in ignorance about real truth. It is common sense to understand that escaping a bad thing is very good. What is the harm in that? If you can escape the ten offenses you instantly achieve pure love for Lord Gauranga-Krishna which is the goal of our lives. The Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas do not merely provide us with an escape from the ten offenses but totally destroy the ten offenses and award us with pure love of God within a very short time and actual qualification to chant the pure Hare Krishna Mahamantra. So it is the greatest intelligence not escapism to chant the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.
Some claim that by chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas one becomes derailed. Yes, Shuddha Sarasvati is speaking through their mouth unknown to them and she is glorifying the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas. By chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas, one becomes permanently derailed from:
(1) the cycle of birth and death and the 8.4 million spnies
of life and go back to Godhead
(2) the thirst for material desires
(3) from the ignorance of the material body
(4) from bewilderment of jnana and karma and so on and on
What is the harm if one gets derailed from the wrong things? One should become very happy. And if they claim that by chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas one becomes derailed from spiritual life then that is totally against all the revealed scriptures and the greatest offense against the most merciful Names of God.
Do you think Lord Nityananda and Shrila Shivananda Sena were derailed by constantly chanting the Name of Gauranga? It is the greatest violence and crime of the soul to stop anyone from chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. In Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata, the Supreme Lord Gauranga Himself states that if a Guru or for that matter even Brahma or Shiva (which they will never do ofcourse) were to speak anything against the scriptures or stop anyone from chanting the bonafide Names of the Lord then their such instructions are resulting from bewilderment and ignorance about Nityananda Gauranga Nama Tattva and should be rejected by the bonafide and intelligent disciple for his or her own benefit and for the benefit of the Guru.
Some falsely suggest that one should chant the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the the Hare Krishna Mahamantra only if one's Guru is not a Mahabhagavata otherwise there is no need. But they fail to remember that Shrila Shivananda Sena and Shrila Balarama Dasa being the topmost Mahabhagavatas themselves were constantly chanting the Names of Gauranga and Nityananda. Who is higher than Lord Nityananda Himself? He is not only constantly chanting the Gaura Gopala Mantra but instructing all the living entities to chant the Gauranga Mantraraja. Are they implying that Lord Nityananda was not a Mahabhagavata? Totally absurd. Infact the qualification of the real Mahabhagavata Guru will be to follow in the footsteps of Lord Nityananda and thus he or she will never discriminate between the chanting of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and never ever discourage his or her disciples and followers from chanting the most merciful Names of Nityananda and Gauranga along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Like Shrila Prabhuupada who clearly stated: "Therefore *ONE WHO CHANTS THE MANTRA "GAURANGA" and ONE WHO CHANTS THE NAMES OF RADHA AND KRSNA ARE ON THE SAME LEVEL." (Shrila Prabhupada in Cc Antya-lila 2.31 purport) and "Nitai-Gauranga and Hare Krishna, there is no difference. Nitai-Gauranga is also nice. Whatever he finds convenient, let him chant." (Shrila Prabhupada's Room Conversation with Yoga Student specifically regarding Japa, March 14, 1975, Iran) and also Shrila Prabhupada during a Room Conversation, August 14, 1971, London:
Prabhupada: No. We are recommending "Chant the holy name of God." So if you have got the holy name of God, you can chant that.
Prabhupada: Anyway, if one chants Allah or Jesus Christ, we have no objection. We don't say that you stop it. We say that you chant the holy name of God. If that name is of God, you chant. (end)