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Title: 024 Glories of Nityananda Gauranga Mantrarajas from scriptures
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-13 20:10:32
(26) Shrila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura in Shri Ksanada-gita-cintamani:
patita durgata yata kali-hata yara,
nitai chaitanya bali nace gaya tara
"The fallen, misguided and unfortunate souls devastated by Kali-yuga will dance in ectsasy when they chant the names of Nityananda and Gauranga since this is the only way for their deliverance."
(27) From Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Chp 6, Lord Nityananda Prabhu tells Shrila Jiva Goswami:
vraja-tattva navadvipa-tattve dekhe bheda;
krishna aparadhi labhe nirvana abheda.
"Just see the difference between Vraja-tattva (Vrndavana) and Navadvipa-tattva. In Vrndavana, the offenders to Lord Krishna (like the demons) attain oneness with the Lord (sayujya) by merging into the brahman effulgence of the Lord. (The same Kamsa who got liberation by being killed by Krishna's hands in Mathura in krishna-lila, got pure love of God from Lord Gauranga in Gauranga-lila in Navadvipa, without having to die.)"
hetha aparadhi paya prema-tattva dhana;
ataeva ei gaura-lila sarvopari dhana.
"In Navadvipa however, the offenders achieve pure love for Lord Gauranga. That is why the pastimes and names of Lord Gauranga are the topmost treasure in this universe (even more merciful than Krishna-lila.)"
gaura-dhama, gaura-nama, gaura rupa-guna;
aparadha nahi mane tarite nipuna.
"Lord Gauranga's transcendental Name, Abode, Form and Pastimes are most expert in delivering one and all because They do not consider any offenses."
yadi aparadha thake sadhakera mane;
krishna-name, krishna-dhame tare bahu dine.
"Whereas if offenses or unwanted things are present in the heart of the spiritual aspirants, then the regular chanting of Lord Krishna's Names (Mahamantra) and direct residence Krishna's Abode (Vrndavana) etc. will deliver him only after a very prolonged period of time."
(28) Shrila Locana Dasa Thakura states:
nitai-gaura-nama, anandera dhama,
jei jana nahi laya
tare yamaraya, dhare laya jaya,
narake dubaya taya
"The transcendental names of Nityananda and Gauranga are the supreme abodes of unlimited happiness. Those who don't chant the names of Nityananda and Gauranga surely become victims of Yamaraja, the god of death. Yamaraja will drag them and forcibly drown them in the most abominable hellish regions."
(29) Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi 8.22:
adyapiha dekha chaitanya-nama yei laya;
krishna-preme pulakasru-vihvala se haya
Shrila Prabhupada translates: "Whether he is offensive or inoffensive, anyone who even now chants shri-krishna-chaitanya prabhu-nityananda is immediately overwhelmed with ecstasy, and tears fill his eyes."
Purport by Shrila Prabhupada:
"The prakrta-sahajiyas who chant nitai-gaura radhe syama have very little knowledge of the Bhagavata conclusion, and they hardly follow the Vaishnava rules and regulations, and yet because they chant bhaja nitai-gaura, their chanting immediately evokes tears and other signs of ecstasy. Although they do not know the principles of Vaishnava philosophy and are not very much advanced in education, by these symptoms they attract many men to become their followers. Their ecstatic tears will of course help them in the long run, for as soon as they come in contact with a pure devotee their lives will become successful. Even in the beginning, however, because they are chanting the holy names of nitai-gaura, their swift advancement on the path of love of Godhead is very prominently visible."
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
The names of Nityananda and Gauranga seem to be the most unimaginably merciful thing in the whole creation. Infact They are more merciful than Lords Niyananda-Gauranga Themselves. The pseudo prakrta-sahajiyas are constantly engaged in breaking the regulative principles, anti-bhakti activities, sinful activities like illicit-sex, drinking, smoking bidis, ganja etc. But according to Shrila Prabhupada they are exhibiting symptoms of making rapid progress or swift advancement on the path of pure love of God just for the simple reason that they are chanting the names of Nityananda and Gauranga.
It is very clear from the above verse (and the verses and purports of Cc Adi Chp 8) that the names of Nityananda and Gauranga absolutely don't consider any offenses and thus have immediate effect on the chanter. Shrila Prabhupada writes in the translation that the names of Nityananda and Gauranga don't consider whether one is offensive or inoffensive in giving him love of God. What can you except more than this? It cannot become more easy that this! That is why it is said by Shrila Lochana das Thakura that Nityananda and Gauranga are saba-avatara-sara-shiromani: the crest-jewel and essence of all other incarnations of God.
According to Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, pure love of Krishna (which cannot be achieved by millions of lives of sadhana-bhakti for Lord Krishna) comes searching after a person who chants the names of Nityananda and Gauranga.
Ofcourse this verse and purport should not be used as a license to simultaneously sin and then chant Nityananda and Gauranga but it only shows the extraordinary and the topmost mercy in Nityananda and Gauranga's names. (Commentary Ends)
(30) Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi 8.24:
krishna-nama kare aparadhera vicara
krishna balile aparadhira na haya vikara
"There are ten stringent offenses to be considered while chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. Therefore simply by chanting Hare Krishna one does not become ecstatic."
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
The ten most formidable and all-pervading offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra are described in these words of the Padma Purana (Brahma-khanda 25.15-18):
1. Blasphemy of the great saintly persons who are engaged in preaching the Name, is the worst offense at the lotus feet of the holy name. The nama-prabhu, who is identical with Krishna, will never tolerate such blasphemous activities, even from one who passes as a great devotee.
2. In this material world, the holy name of Krishna is all-auspicious. Krishna's name, form, qualities, and pastimes are all transcendental, absolute knowledge. Therefore if one tries to separate the Absolute Personality of Godhead from His holy name or His transcendental form, qualities and pastimes, thinking them to be material, that is offensive. Similarly, to think the names of demigods such as Lord Siva to be as good as the name of Lord Krishna is also blasphemous.
3. To consider the nama-tattva-vit spiritual master to be material and therefore to envy his exalted position and disobey his instructions.
4. Blasphemy of Vedic literature, such as the four Vedas and the Puranas which glorify the Nama
5. To give some mundane interpretation on the holy name of the Lord.
6. To consider the glories of the holy name to be imaginary.
7. To think that since the Name can counteract all sinful reactions one may therefore go on with his sinful activities and then at the same time chant the Nama to neutralize them is the greatest offense at the lotus feet of Hari-nama. One who thinks in this way cannot be purified by any means, such as by austerities or by the various punishments of Yamaraja.
8. It is a great offense to consider the chanting of the Name to be equal to the performance of religious ceremonies, following austere vows, practicing renunciation, and fire sacrifices, which are all materialistic auspicious activities.
9. It is an offense to preach the glories of the holy name to those who will not hear, to those who are atheistic and those who have no faith in the chanting of the holy name.
10. That lowest among men, who, even after hearing the glories of the transcendental holy name of the Lord, continues in a materialistic concept of life, thinking, "I am this body, and everything belonging to this body is mine (aham mameti)", and does not show respect and love for the chanting of the Name is commiting the most heinous ten offense against the holy name of Krishna.
Fortunately by the desire of the Lord Krishna, when He appeared as Lord Gauranga, He decided that He will not include these ten offenses in relation to His (Lord Gauranga's) Name, Form, Abode and Associates. Thus the Names of Gauranga and Nityananda became the only hope of deliverance for the conditioned souls of Kali Yuga who are totally immersed in the above ten offenses against the holy Name of Krishna in the form of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. (Commentary Ends)
Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita 8.29-30
hena krishna-nama yadi laya bahu-bara
tabu yadi prema nahe, nahe asrudhara
tabe jani, aparadha tahate pracura
krishna-nama-bija tahe na kare ankura
"Even though one may chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra many many times yet his love for the Supreme Lord Krishna will not develop and tears will not appear in his eyes because of the mountains of the ten offenses is his or her heart and the seed of the Mahamantra does not sprout even after repeated chanting."
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
What is the solution? The author himself gives the answer in the next verse.(Commentary Ends)
chaitanya-nityanande nahi esaba vicara,
nama laite prema dena, vahe asrudhara
( Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi 8.31)
"But if one chants, with only some slight faith, the two holy names of Lord Gauranga and Nityananda, very quickly he or she is quickly cleansed of all offenses. Since in the chanting of the names of Nityananda and Gauranga there is no consideration of offenses, one will very quickly come to the stage of love of God, simply by chanting Their names and tears of pure love for Krishna will flow from the eyes."
(31) Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata Madhya 3.169-170:
ei avatare keha gauracandra gaya .
nityananda-nama suni' uthiya palaya ..169..
pujaye govinda yena, na mane sankara .
ei pape aneke yaiva yama-ghara ..170..
"In this incarnation, there are some people who chant the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga but when they hear the Holy Name of Lord Nityananda, they get up and fmcg. This is just like worshiping Lord Krishna but not having faith in Lord Shiva, who is the topmost devotee and an expansion of Lord Krishna. These kind of people are sinful and are destined to go to the house of Yamaraja, the Lord of Death."
Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata Madhya 4.75
jagate durlabha bada visvambhara-nama .
sei prabhu chaitanya-sabara dhanaprana ..75..
"The Holy Name of Lord Gauranga is very very rare in this world. Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu and His Name is actually the life, soul and the ultimate and real treasure of all living entities."
Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata Madhya 20.137:
sannyasio yadi nahi mane gauracandra.
janiha se dustagana janma janma andha ..137
"If someone even though he may dressed in the garb of a sannyasi does not accept the Name and Truth of the Supreme Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu, he is considered an evil person and is born blind birth after birth."
Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata Antya 1.71-72:
sakala bhuvana eve gaya gauracandra.
tathapiha sabe nahi gaya bhutavrinda..71
shrikrishnachaitanya-name vimukha ye jana.
niscaya janiha sei papi bhutagana..72
"All the living entities in the three worlds in this universe are chanting, glorifying and preaching the Name of Lord Gauranga but those who are ghostly do not chant the Name of Lord Gauranga. Those who are averse to the chanting of the Name of Lord Gauranga are certainly very sinful and haunted by ghosts."
Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata Antya 1.188-189
garbhavati nari cale ghana svasa vaya.
caitanyera nama kari seha para haya..188
"Even the pregnant ladies who were breathless could cross the ocean of birth and death by chanting the Name of Lord Gauranga."
andha, khonda loka saba cale sathe sathe.
caitanyera namete prasasta patha dekhe..189
"The blind and the lame men walked quickly to meet the Lord. It was due to the mercy of chanting the name of Lord Gauranga that they could reach their destination."
Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata Antya 3.386
ye prabhura nama-guna sakrt ye gaya.
se samsara-avadhi tare vatsa-pada-praya ..386..
"The great ocean of material nescience instantly becomes just like the water contained in the hoofprint of a calf for a person who chants the Name and Qualities of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu."
Shri Chaitanya-charita Mahakavya by Shrila Murari Gupta, Fourth Parikrama 28th Sarga, Verse 20:
nityananda-prabhus tatra / vanijan tu grhe grhe
karoti krishna-chaitanya-nama-sankirttana mahat
"Wandering from house to house amongst the merchants of that town, Nityananda Prabhu performed a great sankirtana of the names of Lord Gauranga."
shri-krishna-chaitanya-namna / paripurna jagat-trayam
ktva raraja gopalaih / sama nanda-vraje yatha
"In company with those gopalas, Nityananda made the three worlds fully satisfied through the chanting of Lord Gauranga's Names, just as it had formerly been in the land of Vraja when Nanda ruled as king of the cowherds."
"The more the names of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Krishna were preached, the merrier was Thakura Bhaktivinoda." (Vaishnava Song Book)
"The Chaitanya-bhagavata had predicted that the name of Lord Chaitanya would one day be known in every town and village. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta had wanted that." (Shrila Prabhupada Lilamrita Chp 6)
Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya 6.258
shri-krishna-chaitanya saci-suta guna-dhama
ei dhyana, ei japa, laya ei nama
"Shrila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya always chanted the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna Chaitanya, son of mother Shachi and the abode of all transcendental qualities. Indeed, the chanting of the the Holy Names of Lord Gauranga became his only japa, meditation and kirtana."
Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Antya 11.34
jihvaya uccarimu tomara krishna-chaitanya' nama
ei-mata mora iccha,-chadimu parana
Shrila Haridasa Thakura said to the Lord Gauranga: "With my tongue I shall chant Your holy name, "Shri Krishna Chaitanya". That is my fervent desire. Kindly let me give up my body in this way."
Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Antya 11.55
‘shri-krishna-chaitanya’ sabda balena bara bara
prabhu-mukha-madhuri piye, netre jala-dhara
Shrila Haridasa Thakura began to chant the holy name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya again and again. As he drank the ambrosial sweetness of the lotus face of Lord Gauranga, tears constantly glided down from his eyes."
Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Antya 11.56:
‘shri-krishna-chaitanya’ sabda karite uccarana
namera sahita prana kaila utkramana
"While chanting the holy name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, Shrila Haridasa Thakura gave up his life air and left his body just like Shrila Bhishmadeva had left his body beholding the lotus face of Lord Krishna on the battlefield."
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
The great Namacharya Shrila Haridasa Thakura has displayed his great personal example and demonstrated to us the ultimate result of chanting the name of Lord Krishna. He chanted 300,000 Names of Lord Krishna (atleast 176 rounds of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra daily) without much eating and sleeping. The conclusion of his chanting Krishna Names for his whole life was that he chanted Krishna Chaitanya's or Gauranga's Name at the end of his life as the Names of Lord Gauranga are the supreme and most merciful among the Names of Lord Krishna. (Commentary Ends)
"When he heard Nimai's name he became happy. When he gave alms to a beggar, he always said 'Jaya Shachinandana!' he would visit the pandita babajis of Shri Mayapura, listen to them chant the holy names of Lord Gauranga, and ask them many questions about the Lord's victories in learned debate. In this way two or four months passed. Vrajanatha was now a changed man." (Jaiva Dharma Chp 12)
Thakura Bhaktivinoda in Gitavali, Shri Nama kirtan, song two:
(emon, doyal to nai he, mar kheye prema dey)
(ore) aparadha dure jabe, pabe prema-dhan
(o name aparadha-vicara to nai he)
(takhon) krishna-name ruci ha'be, ghucibe bandhan
"Oh! Such a merciful personality as Nityananda Prabhu is not to be found anywhere! He suffers a beating from Jagai and Madhai and in return still gives them love of God! Oh! When your offenses are vanquished, you will obtain the treasure of love of God! But in these names of Nityananda and Gauranga there is no consideration of offenses! Once you achieve a taste for the holy name of Krishna by chanting the holy names of Nityananda and Gauranga, bondage to this world will come to an end."