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Title: 026 Simultaneous worship of Lord Gauranga & Radha-Krishna
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-13 20:15:02
ONE CAN SIMULTANEOUSLY WORSHIP GAURANGA BY CHANTING THE GAURA-GOPALA MANTRA AND RADHA-KRISHNA BY CHANTING THE HARE KRISHNA MAHA-MANTRA
Vrajanatha: What is the final destination of the soul who is a devotee of Lord Gauranga)?
Babaji: Krishna and Gauranga are not different. They are both shelters of the feature of sweetness (madhurya-rasa). They do have one difference. Madhurya-rasa (the Lord's sweetness) has two features: 1. madhurya (sweetness), and 2. audarya (mercy). When sweetness is prominent, Lord Krishna is manifested. When mercy is prominent, Lord Gauranga is manifested. The spiritual world of Vrndavana is divided into two abodes: 1. the abode of Lord Krishna, and 2. the abode of Lord Gauranga. The eternally perfect and eternally liberated souls who have sweetness first and mercy second reside in Lord Krishna's abode. They are Lord Krishna's associates. The eternally perfect and eternally liberated souls who have mercy first and sweetness second reside in Lord Gauranga's abode. They are Lord Gauranga's associates. Some souls manifest two forms and reside in both abodes simultaneously. Other souls manifest only one form and are present in one of the abodes and not in the other. Souls who during the time of sadhana worship only Lord Gauranga, at the time of attaining perfection go to Lord Gauranga's abode and serve Him there. Souls who during the time of sadhana worship only Lord Krishna, at the time of attaining perfection go to Lord Krishna's abode and serve Him there. Souls who during the time of sadhana worship both Lord Krishna and Lord Gauranga, at the time of attaining perfection manifest two forms, go to both Lord Krishna's abode and Lord Gaurngaa's abode, and in their two forms serve the two Lord's simultaneously in both places. This truth: that Lord Gauranga and Lord Krishna are simultaneously one and different from each other, is a very confidential secret.
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
So it is very clear that there are three kinds of souls who enter the topmost Vaikuntha planet Goloka which has two partitions: Navadvipa and Vrindavana. Those who worship only Lord Gauranga by chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas enter into Navadvipa and those who worship only Lord Krishna by chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra may enter into Vrindavana only when they become free from all offenses which may take a very long time. The third kind of souls are those who worship both Gauranga and Krishna simultaneously by chanting both Their Names and they enter into both Navadvipa and Vrindavana simultaneously with two spiritual bodies after attaining perfection. Even the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas can take us into eternal Vrindavana as per Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya and even the Hare Krishna Mahamantra can take us to the eternal Navadvipa because they are totally non-different. The only biggest problem is that since the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and Krishna's Name has the consideration of the ten offenses for the conditioned souls, they may not achieve either of the two abodes even for thousands of lifetimes or millions of years simply by only the chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra as per the revealed scriptures.
It is greatly unfortunate and inauspicious for the world that some devotees worship the Deities of Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga daily but criticize the sublime process of chanting The Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga on a daily or regular basis on beads. This is a clearly a big offense of differenciating between the Holy Name and Deity (Form) of the Lord.
Imagine a devotee standing before the Deities of Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga in a temple. And if there are 1000 visitors in that day asking which Deity is this, he or she will have to chant the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas 1000 times each that day. So this is not prohibited. But just because you hold the most purifying Tulasi beads in your hand while chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas it becomes a taboo for some. To say that Krishna's Name in the form of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra can be chanted on japa beads and Gauranga's Name in the form of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas cannot be chanted on beads is clearly commiting the biggest offense of considering difference between the Holy Names of Lord Krishna and Lord Gauranga.