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Title: 001 Did Shrila Prabhupada ever reccomend such a practice?
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-18 04:24:56
The glories of regular chanting the Gauranga Mantra and Nityananda Mantra on japa beads and kirtana alongwith the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, all three of which are eternally effulgent in the spiritual sky, is described in this message with extensive scriptural references summarizing all the previous messages on this topic.Please kindly read this full message very carefully and think and meditate deeply before coming to a hasty conclusion on this matter which is the secret of all secrets as per Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya and which the souls bewildered by Maya never think about. By coming to a hasty conclusion on this matter, one will only elude oneself and others from the golden opportunity of regularly chanting the Nityananda (Haladhara Balarama) Mantra and the Gauranga (Gaura-Gopala) Mantra alongwith the Hare Krishna Mahamantra which facilitates rapid success in the achievement of Krishna-prema because the offenses are instantly obliterated as per the verdict of all the revealed scriptures and acharyas posted in the points below:
Q. Did Shrila Prabhupada ever recomend such a practice?
Yes surely. Shrila Prabhupada himself is chanting the 'Gauranga' mantra presently in the eternal abode of Navadvipa in his spiritual body as an associate of Lord Gauranga because it is stated in Chaitanya-mangala (quoted above) that all the associates of Lord worship Him in Goloka by the chanting of the four-syllable Gauranga Mantra. The dearmost desire of every acharya is to spread the chanting of the 'Gauranga' mantra alongwith the maha-mantra because it is Lord Nityananda's intense desire (sehai more prana re).
Shrila Prabhupada writes in Cc Madhya 24.330: "The spiritual master has to select a mantra for his disciple according to the disciple's ability to chant different mantras."
"Vaishnavas consider Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu nondifferent from Radha-Krishna (shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya). 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)
On board the ship Jaladuta, September 13, 1965, Verse 3, by Shrila Prabhupada:
tara iccha balavan pascatyete than than, hoy jate gauranger nam
prthivite nagaradi asamudra nada nadi, sakalei loy krishna nam
Translation: "By his (Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada's) strong desire, THE HOLY NAME OF GAURANGA will first spread throughout all the countries of the Western world. Then in all the cities, towns, and villages on the earth, from all the oceans, seas, rivers, and streams, everyone will chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra."
"You mention that they have not even heard of Lord Gauranga. So that is their misfortune, and our misfortune also. _________________ in India, they could not preach Lord Gauranga's name all over India." (SP Letter to: Niranjana, Brooklyn, 21 May, 1973)
Prabhupada: "Now, what is the difference, Nitai-Gauranga and Hare Krishna? 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, March 14, 1975, Iran)
"In the beginning one should #### very regularly #### chant Shri Gaurasundara's holy name and then chant the holy name of Lord Nityananda. Thus one's heart will be cleansed of impure desires for material enjoyment. Then one can approach Vrndavana-dhama to worship Lord Krishna. Unless one is favored by Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda, there is no need to go to Vrndavana, for unless one's mind is purified, he cannot see Vrndavana, even if he goes there." (Cc Adi 8.31 purp)
"A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should not indulge in the worship of Shri Radha and Krishna or the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Even if he does so, he cannot get the desired result. One should therefore chant the names of Nitai-Gaura and worship Them without false prestige." (Cc Adi 8.31 purp)
"It is the advice of Narottama das Thakura to chant the holy name of Gauranga either if one remains at home or in the forest. Similarly, do not forget the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra either you live in the temple or at home." (SP Letter to: Sacimata, Bombay, 8 December, 1974)
"Then you become gosvami. Then, as Narottama dasa Thakura says, grhe va banete thake ha gauranga bole dake. Ha gauranga, 'Always chanting Nitai-Gaura, and thinking of Nitai-Gaura,' such person, Narottama dasa Thakura says... Grhe va... 'He may be a sannyasi, or he may be a grhastha. It doesn't matter. Because he is absorbed in the thought of Nitai-Gaura.' So narottama mage tanra sanga: 'Narottama is always desiring to associate with such person.' (SP Shrimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.2, Vrndavana, March 17, 1974)
"If you simply chant Nitai-Gaura and dance, then you'll become happy. There is no difficulty. There is no difficulty." (SP Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila 20.102, Baltimore, July 7, 1976)
"Narottama dasa Thakura is aspiring for the day when Nityananda Prabhu will be pleased upon him. Just like Jagai-Madhai was delivered by the mercy of Shri Nityananda Prabhu, so we have to pray Nityananda Prabhu. He's very
merciful. He's so kind, Baladeva, He gives spiritual strength. Then we can approach the Supreme Lord. Therefore we chant "Nitai-Gaura." This is the process. We cannot change this policy." (Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila
7.4, Mayapur, March 4, 1974)
"As soon as one will chant the name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, there will be shivering. This is the first symptom that one is getting advanced in the perfectional stage of Krishna consciousness. So Narottama dasa Thakura says, gauranga bolite habe pulaka sarire. He's expecting. Although he was a great acarya, still, he was expecting, "When that stage will come?'' Te wording of the song is as follows. G-a-u-r-a-n-g-a, gauranga. Bolite, b-a-l-i-t-e. Habe, h-a-b-e. Gauranga bolite habe pulaka, p-u-l-a-k-a. Pulaka sarira, s-a-r-i-r. (SP Purport to Gauranga Bolite Habe, Los Angeles, January 9,
"My Guru Maharaja always see if Krishna's name or Lord Chaitanya's name appeared in someone's writing and would appreciate the writing for this alone." (SP Letter to: Dina Dayala, Nellore, 6 January, 1976)
"The expert devotees also can discover novel ways and means to convert the nondevotees in terms of particular time and circumstance. Devotional service is dynamic activity, and the expert devotees can find out competent means to
inject it into the dull brains of the materialistic population. Such transcendental activities of the devotees for the service of the Lord can bring a new order of life to the foolish society of materialistic men." (SB 1.5.16 purport)
The acharyas have already given the detailed instructions in their books.Sometimes they practically implement only some of their instructions given in their books and the leave others to be implemented to their followers due to their causeless mercy. But all the guidelines are there in their books and instructions. An acharya who is eternal associate of Lord Gauranga may give even the most fallen people the qualification to chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra directly by his causeless mercy. But for his followers, his instructions are more important than what he has done because we cannot
imitate his activities. And Shrila Prabhupada has categorically stated in Cc Adi 8.31 purp posted above that a neophyte student should not directly indulge in chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra but should first take shelter of very regularly chanting the names of Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga.
And Panca-tattva is not recommended to be chanted by Shrila Prabhupada regularly on beads:
"Who is that rascal sannyasi who has recommended to chant Pancha Tattva mantra on the japa beads? First, send me his name." (Letter to: Govardhan 4, Juhu, Bombay-54, 18 November, 1973)
Then what will the neophytes do as per the above quotes? According to Prabhupada they should not indulge in the chanting of Hare Krishna mantra instead they should very regularly chant the names of Nitai-Gaura but they cannot chant the Panca-tattva mantra on beads. How will they be ever raised from the neophyte stage if they don't begin chanting in the first place. That is why the chanting of the authorized 'Nityananda' and 'Gauranga' Mantras on the beads (which is not prohibited by Shrila Prabhupada anywhere like he did for the Panca-tattva mantra) will give them qualification or
raise them to the platform of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. This regular chanting of the two mantras is the direct practical implementation of Shrila Prabhupada's purport in Cc Adi 8.31 considering the fact the Prabhupada did not recommend the regular chanting of the Panca-tattva mantra on the beads. Chanting of the Panca-tattva mantra once before each round or three times before beginning the kirtana cannot be termed as "very regularly" (as insisted by Shrila Prabhupada) and "karite karite" (as insisted by Shrila Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada) for the chanting of Lord
Nityananda and Lord Gauranga's Names.
The order of Lord Nityananda is the life and soul of all acharyas including Shrila Prabhupada. If someone says that Shrila Prabhupada does not want us to chant the name of 'Gauranga', they are commiting the biggest offense against Prabhupada by saying that Prabhupada is desiring something against the desires of Lord Nityananda.
I would say that it is the most dearmost and pleasing thing to the heart of Shrila Prabhupada and the greatest service to him, all acharyas (like Narottama das Thakura who said that he will become a slave of someone who chants 'Gauranga') and Lord Nityananda to make others chant Gauranga's name regularly. This is proved by Shrila Prabhupada's song on the Jaladuta and his direct statements in the Chaitanya-charitamrita.
The spiritual opulences present in the 'Gauranga' and 'Nityananda' Mantras cannot even be compared to the combined opulences present in the millions of universes in this material world multiplied millions of times. So who are we, tiny insignificant souls to minimize or belittle or obstruct the chanting of the 'Nityananda' and 'Gauranga' Mantras which all the acharyas have personally advocated (as given below) following in the footsteps of Lord Nityananda Balarama Himself.