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Title: 002 Shri Chaitanya-mangala
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-18 04:45:19
In Shri Chaitanya-mangala Sutra-khanda Verse 527 by Shrila Locana Dasa Thakura, the four-syllable Gauranga-mantra is described as the mantra through which Lord Gauranga is worshipped in Goloka Vrndavana, the topmost Vaikuntha planet in the spiritual world:
hema-gaura kalevara, mantra cari-aksara; sahaja vaikuntha-natha syama.
"The Lord sits on a golden bejewelled throne. He posseses a complexion millions of times more brilliant than the colour of molten gold. He is worshipped by all His devotees with the four-syllable mantra, 'Gauranga'."
Purport by Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami:
Another interesting thing to note is that the 'Gauranga' mantra is also a namatmaka-mantra like the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Just like Hare Krishna maha-mantra is called a Mantra as well addressed as Harinam similarly 'Gauranga' mantra is sometimes called as the Gaura-Gopala Mantra whereas soemtimes called as Gauranam. So the 'Gauranga'
mantra is for everyone including the most fallen irrespective of one's qualification. The six syllable Gaura-Mantra mentioned in the Urdhvamnaya-Tantra starting with 'klim' is given by our acharyas as fourth of the seven gayatri mantras given at the time of mantra-diksha. So it is obvious that this mantra can be chanted only on the platform of brahminical qualification. Whereas 'Gauranga' mantra has no such complications and Lord Nityananda requested everyone He met to chant it.
The Panca-tattva Mantra as given by Shrila Prabhupada may not be regularly chanted on the beads as instructed by Shrila Prabhupada himself. He recommended it to be chanted only at the beginning of the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. However there are no such restrictions given by the acharyas for the 'Gauranga' Mantra. It can be chanted on
beads, or sung loudly in kirtana or even chanted mentally in the breath etc. According to mantra-shastra, one achieves mantra-siddhi if one chants the mantra 1000 times the number of syllables is the mantra. If we apply this to the 4-syllable 'Gauranga' mantra, it has to be chanted 4000 times which is around 40 rounds (1 round =108 times). So we requesting whoever we meet to atleast chant 40 rounds of the 'Gauranga' Mantra daily along with atleast 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra as recommended by Shrila Prabhupada.
This will surely help anyone and everyone in bringing them very quickly to the platform of offenseless chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and love of God. As said by Shrila Narottama 'Gaurangera nama loya, tara hoya premodaya...
Though the Pancha-Tattva mantra is not mentioned anywhere explicitly in the scriptures, Shrila Prabhupada gave it to us due to his extreme and causeless mercy on us to help us become quickly delivered from the ten offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
Just like Lord Krishna is the Supreme Perosnality of Godhead similarly Lord Gauranga is the self-same Krishna and the worshippable Supreme Personality of Godhead. According to Jaiva-Dharma (posted below) just like the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is the mantra thro which anyone (irrespective of high qualifications) can worship Lord Krishna, similarly Lord Gauranga (who has has specifially incarnated for the sake of the most fallen, degraded souls of Kali-Yuga) also
has to have a specifically mantra through which anyone can worship Lord Gauranga. This mantra is the four syllable "GAURANGA" MANTRA. (Purport ends)