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Title: 002 Shrila Prabhupada on Nityananda Gauranga Names
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-24 03:48:55
Q. Shrila Prabhupada states: "Vaishnavas consider Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu non-different 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 Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Antya-lila 2.31 purport). Please throw some more light on this most important statement by Shrila Prabhupada.
A. by Swami Gaurangapada:
Shrila Prabhupada says that one who chants the Gauranga Mantra and one who chants the Holy Names of Radha Krishna in the form of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra are on the same level. This statement is a confirmation of the fact that Shri Radha Krishna have combined in the golden form of Shri Gauranga. So both the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and the Gauranga Mantraraja are the Holy Names of the same Lord Gauranga Krishna and have equal potency.
Those who give more importance to the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and reject or belittle the Gauranga Mantraraja are accepting one form (Radha Krishna) of the Lord and rejecting the other form (Gauranga) of the same Lord and vice versa is also true. This amounts to the philosophy of accepting only half of the hen i.e. the back part of the hen which gives the egg and rejecting the front part which has to be fed. If one cuts the hen into two, then one looses the eggs also. Similarly if one does not have full faith in Lord Gauranga and the chanting of His Holy Name, then one will never be able to attain pure love of God even if one chants the Holy Names of Shri Shri Radha Krishna in the form of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra with full faith for millions of lives. Similarly, one may chant the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga with full faith but if one does not accept that Gauranga is actually Radha Krishna combined then one will not achieve success in the chanting of Gauranga's Name.
When Shri Shri Radha Krishna have Themselves combined in the form of Lord Gauranga to taste that love, one can imagine how sweet the Holy Name of Gauranga is actually is. It is verily the supreme combined nectar essence of Radha and Krishna. That is why Shrila Prabhupada clearly states that Gauranga Mantra chanters are on the same elevated spiritual level as Hare Krishna chanters or Radha Krishna chanters. Only those who understand this spiritual truth of Kali Yuga can factually succeed in the offenseless chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra by the causeless mercy of Lord Gauranga and His Holy Name. Shrila Prabhupada being the confidential associate of Lord Gauranga, is fully aware of this truth about the non difference of the Holy Name of Gauranga from the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.