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Title: Institutions spread Gauranga Mantra
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2005-02-05 16:20:59
Gauranga Meditation Center of Sankirtana Das in Gainesville
The spoken word
There are many different words you can chant. "Mango" has a nice quality, he says. In the '60s, he used to chant "love, peace, happiness, freedom." But now Sankirtan chants what he considers the sweetest sound in the world. His thin face relaxes as he introduces it: "Gaur-Ra-Ang-Ga."
The word gauranga means "golden effulgence," which is the radiant glow that appears around light sources. By using this word to describe God, it becomes a spiritual mantra.
Sankirtan has his students breath deeply, inhale the incense wafting through the room and exhale the word, "Gauranga." He says a good gauranga session lasts about 20 to 40 minutes and should be done several times a day.
To demonstrate the Chaitanya School's way of meditation, Balakhilya led the audience in a number of guided meditations: Sitting still, become aware of the rhythm of one's breathing. Then on each exhalation chanting aloud the mantra: Gauranga Nitai Gaur.
In the group this was quite a centring experience. One forgot about the noises of the street. This, we were told, was because we were using a transcendental sound, pertaining not to the material, but to the transcendental world.
"Gauranga (the Golden one) is a name of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, an incarnation of Shri Krishna who preached the glories of the holy name (Hare Krishna) throughout India 500 years ago. The sound of 'Gauranga' is extremely potent spiritually, just like the Hare Krishna mantra, and whoever hears or chants this name becomes liberated."
"In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, it is described that is very easy to achieve success in the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and the 'Gauranga' Mantra by chanting them while residing in the most merciful Shri Navadvipa-dhama and thus actually achieve Vrindavana-dhama." (This is taken from our translation)
(5) New Oriental Health Oy, Janne Kontala (Jayananda Dasa prabhu), Vantaa, Helsinki
"I read recently your writing about Gauranga-mantra. I teach yoga. In my current course I implemented in the mediation section quiet chanting of Gauranga (quiet because according to my experience people are scared if loud chanting goes on, at least on yoga courses where they are expecting a quiet atmosphere). Now quite many have been chanting at least five minutes daily for two weeks. Some seem to like it."