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Title: "ye tomara nama laya" verse

User: Igor     Date: 2006-06-21 22:59:36


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!


I just read beautifull verse in Chaitanya Charitamrita and I want to share some realisation about that verse and Gauranga Naam. Sravanam-kirtanam...:I am just writing some personal impresions, so please, dear Swami Gaurangapada and devotees, correct me if I am in any point wrong. It is said that we should try to glorify Lord and His devotees even if our attempt may be limited and full of mistakes. Here is wonderfull verse from Chaitanya Charitamrita where Shrivasa Pandita is addresing Lord Chaitanya


śrīvāsa balena, — ye tomāra nāma laya

tāra koṭi aparādha saba haya kṣaya




Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura replied, "Anyone who takes Your holy name vanquishes ten million of his offenses immediately.


This conversation took place during recitation of Vishnu-sahastra-nama stotra when Lord Gauranga with great joy listened thousands Names of Vishnu. Suddenly He heard name Nrsimha and immediately most merciful Lord Gaurasundara accepted furious mood of Lord Nrsimha. His eyes become red and He started to roar like lion with club in His lotus hand and all people was frightened – “We don’t know what offence we had made.” Nowone before newer saw Lord Gauranga in this mood of Nrsimha, and when Lord saw that people started to run away in great fear He adjusted His thoughts and sat down. After few moments He said to Shrivasa –“ "When I adopted the mood of Lord Nṛsiḿhadeva, people were greatly afraid. Therefore I stopped, since causing fear among people is an offense." After hearing that statement from lotus lips of His beloved Lord, Shrivasa Thakura replied and spoke this verse where he is addressing Lord Gauranga.


         It is clear that Shrivasa Thakura in this verse is speaking about personal Name of Lord Gauranga, because he is addressing him directly. He is saying –ye tomara nama laya. Tomara means Yours and nama means Name, so it is clear that this indicates to Lord Gauranga’s Name. And later on Shrivasa Thakura continues and describes special characteristic of such chanting – aparadha saba haya ksaya -  all aparadhas are simply vanquished. Very important is point that Shrivasa thakura is using word saba – and that means all, which includes and ten offences in chanting Krishna Naam. Saba aparadha – all aparadhas. He is saying all offences can be destroyed by taking Your name - Gauranga.


 Furthermore, he did not mentioned “by continuous” chanting of Your Name – than he would exclusively spoke about Krishna Naam, because only continuous chanting of Hare Krishna Maha mantra is process how person can eradicate Naam aparadha. So, we can easily understand that Shrivasa Thakura is  speaking about Lord Gauranga’s Name. In ecstasy he said tara koti aparadha -  ten thousands offences are immediately destroyed, but actually he is saying that if person chant Name Gauranga innumerable offences are immediately destroyed. When we want to emphases something that is very, very great and unlimited we are making figure of speech, so similarly Shrivasa Thakura is actually saying – tomara nama - by chanting Your Name, aparadha saba - all offences – haya ksaya - become vanquished.


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!


Title: Re: "ye tomara nama laya" verse

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-22 05:54:42


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! And here "saba aparadha" means that all the following four kinds offenses (aparadhas) described in Madhurya Kadambini are destroyed at the root by chanting Lord Gauranga's Holy Name.


(1) Dushkritotha - Offenses due to our past sins

(2) Sukritotha - Obstacles due to our past material pious deeds

(3) Bhaktyutha - Offenses in bhakti like the desire for name and fame

(4) Aparadhotha - Offenses towards devotees due to envy