Perfection in chanting Gauraanga
Post Author: Bhakta Matus Date: 2008-01-04 08:31:03
One of the most prominent saints in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura writes in the beginning of one of His famous bengali songs:
'gauranga' bolite habe pulaka-sarira
'hari hari' bolite nayane ba'be nira
"In the beginning, when by chanting the name of 'Gauraanga', my body will feel waves of ecstasy, only then will I be able to shed tears while chanting the names of Lord Hari."
In this verse, the qualification is described for chanting the Names of Lord Hari, or the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. What is this qualification? The qualification is that when upon chanting the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga, there will be shivering and ecstatic feelings in our body, pulaka-sharira. Then and only then will we be able to utter the Names of Radha-Krishna completely offenselessly.
So the question arises that, how do one come to this stage of shivering in body while uttering the name of Gauranga? It will not come just like that without training ourselves in
devotion to the Holy Names, Form, Qualities and Pastimes of Lord Gauranga. And it all starts with the regular, if not constant practice of chanting His Holy Name 'Gauranga'. Then one will attain the real fruit of chanting the Name of Gauranga, which is the spontaneous shivering in body due to feelings of pure love of God. Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura assures us of this fact and encourages us in taking shelter of Gauranga's Holy Name in His other song:
je gaurangera nama loy, tara hoy premodoy, tare mui jai bolihari.
"One who chants the name of 'Gauranga' instantly awakens his or her dormant pure love for the Lord. I (Narottama) worship such a person and surrender to him."
And this process of chanting the Name of Gauranga is very easy to perform. Firstly there are no considerations of offenses as it is the case of chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila, Chapter 8, Verse 31:
chaitanya-nityanande nahi esaba vicara,
nama laite prema dena, vahe asrudhara
"But if one only chants, with some slight faith, the holy names of Lord Gauranga and Nityananda, very quickly he is cleansed of all offenses. Since in the chanting of the names of Nityananda-Gauranga there is no consideration of offenses, one will very quickly come to the stage of love of God, simply by chanting Their names and tears of pure love for Krishna will flow from the eyes."
And secondly, by chanting the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga one pleases and gets unlimited favour of the Most Merciful Incarnation for all time to come, who is Lord Nityananda Prabhu, the saviour of the most fallen and wretched. It is none other than Him who distributes freely this matchless gift of the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga. Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya, 1st Chapter:
kashta naahi vyaya naai naa paabe yaatanaa
shri gauraanga bali naache naahika bhaavanaa..35
"You will not have to undergo any tribulation and misery nor will you need to waste any time, energy or money. You will simply have to dance while chanting the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga and become absorbed in the divine trance of love for Lord Gauranga."
je sukha aami ta diba taara naai sama
sarvadaa vimalaananda naahi taara bhrama..36
"Lord Nityananda continued, 'Nothing is comparable to this matchless divine happiness which I will award you. It is the supremely pure absolute happiness increasing at every moment and is totally free from the contamination of illusion."
Besides all, there is actually no other assuring way in this degraded age of Kali other than the regular chanting of Lord Gauranga's and Nityananda's Holy Names as categorically propagated by the most influential and powerful knower of the spiritual truths regarding the Holy Names of Nityananda Gauranga, His Divine Grace Shrila Shachidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura in His famous Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya, 1st Chapter:
kali-jivera aparaadha asankhya durvaara
gaura-naama vinaa taara naahika uddhaara
"The offenses and sins of the souls of Kali Yuga are unlimited and absolutely impossible to overcome. Thus, there is no other means of deliverance in Kali Yuga other than the exceptionally merciful Holy Name of Lord Gauranga."
So who, after getting to know the powerful and unprecedented potency of the Most Merciful Holy Names of Lord Gauranga and Nityananda, will not accept this most rare opportunity of perfecting one's life so easily by taking regular shelter of chanting the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga and Nityananda?