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Did Acharyas chant NGN on beads

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-12-24 15:52:38
Is there any evidence of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, Bhaktivinode Thakur or Srila Prabhupada chanting Nityananda Gauranga on beads themselves?

(1) Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! There may not be some explicit evidence that our three Acharyas chanted the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas on tulasi beads but there is no explicit evidence or negation from them to suggest that they did not chant Them also. As Shrila Prabhupada states about that Yoga student in Iran (regarding japa), "Nitaai Gauranga and Hare Krishna both are same, whatever he finds convenient let him chant." We or many of his contemporaries did not even know that the Gauranga Mantra Acharya Shrila Shivananda Sena constantly chanted the Gauranga Mantra internally with and without beads until it was manifested to us by the combined revelation of both Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami and Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, both of whom we are eternal indebted to, for this singlemost divine secret revelation in Kali Yuga. So if some Acharyas don't reveal whether they are chanting the Gauranga Mantra or not, we still cannot say categorically that they are not chanting the Gauranga Mantra. As the saying goes..it takes one to know one.

(2) One cannot understand nor speculate about the actions of great Acharyas. Vaishnavera vakya kriya mudra vigye na bujhaya...There may be many pastimes in their lives which they may not reveal or manifest openly during their pastimes due to the Lord's desire for them to keep them secret even though they may be performing them internally like no one knew that Shrila Shivananda Sena was internally chanting the Gauraanga Mantra until it was revealed by Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami in Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita. Thus it is better to fully depend on their divine instructions of the Acharyas in their Holy Books regarding our bhajana rather than simply trying to do only what they have done or imitate them. All the three Acharyas very clearly state that one should very regularly chant Nityananda and Gauranga along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

(3) Shrila Sacchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura states in Jaiva Dharma that our Acharyas have two simultaneous spiritual bodies in the eternal Navadvipa and Vraja and Gauranga and Krishna are worshiped by Their own Mantras in Navadvipa and Vraja respectively. So every Acharyas who has two divine spiritual bodies has to be chanting both the four-syllable Gaura Gopala Mantra and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra in Navadvipa and Vraja respectively. In their manifest pastimes if they appear to chant only the Hare Krishna Mahamantra externally, that does not necessarily mean that they are not chanting the Gauranga Mantra internally or that they are chanting only Harinaam in Goloka in their unmanifest eternal pastimes which are not revealed in front of our eyes. As Shri Chaitanya Mangala states...hema gaura kalevara, mantra chaari akshara..."The Lord is worshiped by all His eternal Associates in the eternal Navadvipa by the chanting of the four-syllable Gaura Gopala Mantra."

(4) Siddha or perfected Acharyas effortlessly realize Gauranga by chanting Krishna's Name and Krishna by chanting Gauranga's Name. So even if they externally happen to chant only one Naam, it is enough for them to associate with both the pastimes. They do not have to overcome the insurmountable obstacles caused due to the ten offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra since they chant the pure Naam. So even if they personally chant only Krishna Naam, they attain the full mercy and association of Lords Nityananda Gauranga, which is not true in our case. Thus we, offensive condiitoned souls, should not try to directly imitate this behavior of theirs but rather try to implement their teachings and instructions in their books which is clearly to not directly indulge in the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra without the regular and daily chanting of Nityananda Gauranga Naam in the purport to Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita 8.31.

For more deeper understanding about this, please read the Nityananda Gauranga Naam book online.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2007-12-24 18:58:00
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
All glories to Swami Gaurangapada
All glories to Srilla Prabhupada

Dear Gurudeva, here are several questions from my correspondence that are relate with this topic. Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

1.Did spiritual master of your guru ( Srilla Swami Gaurangapada) chanted Nityananda and Gauranga daily on beads? If yes, who gave him this mantra and who initiated him in this practice. I am not sure that Bhaktisiddhantha Sarasvati Thakura gave such initiation to anyone.

2.Chanting of different mantras should be practice on different malas. Every mantra must have its own mala. It is not correct to chant three different mantras on same mala.

3.I can also found many instructions about chanting Srimati Radhika's Name - Radhe Radhe. If I am following that logic may I also accept chanting Radhe Radhe on japa?

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-12-24 20:05:15
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Thanks for the questions.

1.Did spiritual master of your guru ( Srilla Swami Gaurangapada) chanted Nityananda and Gauranga daily on beads? If yes, who gave him this mantra and who initiated him in this practice. I am not sure that Bhaktisiddhantha Sarasvati Thakura gave such initiation to anyone.

My Shrila Gurudeva told me that he loves to chant Nityananda Gauranga Naam. He told me that Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada had instructed him to chant these two merciful Holy Names as much as possible along with the Mahamantra. I did not ask him specifically if he chanted Them on his beads nor did I ask him whether he received Them by official initiation (Diksha) from his Gurudeva Shrila Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada. He did receive them by Naam Shiksha in the form of his Gurudeva's instructions to take shelter of Nityananda Gauranga Naam along with the Mahamantra which Shrila Sarasvati Prabhupada also gave publicly in his Bhashya to Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita 8.31.

I can say one thing. Shrila Shivananda Sena chanted the 4-syllable Gaura Gopala (Gauranga) Mantraraja as his Ishta Mantra. So the process of receiving and chanting the Gauranga Mantraraja is there in our Gaudiya line. This process may unmanifest and manifest again in the specific different branches of our parampara or disciplic succession by the desire of our Acharyas, Lord Advaita Acharya and Lord Nityananda Raama.

For example, Shrila Sarasvati Prabhupada directly imparted the Gayatri Mantras to his disciples which he did not receive by Diksha (official initiation) from his own Gurudeva Shrila Gaura Kishora dasa Babaji. He certainly would have received Naam Shiksha (divine instructions) from his Diksha Guru Shrila Gaura Kishora dasa Babaji and from Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura about imparting these Gayatri Mantras so he introduced Them due to the desire of the Acharyas. Most of these Gayatri Mantras are found in our Vedic scriptures. They are not manufactured by him just like our scripturally authentic and authorized 4-syllable Gaura Gopala Mantra. I just want to make a point that some times the Lord and the Acharyas do want something to remain hidden for some time and then be introduced or revealed or restarted after some time when they desire. One cannot be very rigid about this point because it solely depends on the desire of the Lord. He can use any humble and sincere devotee as an instrument to fulfill His transcendental desires at the right time which He desires. So that should also be considered. I don't take and never want to take any credit for Nityananda Gauranga Naam. All credit should go to Shrila Sacchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura for revealing the Gaura Gopala Mantra and the Nityananda Gauranga Naam Tattva. We are all simply acting as his instruments.

2.Chanting of different mantras should be practice on different malas. Every mantra must have its own mala. It is not correct to chant three different mantras on same mala.

What is the scriptural proof for the statement that chanting of different Krishna Mantras should be done on different tulasi malas? I am not aware of such a statement in the Hari Bhakti Vilasa, the Vaishnava manual. Besides the main consideration is that Krishna Naam and Gauranga Naam are fully one and non-different as They are the same Person, the same Tattva known as Avataari not just an Avataara. Krishna Lila and Gauranga Lila are linked so intimately with each other that it is basically becomes one. I may try to understand this statement of different tulasi malas if the two Mantras are of two different potencies like the Holy Names of Lord Gauraanga Krishna (Avataari) and those of the Lord's partial incarnations like Lord Rama, Lord Nrisingha etc. But there is no difference at all between Krishna Naam and Gauranga Naam on the absolute platform, so my conclusion is that they can certainly be chanted on the same tulasi mala if received from the same Guru as the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. I agree that one has to receive a different mala if one receives a different Mantra from another Guru. We also chant the Pancha Tattva Mantra on the same mala before beginning the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. So it is not taboo to chant on the same tulasi maalaa especially for Gauranga and Krishna Naam.

3.I can also found many instructions about chanting Srimati Radhika's Name - Radhe Radhe. If I am following that logic may I also accept chanting Radhe Radhe on japa?

Raadhaa Naama is most glorious and is also a two-syllable Mantra and can be chanted and sung whenever one desires. But we don't find explicit reference to any of our Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharyas chanting Raadhaa Naama specifically as an Ishta Mantra (which is normally chanted as japa) like we do find for the Gaura Gopaala Mantra. Hare Krishna or Raadhaa Krishna or Gauraanga is most complete as it includes both the Energetic and the Energy also. Shrila Prabhupada said that one who chants the Gauraanga Mantra and one who chants Hare Krishna are the same level. He was specifically referring to the Gauraanga Mantra. And since he states They are on the same level, we should understand that if one can chant japa on tulasi mala for one of Them, then one can certainly do that for the other too because there is absolutely no difference between Lord Krishna and Lord Gauraanga. So this argument is not valid unless one has proof that the previous Acharyas have chanted Raadhaa Naama or any other Naama they may claim as an Ishta Mantra. We also read in Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata that Shripada Madhavendra Puri chanted the Nityaananda Mantra constantly during his meeting with Lord Nityaananda Prabhu and requested everyone to do so whereas Raadhaa Naama was not frequently chanted openly by even Lord Gauraanga Himself, the combined of Shri Shri Raadhaa Krishna.

Ishta Mantra is normally chanted mentally or softly in Japa and Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita states that the Gauraanga Mantra was the Ishta Mantra of Shrila Shivananda Sena who is an eternal associate of Shri Shri Radha Krishna. So the Gauraanga Mantra must be Ishta Mantra of many Acharyas in our in the different branches of our Gaudiya Sampradaya about which we are not aware of since the Gauraanga Mantra was chanted internally by them. It was only because of the rare pastime that Shrila Shivananda Sena decided to test the Gaura Avesha in Shrila Nakula Brahmachari that Lord Gauraanga in the body of Shrila Nakula revealed to the world that Shrila Shivananda Sena was chanting the 4-syllable Gauraanga Mantra deeply within. So it is a fact that the Gauraanga Mantra is most confidential and very esoterically hidden in the Vedic scriptures and thus even the devotees of Lord Krishna are having trouble to accept Gauraanga Mantra on the same level as the Hare Krishna Mahaamantra.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gauraangapaada.

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2007-12-25 09:13:36
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Nityananda! Gauranga!
All glories to Swami Gaurangapada!

Thank you so much dear Gurudeva on wonderfull answers! Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krsna!
I would humbly suggest to any reader or devotee, or to any person who may have any simmilar questions or doubts about chanting Nityananda and Gauranga Naam, please read Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya By His Divine Grace Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura! Please read Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya and you will find all answers! Our great Acharya Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote everything in Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya! Please, please read it! If any person or devotee with open hearth read Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya then he or she will accept that chanting of Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga is topmost, highest and most sublime proces of devotional service. Nityananda! Gauranga! boro sukher kharbor gai! Please, just read Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya!

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-12-25 10:10:46
Thanks Igor. The advice to read Shri Navadvipa Dhaam Mahatmya is the best answer which can be given ever regarding Nityaananda Gauraanga Naam Tattva. We have two versions in the NITAAI Veda. One which has been translated previously and the one I am translating. Nityaananda! Gauraanga! Hare Krishna!



Daaso'smi, Swami Gauraangapaada.

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