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Pancha Tattva Naam Should Never be Neglected

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-11-27 13:07:40
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara! Pranams! Some devotees find it difficult to sing the longer Pancha Tattva Mantra in the normal and basic tunes in which we sing the Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna Mantrarajas since the Pancha Tattva Mantra has more syllables in the second line and thus the Mantra does not fit in normal kirtana tunes like the famous Swami tune of Shrila Swami Prabhupada. Thus, they directly begin the kirtana with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. But the Pancha Tattva Mantra and the Names of the Pancha Tattva should never be neglected in the beginning of any Naam Sankirtana or Naam Japa otherwise the Hare Krishna Naam may not yield the desired benefits. To remind everyone, the Pancha Tattva Mantra is as follows:

shri krishna chaitanya, prabhu nityaananda
shri advaita gadaadhara shrivaasaadi gaura bhakta vrinda


If the Pancha Tattva Mantra does not fit in the Naam Kirtana tune which is going to be sung, it should still be vocally recited (chanted without music) audibly three times or at least one time before beginning the chanting of the kirtana of even Nityananda Gauranga Naam and of course Hari Naam. The Pancha Tattva Mantra contains the remembrance of the most merciful Gaura Bhakta Vrinda by whose mercy we chant the Holy Name of Nityananda. And by the mercy of Nityananda Naam, we are able to vibrate Gauranga Naam. And by the mercy of all these Naam, we are finally able to utter the Hare Krishna Mahamantra in a pure offenseless manner.

In addition (not replacement) to chanting the Pancha Tattva Mantra, those devotees who want to sing the kirtana of all the Holy Names of the Pancha Tattva even more frequently in the normal Naam kirtana tunes in which the Pancha Tattva Mantra does not fit can sing the Pancha Tattva Stava which is the first verse of the Nityananda Gauranga Naam Mahima Mahastotra. The Pancha Tattva Stava is based on the verses of Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita. It can easily be sung in all the tunes in which sing Nityananda, Gauranga and the Hare Krishna Mantras are normally sung. It is as follows:

shri gauraanga nityaananda, advaita chandra
gadaadhara shrivaasaadi, gaura bhakta vrinda


Thus, by the help of these two, Pancha Tattva Mantra and Pancha Tattva Stava, the Holy Names of the most magnanimous Pancha Tattva should always be sung and remembered before commencing any kind of Naam Bhajana (including Nityananda Gauranga Naam Bhajana) to remove all kinds of  inauspiciousness. Please note, however, that the Pancha Tattva Stava does not replace the Pancha Tattva Mantra in any way. It is only a recommended complementary addition for those devotees who want to sing the Holy Names of Pancha Tattva in the normal and simple kirtana tunes. It is mandatory to chant or sing the Pancha Tattva Mantra in the beginning of Naam Bhajana irrespective of whether you are later going to sing the Pancha Tattva Stava or not since the Pancha Tattva Mantra is said to be given to us by Shrila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji himself. Chanting of the Pancha Tattva Stava is not mandatory and it is up to the devotee who is performing bhajana or kirtana to sing it or not.

Some devotees do not chant the Pancha Tattva Mantra before beginning Naam Japa on Tulasi mala stating that it is not officially stated by Shrila Swami Prabhupada in his books about Japa. They accept the Pancha Tattva Mantra only for Kirtana. I personally recommend devotees though to chant three times the Pancha Tattva Mantra before beginning the chanting (Naam Japa) of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna Mantras on Tulasi mala, at least the first time when you begin chanting in the day.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.


Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-12-01 01:29:18
"Jaya" or "Bhaja" are not integral parts on the Pancha Tattva Mantra as given in the holy books of Shrila Swami Prabhupada. Shrila Swami Prabhupada stopped the kirtana singer devotee a few times when he was adding bhaja before the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Of course there are no hard and fast rules for chanting the Holy Names. Pancha Tattva Mantra is like a song or an invocation prayer Mantra so adding Jaya or Bhajana is not such a big problem. But for the main Mantras like Nityananda, Gauranga and the Hare Krishna Mantra, we should avoid adding "bhaja" or "jaya" directly before the Mantras as the number of syllables in each Mantra are fixed and should not be changed. Of course we sing, Jaya Nityananda...Jaya Gauranga, but that is again a song with the Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga. We sing Them as Naam. If we sing Them in modd of Mantras, then one should not add jaya or bhaja before any of Them. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara!

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2007-11-27 20:40:02
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Some devotees say that before Panca-tattva Mantra devotee should chant JAY, others say that person should add BHAJA, and some think that mantra should remain and begin with Sri Krsna Caitanya... What is correct?
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

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