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Perfect QnA about Nityananda Gauranga Naam

Post Author: Hadai Nityananda dasa    Date: 2007-12-17 01:37:51
Perfect QnA about Nityananda Gauranga Naam by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

I've been having a doubt lately as to why Srila Prabhupada did not directly tell his disciples to chant these mantrarajas, although it is there in the Caitanya Caritamrta.

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

Once Srila Prabhupada was asked by one of his disciples how they would receive instruction from him after his departure. His famous answer: "Everything is there in my books". You have to understand the time and circumstances when Srila Prabhupada started his journey. The West was at that time in deep darkness devoid of any knowledge about Krishna. Srila Prabhupada's primary mission was first and foremost to establish Lord Sri Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In order to understand Lord Gauranga we have to know who Lord Sri Krishna is, and who Radharani is. That is exactly what Srila Prabhupada has done as no one has ever done before him. Everything comes in waves. The six Gosvamis have elaborately described the glories of Vrindavan dhama and humanity had to wait for another few hundred years to hear about the supreme glories of Navadvip dhama from the lotus lips of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura. Hundred years later the supreme glories of Purushottama dhama (modern Jagannatha Puri) were broadcasted through the lotus lips of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja. The glories of these holy dhamas are of course existing for all of eternity but are, in material time, progressively revealed in waves. On a larger scale we see also the different Yuga dharmas. So in this material time of past present and future, different aspects and methods of self-realization are revealed at different times. When Srila Prabhupada came to the West Krishna consciousness was established in an area of the world were practically nobody knew about Krishna.

I've been having a doubt lately as to why Srila Prabhupada did not directly tell his disciples to chant these mantrarajas, although it is there in the Caitanya Caritamrta.

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

Srila Prabhupada didn't institutionalize the chanting of the mantrarajas. However he has given the instruction in his books. Why? Lord Gauranga is a hidden incarnation and is recognized by His devotees who will accept His holy Names without a second thought. Srila Prabhupada didn't reveal this secret plainly to everybody in an institutionalized form but it is very clear to bhaktas who study his books very carefully. Do you see the correlation between the hidden incarnation of Lord Chaitanya and the hidden instruction of His holy Name in Srila Prabhupada's books? How confidential this information is we can see even nowadays. Although Srila Gaurangapada Maharaja accentuates these very confidential secrets they are still not embraced by all devotees as you describe in your letter.

I can see that if one does not have determination to stop offenses, then it is very difficult to even think about chanting in the first place - mind wavers.

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

Yes we always should strive for offenseless chanting including the mantrarajas. However, the wonderful feature of the holy Names 'Nityananda' and 'Gauranga' is that when we make offences they are not taken into account + They are a most auspicious preparation to chant the most holy Maha Mantra with the blessings of Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga. Lord Nityananda leads naturally to Lord Gauranga and Lord Gauranga leads naturally to Sri Sri Radha Krishna. This is very confidential information but as soon as you start doing it everything is revealed within your heart.

Many devotees, including some I am in touch with, have expressed objections towards chanting these maha mantras along with the Hare Krishna mantra.

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

You mean..these rajamantras?I pray for the devotees who object to the holy Names of the Lord that there offence will not be taken seriously. There is no difference between 'Gauranga' and 'Radha Krishna' so objecting against Gauranga is objecting against Radha Krishna.

The benefits are imminent. If so, then why are there so many objections?

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

For those who experience the benefits there are no objections, they just keep on chanting the mantrarajas. The objections come from those who make judgments based on dry speculation; not direct experience.

So many people even claim that devotees who take shelter of these names are in illusion and are committing offense to Srila Prabhupada. Kindly clarify the reasons for this.

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

As I told above I pray for those who are entangled in this kind of offensive thinking. Some devotees only scratch the surface and think that the only instruction Srila Prabhupada has given is what he has institutionalized. But as he himself said 'Everything is there in my books' so his instruction continues after his departure and we may assume that there are still undiscovered instructions hidden in his books. When we want to take advantage of Srila Prabhupada's instructions we have to study his books and take his instructions beyond the institutionalized 'formal' instructions.

In the meantime, I am trying to chant, but there are disturbances, both within and without. But after reading the stories of other devotees' realizations, I am optimistic that soon they will be gone.

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

Yes there are always disturbances and we train our attention to come back to the holy Names. The more we do that, the stronger our 'muscle of focus' becomes and the more we can emerge without disturbances into the unlimited nectar of the holy Names. Have you ever noticed that whenever you start to experience the nectar that all disturbances suddenly disappear? That are the lucky moments and all other moments are training to get there.

I hope my last mail was not offensive in any manner, if so I beg your forgiveness.

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

No Prabhu I was in no way ever offended by you and even if you would offend me I would forgive you in an instant.

Gaurangapada Swami's example made me realize that a devotee can realize by just properly following Srila Prabhupada's books.

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

Yes, Srila Gaurangapada is actually a very confidential student of Srila Prabhupada who reaches totally beyond the institutionalized instructions and who demonstrates these instructions by his own living example. For instance he didn't accept the compromised form of chanting of 16 rounds a day but took Srila Prabhupada's original instruction of chanting a minimum of 64 rounds a day. Again this is an example between the institutionalized 16 rounds and Srila Prabhupada's genuine wish that we chant 64 rounds a day. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Post Author: Bhakta Matus    Date: 2007-12-16 08:57:44
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya, wonderful. Very useful for every devotee of Nityananda Gauranga Naam Bhakti on how to deal with these common questions, with which everyone of us meet in the course of time. Thank You very much. Your servant, Matus.

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2007-12-16 10:07:33
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Wonderful questions and more then wonderful answers!Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Thank you so much Nityananda Hadai dasa Prabhu!

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-12-17 10:35:22
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara! Pranams! I greatly appreciate the unique understanding and explanation of Hadai Nityananda dasa to these questions pertaining to Nityananda Gauranga Naam. I would like to add to these wonderful replies.

I've been having a doubt lately as to why Srila Prabhupada did not directly tell his disciples to chant these mantrarajas, although it is there in the Caitanya Caritamrta.

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

Srila Prabhupada didn't institutionalize the chanting of the mantrarajas. However he has given the instruction in his books. Why? Lord Gauranga is a hidden incarnation and is recognized by His devotees who will accept His holy Names without a second thought. Srila Prabhupada didn't reveal this secret plainly to everybody in an institutionalized form but it is very clear to bhaktas who study his books very carefully. Do you see the correlation between the hidden incarnation of Lord Chaitanya and the hidden instruction of His holy Name in Srila Prabhupada's books? How confidential this information is we can see even nowadays. Although Srila Gaurangapada Maharaja accentuates these very confidential secrets they are still not embraced by all devotees as you describe in your letter.

The teachings in the holy books of Shrila Swami Prabhupada are also direct instructions to devotees. I would say that Shrila Swami Prabhupada did directly tell his followers to chant the Gauranga Mantra along with the Hare Krishna Mantra when he stated in Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Antya-lila 2.31 purport that Gauranga Mantra and Hare Krishna Mantra are on the same level. He has not compared any other Mantra with the Hare Krishna Mantra in this way and not given prominence to any other Mantra in this way like he did for the Gauranga Mantra by stating that the Gauranga Mantra is equal to the Hare Krishna Mantra. When a Mantra is as equally important as the Hare Krishna Mantra, one would be expected to chant the Mantra at least sometimes daily along with the Hare Krishna Mantra. And one would expect the followers of Shrila Swami Prabhupada to be respectful to those who chant the Gauranga Mantra along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra due to these instructions of Shrila Swami Prabhupada.

If the Gauranga Mantra was never chanted or if Shrila Swami Prabhupada never wanted it to be chanted, why would he have used the words "One who CHANTS the Gauranga Mantra..." It means that Shrila Swami Prabhupada does accept that some devotees chanted or are chanting or will chant the Gauranga Mantra and they should be respected to be on the same level as those devotees who chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, what to speak of giving equal respect to devotees who chant both daily.

As for the question why Shrila Swami Prabhupada did not practically instruct the devotees to chant the Gauranga Mantra along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, we can understand that he must have done so because that was desire and instruction of Lord Nityananda to him. It is quite inconceivable to understand how Lord Nityananda wants the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga to be taught and spread even by His intimate associates like Shrila Swami Prabhupada. Lord Nityananda desired that he should clearly describe the four-syllable Gauranga Mantra in Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita and leave it to the devotees to first understand this confidential teaching and then implement the chanting of the Gauranga Mantra in their day-to-day Naam Bhajana in addition to the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. One of the reasons for this is because the Gauranga Mantra is very hidden and confidential as Hadai Nityananda dasa has pointed out.

I will continue to add my comments in the next post. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-12-17 22:34:57
The benefits are imminent. If so, then why are there so many objections?

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

For those who experience the benefits there are no objections, they just keep on chanting the mantrarajas. The objections come from those who make judgments based on dry speculation; not direct experience.

I agree. Unless one realizes the efficacy of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas by personally chanting Them, the doubts and objections will continue to exist because They cannot be understood simply by theoretical understanding or discussion of the scriptures. Another understanding is that even though Lord Nityananda instructed Maya in Navadvipa Dhaam Mahatmya to remove her veil from the scriptures which glorify Lord Gauranga, Maya still does want to keep the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas as secret and confidential as possible in order to keep the souls longer in her kingdom of rectification as part of her service to the Lord. So she tries to create doubts about Nityananda Gauranga Naam in the hearts of even existing devotees since as Shrila Swami Prabhupada said that the spreading of Naam can be stopped from inside but not by any outside force.

So many people even claim that devotees who take shelter of these names are in illusion and are committing offense to Srila Prabhupada. Kindly clarify the reasons for this.

Answer by Hadai Nityananda dasa:

As I told above I pray for those who are entangled in this kind of offensive thinking. Some devotees only scratch the surface and think that the only instruction Srila Prabhupada has given is what he has institutionalized. But as he himself said 'Everything is there in my books' so his instruction continues after his departure and we may assume that there are still undiscovered instructions hidden in his books. When we want to take advantage of Srila Prabhupada's instructions we have to study his books and take his instructions beyond the institutionalized 'formal' instructions.

Where does Shrila Swami Prabhupada state that those who are chanting Nityananda Gauranga Naam in addition to his primary instruction of chanting at least 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra are offending him? I believe that no acharya would ever say this. In fact Shrila Swami Prabhupada states the opposite in many places. In one place, he states that one will please him by very regularly chanting the Holy Name of Nityananda and then the Holy Name of Gauranga along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

I have to say that stating that those who chant the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas are in illusion shows a huge lack of understanding about Naam Tattva. How can illusion be present in the presence of the most merciful Holy Names of Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama? There is no shadow when we face the sun similarly all illusion of unlimited lives is fully dispelled by chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas just once as established by our Acharyas as presented in our Nityananda Gauranga Naam book. Stating that Nityananda Gauranga Naam chanting is illusion is itself a form of the illusory energy, who is trying her best to conceal the Mantrarajas. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

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