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Quotes in a nutshell

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2006-01-14 16:27:11
Title: Quotes in a nutshell
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa    Date: 2005-03-09 21:11:53

Quotes in a nutshell -- By Swami Gaurangapada

In Shri Chaitanya-mangala Sutra-khanda Verse 527 by Shrila Locana Dasa Thakura, the four-syllable Gauranga-mantra is described as the mantra through which Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu is worshipped in Goloka Vrndavana, the topmost Vaikuntha planet in the spiritual world:

hema-gaura kalevara, mantra chari-aksara; sahaja vaikuntha-natha syama.

“The Lord sits on a golden bejewelled throne. He posseses a complexion millions of times more brilliant than the colour of molten gold. He is worshipped by all His devotees with the four-syllable mantra, ‘Gauranga’.”

Shrila Prabhupada in Cc Antya-lila 2.31 purport: “Worshipers of Shri Gaurasundara accept the four syllables gau-ra-an-ga as the Gaura mantra, but pure worshipers of Radha and Krishna accept the four syllables ra-dha krs-na as the Gaura-gopala mantra. However, Vaishnavas consider Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu nondifferent from Radha-Krishna (shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya). Therefore one who chants the mantra “gauranga” and one who chants the names of Radha and Krishna are on the same level.”


In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 9, the seven sages, the sons of Brahma achieved Lord Gauranga in the following way:

(A) aprakrta dhama, gaurahari nama; kevala sadhura asa.

“The only means of sadhana or worship is to take shelter of the transcendental Navadvipa and the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga. This is the only aspiration for the devotees.”

(B) kichu nahi khaya, nidra nahi jaya; gaura nama kare japa.

“The sapta-rsis (seven sages) who wanted to achieve Krishna-prema went to Navadvipa on the instructions of their father Lord Brahma and became indifferent to all material things. The constantly chanted japa of Lord Gauranga's Name without sleeping in the night or eating anything.”

(C) madhyana samaya, gaura dayamaya; dekha dila rsi gane.

“Very pleased by this sadhana, very soon in the afternoon, the most merciful Lord Gauranga appeared in front of the sages and fulfilled all their desires.”

Cc Madhya 6.258

`shri-krishna-chaitanya saci-suta guna-dhama'
ei dhyana, ei japa, laya ei nama

Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya always chanted japa of the the holy name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, son of mother Shachi and reservoir of all good qualities. Indeed, chanting the holy names became his only meditation.”

(Shrila Prabhupada in Cc Adi 8.31 purp)”A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should not indulge in the worship of Shri Radha and Krishna or the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Even if he does so, he cannot get the desired result. One should therefore chant the names of Nitai-Gaura and worship Them without false prestige. In the beginning one should *** very regularly *** chant Shri Gaurasundara’s holy name and then chant the holy name of Lord Nityananda. Thus one's heart will be cleansed of impure desires for material enjoyment. Then one can approach Vrndavana-dhama to worship Lord Krishna."

Prabhupada: “Now, what is the difference, Nitai-Gauranga and Hare Krishna? Nitai-Gauranga and Hare Krishna, there is no difference. Nitai-Gauranga is also nice. Whatever he finds convenient, let him chant.” (Shrila Prabhupada's Room Conversation with Yoga Student specifically regarding Japa, March 14, 1975, Iran)

“It is very beneficial to chant the names shri-krishna-chaitanya prabhu-nityananda before chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra because by chanting ##### these two holy names #####—shri-krishna-chaitanya prabhu-nityananda—one immediately becomes ecstatic, and if he then chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra he becomes free of offenses.” (SP in Cc Adi 8.24 purport)

Shrila Prabhupada in Cc Adi-lila 8.31 purport: “It should be noted in this connection that the holy names of Lord Krishna and Gaurasundara are both identical with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore one should not consider one name to be more potent than the other. Considering the position of the people of this age, however, the *** chanting *** of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s name is *** more essential *** than the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra because Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the most magnanimous incarnation and His mercy is very easily achieved.”

On board the ship Jaladuta, September 13, 1965, Verse 3, by Shrila Prabhupada: “By his (my Guru Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada’s) strong desire, THE HOLY NAME OF GAURANGA will first spread throughout all the countries of the Western world. Then in all the cities, towns, and villages on the earth, from all the oceans, seas, rivers, and streams, everyone will chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.”

Shrila Prabhupada’s Letter to: Niranjana, Brooklyn, 21 May, 1973: “You mention that they have not even heard of Lord Gauranga. So that is their misfortune, and our misfortune also. _________________ in India, they could not preach Lord Gauranga’s name all over India.”

Shrila Prabhupada in Cc Madhya 24.330: “The spiritual master has to select a mantra for his disciple according to the disciple’s ability to chant different mantras.”

Shrila Prabhupada’s Letter to: Shachimata, Bombay, 8 December, 1974: “It is the advice of Narottama das Thakura to chant the holy name of Gauranga either if one remains at home or in the forest. Similarly, do not forget the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra either you live in the temple or at home.”

Shrila Prabhupada in Shrimad-Bhagavatam Lecture 2.1.2, Vrndavana, March 17, 1974: “Then you become gosvami. Then, as Narottama dasa Thakura says, grhe va banete thake ha gauranga bole dake. Ha gauranga, ‘Always chanting Nitai-Gaura, and thinking of Nitai-Gaura,’ such person, Narottama dasa Thakura says... Grhe va... ‘He may be a sannyasi, or he may be a grhastha. It doesn't matter. Because he is absorbed in the thought of Nitai-Gaura.’ So narottama mage tanra sanga: ‘Narottama is always desiring to associate with such person.’”

Shrila Prabhupada in Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita class, Adi-lila 7.4, Mayapur, March 4, 1974: “Narottama dasa Thakura is aspiring for the day when Nityananda Prabhu will be pleased upon him. Just like Jagai-Madhai was delivered by the mercy of Shri Nityananda Prabhu, so we have to pray Nityananda Prabhu. He's very merciful. He's so kind, Baladeva, He gives spiritual strength. Then we can approach the Supreme Lord. Therefore we chant “Nitai-Gaura.” This is the process. We cannot change this policy.”

Shrila Prabhupada in Krishna Book Chp 20, Description of Autumn: “Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura prays that he will have the association of a person—either a householder or a man in the renounced order of life—who is engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord and is always crying the holy name of Lord Chaitanya.”

Shrila Prabhupada in SB 1.5.16 purport:

“The expert devotees also can discover novel ways and means to convert the nondevotees in terms of particular time and circumstance. Devotional service is dynamic activity, and the expert devotees can find out competent means to inject it into the dull brains of the materialistic population. Such transcendental activities of the devotees for the service of the Lord can bring a new order of life to the foolish society of materialistic men.”

Shrila Prabhupada in Cc Adi 7.31-32 purport:

“Here is an important point. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to invent a way to capture the Mayavadis and others who did not take interest in the Krishna consciousness movement. This is the symptom of an acarya. An acarya who comes for the service of the Lord cannot be expected to conform to a stereotype, for he must find the ways and means by which Krishna consciousness may be spread.”

Shrila Prabhupada during a Room Conversation, August 14, 1971, London: Prabhupada: No. We are recommending “Chant the holy name of God.” So if you have got the holy name of God, you can chant that. Prabhupada: Anyway, if one chants Allah or Jesus Christ, we have no objection. We don’t say that you stop it. We say that you chant the holy name of God. If that name is of God, you chant.”

Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada in Anubhashya to Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi-lila 8.31 purport:

"The Hare Krishna maha-mantra considers the offenses whereas the names of Gauranga-Nityananda don't consider offenses. An offensive chanter will never achieve the fruit of chanting (pure love for Krishna) by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Therefore till the time he is commiting offenses, he should chant the names of Gauranga-Nityananda. Due the repeated chanting of the names of Gauranga-Nityananda, the offenses will destroyed and he will achieve the fruit of chanting."

"The name of Krishna and Gauranga-Both are non-different than the named Lord. Those who think that Krishna is any way inferior or limited than Gauranga are in gross ignorance. But in practical considerations with respect to benefit awarded to the conditioned souls, the chanting of Shri Gauranga-Nityananda's Name is more useful and helpful for everyone. The mercy of Krishna's names is generally only upon liberated or perfected souls who are surrendered to Him. But the magnanimity of the names of Lord Gauranga-Nityananda is especially for the souls who are offenders and full of anarthas and desires for material sense-gratification. The chanting of Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda's names and Their worship quickly delivers the soul from all the offenses and thus the soul achieves shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Gaura-Krishna without any delay."

"Simply by chanting or hearing the name of Lord Nityananda, the sinful inclinations in the hearts of all the living entities in the universe are permanently destroyed and their inherent purity is automatically awakened. Simply by chanting or hearing the name of Lord Nityananda, even the merchants, degraded, fallen and foolish people are purified and immediately become realized in the Absolute Truth and devotees of the Lord." (Chaitanya-Bhagavata, Madhya-Khanda 3.134)

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

kali jivera aparadha asankhya durvara;gauranga-nam vina tara nahika uddhara.
Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya Chp 1

“The offenses and sins of the living entities in Kali-yuga are unlimited and absolutely insurmountable. That is why the souls can never ever be delivered without the most regular chanting of the merciful name of ‘Gauranga’.”

Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami

chaitanya-nityanande nahi esaba vicara, nama laite prema dena, vahe asrudhara
(Cc Adi 8.31)

"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."

`nityananda' balite haya krishna-premodaya;aulaya sakala anga,asru-ganga vaya.
(Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila 8.23)

“Simply by chanting the name ‘Nityananda’ one awakens his love for Krishna. Thus all his bodily limbs are agitated by ecstasy of love of God, and tears flow from his eyes like the waters of the Ganges.”

Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura

grhe ba vanete thake, 'ha gauranga' bo'le dake, narottama mage tara sanga.

“One may reside in the house or in the forest, but if he is constantly chanting the Name of Gauranga, then I (Narottama) eagerly seek his or her association.”


From Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 7, the great sage Shrila Narada Muni instructs King Suvarna Sena:

yei gauranganama labe, tate krishna krpa habe; vraje vasa seita karibe

“Lord Krishna will be certainly merciful on the living entity who chants the name of Gauranga. Due to chanting the name of Gauranga, that soul will most certainly achieve residence in the eternal transcendental abode of Vrindavana.”

gauranga-nama na laiya, yei krishna bhaje giya;
sei krishna bahu kale paya.
gauranga-nama laya jei, sadya krishna paya sei;
aparadha nahi rahe taya.

“If someone endeavours to worship Krishna without regularly chanting the Gauranga Mantraraja, then he or she will achieve Krishna only after a very prolonged period of time. But if someone takes shelter of the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga, he or she will achieve Krishna instantly because all the offenses will immediately cease to exist.”

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's classic Jaiva Dharma Chp 14:

Babaji: “As one worships Lord Krishna by chanting the name and mantra of Krishna, so one should worship Lord Gauranga by chanting the name and mantra of Gauranga. One may worship Lord Gauranga by chanting the Krishna-mantra, or for that matter one may worship Lord Krishna by chanting the Gauranga-mantra. They are all the same. Anyone who thinks Lord Krishna and Lord Gauranga are different is a fool. He is a servant of Kali-yuga.”

Chaitanya-bhagavata, Adi-khanda 9.385:

nityananda-hena bhakta sunile sravane; avasya paibe krishnacandra sei jane.

Shripada Madhavendera Puri states:

“If one simply hears the name ‘Nityananda’ once, he or she will most certainly attain the lotus feet of Lord Krishnacandra irrespective of any other consideration.”

Cc Adi 11.33:

navadvipe purusottama pandita mahasaya, nityananda-name yanra mahonmada haya

“Purusottama Pandita, a resident of Navadvipa, was the Krishna’s eighth gopala, Stoka-Krishna for Vrindavan. He would become almost mad as soon as he chanted or heard the holy name Nityananda.”

Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 1, states:

gauranga-nitai yei bale eka bara; ananta karama-dosa anta haya tara.

“The most fortunate person who chants the Holy Names Nityananda and Gauranga just once immediately destroys the unlimited sinful reactions accumulated for unlimited number of past lives.”

nitai-chaitanya bali yei jiva dake; suvimala krishna-prema anvesaye thake.

“If one chants the names of Nityananda and Gauranga with devotion, the purest Krishna-prema (pure love of Krishna) comes searching after such a person.”

aparadha badha tara kichu nahi kare; nirmala krishna-preme tara ankhi jhare.

“The offenses (which may be present) don’t create any obstacles in path of achieving this love and tears start flowing from his eyes in pure ecstatic love.”

Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 2, states:

atisaya gopane rakhinu yei dhama; atisaya gopane rakhinu yei nama.
atisaya gopane rakhinu jei rupa; prakasa na karile jiva taribe ki rupa.

Lord Gauranga thought after going back to Goloka: “The most merciful Names (Gauranga, Nityananda etc.) Abode (Navadvipa), and Form (golden forms of Gauranga & Nityananda), which I had kept most confidential and hidden for all these ages, have to be manifested otherwise the living entities can never be delivered in this age of Kali.”

Chp 17, Jaiva Dharma:

“Souls who during the time of sadhana worship only Lord Gauranga, at the time of attaining perfection go to Lord Gauranga's abode and serve Him there. Souls who during the time of sadhana worship only Lord Krishna, at the time of attaining perfection go to Lord Krishna's abode and serve Him there. Souls who during the time of sadhana worship both Lord Krishna and Lord Gauranga, at the time of attaining perfection manifest two forms, go to both Lord Krishna's abode and Lord Gauranga's abode, and in their two forms serve the two Lord's simultaneously in both places. This truth: that Lord Gauranga and Lord Krishna are simultaneously one and different from each other, is a very confidential secret.”

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