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Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-11-07 04:40:51
Q. Please explain about Gaurangapada?

Answer by BRS Swami Gaurangapada:

Gaurangapada is not a title in my case even though it looks like a pada title. It is a name. When I was brahmachari, my Gurudeva used to lovingly call me Gaurangapada dasa as one of his favorite songs was "gaurangera duti pada" by Shrila Narottama Dasa Thakura. I do not consider myself even a dust particle at the lotus feet of all great Acharya Prabhupadas. I am the aspiring servant of their servants.

I knew that some devotees would develop doubts and think I am after cheap name and fame when I accepted this name "Gaurangapada" after Swami and they may maintain a distance from me or be critical of me because of this. But my intense desire was that everyone should chant the Holy Name of Gauranga when they speak my name so that I can give them the highest spiritual benefit of attaining Krishna Prema. ..gaurangera naam laya, taara haya premodaya. If my Sannyasa Gurudeva would have given a name of Gauranga or Nityananda in my sannyasa name, I would not have accepted this brahmachari name of Gaurangapada after Swami. But since I did not receive a name of Gaura or Nitaai in my sannyasa name (which is also the Lord's and Gurudeva's desire), I desired to keep my brahmachari name Gaurangapada lovingly given by my Diksha Gurudeva added to my sannyasa name.

I knew that some devotees may think I have a big ego in accepting a title of Gaurangapada. But I myself never think that it is a title for me or anything like that. It is just my brahmachari name and it also reminds of the "pada" lotus feet of Lord Gauranga and it reminds everyone who speaks it of the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga. This is all what I desire. I am not Gaurangapada. I am Gauranga-pada-dasa. I am a servant of the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga. This is what I always meditate on.

By accepting the name of Gaurangapada, my only intense desire was to make everyone chant the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga somehow or the other and if it involves other devotees misunderstanding me and being critical of me, I was ready to even accept even that because it gave me a chance to become more and more humble. The highest principle is to make others chant the Holy Name of Gauranga somehow or other and one should be ready to accept any tribulations to do that. I thank all the devotees for their mercy upon me in different ways. I pray that Saragrahi Vaishnavas will see my consciousness and understand my desire. I am not able to communicate with those devotees who want to form their own opinions without trying to ask me. They are free to think as per their desire. I have written this from the bottom of my heart and I can humbly assure you that there is no duplicity in what I have written. I wanted to write about this for a long time but it is only now I could do so. Thank you.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-11-08 15:55:43
Thank you Damodara Svarupa dasa and Igor. I just wanted to share my heart and explain a little more so that things are more clear.Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2007-11-08 09:45:30
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krsna! Really wonderfully explained, Damodara Svarupa dasa Prabhu! That is all what is important. Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

Post Author: Damodara Svarupa dasa    Date: 2007-11-07 23:37:38
Nityananda, Gauranga, Hare Krishna!
Jaya Guru Parampara! Jaya Swamiji Gaurangapada!

To be honest, I don't care about titles. It's a thing invented by humans. What counts is what You teach us by example - and that is to become a true Vaishnava, chanting at least 100.000 names per day as per order of Sri Gauranga Prabhu. Truly becoming absorbed in the Holy Names! Loving to chant the Holy Names. Wanting nothing else and nothing more but the Mercy of the Holy Names of Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga MahaPrabhu. You want us all to become spiritually happy/complete, striving towards truly sitting near the Lotus Feet of Lord Gauranga - that is my humble goal and vision and by Your Mercy we, your disciples, can get there if Lord Nityananda Prabhu accepts us... My prayer goes out towards all the souls and hope they find true happiness under Your guidance.

Damodara Svarupa dasa

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