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Meditation during Offering of Bhoga to Lords Nityananda-Gauranga

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2006-05-05 05:30:47
Title: Meditation during Offering of Bhoga to Lords Nityananda-Gauranga
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa    Date: 2005-02-24 16:57:57

Meditation during Offering of Bhoga to Lords Nityananda-Gauranga -- By Swami Gaurangapada

When we offer the bhoga to our Guru and Shrila Prabhupada, he passes
it on to his own Guru and so on until it reaches Lordships Nityananda-
Gauranga and Lordships Radha-Krishna. While offering, alongwith
chanting the mantras one should thus meditate how the bhoga is being
transferred from one Acharya to another and ultimately reaching the
Lord and then how the Lord is relishing it. After the Lords accept
the bhoga, They again pass the maha-prasadam down the same chain of
disciplic succession where each Acharya partakes of the maha-prasadam
and passes on some to his disciple. One can meditate on this also
towards the end of the offering of how the Acharyas are partaking the
maha-prasadam and then passing it on to us. Thus when we offer the
bhoga to the Lord through our Guru, Shrila Prabhupada and the Guru
Parampara, at the end we don't only have maha-prasadam but also maha-
maha-prasadam of all the Acharyas and Shrila Prabhupada and our Guru.
Thus the procedure for offering to the Lord through the Guru
Parampara is the same whether one puts the offering plate directly
before the Deities or before our Guru or Shrila Prabhupada.

The bhoga we place in front of our Guru or Shrila Prabhupada is for
offering to the Lord as they are never going to accept it directly
without offering to the Lord. So it is required to put Tulasi leaves
on each preparation oneself or place some leaves separately on the
side for the Guru and Shrila Prabhupada and the Acharyas to put in on
each preparation before directly offering the bhoga to the Lords
Nityananda-Gauranga. If the Tulasi leaves are not put, the Guru or
Shrila Prabhupada has to specifically go and pluck the Tulasi leaves
and put them on the bhoga before offering the bhoga to the Lord in
the spiritual realm through the Guru Parampara because it is a fact
that the Lord does not accept anything without a Tulasi leaf on it.
Thus we are causing our Guru-varga some inconvenience or giving them
some extra service by not putting the Tulasi leaves ourselves. They
may go out of their way and do it but why should we give them this
extra service when we can do it in the beginning ourselves.

Some very advanced and special pujaris may directly offer the bhoga
to the Lord with the Tulasi leaves while remembering the lotus feet
of their Guru, Shrila Prabhupada and the Acharyas in the beginning.
In that case, after the Lord relishes the bhoga, the maha-prasadam
can be transferred to another special plate and can be put before the
Acharyas, Shrila Prabhupada and Guru for their acceptance. Then the
maha-maha-prasadam can be honoured by one and all.

Actually while meditating during offering bhoga to the Lord in a
plate one can also meditate that the bhoga in all the pots (even if
they are located at some other place) is also being distributed to
the Lord's associates simultaneously in Gauranga-lila and Radha-
Krishna lila after the Lord glances on the posts. Once the Lord is
accepting the bhoga, one should beg the Lord's associates also to
accept the offering in the pots in the mind. Because Lord Gauranga is
very pleased when His eternal associates are fed in His presence as
we find in Chaitanya-Charitamrita. One Tulasi leaf can be placed in
each pot also if possible even if they can't be physically brought to
the altar. The Lord has His eyes and presence everywhere. And the
Lord accepts the bhoga as per the meditation of the devotee offering
by glancing and then personally orders the maha-prasada to be
distributed to His eternal associates. This mental attitude while
offering is most important. In that way everything becomes maha-maha-
prasadam. So either way there is no difference.

If such meditation is not done, then it is better to distribute the
maha-prasadam separately because by mixing it back in the pots
everyone may not get the mahaprasadam especially in case of rice,
sabji, chapatis etc. Mixing it back may be done due to practical
reasons of not being able to distribute it separately. Also some
devotees have the feeling that by mixing the mahaprasadam back,
everything becomes mahaprasadam. But it has not been explicitly
suggested in the scriptures to mix it back. And if one offers in the
above consciousness then anyway everything is going to become maha-

The Bhoga Arati by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura can also be sung after
the chanting of the Bhoga Mantras.



Once who simply knows the below facts becomes the most intelligent

Lord Shri Shri Radha-Krishna advented as the supremely magnanimous
combined golden form of Lord Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu on 18th
February 1486, Lord Shri Balarama advented as Lord Shri Nityananda
Prabhu on 11th January 1473, Shri Vrindavana-Dhama advented as Shri
Navadvipa Dhama (130 kms north of Calcutta), all the eternal
associates of Radha-Krishna advented as the eternal associates of
Nityananda-Gauranga, Shrimad-Bhagavata advented as Shri Chaitanya-
Bhagavata and the "Nityananda" and "Gauranga" Mantras advented as the
King of All Mantras (Mantra Rajas) alongwith the Hare Krishna Maha-
mantra to deliver the entire universe in Kali-Yuga.

Always chant the three most powerful Mantras in Kali-yuga:
"Gauranga" (Gaura-Gopala-Mantra); "Nityananda" (Haladhara-Balarama-
Mantra); and Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare (Maha-mantra) and
daily read atleast 108 verses of Shri Chaitanya-Bhagavata or
Charitamrita or Navadvipa-Dhama-Mahatmya & do the nine-day Navadvipa-
Parikrama every year.


Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

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