Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-05-05 05:30:47
Title: Prayers to Beads User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2005-02-05 00:36:15
(1) Shri Nama-mala-grahana-mantra (upon taking one's beads): "His form bent in three places, His hands bent over the holes of His flute, the son of Nanda Maharaja Lord Krishna stands resplendent amidst a circle of gopis." The Verse is as follows: tribhanga-bhangima-rupam venu-randhra-karancitam gopi-mandala-madhya-stham sobhitam nanda-nandanam
(2) Shri Nama-mala-grahana-mantra (on taking the beads for the purpose of japa ):
avighnam kuru male tvam harinama-japesu ca shri radha-krishnayor dasyam dehi male tu prarthaye
"O Mala, please destroy inauspiciousness in my chanting of the holy name of Lord Gaura-Hari and grant me the position of service to Nityananda-Gauranga and Radha-Krishna. This is all I pray, O Mala."
nama cintamani-rupam namaiva parama gatih namnah parataram nasti tasman nama upasmahe
"The Holy Name is a beautiful transcendental touchstone--it is the supreme goal. There is nothing higher than the Holy Name. I therefore worship the Holy Name."
(3) Shri Nama-mala-samarpana-mantra (consecrating the mala); traditionally, Vaishnavas first offer Krishna everything they use, including their neck beads, japa beads, etc. I don't know that this is intended here though.