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7. "shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya"
verse and chanting Nityananda and Gauranga
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"shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya"
Our great acarya Shrilla Bhaktisidhantha Sarasvati Thakura presented all Gaudiya vaishnava sidhanthas in this one verse – shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya, that there is no difference between Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Radha Krishna. Essence of all gaudiya vaishnava philosophy is offered within this verse and properly understanding will automatically destroy all hindrances and doubts that person may have regarding chanting Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas and will place devotee on level of real vaishnava understanding of superlative acintya-bhedabheda philosophy.
Shri-Krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya - There is no difference between Radha-Krishna and Shri Chaitanya. No difference. But, on the other hand, Lord Gauranga is mahavadanaya – or most merciful. That is philosophy of acintya-bhedabheda-tattva. His lila is audarya-lila, most merciful lila because he distributed highest treasure of pure devotion to all, regardless qualifications and other attributes. He is karuna-sindho, or ocean of mercy. When ocean tide is coming on a shore there may be many persons, brahmanas, simple persons, children, uneducated, low class man, animals, stones etc. But wave will make no distinction, water will touch and clean them all. In the same way, Lord Gauranga distributed highest treasure krishna-prema-pradayate, to all. He made no discrimination.
Therefore, even that there is no difference between Shri Gauranga and Radha-Krishna, shri krishna chaitanya radha krishna nahe anya - there is difference because Lord Gauranga is more merciful and easily obtainable then Shri Shri Radha-Krishna.
When Lord Gauranga appeared He came together with His Name, Qualities, Associates, Abodes etc. and this divine principle of acintya-bhedabheda is also main characteristic of all such supreme attributes, paraphernalia etc.. For example, there is no difference between Vrindavana and Navadvipa - shri-gauda-mandala-bhumi, jeba jane cintamani, tara hoy braja-bhume bas. There is no difference. But still Navadvipa is more mercifull, because gaura-lila is audarya-lila.
Gaurangera sangi-gane, nitya-siddha kori' mane. Associates of Lord Gauranga are all nitya-siddha, or non-different from His eternal associates in spiritual world. Gaura-ganodesa-dipika confirms that. But, at the same time they are more merciful – they distributed pure love – prema to all. In Krishna lila, His associates did not so extensively and openly, so mercifully distributed highest treasure to all, like they did in Gaura-lila. There is no difference, but gaurangera sangi gane, associates of Lord Gauranga are more merciful.
Shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna-nahe-anya. There is no difference between Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Radha Krishna. That is also main characteristic of Lord’s Holy Name, because He is non-different from His Name. There is no difference between Gauranga Naam and Radha-Krishna. No difference.
Shrilla Prabhupada confirms that in Purport CC - Adi-lila 8.31"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.“ There is no difference. Shrilla Prabhupada confirms that “Therefore one who chants the mantra "gauranga" and one who chants the names of Radha and Krishna are on the same level.” Cc Antya-lila 2.31 purport. How could be any difference between one who chant “gauranga” and one who chants “radha krishna” when shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna-nahe anya – there is no difference?
Lord Krishna, Shyamasundara is non-different from His Name - Krishna. Also Lord Gauranga is non-different from His Name. But, at the same time, Gaura Naam is more merciful then Krishna Naam! In chanting Nityananda and Gauranga there are no offences. They are available to all. Just see, that is greatest secret.- raja-vidya raja-guhyam. Everything in Gaura-lila is audarya, more merciful then in Krishna-lila, more easily accessible.That also includes His Name – Gauranga. To declare that only His Name Gauranga is except from this audarya characteristic is huge misinterpretation of vaishnava truths and acintya-bhedabheda philosophy. To reject, criticize or minimize regular chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga Naam is simply foolish attempt and lack of basic vaishnava understanding.
With such philosophical and theological understanding sincere devotee will easily realize that Gauranga Naam is non-different from Radha-Krishna Naam. If anyone try to prove opposite then he or she will contradict whole vaishnava understanding, history, scriptures and finally Supreme Lord Gauranga-Krishna Himself.
So, if person simply understand this verse – shri krishna chaitanya radha krishna nahe anya – all doubts in regular chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas with Hare Krishna Maha Mantra will simply vanish and person will understand highest vaishnava truth and sincerely engage in regular chanting of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna! Then all offences will be destroyed and very soon such devotee will be engaged in pure chanting and without delay attain highest perfection of life - pure devotion.
In Chaitanya Bhagavata, Shrilla Madhavendra Puri is giving us siddhantha, most sacred secret and highest practice for attaining loving devotional service to Lord Krishna. That highest and most confidentional practice is chanting and hearing Lord Nityananda Naam.