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12. Shiva is always singing the Name of Gauranga

By Bhakta Igor


Shrilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura explained in Shri Navadvipa Mahatmya that even great Siva, who is - vaishnava yatha sambu - best and topmost vaishnava is always chanting the name of Lord Gauranga:

"To the west of the Alakananda River see Kasi, where the followers of Siva and his consort endeavor for liberation. This Navadvipa Kasi, however, is superior to the other Kasi. Here, Siva is always dancing and chanting the name of Gaura, begging his followers to accept gaura-bhakti. The sannyasis who live for a thousand years in Kasi may attain liberation through the cultivation of jnana, but here the devotees kick away that liberation as they dance and chant the name of Gauranga. While leaving the body here, living entities are delivered by Lord Siva, who chants the name of Gauranga in their ears. This dhama is thus called Maha-Varanasi, for here there is no fear of death.'
At that moment Nityananda Prabhu began dancing, and He asked Jiva to accept gaura-prema. Invisible to everyone, Siva came forward arid bowed at Nityananda's lotus feet. Lord Siva and his consort, Gauri, achieved all their desires by always singing the name of Gauranga."
from Shri Navadvipa Mahatmya, Chapter Eight

Shrilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura here specifically wrote that Siva is chanting the name of Gauranga and that he together with his consort Gauri achieved all desires by singing the name of Gauranga! Holy names of Nityananda and Gauranga are wonderful touch stones and simply by chanting them regularly all our desires can be fulfilled. Nityananda! Gauranga!