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Title: Who chanted Bhaja Gauranga and Why

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-13 20:35:50


Please can you tell me who sings the following song and in which scripture is it mentioned. Bhaja Gauranga Kaha Gauranga Laha Gauranga naam re Je jan Gauranga bhaje se amara pran re


Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:


The Supreme Lord Nityananda Prabhu is constantly singing bhaja gauranga, kaha gauranga....and this is His most primary and repeated instruction and petition to the conditioned offensive souls.


Shrila Prabhupada in his Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi lila 7.5 lecture at Mayapur, March 7, 1974:


"Nityananda Prabhu is guru-tattva, and Caitanya Mahaprabhu is sevya-tattva.The guru is teaching, Nityananda Prabhu is teaching how to worship Sri Caitany Mahaprabhu.


bhaja gauranga kaha gauranga laha gaurangera name ye jana gauranga bhaje sei amara prana re.


This is Nityananda Prabhu's business."



Also Lord Nityananda gives a similar instruction in Chaitanya-Charitamrita Madhya lila 1.29:



chaitanya-seva, chaitanya gao

lao caitanya nama

caitanye ye bhakti kare, sei mora prana


Lord Nityananda implored; serve Lord Gauranga, sing the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga and chant Lord Gauranga Name in japa and kirtana. Those who worship Lord Gauranga in this way are My life and soul.?


Shrila BR Shridhara Maharaja sums it up nicely:



Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was merged in tasting the sweetness of Radha-Govinda lila, and diving deep into that reality, however, at the same time, He wanted to deliver all souls whose hearts had been devoured by the false notions of renunciation and exploitation. He ordered Nityananda Prabhu, go to Bengal and deliver them by giving them divine love for Radha and Krsna.


He ordered Nityananda Prabhu to distribute divine love for Radha-Govinda, but instead, Nityananda began to preach about Sri Gauranga. He thought, it will be better for them to worship Gauranga; that will help free them from their offenses in their present position, and by doing so, they will automatically achieve a position in Radha-Govinda lila.??


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He was ordered to preach the name of Krsna, but instead began to preach the name of Gauranga. So, for our own welfare, we bow down to Nityananda Prabhu with all our humility. ?************************************************** **


The aim of Sriman Mahaprabhu's descent was to distribute the devotional service of Vrndavana most generously. On the other hand, Nityananda Prabhu used to sing the verse quoted above. (bhaja gauranga, kaha gauranga, laha gaurangera nama re...)?


Yours in service, Swami Gaurangapada.