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Title: 16 Reasons To Regularly Chant 'Nityananda'

User: Damodara Svarupa dasa      Date: 2005-02-22 07:10:17

 

16 Reasons To Regularly Chant 'Nityananda' -- By Swami Gaurangapada

 

 

16 reasons to regularly chant 'Nityananda' along with the chanting of

the 'Gauranga' Mantra & Maha-mantra.

 

[Note: Pancha-tattva Mantra has to be chanted before each round of

maha-mantra as per the instructions of Shrila Prabhupada].

 

(1) BECAUSE GREAT ACHARYAS HAVE DONE IT IN THE PAST:

 

Cc Adi 11.33:

navadvipe purusottama pandita mahasaya, nityananda-name yanra

mahonmada haya

 

Purusottama Pandita, a resident of Navadvipa, was the Krishna's

eighth gopala, Stoka-Krishna for Vrindavan. He would become almost mad

as soon as he chanted or heard the holy name 'Nityananda'.

 

Cc Adi 11.34

balarama dasa--krishna-prema-rasasvadi, nityananda-name haya parama

unmadi

 

Balarama dasa always fully tasted the nectar of love of Krishna. Upon

chanting or hearing the name of 'Nityananda', he would become

extremely maddened.

 

(2) BECAUSE THE NAME 'NITYANANDA' IMMEDIATELY EVOKES PURE LOVE OF

KRISHNA EVEN IN A SINFUL PERSON

 

Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila 8.23:

'nityananda' balite haya krishna-premodaya;aulaya sakala anga,asru-

ganga vaya.

 

"Simply by chanting the name 'Nityananda' one awakens his love for

Krishna.

 

Thus all his bodily limbs are agitated by ecstasy of love of God, and

tears flow from his eyes like the waters of the Ganges."

 

(3) BECAUSE ANYONE WHO EVEN HEARS 'NITYANANDA' ONCE CERTAINLY

ACHIEVES KRISHNA

 

Chaitanya-bhagavata, Adi-khanda 9.385:

nityananda-hena bhakta sunile sravane; avasya paibe krishnacandra sei

jane.

 

Shripada Madhavendera Puri states:

 

"If one simply hears the name 'Nityananda', he will most certainly

attain the lotus feet of Lord Krishnacandra irrespective of any other

consideration."

 

(4) BECAUSE WITHOUT NITYANANDA ONE CAN NEVER ACHIEVE THE MERCY OF

GAURANGA EVEN AFTER WORSHIPING GAURANGA FOR A MINIMUM 100 LIVES

 

From Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 4:

tumi yabe kara daya sei anayase; shri chaitanya-pada paya prema-jale

bhase.

 

Shrila Jiva tells Lord Nityananda, "If You are merciful on someone,

that person will effortlessly achieve the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga

Mahaprabhu and thus drown in the ocean of pure ecstatic love for Lord

Krishna.

 

tomara karuna vina gaura nahi paya, sata janma bhaje yadi gauranga

hiyaya.

 

"But if someone does not get Your mercy, then such a person will

never achieve Lord Gaura even if he or she worships Lord Gauranga for

a minimum of 100 lifetimes."

 

Chaitanya-charitamrita Antya 6.131:

tomara krpa vina keha'chaitanya' na paya;tumi krpa kaile tanre

adhameha paya.

 

"No one can attain the shelter of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu without

Your (Lord Nityananda's) mercy, but if You are merciful, even the

lowest of men can attain shelter at His lotus feet."

 

(5) BECAUSE IF GAURANGA'S PUNISHES, NITYANANDA PROTECTS US BUT IF

NITYANANDA PUNISHES THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO HOPE

 

From Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 4: Jiva Goswami to Lord

Nityananda:

gaura danta kara yadi tumi raksa kara, tumi yare danta kara gaura

tara para.

 

"If Lord Gauranga punishes a devotee, You (Nityananda) protect him

and somehow engage him in Gauranga's service (like in the example of

Kala Krishnadasa), but if You punish a devotee, he eternally becomes

estranged from Lord Gauranga."

 

(6) BECAUSE NITYANANDA'S NAME ARE FORM ARE FULL OF SUPREME ETERNAL

BLISS

 

Chaitanya-bhagavata, Madhya-khanda 12.18:

name nityananda tumi, rupe nityananda; ei tumi nityananda rama

murttimanta.

 

Lord Gauranga tells Lord Nityananda:

 

"Your name is Nityananda (eternally full of eternal bliss). Your form

is also Nityananda (eternally full of eternal bliss). Your are

Nityananda (unlimited bliss) in personified form because You are Lord

Balarama Himself."

 

(7) BECAUSE WITHOUT NITYANANDA ONE CAN NEVER ACHIEVE RADHA-KRSNA AND

VRINDAVNA-DHAMA

 

Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi 5.204:

jaya jaya nityananda-caranaravinda, yanha haite painu shri-radha-

govinda

 

"All glory, all glory to the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, by whose

mercy I have attained Shri Radha-Govinda!"

 

Shrila Narottama das Thakura sings:

heno nitai vine bhai, radha-krishna paite nai

 

"Unless one worships Nityananda, one can never achieve Radha-Krishna."

 

nitae karuna habe vraje radha-krishna pabe

 

"If Nityananda is merciful,only then one will achieve the direct

service of Radha-Krishna in Vraja."

 

(8) BECAUSE NO ONE IN THIS CREATION BUT ONLY NITYANANDA CAN BESTOW

MERCY ON THE MOST FALLEN SOULS LIKE US

 

Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi 5.207:

emana nirghrna more keba krpa kare, eka nityananda vinu jagat bhitare

 

"Who in this creation but Lord Nityananda could show His mercy to

such an abominable, comtemptible and the lowest person as me?

 

(9) BECAUSE LORD NITYANANDA BESTOWS MERCY WITHOUT EVEN CONSIDERING

OUR QUALIFICATION

 

Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi 5.208-9:

preme matta nityananda krpa-avatara, uttama, adhama, kichu na kare

vicara

 

"Because He is always fully intoxicated by ecstatic love for Lord

Gauranga, He is an incarnation of causeless mercy. Thus He does not

distinguish between the good and the bad people because He Himself is

always intoxicated in pure love.

 

ye age padaye, tare karaye nistara, ataeva nistarila mo-hena duracara

 

"He indiscriminately delivers all those who simply fall down before

Him.

 

Therefore He has delivered such a sinful and fallen person as me."

 

(10) BECAUSE LORD NITYANANDA IMMEDIATELY BESTOWS HIS TOPMOST MERCY

PLEASED AT A SLIGHTEST SERVICE RENDERED BY US

 

Cc Adi 5.181:

bhaike bhartsinu muni, lana ei guna, sei ratre prabhu more dila

darasana

 

"That night Lord Nityananda personally appeared to me in a dream in

His most enchanting form and placed His lotus feet on my head and

gave me eternal residence in Shri Vrindavana-dhama simply because I

defended His glories and that of His intimate associate Minaketana

Ramadasa while quarelling with my brother who had faith in Lord

Gauranga but only a shadow of faith in Lord Nityananda." (WHAT A

MERCIFUL LORD!)

 

(11) BECAUSE THE NAME 'NITYANANDA' IN A MANTRA ALSO

 

According to Jaiva Dharma all the names of Gauranga are actually

mantras, and the Lord should be worshiped through these namatmaka-

mantras. Thus the name 'Nityananda' is also actually a mantra and He

should be worshiped by chanting this namatmaka-mantra.

 

(12) BECAUSE ANYONE WHO HAS NO RELATION WITH NITYANANDA BY THE

REGULAR CHANTING OF HIS NAME HAS WASTED HIS LIFE AND IS JUST LIKE AN

ANIMAL

 

se sambandha nahi ja'r, brtha janma gelo ta'r

sei pasu boro duracar

nitai na bolilo mukhe, majilo samsara-sukhe

vidya-kule ki koribe tar (Narottama das Thakura)

 

"Anyone who has not established his relationship with Nityananda

Prabhu by chanting His name 'Nityananda' is understood to have

spoiled his valuable human birth. Such a human being is actually an

uncontrollable animal.

 

Because he never uttered the holy name 'Nityananda', he has become

merged into so-called material happiness. What can his useless

education and family tradition do to save him from the cycle of birth

and death?"

 

(13) BECAUSE BY CHANTING NITYANANDA'S NAME SINFUL REACTIONS OF

UNLIMITED NO. OF LIVES ARE IMMEDIATELY DESTROYED

 

Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 1, states:

 

gauranga-nitai yei bale eka bara; ananta karama-dosa anta haya tara.

 

"The most fortunate person who chants the names Nityananda and

Gauranga just once immediately destroys the unlimited sinful

reactions accumulated for unlimited number of lives in the past."

 

(14) BECAUSE BY CHANTING NITYANANDA'S NAME, KRISHNA-PREM COMES

SEARCHING AFTER THAT PERSON. ONE ACHIEVES KRISHNA-PREM EVEN WITH

OFFENSES IN HIS HEART AND THEN OFFENSES FLEE. WHAT A SUBLIME AND EASY

WAY TO GET KRISHNA-PREM.

 

nitai-chaitanya bali yei jiva dake; suvimala krishna-prema anvesaye

thake.

 

"If one feelingly and loudly calls out the names of Nityananda and

Gauranga, the purest Krishna-prema (pure love of Krishna) comes searching

after such a person."

 

aparadha badha tara kichu nahi kare; nirmala krishna-preme tara ankhi

jhare.

 

"The offenses (which may be present) don't create any obstacles in

path of achieving this love and tears start flowing from his eyes in

pure ecstatic love."

 

svalpa kale aparadha apani palaya; hrdaya sodhita haya prema bade

taya.

 

"In a very short, the offenses themselves flee and the heart becomes

completely purified and thus the love furthur increases.

 

(15) BECAUSE IN THE NAME OF NITYANANDA THERE ARE NO OFFENSES

 

Cc Adi 8.31

chaitanya-nityanande nahi esaba vicara, nama laite prema dena, vahe

asrudhara

 

"But if one only chants, with some slight faith, the holy names of

Lord Gauranga and Nityananda, very quickly he is cleansed of all

offenses. Since in the chanting of the names of Nityananda-Gauranga

there is no consideration of offenses, one will very quickly come to

the stage of love of God, simply by chanting Their names and tears of

pure love for Krishna will flow from the eyes."

 

PURPORT BY SRILA PRABHUPADA:

 

 There are offenses to be considered in chanting the Hare Krishna

maha-mantra, but there are no such considerations in chanting the

names of Gaura-Nityananda. Therefore, if one chants the Hare Krishna

maha-mantra but his life is still full of sinful activities, it will

be very difficult for him to achieve the platform of loving service

to the Lord. But if in spite of being an offender one chants the holy

names of Gaura-Nityananda, he is very quickly freed from the

reactions to his offenses. Therefore, one should first approach Lord

Chaitanya and Nityananda, or worship Guru-Gauranga, and then come to

the stage of worshiping Radha-Krishna.  One should first take

shelter of Gaura-Nityananda in order to reach, ultimately, Radha-

Krishna."

 

"For an ordinary man, worship of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda

Prabhu or the Panca-tattva is easier than worship of Radha and Krishna.

Unless one is very fortunate, he should not be induced to worship

Radha-Krishna directly. A neophyte student who is not sufficiently

educated or enlightened should not indulge in the worship of Shri

Radha and Krishna or the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Even if he

does so, he cannot get the desired result. One should therefore chant

the names of Nitai-Gaura and worship Them without false prestige."

 

PURPORT BY SHRILA BHAKTISIDDHANTA SARASVATI THAKURA PRABHUPADA:

 

 "The Hare Krishna maha-mantra considers the offenses whereas the

names of Gaura-Nityananda don't consider offenses. An offensive

chanter will never achieve the fruit of chanting (pure love for

Krishna) by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Therefore till the

time he is commiting offenses, he should chant the names of Gaura-

Nityananda. Due the repeated chanting of the names of Gaura-

Nityananda, the offenses will destroyed and he will achieve the fruit

of chanting."

 

"The name of Krishna and Gaura-Both are non-different than the

named Lord. Those who think that Krishna is any way inferior or limited

than Gaura are in gross ignorance. But in practical considerations

with respect to benefit awarded to the conditioned souls, the

chanting of Shri Gaura-Nityananda's Name is more useful and helpful

for everyone. Krishna's mercy is generally only upon liberated or

perfected souls who are surrendered to Him. But the magnanimity of

Lord Gaura-Nityananda is especially for the souls who are offenders

and full of anarthas and desires for material sense-gratification.

The chanting of Lord Gaura-Nityananda's name and Their worship

quickly delivers the soul from all the offenses and thus the soul

achieves shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Gaura-Krishna."

 

(16) BECAUSE ONE CAN NEVER EVEN VISIT VRINDAVANA WITHOUT ACHIEVING

THE MERCY OF NITYANANDA AND GAURANGA

 

Cc Adi 8.3 purport:

 

"In the beginning one should very regularly chant Shri Gaurasundara's

holy name and then chant the holy name of Lord Nityananda. Thus one's

heart will be cleansed of impure desires for material enjoyment. Then

one can approach Vrndavana-dhama to worship Lord Krishna. Unless one is

favored by Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda, there is no need to go to

Vrndavana, for unless one's mind is purified, he cannot see

Vrndavana, even if he goes there."

 

The glories of Lord Nityananda as the incarnation of Lord Balarama,

the origin of both the spiritual and material world, are given in the

revealed scriptures as follows:

 

Vayu Purana

 

(1) balaramo mamaivamsah, so 'pi mat-prstham esyati;

nityananda iti khyato nyasi-cudamanih ksitau

 

In the Vayu Purana, the Lord tells Brahma: "Lord Balarama, who is My

first expansion and non-different from Me will also appear by My side

as Lord Shri Nityananda. He will become the crest jewel of all

renunciants on the earth."

 

(2) krtvavadhuta-vesam sa, dharman bhagavatan bahun;

grahayitva janan ittham grhinam asramam tatah.

 

"Assuming the dress of an avadhuta, He will freely distribute

bhagavata dharma i.e. love of God. He will distribute this pure love

through various means and deliver all the living entities. He will do

so first as a brahmacari and later as a householder."

 

(3) jahnavy-adibhir atmanam, darsayisyati manavan.

 

"Accompanied by His eternal consort Shrimati Jahnavi-devi and many

other intimate associates, He (Nityananda) will reveal His

transcendental pastimes to the people."

 

Ananta-Samhita

 

nityanando maha-kayo, bhutva mat-kirtane ratah;

vimudhan bhakti-rahitan, mama bhaktan karisyasi.

 

In the Ananta-Samhita, the Lord states to Anantadeva: "When I appear

in Navadvipa in Kali-yuga, You will become Nityananda. You will have

a very tall, beautiful and large body, and You will be constantly

absorbed in chanting My name and glories. In this way, by Your

causeless mercy You will convert many bewildered fools who are devoid

of devotion into My pure unalloyed devotees."

 

Shri Chaitanya-Charitamrita, Adi 1.8-9

 

sankarsanah karana-toya-sayi

garbhoda-sayi ca payobdhi-sayi

sesas ca yasyamsa-kalah sa nitya-

nandakhya-ramah saranam mamastu

 

May Shri Nityananda Rama be the object of my constant remembrance.

 

Sankarsana, Sesa Naga and the Vishnus who lie on the Karana Ocean,

Garbha Ocean and ocean of milk are His plenary portions and the

portions of His plenary portions.

 

mayatite vyapi-vaikuntha-loke

purnaisvarye shri-catur-vyuha-madhye

rupam yasyodbhati sankarsanakhyam

tam shri-nityananda-ramam prapadye

 

I surrender unto the lotus feet of Shri Nityananda Rama, who is known

as Sankarsana in the midst of the catur-vyuha [consisting of

Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha]. He possesses full

opulences and resides in Vaikunthaloka, far beyond the material

creation.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

One can worship Lord Nityananda in the topmost manner by chanting His

name (atleast 1008 times or 10 rounds) daily and by daily reading (1

chapter of) Chaitanya-Bhagavata daily which is the topmost scripture

on the glories of Lord Nityananda composed by His most confidential

associate Shrila Vrindavana das Thakura. And also by daily worshiping

the Deities of Lord Nitai-Gauranga! Nitai-Gaura Premanande!