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Title: The Supreme Glories of chanting the Nityananda & Gauranga Mantra Raja

User: Damodara Svarupa dasa      Date: 2005-02-23 18:43:39

 

The Supreme Glories of chanting the Nityananda & Gauranga Mantra Raja -- By Swami Gaurangapada

 

The glories of regular chanting the Gauranga Mantra and Nityananda Mantra on

japa beads and kirtana alongwith the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, all three of

which are eternally effulgent in the spiritual sky, is described in this

message with extensive scriptural references summarizing all the previous

messages on this topic. I humbly beg with a straw in my mouth falling at the

feet of all the Vaishnavas to kindly read this full message very carefully

and think and meditate deeply before coming to a hasty conclusion on this

matter which is the secret of all secrets as per Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya

and which the souls bewildered by Maya never think about. By coming to a

hasty conclusion on this matter, one will only elude oneself and others from

the golden opportunity of regularly chanting the Nityananda Mantra and the

Gauranga (Gaura-Gopala) Mantra alongwith the Maha-mantra which facilitates

rapid success in the achievement of Krishna-prema because the offenses are

instantly obliterated as per the verdict of all the revealed scriptures and

acharyas posted in the points below:

 

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Shrila Prabhupada

 

(Cc Adi 8.31 purp)"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. 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."

 

"Vaishnavas consider Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu nondifferent from

Radha-Krishna (shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya). Therefore *ONE WHO

CHANTS THE MANTRA "GAURANGA" and ONE WHO CHANTS THE NAMES OF RADHA AND KRSNA

ARE ON THE SAME LEVEL." (Shrila Prabhupada in Cc Antya-lila 2.31 purport)

 

Prabhupada: "Nitai-Gauranga and Hare Krishna, there is no difference.

Nitai-Gauranga is also nice. Whatever he finds convenient, let him chant."

(Shrila Prabhupada's Room Conversation with Yoga Student regarding Japa)

 

"By his (Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada's) strong

desire, the holy name of Gauranga will first spread throughout all the

countries of the Western world. Then in all the cities, towns, and villages

on the earth, from all the oceans, seas, rivers, and streams, everyone will

chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra." (on Jaladuta, September 13, 1965)

 

Cc Madhya 24.330: "The spiritual master has to select a mantra for his

disciple according to the disciple's ability to chant different mantras."

 

"The expert devotees also can discover novel ways and means to convert the

nondevotees in terms of particular time and circumstance. Devotional service

is dynamic activity, and the expert devotees can find out competent means to

inject it into the dull brains of the materialistic population. Such

transcendental activities of the devotees for the service of the Lord can

bring a new order of life to the foolish society of materialistic men."

(SB 1.5.16 purport)

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Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

 

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

of Gauranga-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 Gauranga-Nityananda. Due the repeated chanting of

the names of Gauranga-Nityananda, the offenses will destroyed and he will

achieve the fruit of chanting."

 

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

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

Gauranga are in gross ignorance. But in practical considerations with

respect to benefit awarded to the conditioned souls, the chanting of Shri

Gauranga-Nityananda's Name is more useful and helpful for everyone. The

mercy of Krishna's names is generally only upon liberated or perfected souls

who are surrendered to Him. But the magnanimity of the names of Lord

Gauranga-Nityananda is especially for the souls who are offenders and full

of anarthas and desires for material sense-gratification. The chanting of

Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda's names 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 without any delay." (Purport to Cc Adi 8.31)

 

"Simply by chanting or hearing the name of Lord Nityananda, the sinful

inclinations in the hearts of all the living entities in the universe are

permanently destroyed and their inherent purity is automatically awakened.

On chanting or hearing the name of Lord Nityananda, even the merchants,

degraded, fallen and foolish people are purified and immediately become

realized in the Absolute Truth and devotees of the Lord."

(Chaitanya-Bhagavata, Madhya-Khanda 3.134)

 

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

 

kali jivera aparadha asankhya durvara;gauranga-nam vina tara nahika uddhara.

Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya Chp 1

 

The offenses and sins of the living entities in Kali-yuga are unlimited and

absolutely insurmountable. That is why the souls can never never be

delivered without the regular chanting the most merciful name of 'Gauranga'.

 

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Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami

 

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

(Cc Adi 8.31)

 

"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."

 

`nityananda' balite haya krishna-premodaya;aulaya sakala anga,asru-ganga vaya.

(Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila 8.23)

 

"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."

 

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Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura

 

grhe ba vanete thake, 'ha gauranga' bo'le dake, narottama mage tara sanga.

 

"One may reside in the house or in the forest, but if he is constantly

chanting `Gauranga!', then I (Narottama) want his association."

 

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Shrila Narada Muni

 

instructs King Suvarna Sena:

 

gauranga-nama na laiya, yei krishna bhaje giya; sei krishna bahu kale paya.

gauranga-nama laya jei, sadya krishna paya sei; aparadha nahi rahe taya.

 

"If someone endeavours to worship Krishna without regularly chanting the name

of Lord Gauranga, then he or she will achieve Krishna only after a very

prolonged period of time. But if someone takes shelter of the names of Lord

Gauranga, he or she will achieve Krishna very soon because his offenses will

immediately cease to exist." (shelter of the names of Lord Gauranga and Lord

Nityananda means to chant Them atleast a few thousand times daily)

 

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Lord Nityananda

 

bhaja gauranga kaha gauranga laha gaurangera nama re;

ye jana gauranga bhaje sei amara prana re.

 

"Worship Gauranga, chant the 'Gauranga' mantra and take the name of

'Gauranga'. Those who will worship Gauranga in this way by constantly

chanting His name are veritably My life and soul"

 

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Lord Gauranga

 

prthivite ache yata nagaradi-grama; sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama.

Chaitanya-bhagavata Antya 4.126

 

"My Name will be chanted, broadcasted and glorified in all various towns,

villages, cities, countries and continents of the world."

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(1) SHIVANANDA SENA

 

The Gauranga (Gaura Gopala) Mantra is the most worshipable ista-mantra of

Shrila Shivananda Sena who chanted the mantra constantly as per Cc given

below:

 

The four-syllable Gauranga-mantra or the Gaura-gopala mantra is described as

follows in Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila 2.24,31:

 

apane bolana more, iha yadi jani;

amara ista-mantra jani' kahena apani.

 

`gaura-gopala mantra' tomara cari aksara;

avisvasa chada, yei kariyacha antara"

 

Nakula Brahmacari told Sivananda Sena, "You are chanting the Gaura-gopala

mantra, composed of four syllables (which is your ista-mantra i.e.

worshippable mantra). Now please give up the doubts that have resided within

you."

 

Purport by Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta SwPrabhupada:

 

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains the Gaura-gopala mantra in his

Amrta-pravaha-bhasya. Worshipers of Shri Gaurasundara accept the four

syllables 'gau-ra-an-ga' as the Gaura mantra, but pure worshipers of Radha

and Krishna accept the four syllables ra-dha krs-na as the Gaura-gopala

mantra. However, Vaishnavas consider Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu nondifferent

from Radha-Krishna (shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya). Therefore one

who chants the mantra "gauranga" and one who chants the names of Radha and

Krishna are on the same level.

 

Purport by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his Amrta-pravaha-bhasya:

 

gaura-gopala-mantra-gauravadi gana `gauranga'-name

chatura-aksara gaura-mantra ke uddesya karena; kevala

krishnavadi gana ei `gaura-gopala-mantra' sabde radha-krsnera

chatura-aksara-mantrake uddesya karena.

 

"The following is the explanation of the Gaura-gopala mantra. The followers

of Lord Gaura accept `Gauranga' as the four-syllable mantra and the

followers of only Krishna accept `Radha-Krishna' as the Gaura-gopala mantra. The

followers of both Lord Gaura and Lord Krishna accept either one of them as the

Gaura-gopala mantra understanding that They are non-different from each

other."

 

Purport by Tridandi Bhikshu Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami:

 

So it is very clear that the most intimate devotees of the Lord like Shrila

Shivananda Sena were constantly chanting the four-syllable 'gau-ra-an-ga'

Mantra which is non-different than the four syllables of 'ra-dha-krs-na'.

Thus the constant chanting of the name or mantra of 'Gauranga' is authorized

in the revealed scriptures and implemented by the previous acharyas. The

great advantage is that the ultimate benefit of 'radha-krishna' or the Hare

Krishna maha-mantra can be realized by siddha and mukta souls whereas the

'Gauranga' mantra is the most prayojaniya (useful) for anartha-yukta, badha,

patita (fallen conditoned) souls according to Shrila Prabhupada's purport

and also the Anubhashya purport of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta to Cc Adi 8.31

which will follow in point (20). Just like the Hare Krishna Mantra is known

as Harinama as well as the Maha-mantra similarly the Gauranga Mantra is

known as Gauranama as well as the Gaura-Gopala-Mantra or the Gauranga

Mantra.

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(2) CHAITANYA MANGALA: LORD GAURANGA IS WORSHIPED IN GOLOKA BY ALL HIS

ASSOCIATES BY CHANTING THE GAURANGA MANTRA

 

The four-syllable Gauranga Mantra is chanted in Goloka Vrndavana by all the

eternal associates of the Lord in the direct worship of Lord Gauranga:

 

In Shri Chaitanya-mangala Sutra-khanda Verse 527 by Shrila Locana Dasa Thakura,

the four-syllable Gauranga-mantra is described as the mantra through which

Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu is worshipped in Goloka Vrndavana, the topmost

Vaikuntha planet in the spiritual world:

 

hema-gaura kalevara, mantra cari-aksara;

sahaja vaikuntha-natha syama.

 

"The Lord sits on a golden bejewelled throne. He posseses a complexion

millions of times more brilliant than the colour of molten gold. He is

worshipped by all His devotees with the four-syllable mantra, `Gauranga'."

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(3) DIRECT ORDER OF THE SUPREME LORD ADI-GURU SHRI NITYANANDA BALARAMA

 

Also it is the direct, open and primary instruction of the Guru of all

Gurus, Adi-Guru, Sakshat-Mula-Sankarshana, origin of the spiritual and

material worlds Lord Shri Nityananda Prabhu to all the moving and non-moving

living entities to take shelter of chanting the Gauranga Mantra as quoted by

Shrila Prabhupada himself::

 

bhaja gauranga kaha gauranga laha gaurangera nama re;

ye jana gauranga bhaje sei amara prana re.

 

"Worship Gauranga, chant the 'Gauranga' mantra and take the name of

'Gauranga'. Those who will worship Gauranga in this way by constantly

chanting His name are veritably My life and soul"

 

(This verse is also quoted by Shrila Prabhupada in his lecture, Shri

Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila 7.5, Mayapur, March 7, 1974)

 

"You can also chant the prayer you asked about. This was spoken by Lord

Nityananda while He was preaching in the town. He was addressing the people:

``My dear brothers, you simply worship Lord Chaitanya; talk of Lord Chaitanya;

speak Lord Chaitanya's Name, so anyone who does so, he is my life and soul."

(SP in Letter to: Mahapurusa, Los Angeles, 7 March, 1968)

 

Lord Nityananda was sent to preach the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra in Bengal by

Lord Gauranga but He preached the Gauranga Mantra first because He knew that

only the name of Gauranga will impart the qualification to the offensive,

sinful souls of Kali-yuga to chant the Maha-mantra.

 

kasta nahi, vyaya nahi na pabe yatana; shrigauranga bali nace nahika bhavana.

(Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 1)

 

Lord Nityananda instructs all the living entities:

 

"There is no trouble or loss nor will you suffer anymore, if you forget

yourself while dancing and chanting the name 'Gauranga'."

 

Shrila Thakura Bhaktivinoda in his song 'Boro Sukher Khabor Gai', from the

Vaishnava-siddhanta-mala:

 

ek-bar dekhle cakse jal, gaura bole nitai den sakala sambal.

 

When Lord Nityananda sees a tear welling in someone's eye upon chanting the

name of "Gauranga!" He instantly gives His eternal support and shelter to

that person; indeed, He bestows all divine opulences.

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(4) REPEATED RECOMMENDATION OF SHRILA NAROTTAMA DASA THAKURA

 

Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura has explicity glorified the chanting of the

Gauranga Mantra in his various songs:

 

je gaurangera nama loy, tara hoy premodoy, tare mui jai bolihari.

 

"One who chants the name of 'Gauranga' instantly awakens his or her dormant

pure love for the Lord. I (Narottama) worship such a person and surrender

to him."

 

grhe ba vanete thake, 'ha gauranga' bo'le dake, narottama mage tara sanga.

 

"One may reside in the house or in the forest, but if he is feelingly

chanting `Gauranga!', then I (Narottama) want his association."

 

gauranga balite habe pulaka sarira; hari hari balite nayane ba'be nira.

 

"In the beginning, when by chanting the name of 'Gauranga', my body will

feel waves of ecstasy, only then will I be able to shed tears while chanting

the names of Lord Hari."

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(5) THERE IS NO OTHER WAY IN KALI-YUGA EXCEPT THE 'GAURANGA' MANTRA:

 

Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 1:

 

kali jivera aparadha asankhya durvara;

gauranga-nama vina tara nahika uddhara.

 

The offenses and sins of the living entities in Kali-yuga are unlimited and

absolutely insurmountable. That is why the souls can never be delivered

without the regular chanting the most merciful name of 'Gauranga'.

 

ataeva gaura vina kalite upaya; na dekhi kothaya ara sastra phukaraya.

 

"Therefore I see no other means except Lord Gauranga for everyone's

deliverance in Kali-yuga and this is the repeated declaration of all Vedic

scriptures."

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(6) PARVATI AND SHIVA CHANT 'GAURANGA' CONSTANTLY

 

In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 8, Lord Nityananda Prabhu tells Shrila

Jiva Goswami:

 

(A) gauri saha siva gauranga-nama; gaiya gaiya puraya kama.

 

"In Navadvipa, Lord Siva constantly is singing the name of Gauranga

alongwith his wife Gauri and thus fulfilling his innermost desires."

 

(B) gauranga bhajana sarala ati; sahaja tahara phala-vitati.

 

"Lord Gauranga's worship by the chanting of His name is very easy and simple

to do. And Lord Gauranga very easily and immediately rewards the worshipper

with the desired results or fruits of his or her worship."

 

(C) gauranga baliya krandana kare; gauranga darsana paya satvare.

 

"One who chants the name 'Gauranga' and cries in ecstasy will receive the

audience of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Gauranga very quickly."

 

Shri Ananta-samhita, Shri Chaitanya-janma-khanda, Part Two, Chapter Three, Text

54, Lord Siva tells Parvati:

 

dharayamy urdhva-vadane, devesi samhitam imam;

mantram ca gauracandrasya, namedam sarva-mangalam.

 

"O Parvati, the controller of all the demigods, I always recite with great

enthusiasm this Ananta-samhita alongwith Lord Gauranga's mantra which is

most auspicious in this world."

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(7) GAURANGA-NAMA IS THE THE ONLY WAY ACHIEVE KRISHNA

 

From Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 7, the great sage Narada instructs

King Suvarna Sena:

 

gauranga-nama na laiya, yei krishna bhaje giya; sei krishna bahu kale paya.

gauranga-nama laya jei, sadya krishna paya sei; aparadha nahi rahe taya.

 

"If someone endeavours to worship Krishna without regularly chanting the name

of Lord Gauranga, then he or she will achieve Krishna only after a very

prolonged period of time. But if someone takes shelter of the names of Lord

Gauranga, he or she will achieve Krishna very soon because his offenses will

immediately cease to exist."

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(8) JAIVA DHARMA STATES THAT KRISHNA IS WORSHIPED BY CHANTING GAURANGA

 

Jaiva Dharma describes the process of worship of Lord Gauranga and Lord

Krishna through the chanting of the 'Gauranga' Mantra:

 

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma Chapter 14:

 

vrajanatha: shri gauranga yadi saksat paripurna-tattva hailena, tabe tanhara

pujara vyavastha ki?

 

Vrajanatha: Since Shri Gauranga is the the original complete Absolute Truth,

how should one worship Him?

 

babaji: gauranga-nama mantre gaurapuja karileo yaha haya, krishna-

nama-mantre krishna-puja karileo tahai haya. krishna-mantre gaurapuja va

gaura-mantre krishnapuja-sakalai eka. ihate je bheda- buddhi

kare, se nitanta anabhijna ou kalira dasa.

 

Babaji: As one worships Lord Krishna by chanting the name and mantra of Lord

Krishna, so one should worship Lord Gauran by chanting the name and mantra of

Gauranga. One may worship Lord Gaura by chanting Krishna-mantras, or for that

matter one may worship Lord Krishna by chanting Gaura-mantras. They are all

the same. Anyone who thinks Lord Krishna and Lord Gaura are different is a

fool. He is a servant of Kali-yuga.

 

vrajanatha: channavatarera mantra ki-rupe paoya jaya?

 

Vrajanatha: Where to obtain the mantras to worship Lord Gauranga who has

come as a covered incarnation?

 

babaji: je tantra prakasya-avataraganera mantra prakasarupe varnana

kariyachena, sei tantrei channavatarera mantra channarupe likhiya

rakhiyachena. yanhadera buddhi kutila naya, tahara bujhiya laite parena.

 

Babaji: The scriptures that openly give mantras for worshipping the openly

manifested incarnations of the Lord, secretly reveal the mantras for

worshipping the secret and hidden incarnation of Lord Gauranga. People whose

intelligence is not crooked can understand the presence of these mantras.

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(9) MILLIONS OF YEARS BY CHANTING KRISHNA-NAMA BUT FEW DAYS BY CHANTING

GAURANGA-NAMA.

 

In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 10, the personified holy place

 

Pushkara instructs the brahmana in Navadvipa:

 

(A) **KOTI KOTI VARSE kari shri krishna bhajana;

tathapi namete rati na paya durjana.

 

"A sinful or offensive person will not acquire attraction for the Hare

Krishna maha-mantra or Lord Krishna's devotional service even if he chants

the maha-mantra and worships Lord Krishna **FOR MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF

YEARS**.

 

(B) gauranga bhajile dusta bhava dure jaya;

**SVALPA DINE vrajadhama radha-krishna paya.

 

"But if he worships Gauranga and regularly chants the name of 'Gauranga',

then his sinful and crooked mentality will immediately leave him and **IN A

VERY FEW DAYS** he will achieve Lord Radha-Krishna in Vrajadhama.

 

(C) nija siddha-deha paya sakhira asraya;

nija-kunja shri yugala-seva tara haya.

 

"He or she will then instantly achieve his or her eternally perfect

spiritual body and thus the shelter of the sakhis or gopies in Vrndavana.

Then one will begin one's direct service to Shri Radha-Krishna in one's own

transcendental grove of Vrndavana in one's constitutional position. All this

is achieved simply by the chanting the name of Lord Gauranga."

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(10) IF EVEN A BIRD CHANTS 'GAURANGA'...

 

In the Chaitanya-bhagavata, the glories of Lord Gauranga's name is described

in Madhya-khanda 10.318:

 

paksi-matra yadi bale caitanyera nama; sei satya jaibeka caitanyera dhama.

 

"If even a bird chants the name of Lord Gauranga, it will most certainly

attain the transcendental eternal abode of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu."

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(11) CONGREGATIONAL CHANTING OF GAURANGA-NAMA

 

In the Navadvipa-bhava taranga by Bhaktivinoda Thakura, it is stated:

 

yatha deva-gana kore gaura-sankirtana;

kabhu dhama-vasi taha korena sravana. (56)

 

"Even the demigods continuously engage in Gauranga-sankirtana

(congregational chanting of the names of Lord Gauranga) in Navadvipa.

Sometimes the residents of the dhama participate and hear the sankirtana."

 

keho va bolibe gaurahari bolo bhai;

gaura-vina radha-krishna-seva nahi pai. (57)

 

"Please chant the name of Gauranga because without Lord Gauranga's mercy one

will never achieve service to Shri Radha-Krishna."

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(12) ALL THE TEN OFFENSES ARE DESTROYED BY TAKING SHELTER OF GAURANGA'S NAME

 

In the Gauranga-lila-smarana-mangala stotram Verse 97, Shrila Bhaktivinoda

Thakura states:

 

namaparadham sakalam vinasya, chaitanya-namashrita-manavanam;

bhaktim param yah pradadau janebhyas, tam gauracandram pranamami bhaktya.

 

"With great devotion, I bow before Lord Gaurachandra, who for they who take

shelter of His most merciful name of Gauranga, immediately destroys all the

various kind of offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra,

and in this way awards the topmost transcendental devotional service to the

living entities."

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(13) ONLY THE SEED OF GAURANGA'S NAME WILL SPROUT IN THE DESERT OF OUR HEART

 

In Shri Chaitanya-chandramrita Verse 53 , Shrila Prabodhananda Sarasvati

states the paramount importance of the chanting name of Lord Gauranga:

 

ha hanta citta-bhuvi me paramosarayam,

sad-bhakti-kalpa-latikankurita katham syat;

hrdy ekam eva param asvasaniyam asti,

chaitanya-nama-kalayan na kadapi socyah.

 

Alas! Alas! How will the desire creeper of pure unalloyed devotional service

to Lord Krishna sprout in the supremely unfertile desert of my heart? In my

heart, there is only one supreme consolation and solace. That is chanting of

the name of Lord Gauranga. This chanting will eternally put an end to all my

lamentation and will work wonders in my heart softening it with love of God.

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(14) THE NAME 'NITYANANDA' IMMEDIATELY EVOKES TEARS AND ECSTASY OF PURE LOVE

FOR 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."

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(15) 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."

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(16) GREAT ACHARYAS HAVE CONSTANTLY CHANTED THE NAME OF NITYANANDA

 

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.

 

nityananda bali' yabe karena hunkara, taha dekhi' lokera haya maha-camatkara

 

"Minaketana Ramadasa, the great associate of Lord Nityananda who loudly call

ot the name of 'Nityananda' constantly and by hearing this the people around

him were filled with great wonder and astonishment."

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(17) BY CHANTING THE NAMES OF NITYANANDA & GAURANGA, SINFUL REACTIONS OF

UNLIMITED NO. OF LIVES ARE IMMEDIATELY DESTROYED

 

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

 

gauranga-nityananda 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 past lives."

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(18) THE WHOLE UNIVERSE IS PURIFIED BY CHANTING THE NAME OF 'NITYANANDA'

 

Shri Chaitanya-Bhagavata, Madhya-Khanda 3.134:

 

vanik adhama murkha ye karila para, brahmanda

pavitra haya nama laile yanra.

 

Translation:

 

"The entire universe is purified by chanting the name of Lord Nityananda as

it is only He who delivered the fallen, the foolish, and the merchants."

 

Purport by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada:

 

 nityanandera prabhura nama shravana karile jagatera sakala lokera

papa-pravrtti prashamita haiya pavitra tara udaya haya. vanik, adhama,

murkha - iharau pavitra haiya brahmajna u bhagavad-bhakta hana.

 

"Simply by chanting or hearing the name of Lord Nityananda, the sinful

inclinations in the hearts of all the living entities in the universe are

permanently destroyed and their inherent purity is automatically awakened.

On chanting or hearing the name of Lord Nityananda, even the merchants,

degraded, fallen and foolish people are purified and immediately become

realized in the Absolute Truth and devotees of the Lord."

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(19) BY CHANTING NITYANANDA & GAURANGA, KRISHNA-PREMA COMES SEARCHING AFTER

THAT PERSON. ONE ACHIEVES KRISHNA-PREMA EVEN WITH OFFENSES IN HIS HEART AND

THEN OFFENSES FLEE. WHAT A SUBLIME AND EASY WAY TO GET KRISHNA-PREMA!

 

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

 

"If one 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.

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(20) IN THE CHANTING OF THE NAMES OF NITYANANDA & GAURANGA THERE ARE NO

OFFENSES. SIMPLY BY CHANTING LOVE COMES AND TEARS FLOW FROM OUR EYES.

 

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 SHRILA BHAKTISIDDHANTA SARASVATI THAKURA PRABHUPADA:

 

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

of Gauranga-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 Gauranga-Nityananda. Due the repeated chanting of

the names of Gauranga-Nityananda, the offenses will destroyed and he will

achieve the fruit of chanting."

 

"The name of Krishna and Gauranga-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

Gauranga-Nityananda's Name is more useful and helpful for everyone. the

mercy of Krishna's names is generally only upon liberated or perfected souls

who are surrendered to Him. But the magnanimity of the names of Lord

Gauranga-Nityananda is especially for the souls who are offenders and full

of anarthas and desires for material sense-gratification. The chanting of

Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda's names 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 without any delay."

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(21) LORD GAURANGA HIMSELF PREDICTED THAT THE CHANTING OF HIS NAME WILL

SPREAD ALL OVER THE WORLD

 

Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu Himself predicted that His holy names will spread

all over the world in the Chaitanya-bhagavata (Antya 4.126):

 

prthivite ache yata nagaradi-grama; sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama.

 

"My Name will be broadcasted and glorified in all various towns, villages,

cities, countries and continents of the world."

 

These Names are Gauranga, Nityananda, Gaura, Gaurahari, Shri Krishna Chaitanya,

Nimai, Shachinandana or Nitai etc. alongwith the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and

the names of Lord Krishna.

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(22) WHY DO THE COMMON PEOPLE NOT GET KRISHNA-PREMA EVEN THOUGH THE GLORIES

OF KRSNA-NAMA-DHAMA ARE DESCRIBED IN ALL THE SCRIPTURES? THIS IS THE SECRET

OF ALL SECRETS WHICH THE BEWILDERED SOULS NEVER THINK ABOUT. HOW TO SOLVE

THIS PROBLEM?

 

(A)ara eka gudha katha suna sarva jana;kalijive yogya vastu gaura-lila-dhana

 

""Please hear a most confidential secret. The most suitable thing for the

conditioned souls in Kali-yuga in the treasure of Gauranga-lila."

 

(B) krishnanama krishnadhama mahatmya apara;sastrera dvaraya jane sakala samsara

 

"The unlimited glories of Krishna's Name (maha-mantra) and Krishna's Abode (Shri

Vrndavana) are known to the whole world through the revealed scriptures.

 

(C) tabu krishna-prema sadharane nahi paya;

ihara karana kiba cintaha hiyaya.

 

"Even then pure love for Krishna is not attained by the common man. Please

meditate on the reason for this fact."

 

(D) ihate achaye ta eka gudha-tattva sara;

maya-mugdha jiva taha na kare vicara.

 

"The reason for this is the secret of all secrets. The souls bewildered by

illusion (maya) do not think about this reason."

 

(E) bahu janma krishna bhaji prema nahi haya;

aparadha punja tara achaye niscaya.

 

"Even after worshipping Krishna for many lives, one may not achieve pure love

for Krishna. The reason is that there is a great mountain of offenses is one's

heart, without a doubt."

 

(F) aparadha sunya haya laya krishna-nama;

tabe jiva krishna premalabhe avirama.

 

"When a living entity chants the maha-mantra without any offenses, he

achieves incessant pure love for Krishna.

 

(G) shri chaitanya avatara bada vilaksana;

aparadha-sattve jiva labhe prema-dhana.

 

"The incarnation of Lord Shri Gauranga is very powerful and munificent. By

His mercy, a living entity can get pure love of Krishna even if he is not free

from the offenses."

 

(H) nitai-chaitanya bali yei jiva dake;

suvimala krishna-prema anvesaye take.

 

"If one simply calls out the names of Nityananda and Gauranga, Krishna-prema

(pure love of Krishna) comes searching after such a person."

 

(I) 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."

 

(J) 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.

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(23) THE STRONGEST MEDICINE OF GAURANGA-NAMA FOR THE STRONGEST DISEASE OF

THE KALI-YUGA MENTALITY

 

Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 2, states:

 

(A) aibe kali ghora haila roga haila bhari;

kathina ausadha vina nivarite nari.

 

Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu states, "Due to the advent of the most horrible

Kali-yuga, the material disease has become chronic and very hard to cure. In

such a case only the most powerful medicine will help the patient.

 

(B) atisaya gopane rakhinu yei dhama;

atisaya gopane rakhinu yei nama.

 

(C) atisaya gopane rakhinu jei rupa;

prakasa na karile jiva taribe ki rupa.

 

"The most merciful Names (Gauranga, Nityananda etc.) Abode (Navadvipa), and

Form (golden forms of Gauranga & Nityananda), which I had kept most

confidential and hidden for all these ages, have to be manifested otherwise

the living entities cannot be delivered in this age of Kali.

 

(D) jiva ta amara dasa ami tara prabhu;

ami na tarile sei na tarile kabhu.

 

"All the souls are My infinitesimal parts and servants and I am their real

master. So if I don't deliver them, they will never be delivered."

 

(E) ei bali shri chaitanya haile prakasa;

nija nama, nija-dhama, laye nija-dasa.

 

Thinking like this, Lord Gauranga appeared alongwith His own Names, Abode

and eternal Associates. How will then the living entities ever be delivered

without taking shelter of These most merciful Names, Abode, Pastimes etc.

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(24) SURABHI AND MARKANDEYA CONTINUOUSLY CHANT GAURANGA'S NAME WHICH UPROOTS

ALL THE KARMIC REACTIONS FROM THE ROOTS

 

In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 8, the Surabhi cow instructs

Markandeya Muni:

 

(A) surabhi kahila siddhanta-sara; shri gaura-bhajane nahi vicara.

 

The Surabhi tells Markandeya Rsi, the essence of all secrets, "There is no

considerations or rules of any kind in the worship of Lord Gauranga.

 

(B) shri gaura bali dakibe jabe; samasta karama vinasa habe.

 

"If you simply call out Gauranga's name, then all your previous sinful

reactions are destroyed.

 

(C) kichu nahi rabe vipaka ara; gucibe tomara bhava samsara.

 

"When no sinful reactions remain, then you will be liberated from the cycle

of birth and death.

 

(D) karme kene eika jnanera phala; ghucibe samule haye vikala.

 

 

"All the material reactions of previous frutive activities and specualtive

knowledge will be destroyed at the root and you will become ecstatic in pure

love for Lord Gauranga simply by chanting the name of Gauranga.

 

(E) tumi ta majibe gauranga-rase; bhajibe tahara ei dvipa vase.

 

"That is why you should chant Lord Gauranga's name and dive deep into the

mellows of pure love for Lord Gauranga while residing in this island of

Godruma in Navadvipa."

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(25) SAPTA-RISHIS ACHIEVE GAURANGA QUICKLY BY ONE-POINTED GAURANGA-JAPA

 

In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 9, the seven sages, the sons of Brahma

achieved Lord Gauranga in the following way:

 

(A) aprakrta dhama, gaurahari nama; kevala sadhura asa.

 

The only means of sadhana or worship is to take shelter of the

transcendental Navadvipa and the names of Lord Gauranga. This is the only

aspiration for the devotees.

 

(B) kichu nahi khaya, nidra nahi jaya; gaura nama kare japa.

 

The sapta-rsis (seven sages) who wanted to achieve Krishna-prema went to

Navadvipa on the instructions of their father Lord Brahma and became

indifferent to all material things. The constantly chanted japa of Lord

Gauranga's Name without sleeping in the night.

 

(C) madhyana samaya, gaura dayamaya; dekha dila rsi gane.

 

In the afternoon, the most merciful Lord Gauranga appeared in front of the

sages and fulfilled all their desires.

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(26) Shrila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura in Shri Ksanada-gita-cintamani:

 

patita durgata yata kali-hata yara, nitai chaitanya bali nace gaya tara

 

"The fallen, misguided and unfortunate souls devastated by Kali-yuga will

dance in ectsasy when they chant the names of Nityananda and Gauranga since

this is the only way for their deliverance."

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(27) From Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Chp

6, Lord Nityananda Prabhu tells Shrila Jiva Goswami:

 

(1) vraja-tattva navadvipa-tattve dekhe bheda;

krishna aparadhi labhe nirvana abheda.

 

"Just see the difference between Vraja-tattva (Vrndavana) and

Navadvipa-tattva. In Vrndavana, the offenders to Lord Krishna (like the

demons) attain oneness with the Lord (sayujya) by merging into the brahman

effulgence of the Lord. (The same Kamsa who got liberation by being killed

by Krishna's hands in Mathura in krishna-lila, got pure love of God from Lord

Gauranga in Gaura-lila in Navadvipa, without having to die.)

 

(2) hetha aparadhi paya prema-tattva dhana;

ataeva ei gaura-lila sarvopari dhana.

 

"In Navadvipa however, the offenders achieve pure love for Lord Gauranga.

That is why the pastimes of Lord Gauranga is the topmost treasure in this

universe (even more merciful than Krishna-lila.)

 

(3) gaura-dhama, gaura-nama, gaura rupa-guna;

aparadha nahi mane tarite nipuna.

 

"Lord Gauranga's transcendental Abode, Name, Form and Pastimes are most

expert in delivering one and all because They do not consider any offenses."

 

(4) yadi aparadha thake sadhakera mane;

krishna-name, krishna-dhame tare bahu dine.

 

"If offenses or unwanted things are present in the heart of the spiritual

aspirants, then the regular chanting of Lord Krishna's Names (maha-mantra) and

direct residence Krishna's Abode (Vrndavana) etc. will deliver him only after

a very prolonged period of time."

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CB Madhya 4.75

jagate durlabha bada visvambhara-nama .

sei prabhu chaitanya-sabara dhanaprana ..75..

 

CB Antya 1.71-72:

sakala bhuvana ebe gaya gauracandra.

tathapiha sabe nahi gaya bhutavrnda..71..

shrikrishnachaitanya-name vimukha ye jana.

niscaya janiha sei papi bhutagana..72..

 

Those who are averse to chanting and preaching the glories of the Name of

Lord Gauranga and most certainly sinful and haunted by ghosts.

 

Shri Chaitanya-charita Mahakavya by Shrila Murari Gupta, Fourth Parikrama 28th

Sarga, Verse 20:

 

nityananda-prabhus tatra / vanijan tu grhe grhe

karoti krsa-chaitanya-nama-sankirttana mahat 20

 

Wandering from house to house amongst the merchants of that town, Nityananda

Prabhu performed a great sankirtana of the names of Shri Krishna Chaitanya.

 

shri-krsa-chaitanya-namna / paripurna jagat-trayam

krtva raraja gopalaih / sama nanda-vraje yatha 23 4.32.23

 

In company with those gopalas, Nityananda made the three worlds fully

satisfied through the chanting of Shri Krishna Chaitanya's names, just as it had

formerly been in the land of Vraja when Nanda ruled as king of the cowherds.

 

"The more the names of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Krishna were preached, the

merrier was Thakura Bhaktivinoda." (Vaishnava Song Book)

 

"The Chaitanya-bhagavata had predicted that the name of Lord Chaitanya would

one day be known in every town and village. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta had wanted

that." (SPL 6)

 

Cc Madhya 6.258

`shri-krishna-chaitanya saci-suta guna-dhama'

ei dhyana, ei japa, laya ei nama

 

The Bhattacarya always chanted the holy name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, son of

mother Saci and reservoir of all good qualities. Indeed, chanting the holy

names became his meditation.

 

Cc Antya 11.55,56

`shri-krishna-chaitanya' sabda balena bara bara

prabhu-mukha-madhuri piye, netre jala-dhara

 

Haridasa began to chant the holy name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya again and again.

As he drank the sweetness of the face of the Lord, tears constantly glided

down from his eyes.

 

`shri-krishna-chaitanya' sabda karite uccarana

namera sahita prana kaila utkramana

 

While chanting the holy name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, he gave up his air of

life and left his body.(Haridasa Thakura is showing that the culmination of

chanting the maha-mantra is to lovingly chant the name of Gauranga.)

 

> Did Shrila Prabhupada ever recomend such a practice?

 

Yes surely. Shrila Prabhupada himself is chanting the 'Gauranga' mantra

presently in the eternal abode of Navadvipa in his spiritual body as an

associate of Lord Gauranga because it is stated in Chaitanya-mangala (quoted

above) that all the associates of Lord worship Him in Goloka by the chanting

of the four-syllable Gauranga Mantra. The dearmost desire of every acharya

is to spread the chanting of the 'Gauranga' mantra alongwith the maha-mantra

because it is Lord Nityananda's intense desire (sehai more prana re).

 

Shrila Prabhupada writes in Cc Madhya 24.330: "The spiritual master has to

select a mantra for his disciple according to the disciple's ability to

chant different mantras."

 

"Vaishnavas consider Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu nondifferent from

Radha-Krishna (shri-krishna-chaitanya radha-krishna nahe anya). Therefore *ONE WHO

CHANTS THE MANTRA "GAURANGA" and ONE WHO CHANTS THE NAMES OF RADHA AND KRSNA

ARE ON THE SAME LEVEL." (Shrila Prabhupada in Cc Antya-lila 2.31 purport)

 

On board the ship Jaladuta, September 13, 1965, Verse 3, by Shrila

Prabhupada:

 

tara iccha balavan pascatyete than than

hoy jate gauranger nam

prthivite nagaradi asamudra nada nadi

sakalei loy krishna nam

 

Translation: "By his (Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada's)

strong desire, THE HOLY NAME OF GAURANGA will first spread throughout all

the countries of the Western world. Then in all the cities, towns, and

villages on the earth, from all the oceans, seas, rivers, and streams,

everyone will chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra."

 

"You mention that they have not even heard of Lord Gauranga. So that is

their misfortune, and our misfortune also. _________________ in India, they

could not preach Lord Gauranga's name all over India." (SP Letter to:

Niranjana, Brooklyn, 21 May, 1973)

 

Prabhupada: "Now, what is the difference, Nitai-Gauranga and Hare Krishna?

Nitai-Gauranga and Hare Krishna, there is no difference. Nitai-Gauranga is

also nice. Whatever he finds convenient, let him chant." (Shrila

Prabhupada's Room Conversation with Yoga Student, March 14, 1975, Iran)

 

"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." (Cc Adi 8.31 purp)

 

"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." (Cc Adi 8.31 purp)

 

"It is the advice of Narottama das Thakura to chant the holy name of

Gauranga either if one remains at home or in the forest. Similarly, do not

forget the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra either you live in the temple

or at home." (SP Letter to: Sacimata, Bombay, 8 December, 1974)

 

"Then you become gosvami. Then, as Narottama dasa Thakura says, grhe va

banete thake ha gauranga bole dake. Ha gauranga, 'Always chanting

Nitai-Gaura, and thinking of Nitai-Gaura,' such person, Narottama dasa

Thakura says... Grhe va... 'He may be a sannyasi, or he may be a grhastha.

It doesn't matter. Because he is absorbed in the thought of Nitai-Gaura.' So

narottama mage tanra sanga: 'Narottama is always desiring to associate with

such person.' (SP Shrimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.2, Vrndavana, March 17, 1974)

 

"If you simply chant Nitai-Gaura and dance, then you'll become happy. There

is no difficulty. There is no difficulty." (SP Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita,

Madhya-lila 20.102, Baltimore, July 7, 1976)

 

"Narottama dasa Thakura is aspiring for the day when Nityananda Prabhu will

be pleased upon him. Just like Jagai-Madhai was delivered by the mercy of

Shri Nityananda Prabhu, so we have to pray Nityananda Prabhu. He's very

merciful. He's so kind, Baladeva, He gives spiritual strength. Then we can

approach the Supreme Lord. Therefore we chant "Nitai-Gaura." This is the

process. We cannot change this policy." (Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila

7.4, Mayapur, March 4, 1974)

 

"As soon as one will chant the name of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, there will be

shivering. This is the first symptom that one is getting advanced in the

perfectional stage of Krishna consciousness. So Narottama dasa Thakura says,

gauranga bolite habe pulaka sarire. He's expecting. Although he was a great

acarya, still, he was expecting, "When that stage will come?'' The wording

of the song is as follows. G-a-u-r-a-n-g-a, gauranga. Bolite, b-a-l-i-t-e.

Habe, h-a-b-e. Gauranga bolite habe pulaka, p-u-l-a-k-a. Pulaka sarira,

s-a-r-i-r. (SP Purport to Gauranga Bolite Habe, Los Angeles, January 9,

1969.)

 

"My Guru Maharaja always see if Krishna's name or Lord Chaitanya's name

appeared in someone's writing and would appreciate the writing for this

alone." (SP Letter to: Dina Dayala, Nellore, 6 January, 1976)

 

"The expert devotees also can discover novel ways and means to convert the

nondevotees in terms of particular time and circumstance. Devotional service

is dynamic activity, and the expert devotees can find out competent means to

inject it into the dull brains of the materialistic population. Such

transcendental activities of the devotees for the service of the Lord can

bring a new order of life to the foolish society of materialistic men."

(SB 1.5.16 purport)

 

The acharyas have already given the detailed instructions in their books.

Sometimes they practically implement only some of their instructions given

in their books and the leave others to be implemented to their followers due

to their causeless mercy. But all the guidelines are there in their books

and instructions. An acharya who is eternal associate of Lord Gauranga may

give even the most fallen people the qualification to chant the Hare Krishna

maha-mantra directly by his causeless mercy. But for his followers, his

instructions are more important than what he has done because we cannot

imitate his activities. And Shrila Prabhupada has categorically stated in Cc

Adi 8.31 purp posted above that a neophyte student should not directly

indulge in chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra but should first take shelter

of very regularly chanting the names of Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga.

 

And Panca-tattva is not recommended to be chanted by Shrila Prabhupada

regularly on beads:

 

"Who is that rascal sannyasi who has recommended to chant Pancha Tattva

mantra on the japa beads? First, send me his name." (Letter to: Govardhan

4, Juhu, Bombay-54, 18 November, 1973)

 

Then what will the neophytes do as per the above quotes? According to

Prabhupada they should not indulge in the chanting of Hare Krishna mantra

instead they should very regularly chant the names of Nitai-Gaura but they

cannot chant the Panca-tattva mantra on beads. How will they be ever raised

from the neophyte stage if they don't begin chanting in the first place.

That is why the chanting of the authorized 'Nityananda' and 'Gauranga'

Mantras on the beads (which is not prohibited by Shrila Prabhupada anywhere

like he did for the Panca-tattva mantra) will give them qualification or

raise them to the platform of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. This

regular chanting of the two mantras is the direct practical implementation

of Shrila Prabhupada's purport in Cc Adi 8.31 considering the fact the

Prabhupada did not recommend the regular chanting of the Panca-tattva mantra

on the beads. Chanting of the Panca-tattva mantra once before each round or

three times before beginning the kirtana cannot be termed as "very

regularly" (as insisted by Shrila Prabhupada) and "karite karite" (as

insisted by Shrila Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada) for the chanting of Lord

Nityananda and Lord Gauranga's Names.

 

The order of Lord Nityananda is the life and soul of all acharyas including

Shrila Prabhupada. If someone says that Shrila Prabhupada does not want us

to chant the name of 'Gauranga', they are commiting the biggest offense

against Prabhupada by saying that Prabhupada is desiring something against

the desires of Lord Nityananda.

 

I would say that it is the most dearmost and pleasing thing to the heart of

Shrila Prabhupada and the greatest service to him, all acharyas (like

Narottama das Thakura who said that he will become a slave of someone who

chants 'Gauranga') and Lord Nityananda to make others chant Gauranga's name

regularly. This is proved by Shrila Prabhupada's song on the Jaladuta and

his direct statements in the Chaitanya-charitamrita.

 

The spiritual opulences present in the 'Gauranga' and 'Nityananda' Mantras

cannot even be compared to the combined opulences present in the millions of

universes in this material world multiplied millions of times. So who are

we, tiny insignificant souls to minimize or belittle or obstruct the

chanting of the 'Nityananda' and 'Gauranga' Mantras which all the acharyas

have personally advocated (as given below) following in the footsteps of

Lord Nityananda Balarama Himself.

 

> Did any acharya in our line chant rounds of Gauranga and or

> Nityananda Mantra?

 

Yes, Lord Nityananda did, Shivananda Sena did (in Cc), Parvati,

Sapta-rishis, Markandeya. Suvarna Sena etc etc etc etc etc....... did in the

Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Narada in Chaitanya-mangala, associates of the

Lord in Cc etc. Lord Nityananda explicitly instructed all the living

entities to chant the Gauranga Mantra. Where did He instruct anyone to chant

Gauranga only without beads but not on beads? It is absurd and ludricous to

say that Gauranga's name can be chanted in any form but not on beads. I

challenge, "Why not?" Please show me any statement in the scripture which

says that it is prohibited to chant Gauranga or Nityananda Mantra on the

beads or to chant Gauranga on beads in apasiddhantic or apasampradayic.

Please support your statements with scriptural quotes before saying that

chanting of the Gauranga Mantra on beads in not recommended by the acharyas

or that chanting of the Gauranga Mantra on beads falls in a category of an

apasampradaya or that chanting the Gauranga Mantra is a manufactured

bhajana. It is like saying that Shrila Shivananda Sena engaged himself in a

manufactured or invented process of bhajana. Don't you think this is an

extremely offensive statement to the authorized 'Gauranga' Mantra which is

known as the Gaura Gopala Mantra in the Cc and also to Lord Nityananda and

the acharyas themselves who have chanted japa and preached the chanting of

the Gauranga Mantra?

 

An acharya may give many instructions in his books and writings but

practically implement only some of them himself. Imho this does not mean

that if some sincere followers of the acharya are inspired by some of those

instructions which he may not have practically implemented, they cannot

implement those instructions in their personal sadhana and for the supreme

benefit of the people. Shrila Prabhupada said everything is in my books and

all his words are equally transcendental including the following statement:

 

"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. 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."(Cc Adi 8.31

purp)

 

Please note he is talking about a student who is already interested and

wants to take up spiritual life not simply some karmi on the street.

 

It is also in the Bhagavatam that an acharya's instructions are the most

important even more than his actions (which cannot be imitated or understood

by most people) and anyone who tries to follow or try to implement his

instructions are actually following him.

 

krishna nama and gaura nama is same but there are some

differences also. The following are some diffrences---

 

1. there are 10 offences to be avoided in krishna

nama..whereas there are no offenses considered in

gaura nama.

 

2. although krishna is gaura , but gaura is audarya

vigraha...so it is said in navadwipa mahatmya that if

one worships krishna without gaura ,then krishna prema

will come after a very prolonged period of time , but

if gaura is worshipped along with krishna , then

krishna prema will come in a short time.

 

those who say that krishna mantra includes

everything - so there is no need of chanting gaura's

name, should think why scriptures say in the above

way. The actual understanding is that krishna prema

can be obtained very quickly by chanting gaura's

name..if krishna's name alone, (without gaura'a

name) is chanted then sage narada, and pushkara tirtha

say in navadwipa mahatmya that it will take millions

and millions of years to awaken krishna prema.

 

why it is said that by chanting gaura's name along

with krishna's name , very quickly krishna prema will

come? this is because gaura's name eradicates all

types of namaaparadha in krishna's name's chanting.

 

"namaaparaadham sakalam vinasya chaitanya naamashrita

maanavaanaam"

 

3. Lord nityananda prabhu says that offenders are

punished in vrindavana but they are given krishna

prema in navadwipa.

 

4.In anubhasya commentary to Chaitanya charitaamritam,

shrila bhakti siddhanta saraswati thakur says that

although krishna nama and gaura nama are non-different

from each other, still krishna nama shows mercy on

liberated souls and gaura nama shows mercy on fallen

and offensive jivas. Hence he recommends to chant

"gauranga" .

 

we have to consider whether chanting pancha tattva

mantra three times before kirtana and one time before

hare krishna mantra is sufficient for the most fallen

souls of kali yuga?

 

some one may say that prabhupada meant pancha tattva

mantra whenever he says about gauranga in his lectures

or books. We should carefully understand this point.

Prabhupada said to chant nitai-gaura always but he

said that pancha tattava mantra should not be chanted

on beads and pancha mantra should be chanted only

three times before each kirtan and one time before

each round of hare krishna. So prabhupada is pointing

that gauranga should be chanted always but not in

form of pancha tattva mantra which is only once

before each round of hare krishna)

 

When prabhupada said chant krishna's name always ..he

meant hare krishna mantra , but when he says chant

gauranga always did he mean pancha tattva mantra? no

..otherwise why he would he say only three times

before hare krishna kirtana and one time before one

round of hare krishna? so prabhupada meant some other

mantra when he says chant gauranga always. So herein

exists the very important thing. vedas say that

"gauranga' is a 4 syllable vaishnava mantra. So when

prabhupada and all previous acharyas say that "chant

gauranga's name always, it means chant "gauranga"

which itself is a vaishnava mantra.

 

there is no problem of initiation for this mantra

because krishna mantra or gaura mantra does not depend

on initiation. Ofcourse initiation is always good,

but no one can say that krishna mantra or gaura

mantra cannot be chanted without initiation.

 

Vaishanva mantras can be chanted on tulasi beads.IF

devotees of narasimha can chant narasimha mantra on

beads ..if devotees of rama can chant rama mantra on

beads , if devotees of narayana can chant narayana

mantra on beads , why a gaura devotee exclusively

attached to gauranga cannot chant the bonafide

gauranga mantra on beads?

 

prabhupada said christians and others can chant names

of god known in their religions(christ, allah etc) on

beads. Refer science of self realisation book.So why

would prabhupad will object chanting of gauranga's

name on beads especially when he came specially to

preach the name of gauranga?

 

ONE CAN SIMULTANEOUSLY WORSHIP GAURANGA BY CHANTING THE GAURA-GOPALA MANTRA

AND RADHA-KRISHNA BY CHANTING THE HARE KRISHNA MAHA-MANTRA

 

Vrajanatha: What is the final destination of the soul who is a devotee of

Lord Gauranga)?

 

Babaji: Krishna and Gaura-kisora are not different. They are both shelters of

the feature of sweetness (madhurya-rasa). They do have one difference.

Madhurya-rasa (the Lord's sweetness) has two features: 1. madhurya

(sweetness), and 2. audarya (mercy). When sweetness is prominent, Lord Krishna

is manifested. When mercy is prominent, Lord Gauranga is manifested. The

spiritual world of Vrndavana is divided into two abodes: 1. the abode of

Lord Krishna, and 2. the abode of Lord Gaura. The eternally perfect and

eternally liberated souls who have sweetness first and mercy second reside

in Lord Krishna's abode. They are Lord Krishna's associates. The eternally

perfect and eternally liberated souls who have mercy first and sweetness

second reside in Lord Gaura's abode. They are Lord Gaura's associates. Some

souls manifest two forms and reside in both abodes simultaneously. Other

souls manifest only one form and are present in one of the abodes and not in

the other. Souls who during the time of sadhana worship only Lord Gaura,t

the time of attaining perfection go to Lord Gaura's abode and serve Him

there. Souls who during the time of sadhana worship only Lord Krishna, at the

time of attaining perfection go to Lord Krishna's abode and serve Him there.

Souls who during the time of sadhana worship both Lord Krishna and Lord Gaura,

at the time of attaining perfection manifest two forms, go to both Lord

Krishna's abode and Lord Gaura's abode, and in their two forms serve the two

Lord's simultaneously in both places. This truth: that Lord Gaura and Lord

Krishna are simultaneously one and different from each other, is a very

confidential secret. (Chp 17, Jaiva Dharma)

 

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I humbly beg with a straw in my mouth falling at the feet of all the

Vaishnavas to kindly read this full message and think and mediate deeply

before coming to a hasty conclusion of minimizing or discouraging or

downgrading or writing off the importance of the regular chanting of atleast

10 rounds each of the 'Gauranga' and 'Nityananda' Mantras alongwith atleast

16 rounds of the Maha-mantra. Believe it or not, if we take part in the

minimization of the process of regular chanting of these two most merciful

names of the Lord, it will be most displeasing thing to Lord Nityananda

Prabhu and will invoke His direct anger on whoever minimizes the chanting of

these two mantras in any subtle as well as gross way because it is His

dearmost mission to propogate the chanting of the name of 'Gauranga' all

over the creation as stated by Prabhupada himself on the Jaladuta. And one

who even indirectly dares to challenge or obstruct or belittle this mission

of the Supreme Lord Nityananda Prabhu is doomed to fall down from any kind

of spiritual standing. If Gauranga is displeased with someone, Nityananda

protects and somehow engages that soul in Gauranga's service but if

Nityananda is displeased with someone, that soul becomes permanently bereft

of the mercy of Gauranga.