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Title: The Three Divine Orders
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa Date: 2005-03-07 12:24:09
The Three Divine Orders -- By Swami Gaurangapada
Order of Acharyas & Shastra——to constantly chant “Nityananda”
Order of Lord Nityananda——to constantly chant “Gauranga”
Order of Lord Gauranga——to constantly chant “Hare Krishna”.
Some say that since the order of Lord Gauranga is to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra we should only follow that. But what about the divine order of Lord Nityananda to chant the Name of Gauranga constantly? No one wants to follow that order. No one can follow the order of Lord Gauranga without first implementing the order of Lord Nityananda. If someone tries to approach Lord Gauranga directly without Lord Nityananda, he or she will never be accepted by the Lord. And what about the supreme order of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada (in his Anubhashya), Shrila Prabhupada, Shrila Narottama Das Thakura and all the acharyas that "Always chant Nitai-Gaura". One can never approach Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga without following the order of the acharyas which is to constantly chant the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. So the key to rapid success in our spiritual lives lies in our endeavours to successful execute all the above three orders of the Lords, Acharyas and the Scriptures without leaving out any one order. Unfortunately one is trying to imitate what the great Acharyas may have done rather hearing and implementing their universal instructions about constantly chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.
Some also claim that chanting of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas is escapism from the ten offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Instead one should try to avoid the ten offenses and chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra only. There are totally in ignorance. It is common sense to understand that escaping a bad thing is very good. What is the harm in that? If you can escape the ten offenses you instantly achieve pure love for Lord Gauranga-Krishna which is the goal of our lives. The Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas do not merely provide us with an escape from the ten offenses but totally destroy the ten offenses and award us with pure love of God within a very short time and actual qualification to chant the pure Hare Krishna Mahamantra. So it is the greatest intelligence not escapism to chant the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.
Some claim that by chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas one becomes derailed. Yes, Shuddha Sarasvati is speaking through their mouth unknown to them and she is glorifying the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas. By chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas, one becomes permanently derailed from:
(1) the cycle of birth and death and the 8.4 million species of life and go back to Godhead.
(2) the thirst for material desires
(3) from the ignorance of the material body
(4) from bewilderment of jnana and karma and so on and on
What is the harm if one gets derailed from the wrong things? One should become very happy. And if they claim that by chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas one becomes derailed from spiritual life then that is total nonsense against all the revealed scriptures and the greatest offense against the most merciful Names of God.
Do you think Lord Nityananda and Shrila Shivananda Sena were derailed by constantly chanting the Name of Gauranga? It is the greatest violence and crime of soul to stop anyone from chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. In Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata, the Supreme Lord Gauranga Himself states that if a Guru or for that matter even Brahma or Shiva (which they never do ofcourse) were to speak anything against the scriptures or stop anyone from chanting the bonafide Name of the Lord that their such instructions are resulting from bewilderment and ignorance and should be rejected by the bonafide and intelligent disciple.
Some falsely suggest that one should chant the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the the Hare Krishna Mahamantra only if one’s Guru is not a maha-bhagavata otherwise there is no need. But they fail to remember that Shrila Shivananda Sena and Shrila Balarama Dasa being the topmost Maha-bhagavatas themselves were constantly chanting the Names of Gauranga and Nityananda. Who is higher than Lord Nityananda Himself? He was also constantly chanting the Gaura Gopala Mantra. Are they implying that Lord Nityananda was not a Maha-bhagavata? Totally absurd. Infact the qualification of the real Maha-bhagavata Guru will be to follow in the footsteps of Lord Nityananda and thus he or she will never discriminate between the chanting of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and never ever discourage his or her disciples and followers from chanting the most merciful Names of Nityananda and Gauranga Mantra along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Like Shrila Prabhuupada who clearly stated: “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) and also “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 specifically regarding Japa, March 14, 1975, Iran).