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Title: Why chant Gauranga if Gauranga is Krishna Himself?
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2005-04-18 11:09:26
Q. Why Lord Gauranga's Holy Name has to be separately chanted if Lord Gauranga is Lord Krishna Himself?
A. by Swami Gaurangapada:
This question is just like asking why was there a need for Lord Krishna to advent again as Lord Gauranga. It is well known that Lord Krishna appeared again as Lord Gauranga to freely distribute His own love which He displayed as Lord Krishna through the chanting of His Holy Names.
Every form and incarnation of Lord Krishna has specific Mantras and Holy Names for
the worship of that specific form and incarnation. Don't we chant the Holy Names and Pastimes of Lord Nrisingha and Lord Rama separately even though They are incarnations of Lord Krishna Himself? Then why can't Lord Krishna's original form of Lord Gauranga be worshiped with the chanting of specific Mantras and Holy Names?
Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura states in Jaiva Dharma that those who cannot see or accept the process of chanting of specific Mantras and Holy Names of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu from the revealed Vedic scriptures are the most unfortunate, ill fated and complicated persons in creation.
Discouraging anyone from chanting the bonafide Holy Names of a bonafide transcendental form of the Lord mentioned in the Vedas displays our envy towards that form even though it may be in a very subtle form. If one is envious of one transcendental bonafide form or incarnation of the Lord then one can never succeed in the worship of another form of the Lord because such envy howsoever little constitutes an offense against the very existence of God (Bhagavad Tattva).
Like for example, if a devotee Lord Ramachandra does not accept the chanting of the Holy Names and Pastimes of Lord Krishna, Lord Ramachandra will never be merciful to such a person because Lord Ramachandra and Lord Krishna are ultimately the same Personality of Godhead in different features. Vice versa is also true. In the same way, however staunchly a devotee may worship the Holy Names and Form of any other incarnation of the Lord, like Nrisingha, Rama, Varaha and even the source of all incarnations Lord Krishna Himself, but if such a devotee rejects the Holy Names, Form, Pastimes, Abode and Associates of the most supremely merciful forms of God Lords Nityananda Gauranga, then such a devotee will never be able to achieve the full mercy of the Lord even if one worships for millions of lives.
Q. If Lord Krishna has manifested the form of Lord Gauranga, why cannot Lord Gauranga be worshiped by chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra?
A. by Swami Gaurangapada: Lord Gauranga is certainly worshiped by chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Hare Krishna is Gauranga. The only problem is that in the conditioned stage the cloud of our anarthas (unwanted things in our heart) and mist of our ignorance cover the full glory of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra whereas they are not able to cover the full glories of the Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga even in such a conditioned and offensive stage. This is basically because Lords Nityananda and Gauranga have decided not to consider any kind of disqualifications on the part of the recepient except the singular offense of criticising devotees.
As per Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura in his Anubhashya to Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Antya 2.31, chanting the Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga is the most effective and potent way of worshiping Lord Krishna in the offensive stage as the full 100% potency of the Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga is available even in the conditioned stage. And since Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu Himself has instructed to chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, it can thus be concluded that constant chanting of the Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga along with the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is the most effective means of worship of Lord Krishna in the conditioned stage.