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The Stages of Chanting
The Three Kings of All Mantras in Kali Yuga:
1. 5-syllable Haladhara Balarama Mantraraja: “Nityananda”
2. 4-syllable Gaura Gopala Mantraraja: “Gauranga”
3. 32-syllable Hare Krishna Mahamantra:
"Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare".
(The Pancha Tattva Mantra to be chanted before Mahamantra:
"Shri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu Nityananda, Shri Advaita Gadadhara Shrivasadi Gaura Bhakta Vrinda")
Level 5: Minimum ideal recommended lifetime goal for serious
Level 7: Ultimate ideal goal recommended by the Supreme Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu to complete the chanting of His 100,000 Names daily.
#No grain food on Ekadashi twice a month, no meat eating, no smoking and drinking, and no sex outside marriage.
* and ** No grain food on Ekadashi twice a month, no kind of non-veg food including eggs, onion, garlic etc, no intoxication including smoking, drinking, non-medicinal drugs, tea, coffee etc, no gambling and no illicit sex life.
The Pancha Tattva Mantra: "Shri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu Nityananda, Shri Advaita Gadadhara Shrivasadi Gaura Bhakta Vrinda" should be chanted once or thrice before beginning each round of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.
Those who chant 64 rounds of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra along with the Pancha Tattva Mantra in the beginning of each round also complete the chanting of 100,000 Holy Names daily and are also known as Laksheshvaras as per the order of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
Zdeally separate rounds of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas have to be chanted with one Mantraraja on each bead since they are two separate Mantras. But those devotees who chant 64 or more rounds of each of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas may chant both the Mantrarajas on one bead for practical purposes, so that the fingers may not pain due to excessive movement during prolonged chanting.
The seven kinds of Gayatri Mantras to be chanted ten times thrice a day will be imparted on the level of Gaura Hari Nama Mahadiksha or Hari nama Diksha in specific cases.
For pictures on how to chant on Tulasi Japa beads please check.
One round of either of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas is equal to 1 x 108 = 108 Holy Names of the Lord since Nityananda or Gauranga is One Holy Name of the Lord.
Since there are sixteen Holy Names in one Hare Krishna Mahamantra, one round of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is equal to 16 x 108 = 1728 Holy Names of the Lord.