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07. Shrila Lokanatha dasa on Laksha Naam
SHRILA LOKANATHA GOSVAMI TO HIS DISICPLE SHRILA NAROTTAMA (both are great Acharyas and followers of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu) :
From Prema-vilasa Chapter 11:
(Note: Both Shrila Prabhupada and Shrila Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada have accepted Prema-vilasa as a bonafide scripture in their commentaries to Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila 13.60 purport.)
je vaishnava haibe laibe harinama;
sankhya kari nama laile, kripa karena gauradhama.
"Those who are Vaishavas must chant the Holy Names in a particular number everyday. Then Lord Gauranga, the supreme Abode of love will be merciful to them.
WHAT IS THAT NUMBER?
purva abhipraye sabe laha harinama;
keha laksha viseshatah mukhe gana.
"Everyone should specifically chant or sing the name loudly 100,000 times a day (64 rounds) with the mood I have described earlier.
narottama laksha nama laya sankhya kari;
nama laile gaurangera sarva sakti dhari.
"O my disciple, Narottama! Please chant 100,000 names everyday while maintaining their count. If you chant in this way then you will become empowered by all the potencies of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu."
Purport by Swami Gaurangapada:
krishna-sakti vina nahe tara pravartana.
(Cc Antya-lila 7.11)
"The fundamental religious system in the Age of Kali is the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Unless empowered by Krishna, one cannot propagate the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
So from the above two verses, it becomes very clear that if one has to widely propogate the glories of the Holy Names, one has to get Krishna-shakti or Gauranga-shakti which is acquired when one completes the chanting of 100,000 names daily, according to Shrila Lokanatha Goswami.
ACHIEVE THE LOTUS FEET OF KRiShNA:
krishna pada prapti laksha laile harinama;
granthi purna haile eka karibe pranama.
"I again repeat that if you want to achieve the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, then you have to chant 100,000 names daily. After chanting four rounds (one granthi) or one round, you should offer obeisances to the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.