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Title: Back home after this life?
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-13 20:34:50
Dear Gaurangapada Maharaja, Nityananda, Gauranga!Hare Krsna! Is it possible to go back home, back to Godhead after this life? There seems to be different opinions about that topic in vaisnava society. Some devotees states that it is not possible, that we need several lives to do that, that we need to be born again in material world in universe where Lord Gauranga Krsna is performing His pastimes, and after that practice we can attain spiritual abode. Others are saying that chanting of Holy Names is so effective that we can attain spiritual abode after this life time. So, is it possible to attain spiritual realm after this life? Nityananda!Gauranga!
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Dear Igor, According to Shrila Narada Muni in Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya, by Nityananda Gauranga Naam Bhajana, one will attain one spiritual form in the spiritual world very quickly whereas only through Krishna Naam Bhajana it may take many many lives due to the stringent offenses to be overcome.
Whatever the case, when one becomes a sadhana siddha by perfecting one's Naam Bhajana while in this material world, the soul may have to take a divine birth in the direct pastimes of Lord Gauranga-Krishna in this material world maybe in another universe, and get trained in the direct service of the Lord under the merciful guidance of nitya-siddhas or eternal associates of the Lord who have descended with the Lord in His pastimes in that universe. After being trained in this way, the soul will enter into the spiritual world never to come back again due to karma in this material world when the Lord completes His pastimes and ascends to the spiritual world along with His associates. An example of this are the sadhana-siddha gopies who become perfected by participating in the pastimes of Lord Krishna around 5000 years back in this universe when they felt intense separation from the Lord when they were not able to join the other gopies in the rasa dance.
In some special cases, the Lord directly take the soul into the spiritual world also without having to get trained in His pastimes in this material world. Whatever be the case, there is nothing to fear, because even if we get a spiritual birth in the pastimes of the Lord in this material world in another material universe to get trained up, we will take birth directly in the association of the Lord's eternal Associates and directly in the replica of the spiritual abode which would have descended in this material world along with the Lord and His associates.
Gauranga!Nityananda! Thank you very much for your wonderful answer! You really got special mercy of Srilla Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srilla Prabhupada to continue and spread glories of most confidentional chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga Holy Names! Therefore, let us chant Gaura-Nitay whenewer we go - on this planet or in spiritual world! janmani-janmanisvare - from life to life if that is desire of Nitay-Gaura!