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Title: Difference in Names

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-11-25 08:20:00


Q. What are the levels in the Holy Names?

Answer by Swami Gaurangapada: Strictly speaking there are levels even among bona fide Names of God. Shrila Haridasa Thakura states in Hari Naam Chintamani that only the primary Holy Names of God which are in relation with His eternal pastimes in the spiritual world can take us to the spiritual world. More Ľ: ""

Other Names may give us enjoyment (higher planetary systems) or up to liberation (mukti). What to speak of other Names, even the Names of other incarnations of Lord Krishna: "http:///"]Gauranga Krishna will take us only up to Their own spiritual planets. If we desire to go to the highest Goloka, the Names of Nityananda, Gauranga, Hare [URL="http:///", Radha, Balarama etc. are the only Names which can take us as They originate from Goloka. Other Names of the partial Incarnations which only appear in this material world and are not there in the spiritual world, can only take us up to liberation. Some Names which are of demigods not of the Lord Himself can give us enjoyment in the higher material planets but it is perishable. In some cases, the Name can also be mythology, the person behind it may not exist. In that case, it gives us no benefit.