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Title: Taste from chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga?

User: Nitai (ND)†††††† Date: 2006-07-04 12:21:26

 

Dear Swami,

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

 

Thank you very much for your answer to the question about serving and chanting simultaneusly. I've been trying this for last two days, its too early to say anything about it however it makes a difference so far. Just one more question in relationship to this - when you say to meditate on the form of the Lord - do you mean on the form of the Holy Name or on the Deity form?

 

As I mentioned I've been chanting Nitai Gauranga for last few years. I have couple questions regarding this. Sometimes when I chant the holy names of Nitai and Gauranga I feel sweet taste at the tip of the tongue as if sweet sugar. However, sometimes at the tip of the tongue I feel bitterness. Sometimes sweetness turns into bitterness and, then sometimes bitterness turns into sweetness again. Similar thing happens if I chant Hare Krishna after chanting Nitai Gauranga. Could you explain this? Does bitterness mean that I am doing something wrong?

 

Thank you so much in advance,

 

Your servant, ND

 

Title: Re: Taste from chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga?

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-04 12:40:51

 

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Dear ND, naam laite rupa aise sange sange...The form of the Holy Name (Naam) and form of the Lord (Naami) is one and the same which is the divine form of the Lord with His lotus feet. So while chanting you can meditate on any Deity or Photo form which is dear to you as described by Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura in Hari Naam Chintamani.

 

Naam is by nature very sweet. The bitterness one feels is due to the clouds of one's anarthas and mist of one's ignorance which causes apathy towards Naam. But the Naam being all-powerful penetrates through that apathy and gives you a tiny drop of the real sweetness even in the diseased condition. The bitterness is the disease and the sweet Naam is the medicine just like jaundice is the disease and sugarcane juice is the medicine. As you progress in Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna Naam Bhajana with patience and perseverance, the bitterness will leave you forever and there will only remain the sweetness of Naam.

 

nitai naam laddu aara gaura naam ghee

hari naam khanda khira ghori ghori pee

 

Title: Re: Taste from chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga?

User: Nitai (ND)†††††† Date: 2006-07-04 17:05:12

 

Dear Swami,

Nityananda! Gouranga! Hare Krishna!

 

Thank you for your answers to my questions.

 

Since I've started to chant within my mind there is much more bitterness. Is there more purification taking place? Or am I less attentive? What could be the reason for this?

 

Thank you very much.

 

Your servant,

 

ND

 

Title: Re: Taste from chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga?

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-04 17:26:15

 

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Thankyou. What do you exactly mean by bitterness? Is it that you loose taste for chanting or get some bad thoughts or feel averse to chant? We surely need to be patient in Naam Bhajana as the Naam purifies us thoroughly and fully.

 

Title: Re: Taste from chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga?

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-04 17:33:36

 

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! When you enter a room which has not been cleaned for 20 years you will find all the dirt and dust settled. But when you start brooming all the dust and dirt will come out on it's way out and one may think that now there is more dirt than previously. But this is not the case, it is just going out.

 

Similarly when one starts chanting, one starts the cleansing process of the heart and mind and for some time one may feel the pangs of material desires even more than previously as they are coming out and going away. Only when an enemy becomes seen, we can shoot it. Similarly the Holy Names may first expose all the unwanted things in our heart and then throw them out forever. So understanding this, one should simply patiently chant the Holy Names without getting disturbed about this cleansing process. And one day, one will find oneself completely pure by the power of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna.

 

Title: Re: Taste from chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga?

User: Nitai (ND)†††††† Date: 2006-07-04 17:48:51

 

Dear Swami,

Nityananda!Gauranga!Hare Krishna!

 

Thank you very much for your time to answer. By bitterness I mean that there is bitter taste at the tip of the tongue while I chant.

 

Thank you.

 

Your servant,

ND

 

Title: Re: Taste from chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga?

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-05 05:30:51

 

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Does this bitterness of tongue happen only while chanting or sometimes when you are generally talking or eating or doing nothing also?

 

Title: Re: Taste from chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga?

User: Nitai (ND)†††††† Date: 2006-07-13 17:21:30

 

Dear Swami,

 

Nityananda! Gouranga! Hare Krishna!

 

Thank you so much for everything! I've started to chant more Nityananda Gouranga rounds and it made unbelievable difference. All the kirtans in the temple became so enthusiastic. To read and hear others reading Shrila Prabhupada's books became exciting. Anarthas became much less prominent. So many other things also improved. It is difficult to believe. Thank you again so much.

 

How to not misuse the mercy? How to use it to increase service? As I have strong tendency to try to enjoy fame,distinction,etc. How to develop appreciation for the mercy I'm receiving?

 

It is much less bitterness also. Bitterness mainly appearsduring hearing and chanting, sometimes at other times also e.g. during bhajan or class. It seems to me that bitterness appears when I'm inattentive or offensive.

 

Thank you so much again.

 

Your servant,

ND

 

Title: Re: Taste from chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga?

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-13 17:47:48

 

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Thankyou dear ND. Your realizations are a living testimony of the unparallelled efficacy of Nityananda Gauranga Naam in Kali Yuga as the only source to grant us taste in Bhajan and Hari Naam. It is said in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana that the golden age of Kali Yuga will last for 10,000 years. Why? Lords Nityananda Gauranga have already left! Why is the golden age still there? The answer is very simple: because Their most merciful two Holy Names are present which are unprecendentedly even more merciful than Their Lordships Themselves. These two most rare and confidential Holy Names Nityananda and Gauranga will remain in this world till around 11,486 AD (another 9500 years more) and then disappear from this world. At that time the world will be plunged into dense darkness and the most horrible times of Kali Yuga will descend on this planet till the end of Kali Yuga for another 417,000 years. We should just pray that we never see these times and book our places in the eternal spiritual world after death by the constant chanting of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna Naam.

 

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.