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Title: madhura e harinama

User: sacinandana_das†††††† Date: 2004-12-20 20:39:26




Madhura E Harinam :


Dear swami gurangapada , obeisances to you and all the beloved devotee's

in the line of devotion ! all glories to shri guru and gauranga !


dear swamiji , i noticed the subtle difference in the way the maha mantra

is written in this verse , and so i was wondering if their is

meaning to this or if this is because the mantra is written in song form ?

i have chanted the mantra this way ,and it is nice it gives a nice rytham

to the chanting ......





The holy name is so sweet , by shrila bhaktivinode thakura


Shri Shri Gaura Nitai are so wonderfully merciful . They brought this harinama

from goloka-vrndavana . Goloka prema-dhana hari nama sankirtan ,

It doesnt belong to this material world .

Shri Shri Gaura Nitai bought it here because they are so wonderfully merciful

Who is the custodian of nama hatta ? Shri Nitai !

Nama hatta means market place .

A market place where the name is sold and purchased .

What is the price ?

The price is unflinching faith .

He who strong faith , unflinching faith in the holy name and faith in the

words of sadhu and sastra , Shri guru and Shri krishna , only he can

purchase it !

The market is eternally open .


hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare re

hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare re .



looking forward to your reply ,


sacinandana_das........... :shock:




User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2004-12-20 21:01:05


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Thank you for this question.


In the normal body of the post, you need not use bold. You kindly use bold text to highlight some important quotes, lines, verses etc.


hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare re

hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare re


This "re" at the end of each line of the the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is not added by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the original author of the song. It has been added by some later singer to make it adapt to his or her singing tune.


There have been many incidents when Shrila Prabhupada got every angry when a devotee was adding "bhaja" before chanting Hare Krishna...One should be very careful not to the change or add to or subtract anything from the Hare Krishna Mahamantra or the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas while chanting them kirtana as well as japa even though it may be convenient for singer to fit the new mantra to the music tune.


We do not sing the Mantras for hearing pleasing tunes neither is the Lord interested in kirtana tunes. The Lord is interested only in our devotion and devotion can be expressed to the Lord by not adding or subtracting anything to the Mantras while chanting Them in japa and kirtana.


That is why we ideally recommend to chant separate rounds of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas in Their actual Mantra form of (5-sllable Haladhara Balarama Mantra) Nityananda and Gauranga (4-syllable Gaura Gopala Mantra), because someone who may be chanting Nityananda-Gauranga on one bead may think of adding Advaita or another name while chanting later on down the line and there is no end to the whimsical changes which can be imagined in the original Mantra and after a few years the original Mantra gets replaced by some imagined Mantra.


So we should keep the Mantras in their original form intact and never add or remove anything from Them and chant Them in that way to get the full benefit. The Hare Krishna Mahamantra is a 32-syllable and 16 word mantra as follows and this "re" is not the part of the Mantra:


ha-re ha-re krish-na krish-na krish-na ha-re ha-re, ha-re ra-ma ha-re ra-ma ra-ma ra-ma ha-re ha-re


are the 32 syllables and 16 names comprised of 2-syllables each.


I hope this helps.


Title: Re: madhura e harinama

User: sacinandana_das†††††† Date: 2004-12-20 22:28:00


Dear swamiji ,

obeisances to you ,thank-u for your reply ,also on this note in siksastakam verse two ,it states that the lord has millions of names and there are no hard and fast rules for chanting them , so by this ( individually ) can one chant any of the names in japa that one is attracted to ?

especially names of gaura and nitai .


your servant sacinandana_das



User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2004-12-21 05:12:25


siksastakam verse two ,it states that the lord has millions of names and there are no hard and fast rules for chanting them , so by this ( individually ) can one chant any of the names in japa that one is attracted to?


One can sing and chant any primary Holy Names of the Lord assciated with His pastimes in any form or manner though some devotees like to sing them in the same poem and verse form as written by our previous Acharyas.


But for japa (soft chanting) on the beads, one should chant the Mantras which have been chanted as japa by our previous Acharyas, Associates and Lord Himself in the exact form they gave us.


In the conditioned stage, a soul cannot fully know what he is attracted to or not attracted to. In the name of attraction, the soul may change a mantra according to his whims and start chanting the new manufactured mantra on beads. This has already happened in the past and will happen again if we do not strictly follow this principle.


Gauranga (Gaura Gopala Mantra) was chanted as japa by Shrila Shivananda Sena and many other mahajanas and Nityananda Mantra was als chanted by many associates. The Hare Krishna Mahamantra japa was directly recommended by Lord Gauranga and all His associates. So one can chant japa on the beads of these three Mantrarajas always.


Shrila Prabhupada recommended to chant the Pancha Tattva Mantra before the Hare Krishna Mahamantra but not separately on beads because though Pancha Tattva Mantra contains the most powerful and merciful Names of the Lord there is no information of it being chanted as japa on beads by any previous Acharyas.


There other Gaura and Krishna mantras for chanting japa beginning with klim tec. but they can only be chanted when one has a particular stage of spiritual realization.


But Nitai Nama in form of the Nityananda Mantraraja, Gaura Nama in the form of the Gauranga Manatraraja, and Hari Nama in the form of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra can be chanted by anyone and everyone in that form on both japa beads and kirtana as demonstrated by our Acharyas.


It is described in the Ananta Samhita:


utsrjyaitan-maha-mantram, ye tvanyat kalpitam padam;

mahanameti gayanti, te shastra-guru langhanam.


ďAbandoning this maha-mantra and the authorized Mantras for Kali Yuga, those who recite verses or poems or songs full of even the principal names of Lord Krishna (mahanama) but which have been manufactured through someoneís imagination, certainly transgress the instructions of the scriptures and the bona-fide spiritual masters."


Title: Re: madhura e harinama

User: sacinandana_das†††††† Date: 2004-12-21 09:40:59


thank- you , swami gaurangapada , that is very clear ..... :cry: