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108 Names of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu | Gauranga Ashtottara ShataNamaVali

Gauranga Chaitanya Ashtottara Shata Nama

Sri Gauranga Ashtottara Shata Nama (Ashtottara ShataNamaVali) are the 108 names of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The following amazing all-purifying verses have been composed by Sri Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya to disseminate the glories of Lord Gauranga all over the creation. Below are their translations for the pleasure of all the devotees of Lord Gauranga.

namaskrtya pravaksyami deva-devam jagad-gurum
namnam-astottara-satam caitanyasya mahatmanah

After offering my respectful obeisances unto Lord Chaitanya, who is a great soul, the Lord of all Lords, and the spiritual master of the entire universe, I will now narrate His 108 holy names.

visvambharo jita-krodho maya-manusa-vigrahah
amayi mayinam sretho vara-deso dvijottamah

  • Viswambhara – He supports and sustains the creation
  • Jita Krodha – He is triumphant over the influence of ordinary worldly anger
  • Maya Manusha vigraha – He assumes the illusory form of a human
  • Amayi – He is bereft of deceitful behaviour
  • Mayinam ShresthaHe is the chief of transcendental cheaters
  • Vara desha – He appears in the best of lands
  • Dvijottama – He is best among the brahmanas

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Hare Krishna Mahamantra – Meaning, Significance & Glories

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#1 The holy name of Krishna is transcendentally blissful and bestows all spiritual benedictions for it is Krishna Himself, the reservoir of all pleasure. Krishna’s name is complete and is the form of all transcendental mellows. The holy name of Krishna is not material and is no less powerful than Krishna Himself. Krishna and Krishna’s names are identical and are hence free from any material laws or material qualities. Hence Krishna’s names are always liberated and spiritual. In this article we are going to discuss about the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, its Meaning, glories and significance.

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Namacharya Haridas Thakur – Biography and Teachings

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Lord Brahma, Prahlada Maharaja, and Richika Muni’s son Mahatapa had combinedly incarnated as Haridas Thakur. Srila Haridas Thakur is the namacharya of the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya sampradaya and is an eternal associate of Sri Chiatanya Mahaprabhu. Srila Haridas Thakur had accompanied Lord Chaitanya in most of His magnanimous pastimes. He was an empowered incarnation of the Supreme Lord who had appeared just to set an example for all of us to follow. He had delivered innumerable suffering souls by bestowing upon them the nectar of the holy name. Though being born in a family of Muslims, Haridas Thakur widely propagated the chanting of Krishna’s holy name as the ultimate spiritual practice and preached how the Lord and His holy names are actually non-different from each other. Haridas Thakur teaches us that the holy names of Krishna are non-sectarian and that God is one though we might call upon Him by different names. The relationship between the Lord (supersoul) and the jiva (soul) is eternal and chanting of the ‘Hare Krishna Mahamantra’ is the most effective means to evoke and revive this eternal relationship, especially in this age of Kali. Haridas Thakur used to chant Krishna’s holy names, 300000 times a day, a practice he continued till the very end of his life.

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15 Benefits of Chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra | Glories of Hare Krishna Mahamantra

15 benefits of chanting the Hare Krishna MahaMantra | Glories of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra

All glories to Sri Krishna Sankirtanam! All glories to the Hare Krishna Mahamantra ! Realize the benefits of chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra !!!

 

#1 In this age of Kali the only means of spiritual salvation is the chanting of Krishna’s holy name and glories (Sri-Krishna-Kirtana). No other activity surpasses the effectiveness of this.

harer-nama harer-nama harer-namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty-eva nasty-eva nasty-eva gatir anyatha
(Brhad Naradiya Purana)

In this age of Kali the only means of deliverance is chanting of the holy name of Lord Hari. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.

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Vishnu Sahasranamam – Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam Stotram | Chanting the 1000 names of Lord Vishnu

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Significance of reciting the Vishnu Sahasranamam 

Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam, which literally translates to 1000 names of Lord Vishnu, has been recited in the Anushasanika Parva of Mahabharata. It is in this episode that Bhishma, who had been gloriously defeated by Arjuna in the battle of Kurukshetra, lied ridden upon a bed of arrows. Responding to the inquiries of Maharaja Yudhisthira, grandsire Bhishma revealed how the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the controller of all moving and non-moving beings and is the worshipable master of all demigods. His name, form, qualities are endless. One should always enthusiastically glorify Him, by chanting the Vishnu Sahasranamam (Thousand Names of Lord Vishnu). Regular recitation helps one free oneself from the evil effects of Kali-Yuga which is characterized by quarrel and anxiety. It helps one attain spiritual perfection.

The Vishnu Sahasranamam also confirms that the Supreme Lord appears in Kali-Yuga as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

suvarna-varno hemango
varangas candanangadi
sannyasa-krc chamah santo
nistha-santi-parayanah

The Lord (as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) has a golden complexion. Indeed, His entire body, which is perfectly constituted, resembles molten gold. Sandalwood pulp is smeared all over His body. He will accept the fourth-order of spiritual life (sannyasa) and shall be highly self-controlled. He will be distinguished from Mayavadi sannyasis in that He will be fixed in devotional service and shall propagate the sankirtana movement.

Power of Chanting the Lord’s Holy name :

  • The Holy Name destroys all sins. However one should not commit offenses on the strength of chanting the holy name. That will be an offense unto the holy name of the Lord.
  • Religious rites and vows are insignificant in comparison to the Holy Name
  • Chanting the Holy Name either knowingly or unknowingly benefits the living entity
  • Chanting absolves sins of the past as well sins that are yet to fructify
  • Billions of Parayachiitas (Atonements) do not compare to chanting the Lord’s Holy Name
  • Chanting the Holy Name sincerely cures all diseases
  • The Holy Name transforms the greatest sinners into the most glorious saints
  • Chanting the Holy name dispels fear and punishments
  • Chanting the Holy Name is the foremost of all auspicious activities
  • The Holy Name of the Supreme Lord is superior to all the Vedas
  • What one cannot obtain after touring millions and billions of holy places is achieved simply by chanting the holy names of Lord Hari.
    Sitting at Kurukshetra, Visvamitra Muni once said, ’I have heard the names of various holy places of pilgrimage in this world. But none of them are even one-millionth as potent as chanting the Holy Name of Lord Hari’.
  • Chanting the Holy Name of the Supreme Lord is superior to performing all other pious activities.
  • The actions of donating millions of cows during solar eclipses, staying at sacred Prayag by the Ganges for a Kalpa (billions of years comprising a cycle of the 4 yugas), offering countless sacrifices or donating Mount Sumeru’s worth of Gold in charity does not compare to even one-hundredth the value of chanting the Lord Govinda’s Holy Name.
  • The Holy Name of the Supreme Lord evokes spiritual cosnciousness and bestows supreme spiritual bliss.
  • The Holy Name of Lord Hari easily grants one liberation from this material world. Fruitive activities are trivial when compared to the Holy Name of the Lord.
  • Even an outcast, should be deemed the best of the brahmanas, if the Holy Name of Krishna dances on the tip of his tongue.
  • The Holy Name of Lord Vishnu destroys the six enemies namely lust, anger, greed, madness, pride, envy, subdues passion and enables the execution of pure devotional service.
  • The Supreme Lord and His holy Names are non-different.
  • The considerations of time and place do not apply when it comes to chanting the Holy Name of the Supreme Lord. Also, one is not forbidden to chant if he is unclean or contaminated.
  • At the time of death, one who helplessly chants the Lord’s Names, incarnations or pastimes, is absolved of his sins accumulated over several lifetimes. He attains the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord Hari and engages in His devotional service.
  • Chanting the Holy Names of Lord Hari is the ultimate objective of life. The Kashi-Khanda states that it is the most sought after auspiciousness and the greatest treasure of one’s life. The Padma Purana also affirms the same at various places.
  • What one could obtain in Satya-Yuga by executing severe penances and austerities for thousands of years, by offering sacrifices (yajna) in Treta Yuga, by worshipping the deities in Dvapara Yuga can be attained simply by chanting Lord Hai’s Holy Names in Kali Yuga.
  • There is no limit to the glories of the Supreme Lord’s Holy Names. Continue Reading…

Glories of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra | Fearlessness, Liberation and more

Glories of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra – An excerpt from Srila Jagadananda Pandita’s ‘Sri Prema Vivarta

Why chant Hare Krishna? What are the Glories of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra? – Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu quotes from the scriptures to explain the glories of chanting the Holy name of Krishna.

Glories of chanting Hare Krishna

The Fear of terrible diseases or the fear of being punished by the King is driven away by chanting the Holy Name of Narayana.

mahavyadhi-samach-chhanno
raja-vadhopapiditah
narayaneti sankirtya
niratanko bhaven narah
(Vahni Purana)

Living beings who are troubled with terrible diseases or oppressed by kings grow fearless by chanting the Holy Name of Narayana.

All kinds of diseases, sufferings, along with troubles and calamities are destroyed by chanting the Holy Name of Lord Hari.

sarva-roga-upasamanam sarvopadrava-nasanam
santidam sarva aristanam harer nama anukirtanam
(Brhad Vishnu Purana)

Chanting the Holy Name of the Supreme Lord Hari heals all diseases, ends all troubles and subdues all disasters.

Just as the mighty wind scatters the clouds, and the rising sun certainly dissipates the darkness – similarly the Holy Name of the Lord drives away the calamities that torment the living beings on the strength of its potency. These are the words of Vyasadeva.

sankirtyamano bhagavan anantah
srutanubhavo vyasanam hi pumsam
pravisya cittam vidhunoty asesam
yatha tamo ’rko ’bhram ivati vatah
(Srimad Bhagavatm, 12.12.48)

When a living entity chants about the Infinite Supreme Personality of Godhead, or hears about His prowess, the Lord enters their hearts and cleanses away their misfortunes, just as the sun dispels the darkness or as a powerful wind scatters the clouds.

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Chanting the holy name of Krishna – Insights from Vedic scriptures | Ultimate cure to all material problems

(The following is an excerpt from Srila Jagadananda Pandita’s ‘Prema Vivarta‘)

The Glories of the holy name of Krishna are endless

One day at the house of Kasi Mishra, a devotee named Krishnadasa revealed some of his personal feelings to Lord Chaitanya.
He said, ‘If I am allowed to ask, please enlighten me about the glories of the holy name of Lord Krishna, the depths of which even the likes of Brahma and Shiva cannot comprehend’.

Lord Chaitanya replied, ‘The Glories of the holy name of Krishna are endless. Even Lord Krishna does not know the limits of it. So what to speak of an ordinary living entity?
I can tell you whatever I have heard from the scriptures. Listen with faith, and you shall be delivered from this material world.
The Holy Name of Krishna eradicates all sins, heals all diseases, relieves one of all miseries, and eliminates obstacles posed by Kali Yuga.
The Holy Name of Krishna even delivers the residents of Hell and nullifies reactions to all kinds of sins and offenses.
The accomplishment of all pious activities is simply a pastime of the Holy Name.
The Sun-like Holy Name shines more radiantly than the Vedic scriptures.
All the Vedic scriptures declare that chanting the Holy Name of the Lord is superior to visiting the Holy places or performing any pious activity.
The Holy Name of the Supreme Lord is the bestower of the ultimate desire (of liberation). It is all-powerful and blesses the world with joy. Such is its wonderful nature.
One who chants the holy Name becomes worshipable to the entire world. The Holy Name is the shelter of the hopeless and the redeemer of the fallen.
The Holy Name of the Supreme Lord is worshipable at all places and always. It bestows all kinds of liberation, entrance unto Vaikuntha (Spiritual world) and love of Sri Hari, the Supreme Lord.
The Sruti and the Smriti scriptures contain numerous proofs that Chanting the Holy Name of the Supreme Lord is the sole purpose of human life and the principal means of attaining devotion (bhakti)’.

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Chapter Seven – The Holy Name is for Everyone | Sri Prema Vivarta

The holy name of the Lord does not manifest itself in bad association

In bad association, the holy name of Krishna never appears. The letters of the name might be uttered but the real name never manifests itself.

Sometimes a semblance of the pure holy name appears. One constantly commits offenses unto the holy name in such a bad association. O brother ! Please understand that all of these are obstacles on the path of devotional service to Krishna.

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Ten offenses to the Holy Name (from Padma Purana) | Nectar of the holy name

(The Following is an excerpt from Sri Jagadananda Pandita’s ‘Sri Prema Vivarta‘)

All glories to the nectar of the holy name of Sri Krishna ! Param vijayate Sri Krishna sankirtanam !!!

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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu recites from Padma Purana and explains the Ten offenses to the Holy Name

(Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu recites from Padma Purana, Swarga Khanda, Chapter forty-eight and cites the discussion between Narada Muni and Sanat Kumara)

(Mahaprabhu quotes Narada muni)
Sri Narada muni said
‘Ke te paradhha vipendra namno bhagavatah krtah
Vinighnanti nrnang krtyang prakrtang hy-anayanti cha’

(Mahaprabhu paraphrases Narada’s words) ‘O Gurudeva Sanat Kumar, please enlighten me about the various offenses that can be committed against the holy name of the Lord.
Chanting the holy name of the Lord is certainly the principal duty of the living entity. Please tell me about the offenses that rob the living entity of this chief duty.
Offenses make one take to the chanting of the holy name as a mundane activity and make one waste this auspicious practice for trivial mundane results’.

(Mahaprabhu quotes Sanat Kumar)
Sri Sanat Kumar uvacha
satang ninda namnah param aparadham vitanute
yatah khyating yatang katham u sahate tad-vigarham
sivasya sri-visnor ya iha guna-namadi-sakalang
dhiya bhinnang pasyet sa khalu hari-namahita-karah

(Mahaprabhu paraphrases Sanat Kumara’s words) ‘If you understand the ten offenses unto the holy name individually, you shall be able to overcome them.
This verse discusses two such offenses against the holy name. Avoid them and try to chant the holy name in an offenseless way’.

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