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Introduction

 

Gayatri Mahima Madhuri is a response to the devotees who have asked me over the last ten years to explain the meaning of different mantras. Since the Brahma-gayatri is the most famous mantra, I have focused on that. In India there are several spiritual groups that propagate the glories of the Brahma-gayatri through the medium of books, tapes, classes, stickers, posters, and so on. They even sell clocks with the Brahma-gayatri written in Sanskrit on the face of the clock. According to them, Brahma-gajatri is the yuga-dharma, and chanting it will solve all the problems of Kali-yuga.

There are literally thousands of mantras mentioned in the Vedas, but this book describes eight mantras that are important to Gaudiya Vaisnavas. The reader learns that the actual position" of the Brahma-gayatri is to support and assist the primary mantra for this age which is the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, the scripturally acclaimed "great chant for deliverance" for all the souls of Kali- yuga. The astonishing power of the mystical Gopala-mantra will shine forth with all its inestimable glories, what to speak of the Kama-gayatri and the secret sannyasa mantra.

 

Much of the information in this book comes from the Hari- bhakti-vilasa by Srila Sanatana Gosvami. The Hari-bhakti-vilasa explains various Vedic rituals to point the general class of Vaisnavas towards the worship and service of Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Secondly, it gives rituals specifically meant for Gaudiya Vaisnavas to use for worshiping Radha and Krsna. It also has broad instructions on rituals so that newcomers to Gaudiya Vaisnavism from other Vaisnava traditions may practically engage in worshiping Krsna.

 

Gayatri Mahima Madhuri includes many verses and commentaries from the Gopala-tapani Upanisad, which belongs to the Pippalada section of the Atharva Veda, one of the four original Vedas. All Vaisnava acaryas accept this Upanisad as the most authoritative. It is the most significant Upanisad for Gaudiya Vaisnavas because it contains a synthesis of all the lessons on Radha- Krsna prema-bhakti that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave to the six Gosvamis. Therefore, it is the favorite Upanisad of devotees interested in cultivating vraja prema-bhakti because it establishes the supremacy of Sri Krsna as Vrajendranandana.

 

The remaining contents of Gayatri Mahima Madhuri come from the books translated by my spiritual master, Nitya-lila pravista Om Vishnupada Sri Srimad AC. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the fifty works listed in the appendix, and the interviews I did with several prominent vrajavasi brahmanas and senior Gaudiya Vaisnava sannyasis. Although I am limited, imperfect and incapable of writing such an important work, by the causeless mercy of Sri Krsna and the Vaisnavas I have tried to produce a book that is authoritative and true to the glorious Gaudiya Vaisnava siddhanta.

 

In this regard, Srila Rupa Gosvami has written a beautiful verse in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu: hrdi yasya preranayii, pravartito 'ham variika-rupo 'pi, tasya hareh pada-kamalam, vande caitanya- devasya, "Although I am the lowest of men and have no knowledge, the inspiration to write transcendental literatures about devotional service has been mercifully bestowed upon me. Therefore I am offering my obeisances at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has given me the chance to write these books." (Cc. Madhya 19.134)

 

Gayatri Mahima Madhuri is but a drop from the vast ocean of nectarean knowledge on this subject. But I hope that this drop, being transcendental in nature, will expand within all the devotees who read this book to fill them with new taste and inspiration for chanting these mantras. May all the devotees realize the precious fruits of bhakti hidden within the sweet glories of Gayatri.

 

Contents

 

Introduction

xi

Chapter One Diksa and Upanayanam

1

The Three Margas

1

Mantra

3

Mantra Potency

6

Upanayanam

11

Upanayanam and the Gaudiya Tradition

13

The Panca Samskaras

15

Diksa

16

Qualities of a Guru

17

Ordinary Characteristics

18

Exceptional Characteristics

19

Qualities of a Disciple

19

Proper Time for Mantra Diksa

20

Chapter two Brahma Gayatri

21

Identity of Brahma-gayatri

21

Origin of Brahma-gayatri

24

Meaning of Om

4

Meaning of the Vyahrtis-Bhur, Bhuvah, Svah

28

Meaning of Tat

28

Meaning of Savitur

28

Meaning of Varenyam

30

Meaning of Bhargo

31

Meaning of Devasya

32

Meaning of Dhimahi

32

Meaning of Dhiyo yo nah

32

Meaning of Pracodayat

32

Meaning of Brahma-gayatri Mantra

32

Sambandha, Abhidheya, and Prayojana

35

Benefits of Chanting Brahma-gayatri

38

Brahma-gayatri and Srimad Bhagavatam

39

Brahma-gayatri and Hare Krsna Maha-mantra

42

Prabhupada Gayatri Stories

51

Chapter Three Upavita and Rules of Chanting

53

The Sacred Thread

53

How To Make A Brahmana Thread

55

Upavita Nectar

56

Meaning of Mantra

57

How to Chant Mantras

59

Bhuta Suddhi Prayers

63

Mantra Siddhi

65

The Best Chanting Time

66

Chapter Four Guru Gayatri

69

Vision of Guru

69

Meaning of Aim

70

Meaning of Guru-mantra

71

Guru-gayatri Meaning of Words

72

Meaning of Guru-gayatri

72

Chapter Five Gaura Gayatri

75

Meaning of Gaura Mantra

75

Gaura-gayatri Meaning of Words

76

Meaning of Gaura-gayatri

77

Chapter Six The Gopala Mantra

78

Identity and Importance

78

Gopala-mantra and Sambandha

79

Gopala-mantra -Svarasiki and Mantra Upasana

81

Purpose of the Gopala-mantra

83

Meaning of Klim

85

Meaning of Krsnaya

86

Meaning of Govindaya

87

Meaning of Gopijanavallabhaya

88

Meaning of Svaha

89

Gopala-mantra Word Meanings 89

 

Meaning of Gopala-mantra

91

How to Chant Gopala-mantra

93

Benefits of Gopala-mantra

93

Gopala-mantra and Chanting Hare Krsna

94

Lord Caitanya and Gopala-mantra

95

Chapter Seven Kama Gayatri

97

Identity

97

History of Brahma's Enlightenment

98

Sri Vrndavana Dhama

105

Brahma-samhita Prayers of Brahma

107

Summary of Brahma's Enlightenment

110

Meaning of Klim

111

Meaning of Kamadevaya

113

Meaning ofVidmahe

114

Meaning of Puspa, Banaya, Dhimahi

114

Meaning of Tan

115

Meaning of Ananga

115

Meaning of Pracodayat

116

Meaning of Kama-gayatri

116

KLIMKAMA-DEVAYA VIDMAHE

118

PUSPA-BANAYA-DHIMAHI

118

TAN NO 'NANGAH PRACODAYAT

118

Additional Meanings of Kama-gayatri

119

The Moons of Krsnacandra

119

Meditations on Kama-gayatri

122

Benefits of Chanting Kama-gayatri

123

Chapter Eight Gopi Bhava Mantra

125

The Sannyasa Mantra (of the avadhuta-brahmana)

125

Beg for Prema

126

Meaning of Om

127

Meaning of Klim

127

Meaning of Gopi Bhava

128

Meaning of Asrayaya

131

Meaning of Svaha

133

Meaning of Gopi-Bhava Mantra

134

Gopi-Bhava Mantra Meditations

135

When to Chant the Gopi Bhava Mantra?

137

Sannyasa Siksamrta

139

Qualifications for Sannyasa

139

Sannyasa Initiation

143

Sannyasa Dasa Samskaras

143

Sri Caitanya's Sannyasa Initiation

147

The Messenger

148

Manjari Bhava

150

Proper Conduct

150

Prabhupada Quotes for Contemplation

151

First Qualification

151

Swami Jesus

152

Four Stages

152

Do the Needful

153

Successful Preaching

153

Love Means Cooperation

154

Read and Preach

154

Meaning of Sannyasa Danda

154

Sannyasa Perfection

156

Srila Prabhupada Takes Sannyasa

156

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu-A Sannyasa Lila

156

Prema Bhiksu-Krsna Takes Sannyasa

157

References

160

 

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Introduction

 

Gayatri Mahima Madhuri is a response to the devotees who have asked me over the last ten years to explain the meaning of different mantras. Since the Brahma-gayatri is the most famous mantra, I have focused on that. In India there are several spiritual groups that propagate the glories of the Brahma-gayatri through the medium of books, tapes, classes, stickers, posters, and so on. They even sell clocks with the Brahma-gayatri written in Sanskrit on the face of the clock. According to them, Brahma-gajatri is the yuga-dharma, and chanting it will solve all the problems of Kali-yuga.

There are literally thousands of mantras mentioned in the Vedas, but this book describes eight mantras that are important to Gaudiya Vaisnavas. The reader learns that the actual position" of the Brahma-gayatri is to support and assist the primary mantra for this age which is the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, the scripturally acclaimed "great chant for deliverance" for all the souls of Kali- yuga. The astonishing power of the mystical Gopala-mantra will shine forth with all its inestimable glories, what to speak of the Kama-gayatri and the secret sannyasa mantra.

 

Much of the information in this book comes from the Hari- bhakti-vilasa by Srila Sanatana Gosvami. The Hari-bhakti-vilasa explains various Vedic rituals to point the general class of Vaisnavas towards the worship and service of Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Secondly, it gives rituals specifically meant for Gaudiya Vaisnavas to use for worshiping Radha and Krsna. It also has broad instructions on rituals so that newcomers to Gaudiya Vaisnavism from other Vaisnava traditions may practically engage in worshiping Krsna.

 

Gayatri Mahima Madhuri includes many verses and commentaries from the Gopala-tapani Upanisad, which belongs to the Pippalada section of the Atharva Veda, one of the four original Vedas. All Vaisnava acaryas accept this Upanisad as the most authoritative. It is the most significant Upanisad for Gaudiya Vaisnavas because it contains a synthesis of all the lessons on Radha- Krsna prema-bhakti that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave to the six Gosvamis. Therefore, it is the favorite Upanisad of devotees interested in cultivating vraja prema-bhakti because it establishes the supremacy of Sri Krsna as Vrajendranandana.

 

The remaining contents of Gayatri Mahima Madhuri come from the books translated by my spiritual master, Nitya-lila pravista Om Vishnupada Sri Srimad AC. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the fifty works listed in the appendix, and the interviews I did with several prominent vrajavasi brahmanas and senior Gaudiya Vaisnava sannyasis. Although I am limited, imperfect and incapable of writing such an important work, by the causeless mercy of Sri Krsna and the Vaisnavas I have tried to produce a book that is authoritative and true to the glorious Gaudiya Vaisnava siddhanta.

 

In this regard, Srila Rupa Gosvami has written a beautiful verse in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu: hrdi yasya preranayii, pravartito 'ham variika-rupo 'pi, tasya hareh pada-kamalam, vande caitanya- devasya, "Although I am the lowest of men and have no knowledge, the inspiration to write transcendental literatures about devotional service has been mercifully bestowed upon me. Therefore I am offering my obeisances at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has given me the chance to write these books." (Cc. Madhya 19.134)

 

Gayatri Mahima Madhuri is but a drop from the vast ocean of nectarean knowledge on this subject. But I hope that this drop, being transcendental in nature, will expand within all the devotees who read this book to fill them with new taste and inspiration for chanting these mantras. May all the devotees realize the precious fruits of bhakti hidden within the sweet glories of Gayatri.

 

Contents

 

Introduction

xi

Chapter One Diksa and Upanayanam

1

The Three Margas

1

Mantra

3

Mantra Potency

6

Upanayanam

11

Upanayanam and the Gaudiya Tradition

13

The Panca Samskaras

15

Diksa

16

Qualities of a Guru

17

Ordinary Characteristics

18

Exceptional Characteristics

19

Qualities of a Disciple

19

Proper Time for Mantra Diksa

20

Chapter two Brahma Gayatri

21

Identity of Brahma-gayatri

21

Origin of Brahma-gayatri

24

Meaning of Om

4

Meaning of the Vyahrtis-Bhur, Bhuvah, Svah

28

Meaning of Tat

28

Meaning of Savitur

28

Meaning of Varenyam

30

Meaning of Bhargo

31

Meaning of Devasya

32

Meaning of Dhimahi

32

Meaning of Dhiyo yo nah

32

Meaning of Pracodayat

32

Meaning of Brahma-gayatri Mantra

32

Sambandha, Abhidheya, and Prayojana

35

Benefits of Chanting Brahma-gayatri

38

Brahma-gayatri and Srimad Bhagavatam

39

Brahma-gayatri and Hare Krsna Maha-mantra

42

Prabhupada Gayatri Stories

51

Chapter Three Upavita and Rules of Chanting

53

The Sacred Thread

53

How To Make A Brahmana Thread

55

Upavita Nectar

56

Meaning of Mantra

57

How to Chant Mantras

59

Bhuta Suddhi Prayers

63

Mantra Siddhi

65

The Best Chanting Time

66

Chapter Four Guru Gayatri

69

Vision of Guru

69

Meaning of Aim

70

Meaning of Guru-mantra

71

Guru-gayatri Meaning of Words

72

Meaning of Guru-gayatri

72

Chapter Five Gaura Gayatri

75

Meaning of Gaura Mantra

75

Gaura-gayatri Meaning of Words

76

Meaning of Gaura-gayatri

77

Chapter Six The Gopala Mantra

78

Identity and Importance

78

Gopala-mantra and Sambandha

79

Gopala-mantra -Svarasiki and Mantra Upasana

81

Purpose of the Gopala-mantra

83

Meaning of Klim

85

Meaning of Krsnaya

86

Meaning of Govindaya

87

Meaning of Gopijanavallabhaya

88

Meaning of Svaha

89

Gopala-mantra Word Meanings 89

 

Meaning of Gopala-mantra

91

How to Chant Gopala-mantra

93

Benefits of Gopala-mantra

93

Gopala-mantra and Chanting Hare Krsna

94

Lord Caitanya and Gopala-mantra

95

Chapter Seven Kama Gayatri

97

Identity

97

History of Brahma's Enlightenment

98

Sri Vrndavana Dhama

105

Brahma-samhita Prayers of Brahma

107

Summary of Brahma's Enlightenment

110

Meaning of Klim

111

Meaning of Kamadevaya

113

Meaning ofVidmahe

114

Meaning of Puspa, Banaya, Dhimahi

114

Meaning of Tan

115

Meaning of Ananga

115

Meaning of Pracodayat

116

Meaning of Kama-gayatri

116

KLIMKAMA-DEVAYA VIDMAHE

118

PUSPA-BANAYA-DHIMAHI

118

TAN NO 'NANGAH PRACODAYAT

118

Additional Meanings of Kama-gayatri

119

The Moons of Krsnacandra

119

Meditations on Kama-gayatri

122

Benefits of Chanting Kama-gayatri

123

Chapter Eight Gopi Bhava Mantra

125

The Sannyasa Mantra (of the avadhuta-brahmana)

125

Beg for Prema

126

Meaning of Om

127

Meaning of Klim

127

Meaning of Gopi Bhava

128

Meaning of Asrayaya

131

Meaning of Svaha

133

Meaning of Gopi-Bhava Mantra

134

Gopi-Bhava Mantra Meditations

135

When to Chant the Gopi Bhava Mantra?

137

Sannyasa Siksamrta

139

Qualifications for Sannyasa

139

Sannyasa Initiation

143

Sannyasa Dasa Samskaras

143

Sri Caitanya's Sannyasa Initiation

147

The Messenger

148

Manjari Bhava

150

Proper Conduct

150

Prabhupada Quotes for Contemplation

151

First Qualification

151

Swami Jesus

152

Four Stages

152

Do the Needful

153

Successful Preaching

153

Love Means Cooperation

154

Read and Preach

154

Meaning of Sannyasa Danda

154

Sannyasa Perfection

156

Srila Prabhupada Takes Sannyasa

156

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu-A Sannyasa Lila

156

Prema Bhiksu-Krsna Takes Sannyasa

157

References

160

 

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