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Pranam Mantras


Sri Guru Pranama

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
cakshur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah

I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, who has opened my eyes, which were blinded by
the darkness of ignorance, with the torchlight of knowledge.

Sri Rupa Pranama

sri-caitanya-mano-’bhishtam sthapitam yena bhu-tale
svayam rupah kada mahyam dadati sva-padantikam

When will Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada, who has established within this material world the mission to
fulfill the desire of Lord Caitanya, give me shelter under his lotus feet?  

Mangalacarana

vande ‘ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaishnavams ca
sri-rupam sagrajatam saha-gana-raghunathanvitam tam sa jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krishna-caitanya-devam
sri-radha-krishna-padan saha-gana-lalita- sri-visakhanvitams ca

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and of all the other preceptors on
the path of devotional service. I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaishnavas and unto the six
Gosvamis, including Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Jiva Gosvami,
and their associates. I offer my respectful obeisances unto Advaita Acarya Prabhu, Sri Nityananda Prabhu,
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and all His devotees, headed by Srivasa Thakura. I then offer my respectful
obeisances unto the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, Srimati Radharani, and all the gopis, headed by Lalita and Visakha.


Srila Prabhupada Pranati


nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine

I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very
dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine

nirvisesha-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine

Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritukindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva
and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.   Bhajans by H D G A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Pranati


nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale

srimate bhaktisiddhanta-sarasvatiti namine

I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, who is very dear to Lord
Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.

sri-varshabhanavi-devi-dayitaya kripabdhaye

krishna-sambandha-vijnana-dayine prabhave namah

I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Varshabhanavi-devi-dayita dasa [another name of Srila
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati], who is favored by Srimati Radharani and who is the ocean of transcendental mercy
and the deliverer of the science of Krishna.

madhuryojjvala-premadhya-sri-rupanuga-bhaktida

sri-gaura-karuna-sakti-vigrahaya namo ’stu te

I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, the personified energy of Sri Caitanya’s mercy, who deliver
devotional service which is enriched with conjugal love of Radha and Krishna, coming exactly in the line
of revelation of Srila Rupa Gosvami.

namas te gaura-vani-sri-murtaye dina-tarine

rupanuga-viruddhapasiddhanta-dhvanta-harine

I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, who are the personified teachings of Lord Caitanya. You are
the deliverer of the fallen souls. You do not tolerate any statement which is against the teachings of
devotional service enunciated by Srila Rupa Gosvami.   Bhajan by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura


Srila Gaurakisora Pranati

namo gaura-kisoraya sakshad-vairagya-murtaye
vipralambha-rasambhode padambujaya te namah

I offer my respectful obeisances unto Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja [the spiritual master of
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati], who is renunciation personified. He is always merged in a feeling of
separation and intense love of Krishna.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Pranati

namo bhaktivinodaya sac-cid-ananda-namine
gaura-sakti-svarupaya rupanuga-varaya te

I offer my respectful obeisances unto Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda, who is transcendental energy of
Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is a strict follower of the Gosvamis, headed by Srila Rupa.   Bhajans by Bhaktivinoda Thakur


Srila Jagannatha Pranati

gauravirbhava-bhumes tvam nirdeshta saj-jana-priyah
vaishnava-sarvabhaumah shri-jagannathaya te namah

I offer my respectful obeisances to Jagannatha dasa Babaji, who is respected by the entire Vaishnava community
and who discovered the place where Lord Caitanya appeared.


Sri Vaishnava Pranama


vancha-kalpatarubhyas ca kripa-sindhubhya eva ca
patitanam pavanebhyo vaishnavebhyo namo namah

I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaishnava devotees of the Lord. They are just like desire trees who
can fulfill the desires of everyone, and they are full of compassion for the fallen conditioned souls.


Sri Gauranga Pranama


namo maha-vadanyaya krishna-prema-pradaya te
krishnaya krishna-caitanya-namne gaura-tvishe namah

O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You
have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We
offer our respectful obeisances unto You.



Sri Panca-tattva Pranama


panca-tattvatmakam krishnam bhakta-rupa-svarupakam
bhaktavataram bhaktakhyam namami bhakta-saktikam

I offer my obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Kirishna, who is nondifferent from His features as a devotee,
devotional incarnation, manifestation, pure devotee, and devotional energy.

Sri Krishna Pranama

he krishna karuna-sindho dina-bandho jagat-pate
gopesa gopika-kanta radha-kanta namo ’stu te
O my dear Krishna, ocean of mercy, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. You are
the master of the cowherdmen and the lover of the gopis, especially Radharani. I offer my respectful
obeisances unto You.


Sambandhadhideva Pranama


jayatam suratau pangor mama manda-mater gati
mat-sarvasva-padambhojau radha-madana-mohanau

Glory to the all-merciful Radha and Madana-mohana! I am lame and ill advised, yet They are my directors,
and Their lotus feet are everything to me.



Abhidheyadhideva Pranama


divyad-vrindaranya-kalpa-drumadhah
srimad-ratnagara-simhasana-sthau
srimad-radha-srila-govinda-devau
preshthalibhih sevyamanau smarami

In a temple of jewels in Vrindavana, underneath a desire tree, Sri Sri Radha-Govinda, served by Their
most confidential associates, sit upon an effulgent throne. I offer my most humble obeisances unto Them.


Prayojanadhideva Pranama

sriman rasa-rasarambhi vamsi-vata-tata-sthitah
karshan venu-svanair gopir gopinathah sriye ’stu nah

Sri Srila Gopinatha, who originated the transcendental mellow of the rasa dance, stands on the shore in
Vamsivata and attracts the attention of the cowherd damsels with the sound of His celebrated flute. May they
all confer upon us their benediction.


Sri Radha Pranama

tapta-kancana-gaurangi radhe vrindavanesvari
vrishabhanu-sute devi pranamami hari-priye

I offer my respects to Radharani, whose bodily complexion is like molten gold and who is the Queen
of Vrindavana. You are the daughter of King Vrisabhanu, and You are very dear to Lord Krishna.



Panca-tattva Maha-mantra


(jaya) sri-krishna-caitanya prabhu nityananda
sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda

Purport by
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is always accompanied by His plenary expansion Sri Nityananda Prabhu, His
incarnation Sri Advaita Prabhu, His internal potency Sri Gadadhara Prabhu, and His marginal potency
Srivasa Prabhu. He is in the midst of them as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One should know that
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is always accompanied by these other tattvas. Therefore our obeisances to Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu are complete when we say, sri-krishna-caitanya prabhu nityananda sri-advaita
gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda. As preachers of the Krishna consciousness movement, we first offer
our obeisances to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu by chanting this Panca-tattva mantra; then we say, Hare Krishna,
Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. There are ten offenses in
the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, but these are not considered in the chanting of the Pancatattva
mantra, namely, sri-krishna-caitanya prabhu nityananda sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhaktavrinda.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is known as maha-vadanyavatara, the most magnanimous incarnation, for
He does not consider the offenses of the fallen souls. Thus to derive the full benefit of the chanting of the
maha-mantra (Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare
Hare), we must first take shelter of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, learn the Panca-tattva mantra, and then chant
the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. That will be very effective.


Hare Krishna Maha-mantra


HARE KRISHNA HARE
KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE

Purport by

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The transcendental vibration established by the chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is the sublime method of reviving our Krishna consciousness.
As living spiritual souls we are all originally Krishna conscious entities, but due to our association with matter
from time immemorial, our consciousness is now polluted by the material atmosphere. The material
atmosphere, in which we are now living, is called maya, or illusion. Maya means "that which is not." And what
is this illusion? The illusion is that we are all trying to be lords of material nature, while actually we are under
the grip of her stringent laws. When a servant artificially tries to imitate the all-powerful master, this is
called illusion. In this polluted concept of life, we are all trying to exploit the resources of material nature,
but actually we are becoming more and more entangled in her complexities. Therefore, although we are
engaged in a hard struggle to conquer nature, we are ever more dependent on her. This illusory struggle
against material nature can be stopped at once by revival of our Krishna consciousness.
Krishna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind; this consciousness is the original energy of
the living entity. When we hear the transcendental vibration, this consciousness is revived. And this process
is recommended for this age by authorities. By practical experience also, one can perceive that by chanting
this maha-mantra, or the Great Chanting for Deliverance, one can at once feel a transcendental ecstasy
coming through from the spiritual stratum. And when one is factually on the plane of spiritual understanding
—surpassing the stages of senses, mind, and intelligence—one is situated on the transcendental plane.
This chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare
Hare is directly enacted from the spiritual platform, and thus this sound vibration surpasses all lower strata
of consciousness—namely sensual, mental, and intellectual. There is no need, therefore, to understand
the language of the mantra, nor is there any need for mental speculation or any intellectual adjustment
for chanting this maha-mantra. It springs automatically from the spiritual platform, and as such, anyone can
take part in the chanting without any previous qualification, and dance in ecstasy.
We have seen this practically. Even a child can take part in the chanting, or even a dog can take part in it.
Of course, for one who is too entangled in material life, it takes a little more time to come to the standard
point, but even such a materially engrossed man is raised to the spiritual platform very quickly. When the
mantra is chanted by a pure devotee of the Lord in love, it has the greatest efficacy on the hearers, and as
such, this chanting should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord, so that immediate effects can
be achieved. As far as possible, chanting from the lips of nondevotees should be avoided. Milk touched by the
lips of a serpent has poisonous effects.
The word Hara is the form of addressing the energy of the Lord, and the words Krishna and Rama are forms
of addressing the Lord Himself. Both Krishna and Rama mean "the supreme pleasure," and Hara is the
supreme pleasure energy of the Lord, changed to Hare in the vocative. The supreme pleasure energy of the
Lord helps us to reach the Lord.
The material energy, called maya, is also one of the multienergies of the Lord. And we, the living entities, are
also the energy—marginal energy—of the Lord. The living entities are described as superior to material
energy. When the superior energy is in contact with the inferior energy, an incompatible situation arises; but
when the superior marginal energy is in contact with the superior energy, called Hara, the living entity
is established in his happy, normal condition.
These three words, namely Hare, Krishna, and Rama, are the transcendental seeds of the maha-mantra. The
chanting is a spiritual call for the Lord and His internal energy, Hara, to give protection to the conditioned
soul. This chanting is exactly like the genuine cry of a child for its mother. Mother Hara helps the devotee
achieve the grace of the supreme father, Hari, or Krishna, and the Lord reveals Himself to the devotee who
chants this mantra sincerely.
No other means of spiritual realization, therefore, is as effective in this age as chanting the maha-mantra:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

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