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The maxim for devotees is that he/she should always try to see the

bigger picture. Apply the philosophy and view situations from a Kc

perspective. See results as Krsna's plan. In this way do our duty

and leave the results to Krsna. Results are usually good or bad,

fortune or misfortune. In any case the devotee should always

reconcile that this is what Krsna wants, and in so doing don't be

attached to the results because what you may perceive as good may

turn out to be bad shortly. Below are some quotes from sastra:


> Some recommended ways of responding to unjust criticism:

> In Navadvipa, Srivas Thakur was wrongly indicated by one envious

brahamana to be a non-vaisnava --- in fact he was "framed" as a

worshiper of Durga; Srivas proclaimed the untruth to all, as if it

were true, only to win the support and sympathy of all truthful

> ones. The following are some verses describing the Vedic

teachings on this point: "Throughout his life, a brahmana should

consider material prestige to

> be like poison and dishonor to be like nectar. After all, if one

learns to tolerate dishonor, then his agitation will subside and he

will happily sleep, happily wake, and happily move about. The person

who insults him will, because of his sin, become regretful, and his

happiness in this and the next life will be vanquished." (Manu-

samhita 2.162-163)-- Quoted by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

Thakura in "Brahmana O Vaisnava". "The ignorant seek to injure the

wise by malice and back-biting; by doing so the

> critic takes upon himself the load of the wise man's sins, which

he, the wise man, casts off by forgiving the ignorant."-- (Vidura to

Dhritarastra, Mahabharata, Udyoga parva 34.74) "A person who

praises someone in his presence, but criticizes him behind his back,

is no better than a dog. His chances for elevation to higher planets

are completely spoiled in this world."(Bhisma to Yudhisthira,

Mahabharata, Santi parva 115.11) "Whoever indulges in praising or

criticizing the qualities and behavior of others will quickly become

deviated from his own best interest by his entanglement in illusory

dualities."( <st1:place>Krishna</st1:place> to Uddhava. Bhag. 11.28.2)

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Maha-mantra is the same thing.


Srila Prabhupada:



That Mahā-Viṣṇu who lies on the Causal Ocean is actually an expansion of Balarāma, who is Kṛṣṇa's first expansion, and, in the Vṛndāvana pastimes, is the brother of Kṛṣṇa. In the mahā-mantra Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare, the word Rāma refers to Balarāma. Since Nityānanda is an expansion of Balarāma, Rāma also refers to Lord Nityānanda. Thus Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Rāma addresses not only Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma but Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda as well.

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Although the Maha Mantra and Gaura Nityanandas Names are non different there is a major factor. Offenses!


This is why Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja advises approaching The Lords in their mood of Gaura Nitai.


"The Hare Krishna Mahamantra considers the offenses whereas the Names of Gauranga-Nityananda don't consider offenses. An offensive chanter will never achieve the fruit of chanting (pure love for Krishna) by chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Therefore till the time he is commiting offenses, he should chant the names of Nityananda and Gauranga. Due the repeated chanting of the names of Nityananda and Gauranga, the offenses will be destroyed and he will achieve the fruit of chanting."

"The name of Krishna and Gauranga-Both are non-different than the named Lord. Those who think that Krishna is any way inferior or limited than Gauranga are in gross ignorance. But in practical considerations with respect to benefit awarded to the conditioned souls, the chanting of Shri Nityananda and Gauranga's Name is more useful and helpful for everyone. The mercy of Krishna's names is generally only upon liberated or perfected souls who are surrendered to Him. But the magnanimity of the names of Lord Nityananda and Gauranga is especially for the souls who are offenders and full of anarthas and desires for material sense-gratification. The chanting of Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga's Names and Their worship quickly delivers the soul from all the offenses and thus the soul achieves shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga-Krishna without any delay."

Purporrt to ADi 8.31

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