‘chaitanya’ seva, ‘chaitanya’ gao,
lao ‘chaitanya’ nama
‘caitanye’ ye bhakti kare, sei mora prana
“Serve Lord Gauranga, sing the holy name of Lord Gauranga and chant Lord Gauranga’s name in japa. Those who worship Lord Gauranga in this way are My life and soul.” (Chaitanya-Charitamrita Madhya lila 1.29)
Devotees often ask that “If Nitai is so much pleased with one who worships or chants Gaur’s name then why we are focussing so much only on Nitai’s name? If our goal is to attract Nitai’s mercy by pleasing Him then why are we not focussing on Gaur’s name which is most dear to Nitai?
Taking shelter of Nitai’s name ensures that we will gain the mercy of both Nitai and Gaur. However, when we take shelter of Gaur’s name we only ensure the pleasure of Nitai. At first glance this looks a little difficult to understand. Let me explain in detail.
When we take shelter of Nitai’s name then Gaur is surely pleased as Nitai, being Gaur’s greatest devotee, is extremely dear to Him. Not only Gaur but Nitai is also pleased when we worship Him by taking shelter of His name because He knows that we are giving Him more importance not because He is a greater God than Gaur-Krishna but because He is the greatest devotee of Gaur-Krishna. Nitai is the embodiment of all Vaishnav scriptures and all Vaishnav scriptures proclaim that the worship of the devotee of the Lord is greater than the worship of the Lord. As our focus on Nitai is in complete harmony with the most confidential injunction of the Vaishnav scriptures Nitai is sure to be pleased with our worship.
As far as Gaur’s worship is concerned, Nitai is certainly pleased when we focus on Gaur’s worship. However, in order to please Gaur we need to gain much more qualification than just taking shelter of Gaur’s name. The level of required qualifications is so high that it is practically impossible for us to actually please Gaur. Nitai can give His mercy to us because we are worshipping Gaur but Gaur may still reject us because we are not worshipping Nitai. Gaur will reject us because of His love for Nitai. He taught a similar lesson to Murari Gupta. However, Nitai will not reject us if we don’t worship Gaur separately, Why? Because He knows we are worshipping Him with the understanding that He is the greatest devotee of Gaur-Krishna. Thus, by worshipping Him we are indirectly and more effectively worshipping Gaur-Krishna only. And we all know pleasing Nitai is extremely simple as there is no qualification required to attract His mercy. You have to simply ask and you will get it.
I hope it is clear now.
Worthless disciple of Shrila Nitaipreshthji,