What is the importance of the mula mantra?

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Published on Jan 09, 2015

Question: What is the importance of the mula mantra ?

Answer: Mula-mantra is that part of a mantra that is chanted when invoking the deities for a specific action.

For example, while putting the deities to rest, a particular mula-mantra is chanted along with the specific deity name.

The mula-mantra remains constant while only the deity name changes. (This applies only if you have more than one deity on your altar, say Gaura-Nitai, Radha-Krishna, Jagannath-Baladev-Subhadra, etc.) The mula-mantra is different when waking up the deities after rest.

Since worship of Radha-Krishna Deities is very complex and elaborate and needs great care and attention, Srila Prabhupada established that only devotees who have received brahminical initiation (second initiation) can be qualified to worship Them.

For regular devotees, Prabhupada recommended worship of Gaura-Nitai Deities, which can be done simply by the congregational chanting of the holy names.

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