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Sri Chaitanya Upanishad - the meaning of the mahamantra

...Afterward, Pippalada, still carrying the now useless sacrificial fuel, approached Brahma in confusion. "Brahma, in this new age, in the Kali Yuga, please tell me what are the conditions to success?" Brahma said to Pippalada, "you may in any age be pleased with self-control, continence, and sufficiency."

But Pippalada was still confused, unable to understand. "Brahma, please, tell me what being I should serve, that I might succeed? What mantra should I say to succeed?"

Brahma said, "The secret truth you would discover by self-control, continence, and sufficiency. But I will tell you the secret truth. Govinda will appear to manifest devotional service (Bhakti) in this world on the banks of the Jahnavi, in Navapvipa Dhama (known as Goloka). Gaura, who has appeared with various complexions (red, black, white) is himself Chaitanya, an embodiment of cit-shakti: he will manifest the form of a devotee, to bestow devotional service: he will be known by this devotion. Pippalada, I offer my respects and honor He who is to be understood by Vedanta, the purpose and ending of the Vedas, He who is Krishna, he who is conscious of everything. I offer my respects and honor again and again to the devotee, Gaura, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. By knowing Him, who will be known by Vedanta, one understands the source and cause of things, and can overcome their apparent ending: there is no other means for going beyond Maya than by testing the limits of it."

Pippalada was still confused, and again asked for the mantra, and clarity. Brahma said, "By the mantra, whose source is His own name, He pleases everything. He is marked by a cry of joy, the refreshment of delight (Hladini) and contentment of knowing through consideration (Samvit). He says the mantra consisting of Hari, Krishna, Rama: the Mahamantra. He who removes the material desires of his heart is called "Hari." He who has made the union of remembrance (Krsh) so that he may praise (na), He who gives pleasure to everything is "Rama" - thus, the mahamantra can only be understood by Bhakti Yoga, devoted service. Devoted service is the mahamantra. Such devotion is the fuel of sacrifice."

Brahma continued, "Whatever one enjoys is temporary, its effect is perishable. Yet it is said that the self is eternal? The self is the cause of its own perishability: for when one devotes the self to service (no longer enjoys the self), one is beyond that which is perishable. That which is beyond the perishable and imperishable is a Supreme Person, the name of Supreme Truth, the cause of call causes, Sri Chaitanya."