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SB 1.5 - Nārada's personal mantra

It has been explained that both jñāna and karma without bhakti are condemned (1.5.12). It has also been said in three verses (1.5.17-19) that pure bhakti beyond the guṇas is the supreme process. The whole process from the first appearance of pure bhakti to its increase up to prema has also been described in six verses (1.5.23-28). Then according to qualification, bhakti-miśra-jñāna was permitted (1.5.35), and karma-miśra-bhakti was mentioned as superior to that (1.5.36). Now desiring to teach his personal mantra received from the gurus, Nārada first creates faith in those mantras. Nārada advises us all to chant the glories of Vāsudeva along with His plenary expansions Pradyumna, Aniruddha and Saṅkarṣaṇa. The question raised by the great sages headed by Śaunaka regarding the confidential part of Sūta’s achievement thru the spiritual masters is explained herein by chanting of this hymn of 33 letters – oṁ namo bhagavate tubhyaṁ, vāsudevāya dhīmahi, pradyumnāya aniruddhāya, namaḥ saṅkarṣaṇāya ca. (1.5.37). The central figure is Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa and the plenary portions expanded as Vāsudeva, Saṅkarṣaṇa, Pradyumna and Aniruddha are His aides-de-camp. These expansions are the original Deities for all other truths, namely either viṣṇu-tattva or śakti-tattvas. By placing the members out of order, one can understand that this is a listing of the members of Kṛṣṇa’s catur-vyūha with His son Pradyumna and grandson Aniruddha placed next to Kṛṣṇa followed by Balarāma, rather than the one in Vaikuṇṭha.