Question: What is the meaning of the mantras? Should be the length of breath the same as you did or it’s an individual thing?
Answer: Each one of these words in the mantra has a specific meaning.
GAURANGA means He whose body is more beautiful than molten gold, describing the form of the Supreme Lord.
HARIBOL means Chant the Names of the Supreme Lord!
NITAI means eternal.
GAUR means golden.
GOPALA and GOVINDA are similar in meaning. They mean the Shepherd, the Cowherd or He who gives pleasure to the cows, to the senses and to the brahmans.
RAMA means the Giver of spiritual pleasure.
MADANA-MOHANA means He who is so attractive that He attracts Cupid.
When you do the GAURANGA breathing, you breathe as I described, into the abdomen. But the focus is on the mantra, not on the breathing. The breathing is just automatically done, and it should be done correctly. With practice you don’t think about the breathing but you think about the mantas, transcendental sound, you listen to the sound, chant the sound GAURANGA in the mind, focus on the mantra.
So the length of duration can be according to your breath capacity. Some people have a very large capacity and they can hold GAURANGA for a very long time, and others have a smaller capacity, and their length of duration’s very short. But it’s equal. It’s not like one’s better than the other. It’s an individual thing. The potency is in the mantra, not in the length of breath.