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Hare Krishna Maha Mantra

The Sanskrit word mantra’ is composed of the root ‘man’ which refers to the mind and the suffix tra which is a diminutive of trayate, literally meaning ‘delivers’ or ‘releases’. Therefore, a mantra is a combination of words which delivers our mind from material afflictions and situates it on a spiritual platform.

The Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare mantra is called maha-mantra. The prefix maha used to describe this mantra refers to something ‘great’ or ‘mighty’, indicating that this mantra reigns supreme among all other mantras. Indeed, the Hare Krishna maha-mantra originates directly from the spiritual abode of the Lord, as is described by the great seventeenth-century Vaishnava saint Narottama dasa Thakur, golokera prema-dhana, hari-nama-sankirtana: the transcendental sound of the holy name of the Lord has its origin in the spiritual world.

The Meaning And Signicance Of The Maha-Mantra

The word Hara is the form of addressing the energy of the Lord, and the words Krishna and Rama are forms of addressing the Lord Himself. Both Krishna and Rama mean “the supreme pleasure,” and Hara is the supreme pleasure energy of the Lord, changed to Hare in the vocative. The supreme pleasure energy of the Lord, Srimati Radharani, helps us to reach the Lord.
These three words, namely Hare, Krishna, and Rama, are the transcendental seeds of the maha-mantra. The chanting is a spiritual call for the Lord and His energy to give protection to the conditioned soul. This chanting is exactly like the genuine cry of a child for its mother’s presence. Mother Hara helps the devotee achieve the Lord Father’s grace, and the Lord reveals Himself to the devotee who chants this mantra sincerely.

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Meditation For The Modern Age

Whatever name of God or process of religion we may accept; all the scriptures enjoin us to chant God’s name for spiritual purification. This is the recommended process of self-realization for the present age. The entire Vedic civilization aims at satisfying the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This was possible in Satya-yuga (Golden Age) by meditation upon the Supreme Lord within the core of one’s heart and in Treta-yuga (Silver Age) by the performance of costly yajnas. The same goal could be achieved in Dvapara-yuga (Copper Age) by worship of the Lord in the temple, and in this age of Kali (Iron Age) one can achieve the same goal simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

The Potency Of The Maha-Mantra

In the Narada-pancharatra it is stated that all the Vedic rituals, mantras, and understanding are compressed into the eight words Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare. Similarly, in the Kali-santara Upanishad it is stated that these sixteen words, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare are especially meant for counteracting the degrading and contaminating influence of this materialistic age of Kali. The process of chanting is, therefore, not only the sublime method for practical perfection of life, but an authorized Vedic principle.

Some Benefits Of Chanting

• Evokes love of God

• Links one directly with the Lord

• Revives one’s dormant, eternal Krishna consciousness

• Eradicates material desires and sinful activity

• Cleanses the heart and frees one from material contamination

• Liberates one from the miseries of material existence

• Protects one from danger and fear

• Improves one’s power of concentration and memory

• Relieves stress and depression

• Helps one get rid of anxiety

• Helps one to understand & realize Krsna

• Fixes the mind

• Brings enlightenment

• Qualifies one to return home, Back to Godhead

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Purport by His Divine Grace  A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
The transcendental vibration established by the chanting of Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare is the sublime method of reviving our Kṛṣṇa consciousness. As living spiritual souls we are all originally Kṛṣṇa conscious entities, but due to our association with matter from time immemorial, our consciousness is now polluted by the material atmosphere. The material atmosphere, in which we are now living, is called māyā, or illusion. Māyā means “that which is not.” And what is this illusion? The illusion is that we are all trying to be lords of material nature, while actually we are under the grip of her stringent laws. When a servant artificially tries to imitate the all-powerful master, this is called illusion. In this polluted concept of life, we are all trying to exploit the resources of material nature, but actually we are becoming more and more entangled in her complexities. Therefore, although we are engaged in a hard struggle to conquer nature, we are ever more dependent on her. This illusory struggle against material nature can be stopped at once by revival of our Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
Kṛṣṇa consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind; this consciousness is the original energy of the living entity. When we hear the transcendental vibration, this consciousness is revived. And this process is recommended for this age by authorities. By practical experience also, one can perceive that by chanting this mahā-mantra, or the Great Chanting for Deliverance, one can at once feel a transcendental ecstasy coming through from the spiritual stratum. And when one is factually on the plane of spiritual understanding-surpassing the stages of senses, mind, and intelligence-one is situated on the transcendental plane. This chanting of Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare is directly enacted from the spiritual platform, and thus this sound vibration surpasses all lower strata of consciousness–namely sensual, mental, and intellectual. There is no need, therefore, to understand the language of the mantra, nor is there any need for mental speculation or any intellectual adjustment for chanting this mahā-mantra. It springs automatically from the spiritual platform, and as such, anyone can take part in the chanting without any previous qualification, and dance in ecstasy.
We have seen this practically. Even a child can take part in the chanting, or even a dog can take part in it. Of course, for one who is too entangled in material life, it takes a little more time to come to the standard point, but even such a materially engrossed man is raised to the spiritual platform very quickly. When the mantra is chanted by a pure devotee of the Lord in love, it has the greatest efficacy on the hearers, and as such, this chanting should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord, so that immediate effects can be achieved. As far as possible, chanting from the lips of nondevotees should be avoided. Milk touched by the lips of a serpent has poisonous effects.
The word Harā is the form of addressing the energy of the Lord, and the words Kṛṣṇa and Rāma are forms of addressing the Lord Himself. Both Kṛṣṇa and Rāma mean “the supreme pleasure,” and Harā is the supreme pleasure energy of the Lord, changed to Hare in the vocative. The supreme pleasure energy of the Lord helps us to reach the Lord.
The material energy, called māyā, is also one of the multi-energies of the Lord. And we, the living entities, are also the energy–marginal energy–of the Lord. The living entities are described as superior to material energy. When the superior energy is in contact with the inferior energy, an incompatible situation arises; but when the superior marginal energy is in contact with the superior energy, called Harā, the living entity is established in his happy, normal condition.
These three words, namely Hare, Kṛṣṇa, and Rāma, are the transcendental seeds of the mahā-mantra. The chanting is a spiritual call for the Lord and His internal energy, Harā, to give protection to the conditioned soul. This chanting is exactly like the genuine cry of a child for its mother. Mother Harā helps the devotee achieve the grace of the supreme father, Hari, or Kṛṣṇa, and the Lord reveals Himself to the devotee who chants this mantra sincerely.
No other means of spiritual realization, therefore, is as effective in this age as chanting the mahā-mantra: Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare.

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