Has anyone tried chanting the maha mantra?

Founder and Acharya of the International
Krishna Consciousness Society

"Chant and be happy"

The transcendental vibration generated by the Chanting ofHare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare emerges is the sublime method of reviving our transcendental consciousness. As living spiritual souls we are all originally Krishna conscious beings, but through our communion with matter that has existed since time immemorial, our consciousness is now polluted by the material atmosphere.

The material atmosphere in which we currently live is known as maya or illusion. Maya means "that which is not". And what is this illusion? The illusion is that we are all trying to rule over material nature when in reality we are under the force of its strict laws. When a servant tries artificially to imitate the Almighty Master, he is said to be under illusion. In this polluted view of life we ​​all try to exploit the treasures of nature, but in reality we are becoming more and more entangled in the complexity of material nature. Therefore, although we struggle hard to conquer material nature, we become more and more dependent on it. This illusory struggle against material nature can be ended immediately by reviving our eternal Krishna consciousness.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare is the transcendental process of reviving this original consciousness. By chanting this transcendental vibration, we can wash away all disastrous things in our hearts. The basic principle of all of these unfortunate things is the false awareness that I am the Lord of all that I see.

Krishna consciousness is not an artificial manipulation of the mind. This awareness is the primordial natural energy of the living being. When we hear this transcendental vibration, that consciousness is revived. This simplest method of meditation is recommended for the present age.

We can also see through practical experience that by chanting the Maha mantras or the great song for liberation can immediately feel a transcendental ecstasy that descends from the spiritual plane.

In the materialistic concept of life we ​​are eager to strive for sense gratification, as if we were on the lower animal level. If one is a little beyond the level of sense gratification, one engages in mental speculation in order to get out of the material prison. A little above this speculative level, one tries to find the highest cause of all causes - inside and outside of all things - if one is intelligent enough. And when you actually reach the level of spiritual understanding, after leaving the levels of sensuality and mental and intellectual speculation, you are on the transcendental level.

Chanting (reciting) the Hare Krishna mantras is carried out directly on the spiritual level, and thus this sound vibration is above all underlying levels of consciousness, namely the sensual, mental and intellectual level. It is therefore not necessary to understand the language of the mantra, nor is there any mental speculation, or any intellectual considerations, to do so Maha mantra to pronounce. It appears through its own power directly from the spiritual plane, and therefore anyone can participate in this chanting without having any qualifications. At an advanced level, of course, it is expected that one should not commit offenses by virtue of spiritual understanding.

At the beginning it may be that not all of the eight possible transcendental ecstasies can be experienced. These are: 1) feeling numb, 2) breaking a sweat, 3) bristling hair, 4) breaking voice, 5) trembling body, 6) changing body color, 7) bursting tears, and 8) trance. However, there is no doubt that after a period of chanting one is immediately elevated to the spiritual level, the first sign of which is the urge to chant the Maha mantras to dance.

We have actually seen this - even a child can sing and dance, or even a dog. However, if someone is too involved in material life, then of course it takes a little longer to come to this realization, but even a person immersed in the material is raised very quickly to the spiritual platform. When the mantra is chanted in love by a pure devotee of the Lord, it has the greatest effect on the hearers, and therefore this chanting should be heard from the lips of a devotee of the Lord so that an immediate effect can be achieved. As far as possible one should avoid chanting from the lips of nondevotees. Milk that has been touched by a snake's lips has a poisonous effect.

The word Hara is a form of addressing the energy of the Lord, and the words Krishna and Rama are forms of addressing the Lord Himself. Either Krishna as well as Rama mean "the highest joy", and Hara is the highest energy of joy of the Lord, which is expressed in the vocative too Hare changed. The Lord's highest energy of joy helps us to reach the Lord.

Material energy, called Maya, is also one of the Lord's many energies, and we, living beings, are also one energy, namely the Lord's marginal energy. Living beings are superior to material energy. When the higher energy is in contact with the lower energy, an incompatible situation arises; but if the higher marginal energy with the higher energy, Hara, connected, she is in her happy, normal state.

These three words, viz Hare, Krishna, and Rama, are the transcendental seeds of the Maha mantra. Chanting is a spiritual cry for help to the Lord and His energy to protect the conditioned soul. This chanting is just like a child's crying for its mother. Mother Hara helps the devotee obtain the grace of the Supreme Father, Hari or Krishna, and the Lord reveals Himself to the devotee who sincerely chants this mantra.

No other means of spiritual knowledge is as effective in this age of strife and hypocrisy as chanting the Maha mantra:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Many Thanks

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami [Prabhupada]


The word Mantra is made up of the two syllables man and tra together, which are derived from manas and trajate, which means spirit and liberating. A mantra is a (spiritual) sound vibration that frees the (materially polluted) mind.

In order to see yourself as you really are in the mirror, it has to be freed from dust. A dusty mirror has no reflective properties. It is similar with our intellect, which is said to be the mirror of the soul.

So in order to perceive the soul through the intellect (spirit), it must first be purified. The material pollution of the mind is removed by the mantra, so that the soul can then be reflected in the spirit.

Mantras are sound vibrations that connect us to a higher spiritual reality. Self-knowledge and God-realization is therefore the real goal of mantra recitation.

A mantra (spiritual sound vibration) has exactly this power, namely to free the mind from the material dualities and to direct the consciousness to the presence of God in the heart. That is the direct meaning of the word mantra.

When chanting (singing, reciting) mantras (spiritual sound vibrations) the consciousness is purified so that one can recognize the true inner self.

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by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Our entanglement in material affairs begins with material sound. Every day we hear material sounds from the radio and TV, from friends and relatives, and according to the things we hear, think, wish, feel and act materially. So we stay in the material sphere of existence and accept one material body after another and endure the sufferings of birth, death, old age and disease. Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada counters this: "In the spiritual world there is also sound. When we approach this sound, our spiritual life begins."

The living being in material life is compared with a dreaming man who sees the moments of happiness and suffering from his dream as actual reality. He dreams of finding treasure, but in reality he is not a penny richer. He dreams of being attacked by a tiger, but actually he is not in danger. When he is woken up by the sound of his alarm clock, he realizes his real situation. In the same way someone wakes up to the transcendental sound of Krishnas Name chants, step by step out of the dream-like state of material life and recognizes its actual spiritual position. There is sound in the spiritual world too. When we approach this spiritual sound, through mantra meditation, our spiritual life begins.

Spiritual sound has special properties. When we hear the sound of "water" we are reminded of the taste and properties of water, but because of the relevant difference between material sound and its object, the sound of "water" cannot quench our thirst.

The Hare Krishna mantra, however, is transcendental sound that comes from the absolute spiritual platform and is therefore not different from Krishna. And because Krishna is omnipotent, His transcendental energies are manifested in the sound of His Name. The sound vibration "Hare Krishna" has the power to purify the mind and consciousness. Because every living being has an eternal relationship with Krishna, chanting His name is compared to a child's natural call for his mother.

The 16 Sanskrit words:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

form a mantra or a transcendental sound formula. This powerful mantra, known as the Maha mantra, (the great Chant of Liberation) has been recommended by great spiritual authorities as the easiest and most effective means of attaining self-actualization in this age.

Mantra meditation purifies the mind in the same way that medicine prescribed for physical ailments gradually restores the body to its natural, healthy state. Someone who practice this Mantra meditation gradually develops great mental control and reaches a higher level of consciousness. In this pure state of spiritual awareness, free from the intoxication of tension, confusion, depression and feelings of envy and hatred, one can attain a truly peaceful mind.

The Hare Krishna mantra is the most powerful sound manifestation of God. In the Vedas it is described as a container for all transcendental qualities and energies of God. As one progresses in the techniques of mantra meditation and experiences the awakening of true love for God, all impurities of material consciousness dissolve and the natural, primal qualities of the soul, namely eternity, knowledge and bliss, fully manifest.

Chanting with the meditation chain

The only thing you need for this form of meditation is a wooden pearl necklace. Take the first pearl (number 1) between your thumb and middle finger of your right hand and chant the complete Hare Krishna mantra once:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

हरॆ कृष्ण हरॆ कृष्ण
कृष्ण कृष्ण हरॆ हर
हरॆ राम हरॆ राम
राम राम हरॆ हरॆ

Then take the next bead with the same two fingers, chant the full mantra again, and go from bead to bead in this way until you have said the mantra once on each of the 108 beads. When you get to the Krishna bead (the largest), you've chanted a round.

To begin the next round, you change direction on the chain without going over the Krishna pearl.

Chanting on a Japa chain helps us to do a certain minimum of meditation on a regular basis. It also makes it easier to concentrate on the mantra because the sense of touch is also employed in the process of meditation. You can chant Japa anywhere, and the volume can also be different. It is important, however, that you pronounce each mantra completely and clearly so that you can hear the spiritual sound vibration clearly and consciously. You will see that it is often not easy to concentrate on the mantra, because the thoughts have a tendency to "arbitrarily" switch on and wander.

However, mantra meditation is such a wonderful meditation that it also strengthens concentration and willpower. So just go ahead and try again and again to focus your thoughts on the sound vibration and clearly pronounce each mantra. One can chant Japa at any time of the day, but the Vedic scriptures indicate that the morning hours are most conducive to meditation. Experience has shown that it is very helpful if you reserve the necessary time at the same hour every day and do a certain minimum of laps. This regular chanting gives our meditation a solid foundation. Since the prayer beads are sacred, they should not touch the ground or be placed in an unclean place. To protect them, they are best carried in a prayer bag, a special cloth bag (bead bag) that can be bought in any temple or center.

There are no rigid rules for chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. The nice thing about this mantra meditation is that you can do it anytime and anywhere: at home, at work, on the go, etc ...

When chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, one basically differentiates between two forms: Japa and Kirtana. Japa refers to individual meditation in which one chants on a wooden pearl necklace, and Kirtana refers to singing together in a group. Both are recommended forms of mantra meditation and they complement each other perfectly.

If you recite this mantra 108 times in the mind or out loud every morning after getting up, the mind will be cleansed of all mental disturbances and spiritual enlightenment will take place.

in the Padyavali, a collection of prayers of the great devotees, we find the following statement about the effect of chanting Hare Krishna:

"Just as the rising sun immediately makes all the darkness of the world disappear, so the holy name of God, if recited even once without offense, can make all responses to the sinful life of a living being disappear. All glory be to the holy name of the Lord auspicious for the whole world. "

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Chanting Hare Krishna
by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chanting is commonly understood as the praising, chanting, chanting, or mumbling the sacred names of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In a higher sense it means devotional service to oneself, turning to the Supreme Personality of Godhead - life in the transcendental sound vibration. Who remembers the Lord who chandled. Whoever always remembers the Supreme Lord with everything and everyone, who chandled always. So means Chanting also reading spiritual literature, listening to a spiritual lecture, preaching, working for the Supreme Lord, giving obeisances, praying, etc.

The Hare Krishna mantra is a prayer to God (Krishna) meaning:

"O Supreme Lord, please keep me busy in your devotional service!".

"Hare"refers to God's spiritual energy,"Krishna"means the" all-attractive "and"Rama"can be translated as" the source of all joy. "The whole Hare Krishna mantra is therefore a prayer in the form of an invocation of the person of God and His energies, combined with the request to be engaged in the service of the Lord.

 Mantra meditation implies that you can do that Hare Krishna mantra recited or recited softly to himself. This is called Yep. While saying or reciting the prayer chain is in a cloth bag (Beadbag) to keep the chain clean or to prevent it from falling to the ground.

photo: George Harrison chanting Hare Krishna

Former Beatles singer Georg Harrison, known for his world famous song: "My Sweet Lord", said in an interview about that Chanting of Hare Krishna: "There is nothing higher."

The prayer chain consists of 108 pearls and one larger pearl as the main pearl. By starting at the pearl next to the main pearl (with your right hand) and gently twisting the pearl back and forth between your thumb and middle finger, you say:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama,
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Then you switch to the second pearl and chants again that Maha mantra. Then on the third and so on until you do that 108 times Maha mantrachanted and arrives at the big pearl. You then go from one pearl to the next until you have finished a round with 108 pearls.

If more rounds chanted then the big pearl is not passed over, but it is started with the 108th pearl and then up to the 1st pearl chanted, the next round will start again from the 1st pearl, the next but one from the 108th, and so on.

One should use a calm voice to speak clearly, clearly and fluently the Holy Names chanten. At the same time, one should concentrate on the sound of the Holy Name and, if possible, think of nothing else. Devoteesthat are in Bhakti yoga are initiated, chant at least 16 rounds per day.

The best time to Chanting is the early morning when the mind is still relatively calm. But the late evening is also good. However, one should Chanting Practice the Holy Name regularly during the day, e.g. in the morning, at noon and in the evening. This cleanses the consciousness and calms the restless mind.

Chanting as meditation

If the Vaishnavas of "Chanting"speak, then this means in particular that Chanting of the Holy Name on a prayer beads. This is a millennia-old form of meditation that is similar to the Catholic rosary and is practiced regularly by monks and hermits for hours or practically all day long.

The Chanting on meditation pearls is easy. The meditation pearl necklace consists of 108 wooden pearls of the same size plus a slightly larger pearl that connects the beginning and end of the cord. Such meditation pearl necklaces can be bought or made yourself (see illustration). Ideally, the spiritual master gives them to his disciple at the official initiation after he has used them himself. The Chanting however, the Holy Name does not depend on an official dedication ceremony. The prayer beads are usually kept in special cloth bags that can also be bought. Since the prayer pearl necklace is sacred, it should be kept in a clean place and should not come into contact with the ground.

The meaning of the maha mantra

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu teaches us that we should only ask God to be engaged in His service life after life. That is the real meaning of the Hare-Krishna-maha-mantra. If we 'Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare' chant, let's basically turn to God and His energy Hara. Hara is Krishnas inner strength, Srimati Radharani or Laksmi. Jay Radhe! This is daivi prakriti, (inner divine energy) and the devotees seek with daivi prakriti, Srimati Radharani, Refuge. Hence, they worship Vaishnava's Radha-Krishna, Laksmi-Narayana and Sita-Rama.

At the beginning of the Hare Krishna mantras let us first turn to the inner energy Krishnas, Hare. So we say: 'O Radharani! O Hare! O energy of the Lord!'When we address someone in this way, they will usually say,' Yes, what do you want? ' The answer is, 'Please keep me busy in your ministry' That should be our prayer. We should not pray: 'O energy of the Lord, o Krishnaplease give me some money Please give me a beautiful woman. Please give me followers. Please give me a respectable position. Please give me the presidency. ' These are material desires that should be avoided. Buddha taught that we should give up all material desires. It is not possible to become desireless, but it is possible to give up material desires. It is the nature of the living being to wish, and it is not possible to become wishless. If one is desireless, one is dead. Desirelessness (in the spiritual sense) means to purify one's wish, and our wish is purified when we only wish Krishna to serve." -
- A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, The Teachings of Sri Kapila, verse 32, p. 226

"O King, the incessant Chanting The Holy Name, following the example of great authorities, is the unquestionable and fearless path to success for all - even for those who are free from all material desires, for those who covet every conceivable material enjoyment, and even for those who through transcendental knowledge are satisfied in themselves. "(Srimad Bhagavatam, verse 2.1.11)

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The meaning of the Mahamantra

हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे
हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे

harekṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇakṛṣṇakṛṣṇa hare hare
harerāma hare rāmarāmarāma hare hare

Purport by

1) [Hare] = O Hari! Having captured my mind, please free me from material bondage.

2) [Kṛṣṇa] = O Kṛṣṇa! Please attract my mind by pulling it to you.

3) [Hare] = O Hari! Please capture my mind by Your unsurpassed sweetness.

4) [Kṛṣṇa] = O Kṛṣṇa! Please purify my mind with knowledge about devotional service given to me by Your own devotee.

5) [Kṛṣṇa] = O Kṛṣṇa! Please make me able to relish Your transcendental name, form, qualities, pastimes, etc.

6) [The explanation of the next "Kṛṣṇa" is missing from the translation]

7) [Hare] = O Hari! Please make me fit to serve you.

8) [Hare] = O Hari! Please make me able to relish Your transcendental name, form, qualities, pastimes, etc.

9) [Hare] = O Hari! Please direct me to do some particular service for you.

10) [Rāma] = O Rāma! Let me hear about Your most cherished pastimes in the company of Your dearest devotees.

(Sri Radha is called ramā because her association gives pleasure to Sri Kṛṣṇa. Because Sri Kṛṣṇa is with that ramā, He is called "rāma")

11) [Hare] = O Hara (Sri Radha)! Please reveal to me Your most cherished pastimes with Your beloved Sri Kṛṣṇa.

12) [Rāma] = O Rāma! Please reveal to me Your most cherished pastimes with Your beloved Sri Radha.

13) [Rāma] = O Rāma! Please engage me in remembering Your transcendental name, form, qualities, pastimes etc.

14) [Rāma] = O Rāma! Please make me fit to serve You while remembering Your transcendental name, form, qualities, pastimes etc.

15) [Hare] = O Hari! Having accepted me as one of Your own servitors, please enjoy me as You please.

16) [Hare] = O Hari! Please enjoy me in Your transcendental way. This is my humble request at Your lotus feet.

The Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra is known as the mahāmantra, or the greatest of sound vibrations. The mahamantra is a thirty-two syllable mantra chanted requesting Harā (another name of His supreme pleasure energy, personified by SrimatiRadharani), and the Supreme Lord (given by two of His names, Krsna, the All-One, and Rama, the Reservoir of Pleasure) an opportunity to serve Them.

There are four cosmic ages, namely, Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, and Kali Yuga. Satya Yuga is known as the “Golden Age”, for values ​​of truth and virtues were at the peak. In Treta Yuga (the age where Lord Sri Ramacandra appeared), vice was introduced. Then, Dvapara Yuga (the age when Sri Krsna appeared on Earth) took place, where vice and virtue was leveled off. Following Dvapara Yuga is the darkest age, known as Kali Yuga. It began approximately five thousand years ago, after Sri Krsna left the world. Throughout each age, the prescribed method of salvation changed. In Satya Yuga, strict penances and austerities was the path of salvation. Then, Treta Yuga introduced the concept of conducting sacrifices as mentioned in scriptures. Dvapara Yuga's method of salvation comprised of developing personal relations with the Lord.

In Kali Yuga, however, lifespan, intelligence, and qualities are significantly lowered. Therefore, performing severe penance and austerities is impractical.Conducting sacrifices per scriptures is immensely difficult, for those scriptures are not easily accessible, and conductors of such sacrifices are not present on Earth. Receiving personal association and forming relations with the Lord was only fortunate for a few. Therefore, such methods are not practical and applicable for this age. Therefore, the BrhadNaradiyaPurana has claimed:


"Only the Holy Name, Only the Holy Name, Only the Holy Name, is the only way. There is no other way, no other way, no other way in this Age of Kali"

Therefore, it is clearly indicated that in Kali Yuga, the only method of salvation is by chanting the holy name of God. However, the most powerful mantra for salvation was hidden in confidentiality until this age. It wasn't until the late fifteenth century when the mahamantra was openly revealed by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Typically, the Lord does not incarnate on Earth during Kali Yuga, until the very end. However, this Kali Yuga was especially fortunate to have Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s incarnation of gold appear on earth. Through His mission to spread the movement of devotional service in degraded age, He brought the Hare Krsna mahamantra openly for all to benefit.

So this mahā-mantra, Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare KṛṣṇaKṛṣṇaKṛṣṇa Hare Hare, is being chanted by Brahmā with his four mouths. Brahmā-jape catur-mukhe.Brahmā means Lord Brahmā, and jape means he is chanting, catur-mukhe, with his four heads. Within this universe, only Brahmā has got four heads. And Lord Śiva sometimes exhibits five heads. So it is explained here that Lord Brahmā is also chanting this Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare KṛṣṇaKṛṣṇaKṛṣṇa Hare Hare, Hare Rāma Hare RāmaRāmaRāma Hare Hare, with his four mouths. Still he is chanting. He does not think that he is satiated. This transcendental name is so sweet that either you chant with your one mouth and one tongue or with one thousand mouths or one thousand tongues, still, you will never feel tired. That is the purport of this song. ŚrīlaRūpaGosvāmī, he lamented that "This Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare KṛṣṇaKṛṣṇaKṛṣṇa Hare Hare, Hare Rāma Hare RāmaRāmaRāma Hare Hare, these names are so sweet that how I can relish the transcendental sweetness with one tongue and one mouth? If God t would have given me millions of and millions of mouths, then I would have relished a little of it. " So he lamented. Here also it is said that NāradaMuni, he has got always with him a tampura, and he is traveling all over the universe constantly. He cannot stay in any place more than a few seconds, and he has no companion. But his only companion is that tampura and chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. Therefore it is said here, nārada-yabe, vīṇā-yantre, kṛṣṇakṛṣṇa hare hare.