"Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare"
Pronounced as: Hare - (
Ha'ray), Rama - (Raa'maa) &
- ( Kri-Sh'-Naa) ]
'Hare Krishna' is the mantra which is known to maximum number
of western seekers thanks to the
commendable work done
by His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad (founder of ISKON - International Society
for Krishna Consciousness www.iskcon.com in
spreading its awareness world wide. George Harrison, the popular
singer of world famous Beatles group also devoted his entire life in spreading
the awareness about this mantra.
mantra is mystical energy encased in a sound structure and each mantra contains within its vibrations a certain
power. But of all mantras, the maha-mantra (the Hare Krishna
mantra) has been prescribed as the easiest and surest way for attaining God Realization in this present
in his autobiography :'I, me and Mine'
mantra is known as the
Maha-mantra of Kailyug
(the supreme mantra of
Kaliyug - the present era of machine where truth and righteousness are at
their lowest level. ) It has been said that by repeating this mantra with
faith and devotion, one can attain salvation and peace of mind.
harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasti eva
nasti eva gatir anyatha"
- A Sanskrit verse from
"In this age of Kali, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative for spiritual progress other than the chanting of the holy name, the chanting of the holy name, the chanting of the holy name of the
meaning of Hare Krishna Mantra
This mantra is made up of only three words :
'Hare', Krishna and
'Rama'. 'Krishna' and 'Rama' are the name of Lord Vishnu - one of the mythological God in the trinity of Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. It is said that in every yug (era) Vishnu takes incarnation on earth to establish the law of truth and righteousness.
Ram is the name of the incarnation of Vishnu in the Treta
yug ( you must have heard the famous story of Ramayana - the popular Indian epic. Rama is the hero of that epic. You can learn more about Ramayana
Krishna is the name of the incarnation of Vishnu in the 'Dwaper yug'. He is the central character in the Mahabharata (pronounced approximately as Ma-haa-BHAAR-a-ta ) -the another popular epic of India (which incidentally is the longest epic of the world). Krishna is the most popular God of Hindu religion.
The Bhagawad Gita - the highly spiritual and mesmerizing conversation between Krishna and Arjuna( one of the bravest and famous character of Mahabharata ) on the battle ground of Kurukshetra is one of the most popular and respected religious books of World.
[ you can learn about Mahabharata here and about Bhagawad Gita
words 'Rama' and 'Krishna' have become powerful and
effective for the simple reason that for thousand of years millions
of Hindus have been praying to God by chanting these two names. The
faith, devotion and a pure spiritual feeling with which these two
names have been chanted by all these devotees for so many years have
made these words electrifying- charged with energy. Just repeating these
names can take anyone into meditation quickly.
has come from 'Haran' which means to take way
or to end. So when one says hare Krishna, he requests
the God (the supreme consciousness) to take away his sorrows ,
his shortcomings, his failures and pains. This Hare Krishna
Mantra is actually a little prayer to God for taking away all the sorrows, pains
and shortcomings of the chanter and provide him bliss and joy.
"Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare"
you chant this mantra, always keep its meaning in mind. Chant this
mantra with devotion and faith . While repeating his mantra request the
God almighty to take away all your sorrows, pains and failures and give
you joy and bliss.
is the experience of many that when one repeat this mantra with full
faith and with full
awareness of its meaning, his/her whole being gets filled with Krishna
Consciousness ( which is a name given to the feeling of
bliss and joy one gets in repeating this mantra.)
mantra is a very easy mantra. You can chant it anytime, anywhere. Give at least
15 minutes per day for this mantra repetition. Sit quietly in a
comfortable position. Then either chant it silently or loudly. Repeat it
with full awareness of its meaning which is " O lord, take away all
my sorrows, pains and shortcomings and give me bliss and
mantra is a simple and effective meditation technique. Slowly you will
start enjoying it as its repetition will give you a sense of calm and bliss.
You can learn more about this mantra (and can even listen to the
devotees of ISKCON chanting it by visiting the website www.iskcon.com
. Further to know in detail the history of this mantra, about its first
propagator Chaitnaya Mahaprabhu and the about the affiliation of George Harrison
with the Hare Krishna Movement visit www.mantra-meditation.com
Om ( Aum )
to use mantra meditation in a busy and complex life.
Hare Krishna Mantra in your daily life. )