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Krsna 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. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (12-01-06)




Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

As explained on the cover of the record album, this transcendental vibration--by chanting of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare--is the sublime method for reviving our Krsna consciousness. As living spiritual souls we are all originally Krsna conscious entities, but due to our asociation with matter since time immemorial, our consciousness is now poluted by material atmosphere. 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 our complexities. This illusion is called maya, or hard struggle for existence over the stringent laws of material nature. This illusory struggle against the material nature can at once be stopped by revival of our Krsna consciousness.

Krsna 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 the process is recommended by authorities for this age. By practical experience also, we can perceive that by chanting this maha-mantra, or the Great Chanting for Deliverance, one can at once feel transcendental ecstasy from the spiritual stratum. When one is factually on the plane of spiritual understanding, surpassing the stages of sense, mind and intelligence, one is situated on the transcendental plane. This chanting of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is directly enacted from the spiritual platform, surpassing all lower states of consciousness--namely sensual, mental and intellectual. There is no need of understanding the language of the mantra, nor is there any need of mental speculation nor any intellectual adjustment for chanting this maha-mantra. It springs automatically from the spiritual platform, and as such, anyone can take part in this transcendental sound vibration, without any previous qualification, and dance in ecstasy.

We have seen it practically. Even a child can take part in the chanting, or even a dog can take part in it. The chanting should be hears, however, from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord, so that immediate effect can be achieved. As far as possible, chanting from the lips of a nondevotee should be avoided, as much as milk touched by the lips of a serpent causes poisonous effect.

The word Hara is a form of addressing the energy of the Lord. Both Krsna and Rama are forms of addressing directly the Lord, and they mena " the highest pleasure, eternal." Hara is the supreme pleasure potency of the Lord. This potency, when addressed are Hare, helps us in reaching the Supreme Lord.

The material energy, called as maya, is also one of the multipotencies of the Lord, as much as we are also marginal potency of the Lord. The living entities are described as superior energy than matter. When the superior energy is in contact with inferior energy, it becomes an incompatible situation. But when the supreme marginal potency is in contact with the spiritual potency, Hara,it becomes the happy, normal condition of the living entity.

The three words, namely Hara, Krsna and Rama, are transcendental seeds of the maha-mantra, and the chanting is a spiritual call for the Lord and His internal energy, Hara, for giving protection to the conditioned soul. The chanting is exactly like a genuine cry by the chold for the mother. Mother Hara helps in achieving the grace of the supreme father, Hari, or Krsna, and the Lord reveals Himself to such a sincere devotee.

No other means, therefore, of spiritual realization is as effective in this age, as chanting the maha-mantra, Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.


His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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hari-nama mahamantra sarva-mantra-sar

jader korunabale jagate pracar

sei namanrayan sadhu mahajan

tahader ninda na koriha kadacan

brajendranandana krishna sarveshvareshvar

maheshvar adi tar sevana-tatpar

nama-cintamani krishna-caitanya-swarup

bhedajñan na koribe lila-guna-rup

"guru krishnarup han sashtrer pramane

gururupe krishna kripa kore bhagyavane"

se gurute marttya-budhi avajñadi tyaji

ishtalabh koro, nirantara nam bhaji

shruti shrutimata-saha satvata puran

shrinam-carana-padma kore nirajan

sei shruti shastra jeba koroye nindan

se aparadha sanga koribe barjjan

namer mahima sarvva-shastrete bakhane

atistuti han kabhu na bhaviha mane

agastya, ananta, brahma, shivadi stata

je nam-mahima-gatha sankirttana-rata

se nam-mahima-sindhu ke paibe par ?

atistuti bole jei–sei duracar

krishna-namaboli nitya goloker dhan

kalpita, prakrita, bhave–aparadhijan

name sarvvapapa-ksoy sarvva-shastre koy

sardin pap kori sei bharasay

emota durbudhi jar sei aparadhi

maya-prabancita, duhkha bhunje nirabadhi

atulya srikrishna-nam purna-rasa-nidhi

tar sam na bhaviha sp shubha-karma adi

name shradha-hin jan–bidhatta bancita

tare nam dane apradha sunishcita

shuniyao krishna-nam-mahatmya apar

je priti-rahita, sei naradhama char

ahamta mamata jar antore bahire

shudha krishna-nam tar kabhu nahi sphure

ei dash aparadh koriya barjjan

je sujana kore harinama sankirttan

apurva srikrishna-prem labhya tar hoy

nam-prabhu tar hride nitya bolishoy

tridandi bhiksu–sri bhakti sundar govinda

Ten Offenses To Be Avoided


The maha-mantra we receive from Sri Gurudev is the essence of all divine sound and by the merciful power of the name itself, it is spreading throughout the world. The sadhus (devotees) are the reservoirs of the divine name and at no time should they be offended.

The son of the king of Braja, the lord of lords, Sri Krishna is served by all the Devas, headed by Maheshvar Shiva and is always superior to them. The divine form of the name of Krishna is non-different from him, as are his qualities, pastimes, associates and divine form and should never be considered to be separate from him.

Krishna appears to us in the form of Sri Guru and this is evidenced in all the scriptures. In this form of Sri Guru, Krishna bestows his mercy on the fortunate souls. Therefore, one should never consider the sat Guru to be an ordinary person. Serving him will fulfill all of our spiritual desires.

The holy scriptures guide us on the proper path and are revealed through pure goodness. We should always be careful not to slight these revealed scriptures because with the help of the saints, every syllable guides to the divine name of Krishna.

All of the holy scriptures directly declare the glories of the divine name. One should never think these glories to be exaggerated. All of the great Rishis and Devatas like Agastya, Ananta, Brahma, Shiva and all others are always engaged in the sankirtan of the divine name.

The glories of the name are a fathomless ocean. Who can find the end of that ocean? Whomever considers these glories to be imagination is the worst miscreant. This divine name is the treasure of Goloka and one who considers it to be a mundane creation is a criminal.

All the shastras state that the holy name can destroy all sins. One should not therefore, pass his entire day engaged in sinful actions. One who does so is misguided offender and is thus plunged into unending sorrow and deprived of the fruits of the divine name.

The unparalleled name of Krishna is an ocean of the nectar of divine love. The name is the method to attain that ocean. Nothing can be considered equal to it.

One who hears these glories of the divine name but does not develop love for it is the lowest creature. Instead he sees everything through the polluted lens of "I and Mine." The pure name of Krishna is never revealed to such a person.

One should steadfastly rid oneself of these ten offenses. Such an offenseless soul ecstatically takes the divine name and tastes the incomparable fruit of Krishna-prem. The divine name is incessantly resounding in the heart of such a pure soul.

Composed in Bengali by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, April 2, 1992

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