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What is the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra?

This transcendental vibration of chanting:

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

is the sublime method of reviving our Krishna consciousness.  As living spiritual souls, we are all originally Krishna conscious entities, but due to our association with matter since time immemorial, our consciousness is now polluted by the material atmosphere.

In this polluted concept of life, we are trying to explain the resources of material nature, but actually we are becoming more and more entangled in her complexities.  This illusion is called maya– or hard struggle for existence for winning over the stringent laws of material nature.

This illusory energy against material nature can at once be stopped by the revival of our Krishna consciousness.  Krishna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind.  It is the original energy of the living entity.  When we hear the transcendental vibration, this consciousness is revived… 

The material energy, known as maya, is also one of God’s multipotencies.  The living entities are described as an energy that is superior to matter.  When the superior energy is in contact with inferior energy, it becomes an incompatible situation.  But when the marginal potency is in contact with the supreme spiritual potency, Hara, it becomes the happy, normal condition of the living entity.

The three words Hare, Krishna, and Rama, are the transcendental seeds of the maha-mantra, and the chanting is the spiritual call for God and His internal energy, Hara, for giving protection to the soul.  The chanting is exactly like the genuine crying by a child for his mother.  Mother Hara helps in achieving the grace of the supreme father- Hari, or Krishna- who reveals Himself to such a sincere devotee.

– Founder-Acharya A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)



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