Chanting Japa, how to do it
One of the disagreements that I notice every now and then (especially among Iskcon members and followers) is over how many rounds one should chant in a row. The orthodox Iskconites recommend a minimum of 16 rounds, followed by devotion to the Lord, such as book distribution, life membership, food for life, and preaching missions, among other things. That is sufficient to transport one back to Krishna. It’s time to return to Godhead. That is Prabhupada’s guarantee, and because we are Prabhupadanugas, Prabhupada has the last say in everything.
We are not Hari das Thakura (as is frequently highlighted), and we are not in any way related to him.
Sri Hari Das Thakura used to have visits from Mahaprabhu himself, who was delighted to witness Hari Das Thakura sing 3 lac names in a non-offensive manner.
I shall make an attempt to demonstrate how even Srila Prabhupada placed a strong emphasis on chanting —from May 14—Morning Walk — PerthGaea: If one of the two people, the husband or the wife, desires to enjoy sense fulfillment but the other does not in Ka awareness, how can the situation be reconciled?
- Prabhupda: No, I don’t think so.
- Sense delight indicates that one has not progressed in Ka awareness.
- That will be the litmus test.
- The measure of how far you have progressed in Ka awareness is the corresponding decrease in the enjoyment of sense objects.
- In the same way that an illness is cured, lowering the fever and temperature is achieved.
- If the fever does not subside, what are your options?
- of sixteen rounds, sixty-four rounds, and so on.
The bare minimum is sixteen rounds.
As a result, you must raise.
Those who are determined will make rapid progress without encountering any difficulties.
That’s what I’ve decided.
According to Shrila Prabhupada-lilamrita Chp.
In place of meetings, resolutions, dissolutions, revolutionary movements, and then no answers, chanting should be used instead.’ On February 11, 1971, at Gorakhpur, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.3.18 was delivered as a lecture.
The austerity practiced in our Gauya-sampradya is fairly straightforward: adhering to the four precepts, limiting one’s activities, avoiding transgressions, and chanting frequent beads.
As well as hearing.
Not only do we need to hear chanting, but we also need to see it.
As a result, we should be open for business twenty-four hours a day.
On the krtanya sad hari, the vedabase search returns results (too many to list here) Prabhupada and Gaudiya Vaishnavas frequently reference CC Adi’s verse 17.31, which is perhaps one of the most famous verses in the world.
Source: Srimad-Bhagavatam1.8.36, “Teaching of Queen Kunti.” The wordabhkaaa suggests that these commitments should be carried out constantly, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, without interruption.
It is the responsibility of Ka aware worshippers to do so.
49 of Shrila Prabhupada’s Lilaamrita: Later, a devotee stated that ‘in America they are attempting to chant more, twelve hours each day, in order to achieve a twenty-four hour kirtana program.’ ‘Yes, this chanting should continue everywhere,’ Shrila Prabhupada remarked.
Hayagriva dasa’s book, The Hare Krishna Explosion, published by Palace Press in 1985, has a page number of 63.
“Sixty-four rounds?” you ask.
It would take more than five hours to complete 64 rounds.
“We’ll never be able to find the time.” “It’s all right,” Swamiji confirms.
“It’s impossible,” we declare.
“There will be sixteen rounds.” “Nothing less.” Here is a quick overview of the history of the reduction from sixty-four rounds per day to sixteen rounds per day: The question was posed by Shrila Prabhupada in 1967 in San Francisco: ‘What is your definition of Krishna?’ ‘Krishna is God,’ I said.
- ‘It is our responsibility to adore and serve Him.’ ‘You must chant sixty-four rounds every day on your beads,’ Swamiji remarked after a little pause to gauge how well you were doing.
- I wasn’t sure whether there was any need for me to respond.
- Then he added, ‘Or at the very least you can recite thirty-two rounds every day,’ which was a relief.
- Even sixteen rounds of chanting seemed to me to be a significant challenge for me.
- In the course of time, Swamiji informed them that they must sing sixteen rounds every day at the very least.
- Actually, it is acceptable to chant 64 rounds, or even 16 rounds, so if one is able to chant more than 16 rounds all the way up to 64 rounds, that is quite impressive.
- “Yes, it is quite beneficial if you can chant 64 rounds; it is extremely beneficial if you can accomplish it.” Letter to Bhaktijana, written on February 12, 1968, in Los Angeles.
Generally speaking, 16 rounds are recommended, but for the time being, you can halt all other activities and raise chanting to 64 rounds.” According to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s instructions in His Siksastaka 3, this is the case.
Devotees in this Krishna consciousness movement are asked to recite at least sixteen rounds on their beads every day as a result.
He really didn’t have any other business.
Haridasa Thakura’s instructions on chanting the Hare Krishna mantra on a regular basis can be found here.
Even those who are not acquainted to this practice are encouraged to recite at least sixteen rounds on their beads in order to become familiar with it.
This is the path to accomplishment in Krishna awareness, according to the scriptures.
Having a daily discipline of chanting 64 rounds is, in my opinion, a huge help in getting to the point of continual chanting.) Other works and persons in the Guadiya Lineage — for example, Srila Prabhupada — are also helpful.
We can start with a minimum of 16 rounds, but why not gradually increase our bhakti by making it 17 rounds, then 18 rounds, then 20, 32 rounds, and so on until we reach the standard of 64 rounds?
It is amazing that by attentively repeating these delicious names every day, a natural relish arises inside the tongue of one who has been affected by the jaundice of avidy, and the sickness is progressively eliminated from the inside out!
It is the core of all guidance to devote one’s complete time — twenty-four hours a day — to beautifully chanting and recalling the Lord’s holy name, transcendental form, characteristics, and endless pastimes, therefore progressively engaging one’s tongue and mind in the Lord’s service.
One should live in Vraja and serve Krsna under the supervision of devotees in this manner. The Lord’s cherished followers, who are profoundly devoted to His devotional service, should be emulated by others who follow in their footsteps.
The Qualifications To Chant The Hare Krishna Maha-mantra
How many rounds should one chant? This is one of the arguments that occasionally comes up in my circles (especially among Iskcon members and followers). The orthodox Iskconites recommend the following: “minimum, 16 rounds, and then service to the Lord, including book distribution, life membership, food for life, preaching missions, and other such activities.” That alone is sufficient to transport one back to Krishna’s worldview. Once again, we return to the Source of all things. The pledge made by Prabhupada is binding on us, and as Prabhupadanugas, we are bound by Prabhupada’s last word.
- It is true that what the people are saying is accurate, but all of the actions that are advised (e.g.
- There is a lot of emphasis placed on the fact that we are not Hari das Thakura, and this is true.
- While visiting Sri Hari Das Thakura, Mahaprabhu would express his delight at witnessing Hari Das Thakura repeat 3 lac names without offence.
- If one of the two people, the husband or the wife, desires to enjoy sense fulfillment but the other does not in Ka awareness, how can the situation be reconciled?
- The answer is no.
- In Ka awareness, sense delight indicates that one has not progressed far enough.
- That will be the litmus test for the situation.
To determine your progress in Ka consciousness, the corresponding decrease in sense delight is used as a yardstick for measuring your progress.
Similarly, lowering the fever and temperature are indicators of illness cure.
If the fever does not subside, what should you do?
The proper procedure is as follows: There are a maximum of 16 rounds.
As a result, you must raise the ante.
With dedication, one may make significant strides forward without encountering any difficulties.
That’s what I decided.
According to Shrila Prabhupada-lilamrita Chp.
” ‘Yes, this chanting should continue everywhere,’ Shrila Prabhupada stated.
Please take the time to listen to or read the transcript and make your own judgment about what Prabhupada stated.
There are no more words for this.
They are both things: chanting and listening.
Hear the chanting and recite it yourself…
It’s the end of the day, and you’re looking at the end of the day, and you’re looking at the end of the day, and you’re looking at it because you’re looking at it because you’re looking at it because you’re looking at it because you’re looking at it because you’re looking at it because you’re looking at it.
- Every time you chant, the emphasis is on how to do so correctly and efficiently.
- So Caitanya Mahprabhu suggests the practice of krtanya sadhari: chanting for the benefit of others at all hours of the day and night.
- Instead of meetings, resolutions, dissolutions, revolutions, and then no solutions, chanting should be used instead.
- Hayagriva dasa’s book, The Hare Krishna Explosion, published by Palace Press in 1985, has a chapter on the Hare Krishna movement.
- How many rounds are there?
- The time it would take to complete 64 rounds would be more than 5 hours.
- ‘It’s all right,’ Swamiji assures them.
“Thirty-two rounds were played.” As a result, we declare it “impossible.” ‘It’s impossible for us to accomplish.’ I don’t think it’s appropriate.” ‘It’s all right,’ Swamiji assures them.
An overview of the shift from sixty-four to sixteen rounds every day is shown below: The question was posed by Shrila Prabhupada in 1967 in San Francisco: ‘What is your interpretation of Krishna?’ ‘Krishna is the Supreme Being,’ I said.
God has given us the responsibility to worship and serve Him.
What happened next took me completely by surprise, and I was unable to respond effectively.
The only thing I could do was keep my gaze fixed on Swamiji.
There is still no sound from outside.
After thirty-two rounds of chanting, I was beginning to worry how I was going to do it!
Siddhupada Lilamrta is the spiritual leader of Srila Prabupada and his disciples.
Although it is OK to sing 64 rounds, or even 16 rounds, it is preferable to recite more than 16 rounds, and if one is capable of chanting more than 16 rounds all the way up to 64 rounds, that is excellent.
According to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s instructions in His Siksastaka 3, this is the correct way to conduct oneself.
As a result, in this Krishna awareness movement, we ask that devotees recite at least sixteen rounds on their beads on a consistent basis.
His other business was non-existent, to put it politely.
While surrendering to Krishna’s lotus feet is the ultimate instruction of the Bhagavad-gita, it is preferable for those who are unable to do so to follow in the footsteps of Haridasa Thakura by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra on a regular basis.
For those who are interested in learning how to recite the Hare Krishna mantra on beads, we recommend that you join our Krishna consciousness organization.
Sada is a Japanese word that literally meaning “all the time.” “Nirantara nama lao,” Haridasa Thakura instructs, meaning “continue to chant the Hare Krishna mantra.” One’s primary responsibility is to surrender to Krishna’s lotus feet, but if one is unable to do so, he should follow the procedure established by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His most trusted servant, Namacarya Shrila Haridasa Thakura.
- Success in Krishna awareness can only be attained in this way.
- Aside from this, there are several passages from Srila Prabhupada throughout BhagavatamCc that emphasize the need of singing the holy names on a continuous basis.
- After reading Harinama Cintamani, we can see that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has clearly stated the benefits of daily chanting 64 rounds.
- (or even go further if we are spirituall advanced enough to do so) Srila Rupa Goswami has given us the following advice in the Upadesamrta text: Number 7: The holy name, character, pastimes, and actions of Ka are all transcendentally delightful, like a piece of sugary candy.
- When one listens closely to and chants about Krsna, one may easily understand what is going on.
- It is the core of all guidance to devote one’s complete time — twenty-four hours a day — to beautifully chanting and recalling the Lord’s holy name, transcendental form, characteristics, and endless pastimes in order to progressively engage one’s tongue and mind in the Lord’s service.
One should live in Vraja and serve Krsna under the supervision of devotees in this manner. To follow in the footsteps of the Lord’s loving devotees, who are deeply dedicated to His devotional service, is the best course of action.
- Mantra prayer to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His companions
- Mantra prayer to A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
- Mantra prayer to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates Tilaka mantras for the application of sacred tilaka
- Prayers with the purpose of presenting food to Krishna
- The following prayers are to be said before each meal: Offer a prayer for devotees
- Shikshashtaka: Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Eight Prayers
- Shikshashtaka: The Eight Prayers of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
- Sacred mantra prayers that may be performed at any moment
- The Hare Krishna Maha-mantra is chanted.
Mantra prayers to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates.
It is necessary to say this before reciting the Hare Krishnamaha-mantra. sri-krishna-chaitanyaprabhu-nityanandasri-advaita gadadharasrivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda gadadharasrivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda I prostrate myself before Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa, and all others who have devoted their lives to serving the Lord. Return to the top of the page
Mantra prayer to A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
The name of the Lord is: nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-talesrimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti naminenamas te saraswate deve gaura-vani-pracarinenirvishesha-shunyavadi-pashchatya-desha-tarine nama om I bow my humble obeisances to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is exceedingly precious to Lord Krishna and has sought refuge at His lotus feet, on behalf of all of humanity. Our reverent obeisances are offered to you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami.
Because of your kindness, you are able to spread the word of Lord Chaitanyadeva and save Western countries that are rife with impersonalism and voidism from their perils.
Mantras for applying sacred tilaka.
Om keshavaya namah (I salute you)
Prayers for Offering Food to Krishna
Nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-talesrimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti naminenamas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-talesrimate bhaktive nirvisesha-sunyavadi-paschatya-desa-tarine I bow my humble obeisances to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is exceedingly precious to Lord Krishna and has sought refuge at His lotus feet, on behalf of all of humanity. Our reverent obeisances are offered to you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami.
- Because of your kindness, you are able to spread the word of Lord Chaitanyadeva and save Western countries that are rife with impersonalism and voidism from their perils.
- You are Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the form of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
- We bow our heads in reverent submission to Your will.
- Thank you for this blessing.
sri-krishna-chaitanya prabhu-nityanandasri-advaita gadadhara is a sri-krishna-chaitanya prabhu-nityanandasri-advaita gadadhara is a sri-krishna-chaitanya prabhu-nityanandasri-advait srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda “I pay my respects to Sri Krishna Chaitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa, and all those who have followed in the path of devotion.” “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,” says the devotee.
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, Hare Hare, Hare Hare Return to the top of the page
Prayer to say before eating a meal.
The sarira avidya-jal, the jadendriya tahe kaljive phele vishaya-sagarete’ra madhye jihva ati-, lobhamay sudurmati, the ta’ke jeta kathina samsare krishn krishna bada dayamay, karibare jihva jay, the sva- O Lord, this corporeal body is a lump of ignorance, and the senses are a maze of pathways leading to death; help me to understand. We have somehow sunk into this ocean of material sense pleasure, and the tongue is the most hungry and uncontrolled of all the senses; it is extremely difficult to tame the mouth in this environment.
In this manner, we accept this prasadam to our complete pleasure and extol Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha-Krishna, while simultaneously appealing to Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda for their assistance.
Prayer to devotees.
Vancha-kalpatarubhyas cakripa-sindhubhya eva capatitanam pavanebhyovaishnavebhyo namo namah vancha-kalpatarubhyas cakripa-sindhubhya I extend my heartfelt apologies to all of the Lord’s Vaishnava followers and their families. They have the ability to satisfy the needs of everyone, just as desire trees do, and they are filled with compassion for the souls who have fallen from grace. Return to the top of the page
Shikshashtaka: The Eight Prayers by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
cheto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam sreyah-kairava-chandrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritasvadanamsarvatma-snapanam param vijayate cheto-darpana-marjanam sri-krishna-sankirtanam (1) Praise be to Sri Krishna Sankirtana, which purifies the heart of all the dust that has gathered over the years and extinguishes the fire of conditional existence, which is the cycle of birth and death repeated over and over again.
Because it disseminates the rays of the benediction moon, the sankirtana movement is considered to be the most important benediction for mankind as a whole.
It enhances the ocean of transcendental happiness, and it allows us to thoroughly taste the nectar for which we are always on the lookout.
Name: Namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-shaktistatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalahetadrisi tava kripa bhagavan Nija-sarva-shaktistatrarpita Niyamitah Smarane na Kalahetadrisi tava Kripa Bhagavan Ihajani nanuragah(2) O my Lord, Your holy name is the only one that may bestow all blessings onto all living beings, and as a result, You have hundreds of thousands and millions of different names, such as Krishna and Govinda.
- You have placed all of Your transcendental efforts into the creation of these transcendental names.
- O my Lord, in Your goodness, You have made it possible for us to simply approach You through Your holy names, yet I am so unhappy that I have no interest to them.
- trinad api sunichenataror api sahishnunaa In such a frame of mind, it is possible to sing the holy name of the Lord on a continuous basis.
- In the middle, there was nothing.
- in the middle, there was nothing.
- in the middle, there was nothing.
- in the middle, there was nothing.
(4) I have no desire to amass money, nor do I seek attractive ladies, nor do I wish a large number of followers, O great Lord.
Although I am the perpetual servant of Maharaja Nanda, and though I am his son, I have fallen into the ocean of birth and death.
If I continue to recite Your holy name, when will my eyes be adorned with tears of love that flow continuously?
The sarvamgovinda-virahena me(7) O Govinda!
Feeling the pain of your separation, When I think about it, a minute may be as long as twelve years or perhaps more.
The aslishya va pada-ratam pinashtu mamadarshanan marma-hatam karotu vayatha tatha va vidadhatu lampatomat-prana-nathas tu sa eva napara sa eva napara sa (8) I know no one else except Krishna as my Lord, and He will continue to be so even if He treats me harshly in His embrace or causes me to be brokenhearted by not being present in front of my eyes.
He is absolutely free to do whatever and everything he desires, since He is constantly and utterly my worshipful Lord. Return to the top of the page
Sacred mantra prayers for any time.
Cheto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanamsreyah-kairava-chandrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanamanandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritasvadanamsarvatma-snapanam param vijayate bhava-maha-dava sri-krishna-sankirtanam (1) Praise be to Sri Krishna Sankirtana, which purifies the heart of all the dust that has gathered over the years and extinguishes the fire of conditional existence, which is the cycle of birth and death repeated over and over.
- Because it disseminates the rays of the benediction moon, the sankirtana movement is considered to be the most important benediction for mankind as a whole….
- Our ocean of transcendental happiness expands as a result, and we are able to completely taste the nectar for which we are constantly on the lookout.
- (2) O my Lord, Your holy name alone can bestow all benediction upon living beings.
- These names are not even chanted according to any strict guidelines.
api sahishnunaamanina manadenakirtaniyah sada harih(3) One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, considering oneself lower than a straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of any sense of false prestige, and one should be ready to offer all respect to others.
- In the beginning, there was nothing but darkness.
- In the beginning, there was nothing but darkness.
- In the beginning, there was nothing but light.
- In the beginning, there was nothing but light.
- Birth after birth, all I desire is Your selfless devotional service.
- ayi Nanda-tanuja kinkarampatitam mam vishame bhavambudhaukripaya tava pada-pankaja-sthita-dhuli-sadrisham vicintaya (5) Take me from this ocean of death and set me as one of the atoms at Your lotus feet, I beg You.
- (nayanam galad-ashru-dharayavadanam gadgada-ruddhaya girapulakair nicitam vapuh kadatava-nama-grahane bhavishyati(6) At what point will my voice choke up and the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end when I say Your name aloud?
- In Your absence, tears are streaming down my face like torrents of rain, and the world seems to be completely empty.
Due to the fact that He is my worshipful Lord, He is entirely free to do anything he wants at any time and in any place. Return to the beginning of the page
Cheto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanamsreyah-kairava-chandrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanamanandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritasvadanamsarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krishna-sankirtanam (1) Praise be to Sri Krishna Sankirtana, which purifies the heart of all the dust that has gathered over the years and extinguishes the fire of conditional existence, which is the cycle of birth and death repeated.
- The sankirtana movement is the most important benediction for mankind as a whole because it disseminates the rays of the benediction moon throughout the world.
- Our ocean of transcendental happiness expands as a result, and we are able to completely taste the nectar for which we are continually on the lookout.
- You have engaged all of Your transcendental energy in the creation of these transcendental names.
- O my Lord, in Your compassion, You have made it possible for us to approach You by Your holy names, but I am so unlucky that I feel no interest to them.
- When one is in this frame of mind, one can recite the holy name of the Lord on a continuous basis.
- In the middle, there was nothing.
- in the middle, there was nothing.
in the middle, there was nothing.
in the middle, there was nothing.
I just want Your unending devotional service, birth after birth, without regard for the consequences.
Please lift me up from this ocean of death and set me as one of the atoms at Your lotus feet.
nayanam galad-ashru-dharayavadanam gadgada-ruddhaya girapulakair nicitam kadatava-nama-grahane bhavishyati(6) When will the recital of Your name cause my voice to choke and the hairs on my body to stand on end?
Tears are streaming down my cheeks like torrents of rain, and I’m feeling completely void in the universe since You’re not here.
He is absolutely free to do whatever and everything he wants since He is constantly and unconditionally my worshipful Lord. Back to the top of the page
Hare Krishna (mantra) – Wikipedia
in the Devanagari(devangari) script, the Hare Krishna (Maha Mantra) (non-standard rendering) It is a 16-wordVaishnava mantra that is described in theKali-Santarana Upanishad and that gained prominence in theBhakti movement following the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the 15th century. The Hare Krishnamantra is also referred to reverently as theMah-mantra(“Great Mantra”). This mantra is made up of the Sanskrit names for the Supreme Being, ” Krishna ” and ” Rama “, which are intertwined. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, A.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his organization, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, worked hard to make the mantra widely known outside of India (commonly known as the “Hare Krishnas” or the Hare Krishna movement).
Sri Krishna and Rama are three Sanskrit names in the singularvocative case that are used to create the mantra:Hare Krishna and Rama (in Anglicized spelling). Poeticstanzainanubhmeter (a quatrain consisting of four lines (pda) of eight syllables with certain syllable lengths for parts of the syllables) is used to create this piece. The Upanishad has the following mantra, which is pronounced as follows: ‘’ Greetings, Rma Rma Rma Rma Hare Rma Rma Hare Hare, Hare Hare Greetings, Kawaii. Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Upanishad Hare Hare—Kali-Saraa Upanishad When Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu published the Mahamantra, the initial letter of Krishna’s name was used in its rendering.
Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Kaka Hare Hare, Hare Hare Greetings, Rma Rma Rma Rma Hare Rma Rma Hare Hare, Hare Hare Mantra pronunciation in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) (Sanskrit): re kr re kr kr kr re kr kr re re ra m re ra m ra m re ra m ra m re ra m ra m re ra m ra m re ra m ra m re ra m ra m re ra m Given that Sanskrit is an apolysemic language, there are many possible readings for this mantra, all of which can be regarded valid.
“Hare” might be understood as either the vocative form ofHari, another name forVishnu, or as “he who eliminates illusion,” which is the meaning of “he who removes illusion.” The word can also be interpreted as the vocative ofHar, which is a name of Radhi, Krishna’s everlasting wife, or as the name of His energy (Krishna’sShakti).
- Krishna is referred to as Rama in the hymnVishnu Sahasranama, which was sung in honour of Krishna after the Battle of Kurukshetra and composed by Bhishma.
- The most frequent view is that Rma is a reference toRama of the Ramayana, an earlier avatar of Krishna who appears in the story of the Ramayana.
- The mantra is chanted, either vocally (bhajan) or in a group (kirtan), or to oneself aloud or mentally on prayer beads made ofTulasi, as described above (japa).
- After hearing the transcendental vibration, this awareness comes back to life.
As a result, everyone may participate in the chanting without having any prior qualifications.
The mantra is originally recorded in theKali-Saraa Upanishads (Kali Santarana Upanishads), a Vaishnava Upanishad penned by Raghunandan Bhattacharya, which is considered to be the first known instance of the mantra. In this Upanishad, Narada is given the following instructions by Brahma (as translated by K. N. Aiyar): Pay attention to that which allShrutis (the Vedas) keep secret and concealed, via which one may pass through theSasra (mundane life) of Kali and into the world of the living. He is able to shake off (the ill effects of) Kali by just reciting the name of LordNarayana, who is considered to be the primordialPurusha.
- When Chaitanya Mahaprabhuroughly started his quest to teach this mantra publicly to “every town and hamlet” in the globe approximately 1500 A.D., he traveled across India, particularly in the districts ofBengalandOdisha.
- Like mentioned above, some copies of the Kali Santarana Upanishad offer the mantra with Hare Rama preceding Hare Krishna, while others give it with Hare Krishna preceding Hare Rama, as in the Navadvipa manuscript version of the text.
- It is often believed that the mantra is equally effective whether it is repeated in the first or second person.
- Beginning in New York City in 1965, he traveled across the world fourteen times in the remaining eleven years of his life, establishing the phrase ‘Hare Krishna’ as a well-known phrase in many countries throughout the world.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Hare Krishnas were associated with the hippie subculture, which they were not. This was an incorrect connection, as the principles of these two organizations are diametrically opposed. In spite of the fact that Prabhupada was open to anybody becoming a member of the Hare Krishnas, they were required to adhere to the four regulative principles, one of which is rigorous abstention from intoxicants, which included cannabis. These four principles (also known as the “Four Commandments,” as Srila Prabhupada once referred to them) are the following:
- Food containing animal products, including fish and eggs, is not permitted. Intoxication and the use of stimulants (including coffee) are also prohibited.
It is possible to experience spiritual elevation and delight as a result of chantingGod’s holy names.
In the Broadway musical Hair, there is a song called “Hare Krishna,” which contains the mantra as well as some extra lyrics.
The mantra “Hare Krishna” occurs in a number of well-known songs, most notably in those by George Harrison. In 1970–71, his debut solo single, “My Sweet Lord,” reached the top of the charts all over the world. Richard Harrison placed a Hare Krishna sticker on the back of Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson ES-335 guitar; the sticker may also be found on Gibson’s 2005 replica of the guitar. The track “Hare Krishna Mantra,” which was produced by Harrison and released as a single on the Beatles’Applerecord label in 1969, was performed by the Radha Krishna Temple.
The slogan is also notably included in the songs ” Bow Down Mister ” by Jesus Loves You (1990) and ” Boots of Chinese Plastic” by the Pretenders (from their 2008 album,Break Up the Concrete) among other songs.
In addition to the Fugson’s 1968 albumTenderness Junction (which featured poet Allen Ginsberg), Nina Hagen’s song “Hare Krishna” was included in multiple songs by the English psychedelic rock bandQuintessence (which was produced by John Barham, a frequent collaborator of George Harrison), and Hüsker Düon’s 1984 albumZen Arcade.
It was discovered in a 2010 experimental research that singing vowels such as “ah” and “eh” was more cheerful than singing vowels such as “oh” and “uh,” potentially as a result of the influence of facial feedback on singing vowels.
It is encouraged throughout thePuranas, the Pancharatra, and in Vaishnava literature in general to repeat the Hare Krishna mantra on a regular basis. For example, when one worships LordHari, the Lord of all lords, and sings the holy name, the Maha-mantra, all of one’s heinous crimes are forgiven and one’s life is transformed. In Bhaktisiddhanta’s Gaudiya Kanthahara 17:30, when the sixteen names and thirty-two syllables of the Hare Krishna mantra are loudly vibrated, Krishna dances on one’s tongue—Stava-mala-vidyabhusana-bhasya,Baladeva Vidyabhushana,Stava-mala-vidyabhusana-bhasya,Stava A person who utters the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead or sings about Him, hears about His pastimes, bows down to Him, or merely recalls Him would immediately become eligible to conduct Vedic sacrifices,” says the Vedic text.
- “Hare Krishna mantra,” Krishna
- AbBeck 1993, p. 199
- “Hare Krishna mantra,” Krishna “Sing and be joyful,” says iskcon. The original version of this article was published on October 20, 2017. retrieved on July 28, 2015
- Hare Krishna is a religious term that appears in the Encyclopedia of Religions (ISKCON) “Contents of the Kali-Saraa Upanishad” (Kali-Saraa Upanishad) Archived 1 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine. WisdomLib.org, accessed on April 16, 2018. retrieved on the 31st of December, 2019
- Meditations on the Hare Krishna Mahamantra”= “O Hari!,” a Hindu mantra. “Due to the fact that she takes Krishna’s thoughts and because she is the personification of Krishna’s heavenly delight, Sri Radha is referred to as Hari (Divine Joy) in Hinduism. This is the vocative form of the word “Hare.” “
- S. Rosen’s et al (2006). Essential Hinduism, published by Praeger Publishers under the ISBN 0-275-99006-0. P.4: It was kept in the secrecy of the sampradayas, or esoteric lineages, which had been guardians of these teachings from the beginning of recorded history. p.244: In a deeper, more esoteric sense, the term “Hare” is a vocative version of the word “Har,” which alludes to Mother Hari, also known as Sri Radha
- “The term Hara is a way of addressing the Lord’s energy, while the phrases Krishna and Rama (which both mean “the highest delight forever”) are ways of addressing the Lord Himself,” says the author. –A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, from the website SeeKrishna.com.
- s^ Gaudiya.com – Gaudiya is a practice site. “Rama is another name for Him, signifying the one who offers happiness to Radha,” according to T. V. Gopal’s Krishna: Krishna – A Natural Evolution (Hrishikesa: Krishna – A Natural Evolution, 2000). Universal Publishers, Parkland, Florida, p. 101, ISBN 1-58112-732-4
- P. 101, ISBN 1-58112-732-4 Adi Chaitanya Charitamrita Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi-5.132 Archived on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine on September 27, 2007. In other words, “if someone believes that the “Rama” in “Hare Rama” is Lord Ramacandra and another argues that the “Rama” in “Hare Rama” is Sri Balarama, then both are accurate”
- This is the original text, which you can read here. Krishna.com “The Prominence of Hari-Naam in Hinduism: Benefits of Chanting the “Hare Krishna” Mahamantra,” an item from the Wayback Machine that was published on October 30, 2005. 3rd of June, 2020
- NewsGram. In addition to the Upanishad, there is also Gaudiya.com. Steven J. Rosen, “Vaiavism: modern academics examine the Gauya tradition,” in Contemporary Scholars Discuss the Gauya Tradition, edited by Steven J. Rosen. Page 274 of the ISBN 81-208-1235-2 book. There is no water in the desert. Archived on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine on September 27, 2007. Bombay, India, December 12, 1974: “It’s not uncommon for them to begin by writing “Hare Rama, Hare RAMA, RAMA RAMA, Hare Hare,” and then later “Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna,” or even “Hare Krsna Krsna,” before proceeding to the next line. There isn’t any distinction. It’s not uncommon for them to respond, “No, Hare Rama should come first.” “No, Hare Krsna,” they would say at times, but this is not very significant “
- Srila Prabhupada’s biographical sketch Archived from the original on March 16, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Hare Krishnas and the International Society for Krishna ConsciousnessArchived 28 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine “Intoxicants, illegal sex, gambling and frivolous sports are all included in the list of bodily pleasures, which also includes eating fish, meat, or eggs. The four regulative principles are also included. Krishnas adhere to a rigorous vegetarian diet as a result of their rejection of these delights.”
- s^ Hare Krishna Tree
- Radha Krsna Temple
- Böttger, D. Hare Krishna Tree
- Radha Krsna Temple (2010) Smiling when you recite “Krishna” is a psychological and neurobiological phenomenon derived from the practice of mantra chanting. Jan Weinhold and Geoffrey Samuel’s “The Varieties of Ritual Experience” (ed. Jan Weinhold and Geoffrey Samuel) is the second volume in the series “Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual,” Volume II: “Body, performance, agency, and experience,” published by Routledge. Harrassowitz Publishing Company, Wiesbaden, Germany. a video overview
- References to the Maha Mantra (pdf)
- And a glossary of terms.
- Guy L. Beck is the author of this work (1993). Hinduism and Sacred Sound: Sonic Theology in Practice Studies in Comparative Religion are a subfield of comparative religion. In Columbia, SC, the University of South Carolina Press publishes under the ISBN 0872498557. K. Narayanasvami Aiyar has translated the text. Vedanta Spiritual Library is a trademark of Celextel Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., which was established in 2002. “The Kali Santarana Upanishad has been translated into English.” www.celextel.org. The original version of this article was published on May 11, 2008. Klostermaier, Klaus K. (retrieved on May 6, 2008)
- Klostermaier, Klaus K. (2000). A Brief Introduction to Hinduism. Oneworld Publications, ISBN 978-1-85168-213-9
- Oxford: Oneworld Publications, ISBN 978-1-85168-213-9
- The Hare Krishna Mantra
- Japa Group – Daily articles on all aspects of chanting Hare Krsna
- Hare Krishna Belgium – Antwerp
- Bhaktivedanta VedaBase Network – InformationBooks
- – Mahamantra
- Maha Mantra Kirtan 24/7: Chanting Hare Krishna 24 hours every day without stopping (Radio)
The Ten Offenses in Chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra
We may be instantly cleansed of all the responses from our immoral behaviors from this lifetime and many previous incarnations by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, which is limitless in its strength and force. It has the ability to reawaken within us our initial, pure love for Krishna, which we had as children. The Hare Krishna mantra has the ability to connect us with an ever-increasing ocean of transcendental bliss, which we may experience by chanting it. On the other side, one can recite the Hare Krishna mantra for a countless number of births and still not see any substantial changes in their lives.
- According to the response, there is something special about reciting the Hare Krishna mantra.
- Chanting Hare Krishna with crimes has been compared to attempting to ignite a fire with one hand while simultaneously pouring water on it with the other hand, according to some.
- In all likelihood, there will be no outcome.
- Consequently, in order to be effective in our chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, we must first establish ourselves on the basis of offenseless singing.
- There will undoubtedly be a large number of crimes.
Hare Hare, Hare Hare Greetings, Rama. Hare Rama Rama Rama, Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, Hare Hare Every day, without fail, I must complete at least 16 rounds. In addition, we must firmly adhere to the four regulative principles, which are as follows:
- The following rules apply: no unlawful sex life
- No meat consumption
- No gambling
- No drunkenness.
Without getting to the platform of singing at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day and faithfully obeying the four regulative principles, we are deluding ourselves if we believe that we can make any significant progress in Krishna consciousness. We must also consider the ten offenses against chanting the holy name in addition to following the four regulative principles and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. In addition to following the four regulative principles and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, we must also consider the following:
- Firstly, it is necessary to denigrate the great devotees who have worked tirelessly to disseminate the glory of Allah’s holy name across the world. Each and every devotee of Krsna is identical to Him, and everyone who strives to propagate the holy names across the globe is cherished by Him. Krsna Himself does not tolerate transgressions against His pure followers
- The second sin is to deny that Lord Viu is the Absolute Truth, which is the third offense. He has made no distinction between His name, quality or form, or his pleasures or occupations, and anybody who perceives a distinction is deemed an offender. Everyone and everything is subject to the Lord, and there is no one who is equal to or greater than Him. As a result, anybody who believes that the Lord’s names are interchangeable with the names of demigods is considered offensive. The Supreme Lord and the demigods should never be seen as being on the same level as one another
- And The third sin is to regard the genuine spiritual master as if he were a regular person. In addition, the fourth offense is to blaspheme Vedic literature and authorized scriptures like the Puras
- The fifth offense is to believe that the glory attributed to the holy names has been exaggerated
- The sixth offense is to devise perverted theories about the holy name
- And the seventh offense is to engage in unlawful conduct while chanting the holy name. One can be relieved of sinful responses by reciting the holy names, but this does not imply that one should engage in bad behavior as a result of reciting the holy names. That is by far the most serious infraction. Considering religious ceremonies, austerity, sacrifices, or other acts of renunciation to be equivalent to reciting the holy name is considered to be the ninth crime. Associating with the Supreme Personality of Godhead by the recitation of the holy name is equivalent to associating with the Supreme Person of Godhead. While pious practices are just a way of becoming closer to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, they can also be carried out for a variety of material reasons. Attempting to preach the glories of the holy name of God to a faithless individual who is not interested in hearing them is the ninth crime. The tenth and last fault is to continue to be attached to material possessions even after hearing and chanting the sacred names of God. A person can be elevated to the emancipated platform by singing the holy name without offending anybody, according to this belief. On the emancipated platform, one is free of all material ties that bind him or her. Consequently, if one sings the holy names while maintaining material attachments, he must be guilty of some sort of sin.
The importance of these factors is always emphasized firmly by Srila Prabhupada at initiation ceremonies, and if he is not physically executing the initiation, he emphasizes these points in his letter to the inductees. The following are excerpts from a letter Prabhupada addressed to his new followers in London in July 1969 that are representative: “Consequently, this initiation is the first opportunity to begin the process of preparing oneself to acquire this ultimate perfection. You have already expressed an interest in the Krishna Consciousness Movement, which I am delighted to see, and I ask that you chant at least 16 rounds everyday in accordance with the laws and regulations.” The four main guidelines are that you will abstain from 1) eating meat or drinking fish or eggs, 2) having unlawful sexual relationships, 3) becoming intoxicated (including smoking, drinking coffee, or tea), and 4) gambling.” As a reminder, there are eleven transgressions that should be avoided when singing the Maha Mantra in addition to following the above regulations.
- These are the regulations that must be followed: 1) Making derogatory remarks against the Lord’s devotee.
- 3) Disregarding the instructions of the spiritual teacher.
- 5) The Holy Name of God is being interpreted.
- 8) Making a comparison between the Holy Name and material piety.
While practicing chanting, it is important not to become too attached to material possessions.” So, if you adhere to the foregoing laws and regulations, and assist your godbrothers and sister in London in their efforts to spread Krishna Consciousness, there is no doubt that you will all be successful.
- The four regulative principles are: And this commencement is only the beginning of the process.
- There must be submission and service, and he must listen carefully to the directions of a genuine spiritual teacher and then act on the information he receives.
- Krishna is not readily available to anybody at all time.
- As a result, there is no direct connection between Krishna consciousness and Krishna.
- And Krishna will not reveal Himself to the devotee unless and until the devotee pleases Krishna and receives the mercy of Krishna’s pure devotees, which is unlikely.
- There can be no advancement in Krishna consciousness unless this is the case.
- He is nothing more than a scheming rascal.
- You can chant Hare Krishna for as long as you want without the guidance of a genuine spiritual master, but you will not be able to progress because Krishna does not reveal Himself in this manner.
The Lord only reveals Himself to those devotees who surrender to and serve His pure devotees, and who seek to please them. Chant the Hare Krishna mantra and be joyful! Madhudvisa Dasa is a sage who lives in India.
About the Author
A wonderfully forgiving Mataji on Oxford Street in London, England, who sold me a “Higher Taste” culinary book in 1984 when I was on vacation there, was my first encounter with a Hare Krishna. The year 1985 marked the beginning of my earnest reading of Srila Prabhupada’s works in Australia, and by 1986, Srila Prabhupada had persuaded me that “Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead” and that “we should surrender to Krishna.” In 1986, I became a member of the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia.
- I’ve also been reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books, and I’ve been preaching whenever possible.
- Nothing I’ve ever experienced before compares to how I feel about this.
- Even after reading them all a number of times, they remain fresh and interesting.
- That’s all there is to it.
- But that will have to wait for another day.
WHO IS CALLED AS VAISHNAVA? WHAT ARE THE CLASSES OF VAISHNAVAS?
A really compassionate Mataji on Oxford Street in London, England, who sold me a “Higher Taste” culinary book in 1984 while I was on vacation there, was my first encounter with the Hare Krishnas. When I first started reading Srila Prabhupada’s works, I was in Australia in 1985. By 1986, Srila Prabhupada had persuaded me that “Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead” and that “we should submit to Krishna” were true. When I moved to Perth, Western Australia, in 1986, I became a member of the Hare Krishnas.
That is, in fact, my whole life and full-time occupation at this point in time.
Books of Srila Prabhupada are wonderful.
Truly transcendental, they are!
For the time being, all I want to see is the entire globe chanting Hare Krishna, dancing, feasting, and floating away in the bliss of Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtana movement, just as it did in Srila Prabhupada’s bodily presence a few short years ago.