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His Divince Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
The chanting of the maha-mantra—Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare—is the recommended process of self-realization in this age. Man means mind, and tra means deliverance. Therefore, a mantra is a chant meant to deliver the mind from all unwanted thoughts. Maha means great. The Hare Krsna maha-mantra is the great chanting to deliver the mind from all unwanted thoughts which keep us from realizing our true selves. Our consciousness is originally pure or Krsna conscious, but now, due to association with material nature, our minds are filled with impure thoughts. Like a dirty lens or a dusty mirror, our consciousness is now covered, but the process for cleaning the mind is both simple and universally effective—anyone can chant Hare Krsna, and immediately all dirty thoughts will be removed from his mind. Krsna is a name of the Supreme All-attractive Personality of Godhead. Since God and His name are nondifferent, the sound Krsna, the reservoir of all beauty and pleasure (Rama), attracts our minds. Hare is an address to the energy of the Lord. By associating with Krsna, the Supreme Pure, through His name, we also become purified and regain our original blissful consciousness.
The chanting of Hare Krsna was first brought to the Western world seven years ago by the founder and spiritual master of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada is a pure devotee and a completely self-realized spiritual master authorized to teach this genuine process of spiritual awakening. He has mercifully given the chanting of Hare Krsna to the world so that everyone may regain his original joyful consciousness and live in peace and happiness. By chanting these holy names, we reestablish our lost link with the Supreme and enjoy our real life, which is full of eternity, knowledge and bliss. Srila Prabhupada has asked, “Please chant these holy names of the Lord. Your life will become sublime.”