16 The name of christ
Sep09

16 The name of christ

The relationship of the names "Krsna" and "Christ": Srila Prabhupada: What is the meaning of the word Christ? Father Emmanuel: Christ comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning "the anointed one." Srila Prabhupada: Christos is the Greek version of the word Krsna. Father Emmanuel: This is very interesting. Srila Prabhupada: When an Indian person calls on Krsna, he often says, "Krsta." Krsta...

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12 The maha mantra is a prayer for Deliverance, Protection, and Engagement in the Lord’s service
Sep07

12 The maha mantra is a prayer for Deliverance, Protection, and Engagement in the Lord’s service

The meaning and significance of the maha mantra: The word Hara is the form of addressing the energy of the Lord, and the words Krsna and Rama are forms of addressing the Lord Himself. Both Krsna and Rama mean "the supreme pleasure," and Hara is the supreme pleasure energy of the Lord, changed to Hare in the vocative. The supreme pleasure energy of the Lord helps us to reach the Lord.  The material energy,...

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11 The holy name is ever fresh
Sep06

11 The holy name is ever fresh

Because the Hare Krsna mantra is spiritual, chanting never becomes hackneyed or tiresome: In the material world we are simply chewing the chewed, throwing it away, picking it up and then chewing it again. Spiritual variety is not like this. Spiritual variety is anandambudhi−vardhanam: it is constantly increasing. It is even greater than the ocean, because the ocean does not increase. The shores of the ocean are...

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17 Other instructions on the transcendental attributes of the holy name
Sep01

17 Other instructions on the transcendental attributes of the holy name

The holy name is the life and soul of all education: [Lord Caitanya to Svartpa Damodara and Ramananda Raya]: "…[chanting of the holy name] is the life and soul of all education…" – Sri Caitanya caritamrta Antya lila 20.12 The vibration of Krsna's flute is represented by the Hare Krsna maha mantra: The vibration of Krsna's flute is always prominent in the ears of the gopis. Naturally...

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15 Definitions: Japa, Kirtana, Sankirtana, and Sravana
Aug05

15 Definitions: Japa, Kirtana, Sankirtana, and Sravana

The difference between japa and kirtana: When a mantra or hymn is chanted softly and slowly, that is called japa. The same mantra, when chanted loudly, is called kirtana. For example, the maha−mantra (Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare) when uttered very softly only for one's own hearing is called japa. The same mantra, when chanted loudly for being...

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14 “Om” and “Hare Krsna”
Aug04

14 “Om” and “Hare Krsna”

This section includes only those instructions on omkara encountered while gathering references on the maha−mantra. Omkara was not separately researched. Omkara is a sound representation of the Supreme Lord: The principal word in the Vedas, pranava omkara, is the sound representation of the Supreme Lord. Therefore omkara should be considered the supreme sound.… Omkara is the reservoir of all the...

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