06 The relative potency of the names “Krsna,” “Rama,” and “Visnu”
Jul05

06 The relative potency of the names “Krsna,” “Rama,” and “Visnu”

The holy name "Rama" is equal to one thousand holy names of Visnu: [Siva to Durga]: "Lord Siva addressed his wife Durga as Varanana and explained, 'I chant the holy name of Rama, Rama, Rama and thus enjoy this beautiful sound. This holy name of Ramacandra is equal to one thousand names of Lord Visnu.'" – Brhad−visnu−sahasra−nama−stotra, 72.335 – from Padma...

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05 The meaning of the name “Hare”
Jun09

05 The meaning of the name “Hare”

"Hare is the vocative form of "Hara," the supreme pleasure energy of the Lord: 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...

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12 The maha mantra is a prayer for Deliverance, Protection, and Engagement in the Lord’s service
May27

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
May26

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
May26

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
May23

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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