Hare Krishna stands for the teachings that belong to Krishna consciousness. It advocates devotion to the deity as the major objective in life as well as direct course to true spiritual happiness. Hare Krishna tradition provides a basis to comprehend and act in accordance with said relationship. This is an essential guidance considering that our souls are permanently associated with the “Supreme Soul.”
Hare Krishna is translated literally as “Everything that Exists.” Krishna refers to the superlative being, the absolute source of all energies. Hare is used to address the divine energy of Krishna or Srimati Radharani, the feminine side of the complete truth. All things that exist can be Krishna or Krishna’s power. You have declared it all by uttering “Hare Krishna.”
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna
Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama
Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे
These two Hindu words are at the start of the Krishna Mantra, a prayer to revitalize our association with the Supreme Person. The common translation is
“O Lord, O Energy of the Lord, Engage me in your service.” It is a non-sectarian call to God in Sanskrit language that can be chanted by any individual for spiritual benefits.
It is an ode of praise for Sri Krishna and the Rama, two bodies but a single being as embodiment of Sri Hari Vishnu. The divine chant takes believers to higher spiritual ground transporting them to another heavenly realm. It connects their souls to Sri Krishna. This mantra originates from the store of knowledge, the Vedas. The two names represent the final truth resulting in absolute peace of mind.
Two Krishna Mantras
Krishna Moola Mantra
ॐ कृष्णाय नमः or “Om Krishnaya Namah”
“Accept my salutations, Oh Sri Krishna.”
This chant is frequently recited by devotees in their daily routine.
Sri Krishna Mantra for Success
ॐ श्री कृष्णः शरणं मम
“Om Sri Krishnah sharanam mamah”
“To the beloved Lord Krishna I pray to take me under your shelter, I surrender to you Oh lord.”
A chant of Sri Krishna’s removes all miseries and grief from one’s life and mind providing a shelter of peace.
Hare Krishna is performed from the spiritual platform. It goes beyond the lower stages of consciousness which include physical, mental, and spiritual. It is not important to understand the mantra’s language. Mental speculation and intellectual modifications are not required for chanting this maha-mantra. It comes automatically from the spiritual plane. Therefore, any person can indulge in this transcendental sound vibration without previous conditions.
The word Hara addresses the energy of the Lord. Both Krishna and Rama are used in speaking to the Lord. These words literally mean “the highest pleasure.” Hara is power of the Lord and helps us reach out to the Supreme Lord. The three words: Hare, Krishna, and Rama are spiritual seeds of the maha-mantra. It is a form of spiritual call for the Lord and His internal energy, Hara. The chant protects the conditioned souls similar to child crying for his mother. Mother Hara helps us receive grace from the supreme father Hari, or Krishna.
Hare Krishna chants awaken God’s love in us. It leads to total liberation. By chanting Hare Krishna, we acquire knowledge as well as detachment. It brings us out of the never-ending cycle of birth and death. This chant is an effective manner of self-awareness in the Age of Quarrel. Chanting Hare Krishna purifies our heart and eliminates illusions. We are liberated from all worries keeping us aware of the source of pleasure.
There are no fixed rules for chanting. We are free to chant anywhere, at any given time, and under any circumstances. All other Vedic mantras are part of Hare Krishna chanting. Last but not least is chanting Hare Krishna on a regular basis purifies not only the person but every living entity around us. In short, whoever hears the chanting receives spiritual benefits. A person who chants Hare Krishna develops all the good qualities in life. We can chant Hare Krishna softly or loudly for personal meditation or with family members and friends. Both ways are guaranteed to work.