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krishna's Name is Most Powerful


Of all the names of the Lord, His original name, krishna, is the most powerful and the sweetest. In fact, one name of krishna equals three names of Rama and three thousand names of Visnu:


(45) Brhad-Visnu-sahasra-nama-stotra 72.335


rama rameti rameti   rame rame manorame

sahasra-namabhis tulyam    rama-nama varanane


I chant the holy name of Rama, Rama, Rama and thus enjoy this beau¬tiful sound. This holy name of Ramacandra is equal to one thousand holy names of Lord Visnu.1


(46) Brahmdnanda Purana


sahasra-namnam punyanam  trir-avrttya tu tat phalam

ekavrttya tu krishnasya    namaikam tat prayacchati


The pious results derived from chanting the thousand holy names of Visnu three times can be attained by only one repetition of the holy name of krishna.2


A nice explanation why krishna's name is sweeter than all other names of the Lord is given in the


(47) Mahabharata, Udyoga-parva 71.4


krsir bhu-vacakah sabdo    nas ca nirvrti-vacakah

tayor aikyam param brahma   krishna ity abhidhiyate


The word "krs" is the attractive feature of the Lord's existence, and "na" means spiritual pleasure. When the verb "krs" is added to the affix "na", it becomes krishna, which indicates the Absolute Truth.3 

krishna is the all-attractive original Personality of Godhead, whose sweetness and beauty are unmatched even by His countless ex¬pansions and incarnations. His name shares the same supreme position:


(48) Skanda Purana, Prabhasa-khanda


madhura-madhuram dan mangalam mangalanam  sakala-nigama-vallT-sat-phalarii cit-svarupam

sakrdapi parigitam sraddhaya helaya va bhrgu-vara nara-matram tarayet krishna-nama


madhura—of the sweet; madhuram—the sweetest; etat—this (name of krishna); mahgalam—the auspicious; mahgalanam—of all auspiciousness; sakala—of all; nigama—Vedic scriptures; valli—of the creeper; phalam— the fruit; cit—of all transcendental knowledge; svarupam—the embodiment; sakrt—once; apt—even; pari-gltam—chanted; sraddhaya— with faith; helaya—with neglicience; va—or; bhrgu-vara; o best of the Bhrgus; nara-matram—all human mankind; tarayet—it delivers; krishna-nama—the name of krishna.


The holy name of Sri krishna is the eternally ripened fruit on the desire tree of the Vedic scriptures, sweeter than the sweetest, most auspicious amongst all auspiciousness, the sum and substance of all spiritual knowledge. Oh best of the Bhrgus, krishna's name awards liberation to all human mankind if chanted even once without offense—be it with faith or with negligence.1