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The Meaning of the maha-mantra
Question: Frequently it is explained that the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is a prayer to Sri Radha and Sri krishna, "My dear energy of the Lord, please engage me in Your devotional service." Do the the scriptures or acaryas reveal other meanings as well? Answer: We can see that the chanting of the Hare krishna maha-mantra has great spiritual power and profound meanings in itself, which are revealed to us only successively. Still, there are explanations, like the following one from Hari-bhakti-vilasa:
Oh Radhe, having captured my mind, please free me from material bondage.
Oh Krishna, please attract my mind by pulling it to You.
Oh Radhe, capture my heart by showing me Your unsurpassed sweetness.
Oh Krishna, please purify my mind with knowledge about devotional service given by Your pure devotee.
Oh Krishna, give me steadiness to appreciate Your transcendental name, form, qualities and pastimes.
Oh Krishna, may I develop a taste for serving You.
Oh Radhe, please make me qualified for Your service.
Oh Radhe, please make me able to relish Your transcendental name, form, qualities and pastimes.
Oh Radhe, please instruct me on how to serve You.
Oh Krishna, let me hear of Your intimate pastimes with Your beloved.
Oh Radhe, please reveal to me Your most cherished pastimes with Your beloved Sri Krishna.
Oh Krishna, please reveal to me Your most cherished pastimes with Your beloved Sri Radha.
Oh Krishna, engage me in remembering Your transcendental names, form, qualities and pastimes.
Oh Krishna, please make me qualified for Your service.
Oh Radhe, having accepted me as one of Your own servitors, please enjoy me as You like.
Oh Radhe, please be pleased with me.