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Hare in the Mahamantra

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-11-23 13:10:07
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara! Pranams! I had a wonderful realization today while singing the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. We find the Holy Name of Radha in the form of Hare intricately entwined eight times with the Holy Names of Krishna and Raama in the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. One reason for this is because the all-attractive Krishna and Radha's enjoyer Raama is so enchanted and attracted to Shrimati Radhika that He does not desire ever to be separated from the Holy Name of Radha and from Her divine Form, Qualities and Pastimes. Thus, Her Name is always expertly and perfectly surrounding His Name in the Hare Krishna Mahamantra as if in a divine embrace of Shri Shri Radha Krishna which manifests as the pure name from the lotus mouth of the pure devotees. Without the Name of Hare, the Hare Krishna Mahamantra would certainly not be called as the Madhurya Rasamaya Mantra or maybe even the Mahamantra indicating the Mahabhava of Shrimati Radhika. Those Krishna Mantras which do not contain the Holy Name of Radha or Hare cannot grant us entry into the pastimes of Shri Shri Radha Krishna even though They may enable us to attain Goloka.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-11-23 13:40:46
Explanation about each couplet in the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is given by Shrila Sacchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura in the Hari Naam Chintamani. The two couplets of "Hare Hare" in the end indicate that it is Shrimati Radha who ultimately prevails in Her Divine Pastimes with Lord Krishna and conquers the Lord with Her supremely divine ecstasies. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-11-24 06:40:44
@ Igor

There is no absolutely aparadha in considering Raama in the Mahamantra as Nityananda Balaraama. Though Radha Ramana is the topmost understanding of Raama, the soul will meditate on the name Raama according to one consitutional position and mellow for the Lord which may also be in any of the other four mellows. In such a case, the name Hare before Raama would mean the eternal energies and consorts of Lord Nityananda Balarama, Shrimati Revati or Jahnava and Shrimati Varuni or Vasudha.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2007-11-23 20:28:59
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Regarding this topic I want to ask how to understand Hare in second part of mantra if devotee is meditating on Lord Balarama? While chanting Hare Krsna Maha - mantra it seems naturaly for me to meditate on Lord Krsna and Lord Balarama and their pastimes,sometimes this meditation goes toward Sri Sri Radha- Krsna, but chanting Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare I can not connect with Srimati Radhika because meditation naturaly goes toward Balarama? I know that Rama may address to Sri Krsna - Radhika Ramana, but for me that means Balarama - Haladhara and therefore it seems imposible for me to connect it with Srimati Radhika. Is it aparadha, and how to properly resolve that?
Jay Radhe!

Post Author: Nava Gauranga dasa    Date: 2007-11-23 13:21:50
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krsna!

Thank you for this realization Maharaja. As I was chanting today I noticed that there are two couplets of 'Hare Hare' at the end of 'Rama Rama' and 'Krsna Krsna'. This made today's chanting very sweet. Ofcourse I have no realization why this is so, but to finish the Hare Krsna Mahamantra with Sri Radha's Name is just perfect!


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