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Maha Mantra Vyakhya
Explanation of the Maha-mantra from Shrila Gopala Guru Gosvami’s Svarupa-siddhanta-vakyam, etc.
hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare;
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare.
(1) The meaning of the word ‘Hare’
‘Hare’ is the vocative for both ‘Hari’ and ‘Hara’
harati tri-vidham tapam janma-koti-shatodbhavam;
papam ca smaratam yasmat tasmad harir iti smritah.
“The Lord is known as Hari because He takes away the sins and three types of suffering [adhyatmika (bodily or mental), adhibhautika (offered by living creatures), and adhidaivika (due to supernatural disturbances)] accumulated over millions of births, of those who remember him.”
vijnapya bhagavat-tattvam cid-ghanananda-vigraham;
haraty avidyam tat-karyam ato harir iti smritah
“The Lord is known as Hari because He eradicates the ignorance of His devotees by revealing to them the philosophical truths about Himself and His own personal spiritual form which is full of eternity and condensed bliss.”
harati krishna-manah krishnalada-svarupini;
ato harety anenaiva si-radha parikirtita.
“Because She steals Krishna’s mind and because She is the personification of Krishna’s pleasure potency, Shri Radha is also known by the name ‘Hara’.