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Chanting the Holy Name : Meditation for the Modern Age
There are various methods for God realization. In this age of Kali yuga, according to all the revealed Vedic literatures, the chanting of the Holy names: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
is prescribed as the most sublime method for reviving our transcendental consciousness.
Srila Prabhupada speaks about the nature of Hare Krishna mahamantra in his world-renowned audiotape, "In the material concept of life we are busy in the matter of sense gratification, as if we were in the lower animal stage. A little elevated from this status of sense gratification, one is engaged in mental speculation for the purpose of getting out of the material dutches. A little elevated from this speculative status, when one is intelligent enough, one tries to find out the supreme cause of all causes— within and without. And when one is factually on the plane of spiritual understanding surpassing the stages of sense, mind and intelligence, he is then on the transcendental plane. This chanting of Hare Krishna mantra is enacted from the spiritual platform, and thus this sound vibration surpasses all lower strata of consciousness—namely sensual, mental, and intellectual. There is no need, therefore, to understand the language of the mantra, nor is there any need for mental speculation nor any intellectual adjustment for chanting this mahamantra. It is automatic, from the spiritual platform, and as such, anyone can take part in the chanting, without any previous qualification.
"The word Hara is the form of addressing the energy of the Lord, and the words Krishna and Rama are forms of addressing the Lord Himself. Both Krishna and Rama mean "the supreme pleasure", and Hara is the supreme pleasure energy of the Lord, changed to Hare in the vocative."The material energy called maya, is also one of the multifarious energies of the Lord. Also we, the living entities, are also the energy (marginal energy) of the Lord. The living entities are described as superior to material energy. When the superior energy is in contact with the inferior energy, an incompatible situation arises; but when the superior marginal energy is in contact with the superior energy, Hara, it is established in its happy, normal condition.
"These three words, namely Hara, Krishna and Rama, are the transcendental seeds of the mahamantra. The chanting is a spiritual call for the Lord and His energy, to give protection to the conditioned soul. The chanting is exactly like the genuine cry of a child for its mother's presence. Mother Hara helps the devotee achieve the Lord Father's grace, and the Lord reveals Himself to the devotee who chants this mantra sincerely. No other means of spiritual realization is as effective in this age of quarrel and hypocrisy as the chanting of the mahamantra :
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare