Kåñëa consciousness is not an
artificial imposition on the mind. This consciousness is the original energy
of the living entity. When we hear the transcendental vibration, this consciousness
is revived. And the process is recommended by authorities for this age.
By practical experience also, we can perceive that by chanting this mahä-mantra,
or the Great Chanting for Deliverance, one can at once feel transcendental
ecstasy from the spiritual stratum. When one is factually on the plane
of spiritual understanding, surpassing the stages of sense, mind and intelligence,
one is situated on the transcendental plane. This chanting of Hare Kåñëa,
Hare Kåñëa, Kåñëa Kåñëa,
Hare Hare/ Hare Räma, Hare Räma, Räma Räma, Hare Hare
is directly enacted from the spiritual platform, surpassing all lower states
of consciousness—namely sensual, mental and intellectual. There is no need
of understanding the language of the mantra, nor is there any need of mental
speculation nor any intellectual adjustment for chanting this mahä-mantra.
It springs automatically from the spiritual platform, and as such, anyone
can take part in this transcendental sound vibration, without any previous
qualification, and dance in ecstasy.
We have seen it practically. Even a child can take part in the chanting, or even a dog can take part in it. The chanting should be heard, however, from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord, so that immediate effect can be achieved. As far as possible, chanting from the lips of a nondevotee should be avoided, as much as milk touched by the lips of a serpent causes poisonous effect.
The word Harä is a form of addressing the energy of the Lord. Both Kåñëa and Räma are forms of addressing directly the Lord, and they mena "the highest pleasure, eternal." Harä is the supreme pleasure potency of the Lord. This potency, when addressed are Hare, helps us in reaching the Supreme Lord.
The material energy, called as mayä, is also
one of the multipotencies of the Lord, as much as we are also marginal
potency of the Lord. The living entities are described as superior energy
than matter. When the superior energy is in contact with inferior energy,
it becomes an incompatible situation. But when the supreme marginal potency
is in contact with the spiritual potency, Harä, it becomes the happy,
normal condition of the living entity.
The three words, namely Harä, Kåñëa and Räma, are transcendental seeds of the mahä-mantra, and the chanting is a spiritual call for the Lord and His internal energy, Harä, for giving protection to the conditioned soul. The chanting is exactly like a genuine cry by the chold for the mother. Mother Harä helps in achieving the grace of the supreme father, Hari, or Kåñëa, and the Lord reveals Himself to such a sincere devotee.
No other means, therefore, of spiritual realization is as effective in this age, as chanting the mahä-mantra, Hare Kåñëa, Hare Kåñëa, Kåñëa Kåñëa, Hare Hare/ Hare Räma, Hare Räma, Räma Räma, Hare Hare.
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhpada. CD 2-5. 1968. Purport to Hare Krishna record Album.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare