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Sep 29, 2016

THE MEANING OF THE MAHA MANTRA

2015

Srila Gurudevs Skype call to devotees from Santos, Brazil



Maha means ‘great’ and Mantra means ‘mystic power’.

So, according to Vaisnava philosophy, this Maha Mantra is: 


Hare Krsna 
Hare Krsna 
Krsna Krsna 
Hare Hare 
Hare Rama 
Hare Rama 
Rama Rama 
Hare Hare

In this Maha Mantra, there are 16 names and 32 syllables.

So first, that is called Hare. Hare means Radhe. In sanskrit word, Srimati Radhika’s original name, that is called Hara. Srimati Radhika, She steals the heart of Krsna with Her sweet divine love, for this regard She is called Hara. “Hare Krsna mano iti hara". So according to the vocative case, that is called Hare, that means ‘He Srimati Radhike’.

Krsna means: Krs-Na. Krs, this verbal root Krs, means to attract. So Krsna, He attracts all the living entities towards Him and Na means that He gives pleasure to all  the livings entities.

So, Hare Krsna means Radhe Krsna. And Hare Rama, Rama means “Ramayan titi Rama”, Krsna, He is always playing with Srimati Radhika, so Krsna’s one name is called Radha Raman. So in this way, in the Maha Mantra there are 8 couple of names:
Hare Krsna 
Hare Krsna 
Krsna Krsna 
Hare Hare 
Hare Rama 
Hare Rama 
Rama Rama 
Hare Hare

It means: 
Radhe Krsna 
Radhe Krsna 
Krsna Krsna 
Radhe Radhe 
Radhe Rama 
Radhe Rama 
Rama Rama 
Radhe Radhe

Krsna, He always stays with His internal potency, svarupa sakti, Srimati Radhika. So according with this philosophy, Hare Krishna means Radhe Krishna: Krishna always stays with Srimati Radhika.

Bhakti means devotional service, yoga means to add, to connect, that means, how to connect with the Lord with the devotional service to Lord.