The Hare Krishna mantra, also known as the Maha Mantra, is a 16 word mantra. We have collected basic information about this famous mantra.
The first mention of the Hare Krishna mantra is in the Katha Upanishad, compiled thousands of years ago. The Katha Upanishad belongs to ancient Vedic literature. The Mahamantra originally appeared with a slightly inverted variation: Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare. Around five hundred years ago the Supreme Lord appeared as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who changed it to the current transcendental form: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. This mantra is called the Maha Mantra which means the Great Mantra as it is considered to be the most important of all mantras.
Hindu philosophy divides time into four epochs: Satya Yuga (the golden age), Treta Yuga (the silver age), Dvapara Yuga (the bronze age), and Kali Yuga (the iron age). Each epoch has optimal techniques or practices recommended for self-realization.
At present, we are living in Kali Yuga. In this epoch, the best way to attain self-realization is to chant the Hare Krishna mantra. Chanting the holy names of Krishna is the best chance we have; we mustn’t miss out on it. Though there are not any strict rules on how to chant, the most important thing is to try to chant from the core of your heart.
The Hare Krishna Maha Mantra is not different from Krishna Himself. The Hare Krishna mantra is the avatar of the Supreme Lord incarnated in sound vibraton. The real meaning of the mantra is: Please My Lord, let me be an instrument of your love.
The Hare Krishna mantra is extremely potent. The Maha Mantra is able to neutralize our bad habits. As soon as you start to chant the Hare Krishna mantra, you can feel the benefit immediately. We have seen many examples of this in our lives. Meat eaters become vegetarians, drug addicts become clean, the desperate find hope simply by chanting the Maha Mantra. The Hare Krishna mantra wakes us up and connects us with God.
George Harrison wrote the song My Sweet Lord. It was a number one song for a long time in the US and all around the word. This led millions of people to sing the Mahamantra. The Hare Krishna mantra also became popular when millions of people saw the musical Hair. Even the progressive rock band Quintessence chanted the Holy name of Krishna for millions in the US and across Europe. The Hare Krishna mantra is the most well-known of all mantras or religious prayers on this planet.
Listen to My Sweet Lord and look at some great photos of George Harrison chanting the Maha mantra.