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.
The unified concept of karma and reincarnation is a fundamental aspect of Hindu philosophy. Various concepts of karma and reincarnation have captivated the minds of people since the dawn of human civilization. This mysterious and intriguing subject has been debated by spiritual and religious leaders, philosophers and great thinkers past and present. Here, a short but illuminating article by Vrinda family member Radha Govinda devi from Switzerland offers a unique Vedic perspective on the matter.