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Secret of the Mahamantra – Hare Krishna, Hare Raam !

Secret of the Mahamantra – Hare Krishna, Hare Raam !

1. Mahamantra

Mahamantra

Since I was introduced to this mantra which is given status of a ‘maha’mantra, one aspect kept puzzling me. Why mention of Raam in this mantra. Normally mantras related to a particular deity have mention of that deity only, why this exception for Krishna Mahamantra ?

2. Hare Krishna, Hare Raam !

Hare Krishna, Hare Raam !

ISKON made this mahamantra popular the world over, which Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had made popular in India in 1400s-1500s*. This Mahamantra is used extensively by Krishna devotees, not so much by Raam devotees :-). Krishna is more ‘popular’ amongst educated people and Raam more amongst the simple village folks, though both are very popular in both kinds. Krishna offers a very wide range of attributes, and a wide range in interpretation too, while Raam is limited towards godhead ! Krishna is purnaavtaar, incarnation of God with all His attributes, all 16 ‘kala’, while Raam is Maryaada Purushottam, exemplification of that behaviour for a human being which is sure to take him beyond limitations of being human, towards divine ! (* time correction from 1600s written originally to 1400s-1500s now – courtesy our spiritual scientist Soumya Srijan )

3. Krishna to Raam ! Raam to Krishna !

Krishna to Raam ! Raam to Krishna !

Krishna appeals to a wide section of common masses, and relatively its easier to relate to Krishna than Raam. Deliberately the mahamantra, the main mantra which Krishna devotees do Japa of, has mention of Raam, and not just Krishna, because even as one keeps Krishna in one’s consciousness while doing Japa, to get an accurate view of what Krishna is, Raam too should remain in one’s awareness. With Krishna alone, it’s possible to imagine that some kind of licentious, lustful behaviour is acceptable, presence of Raam helps quell any such imagination. Similarly those who may become too troubled by the strict adherence to the maryaada of whatever it maybe, it helps to keep the playful Krishna in mind.

Source: http://www.speakingtree.in/

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