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Hare Krishna Maha Mantra

Dear devotees Hare Krishna!

This chanting Hare Krishna is especially recommended for this age in all scriptures and is reffered as “Taraka-brahman” or “Taraka mantra”. So, please chant everyday Hare Krishna maha-matra at least 108 times (1 mala) in Brahma-muhurta time (1 ½ hour before sunrise) and 108 times in the evening time. Actually, Srila Prabhupada has recommended minimum 16*108 times(16 malas) of chanting of Hare Krishna mantra a day for those who want to go back to goloka (or) vaikuntha in this very life.

How to do chanting?

Guru pranama mantra(mantra 1) :

(should be chanted once before starting of first Hare Krishna maha mantra in a day)

Namah Om Vishnu Padaya Krishna presthaya bhutale Srimate Bhaktivedanta Swamin iti namine Namaste sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracharine nirvishesha-shunyavadi-paschatya-desha-tarine

Pancha-tattva mantra(mantra 2) :

(should be chanted each time before starting of each 108 times of Hare Krishna maha mantra)

Sri Krsna Caitanya Prabhu Nityananda Sri Advaita Gadadhara Srivasadi Gaura bhakta vrinda


Hare Krishna Maha Mantra: (108 times)

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare


kaler doña-nidhe räjan asti hy eko mahän guëaù kértanäd eva kåñëasya mukta-saìgaù paraà vrajet

"My dear King, although Kali-yuga is full of faults, there is still one good quality about this age. It is that simply by chanting the Hare Kåñëa mahä-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom." [SB 12.3.51]

Before we starting to chant the Hare Krishna Mantra 108 times on the beads we should chant the Pancha Tattva mantra once before each round(108 times). This is a prayer to Lord Chaitanya and his associaties to help avoid offenses while chanting. Also In order to derive the full benefit of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, we must first take shelter of the Pancha-tattva mantra, and then chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. That will be very effective.

Now to chant the Hare Krishna Mantra, the japa mala is traditionally held in the right hand. The index finger never touches the mala. Beginning with the bead next to the head bead, gently roll the bead between the thumb and middle finger of your right hand while chanting:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

The above Mantra means: “Oh Lord Krishna, Oh energy of the Lord, please engage me in Your devotional service.” This is a simple call to the Lord and His energies. It should be chanted exactly like a small child crying for it’s mother. The transcendental sound vibration of this mantra is the essence of all the Vedas and non-different from Lord Krishna personally.

Then move to the next bead and repeat the mantra.

In this way continue chanting on each of the 108 beads in the strand. This is known as one round of japa and takes between five and ten minutes for most people.

If you are going to chant more than one round of japa, then without chanting on the head bead (Krishna Bead) – reverse the direction of your chanting to begin the second round. One round equals to 108 beads.

Chant clearly and try to hear the holy names with attention. But remember that the goal is attentive hearing.

Japa Bag: While chanting, it is better to keep the sacred japa beads in a bead bag to keep them clean and off the floor. One side of the bag is large enough to insert your hand. Your index finger comes out of the smaller hole on the other side, to help you hold on to the bag. Place your beads in the bag, and you’re ready to go. Always keep your japa bag clean & better to wash it once in 15 days.





Srimad Bhagavatam

kåte yad dhyäyato viñëuà tretäyäà yajato makhaiù || dväpare paricaryäyäà kalau tad dhari-kértanät

Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Viñëu, in Tretä-yuga by performing sacrifices, and in Dväpara-yuga by serving the Lord's lotus feet can be obtained in Kali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Kåñëa mahä-mantra.[ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 12.3.52 ]

kåñëa-varëaà tviñäkåñëaà säìgopäìgästra-pärñadam || yajïaiù saìkértana-präyair yajanti hi su-medhasaù

In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the names of Kåñëa. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Kåñëa Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions. [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 11.5.32 ]

etävän eva loke 'smin puàsäà dharmaù paraù småtaù || bhakti-yogo bhagavati tan-näma-grahaëädibhiù

TRANSLATION: Devotional service, beginning with the chanting of the holy name of the Lord, is the ultimate religious principle for the living entity in human society. [SB 6.3.22]

säìketyaà pärihäsyaà vä stobhaà helanam eva vä || vaikuëöha-näma-grahaëam açeñägha-haraà viduù

One who chants the holy name of the Lord is immediately freed from the reactions of unlimited sins, even if he chants indirectly [to indicate something else], jokingly, for musical entertainment, or even neglectfully. This is accepted by all the learned scholars of the scriptures. [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 6.2.14 ]

patitaù skhalito bhagnaù sandañöas tapta ähataù || harir ity avaçenäha pumän närhati yätanäù

If one chants the holy name of Hari and then dies because of an accidental misfortune, such as falling from the top of a house, slipping and suffering broken bones while traveling on the road, being bitten by a serpent, being afflicted with pain and high fever, or being injured by a weapon, one is immediately absolved from having to enter hellish life, even though he is sinful. [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 6.2.15 ]

gurüëäà ca laghünäà ca gurüëi ca laghüni ca || präyaçcittäni päpänäà jïätvoktäni maharñibhiù

[ The Viñëudütas to the Yamadütas ]: Authorities who are learned scholars and sages have carefully ascertained that one should atone for the heaviest sins by undergoing a heavy process of atonement and one should atone for lighter sins by undergoing lighter atonement. Chanting the Hare Kåñëa mantra, however, vanquishes all the effects of sinful activities, regardless of whether heavy or light. [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 6.2.16 ]

ajïänäd athavä jïänäd uttamaçloka-näma yat || saìkértitam aghaà puàso dahed edho yathänalaù

As a fire burns dry grass to ashes, so the holy name of the Lord, whether chanted knowingly or unknowingly, burns to ashes, without fail, all the reactions of one's sinful activities. [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 6.2.18 ]

yathägadaà véryatamam upayuktaà yadåcchayä || ajänato 'py ätma-guëaà kuryän mantro 'py udähåtaù

If a person unaware of the effective potency of a certain medicine takes that medicine or is forced to take it, it will act even without his knowledge because its potency does not depend on the patient's understanding. Similarly, even though one does not know the value of chanting the holy name of the Lord, if one chants knowingly or unknowingly, the chanting will be very effective. [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 6.2.19 ]

tasmät saìkértanaà viñëor jagan-maìgalam aàhasäm || mahatäm api kauravya viddhy aikäntika-niñkåtam

Çukadeva Gosvämé continued: My dear King, the chanting of the holy name of the Lord is able to uproot even the reactions of the greatest sins. Therefore the chanting of the saìkértana movement is the most auspicious activity in the entire universe. Please try to understand this so that others will take it seriously. [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 6.3.31 ]

aho bata çva-paco 'to garéyän yaj-jihvägre vartate näma tubhyam || tepus tapas te juhuvuù sasnur äryä brahmänücur näma gåëanti ye te

Oh, how glorious are they whose tongues are chanting Your holy name! Even if born in the families of dog-eaters, such persons are worshipable. Persons who chant the holy name of Your Lordship must have executed all kinds of austerities and fire sacrifices and achieved all the good manners of the Äryans. To be chanting the holy name of Your Lordship, they must have bathed at holy places of pilgrimage, studied the Vedas and fulfilled everything required. [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 3.33.7 ]

säyaà prätar gåëan bhaktyä || duùkha-grämäd vimucyate

"If one always chants the holy name of the Lord with great devotion in the evening and in the morning, one can become free from all material miseries."[ Çrédhara Svämé commentary on Çrémad-Bhägavatam 1.3.29 ]

mantratas tantrataç chidraà deça-kälärha-vastutaù || sarvaà karoti niçchidram anusaìkértanaà tava

[ Çukräcärya to Lord Viñëu ]: There may be discrepancies in pronouncing the mantras and observing the regulative principles, and, moreover, there may be discrepancies in regard to time, place, person and paraphernalia. But when Your Lordship's holy name is chanted, everything becomes faultless. [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 8.23.16 ]

çåëvatäà sva-kathäù kåñëaù puëya-çravaëa-kértanaù || hådy antaù-stho hy abhadräëi vidhunoti suhåt satäm

"Çré Kåñëa, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramätmä [Supersoul] in everyone's heart and the benefactor of the truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who relishes His messages, which are in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted." [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 1.2.17 ]

stenaù surä-po mitra-dhrug brahma-hä guru-talpa-gaù || stré-räja-pitå-go-hantä ye ca pätakino 'pare || sarveñäm apy aghavatäm idam eva suniñkåtam || näma-vyäharaëaà viñëor yatas tad-viñayä matiù

The chanting of the holy name of Lord Viñëu is the best process of atonement for a thief of gold or other valuables, for a drunkard, for one who betrays a friend or relative, for one who kills a brähmaëa, or for one who indulges in sex with the wife of his guru or another superior. It is also the best method of atonement for one who murders women, the king or his father, for one who slaughters cows, and for all other sinful men. Simply by chanting the holy name of Lord Viñëu, such sinful persons may attract the attention of the Supreme Lord, who therefore considers, "Because this man has chanted My holy name, My duty is to give him protection."[ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 6.2.9-10 ]

etan nirvidyamänänäm icchatäm akuto-bhayam || yoginäà nåpa nirëétaà harer nämänukértanam

O King, constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all, including those who are free from all material desires, those who are desirous of all material enjoyment, and also those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge. [ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 2.1.11 ]

nämoccäraëa-mähätmyaà hareù paçyata putrakäù || ajämilo 'pi yenaiva måtyu-päçäd amucyata

[ Yamaräja to the Yamadütas ]: My dear servants, who are as good as my sons, just see how glorious is the chanting of the holy name of the Lord! The greatly sinful Ajämila chanted only to call his son, not knowing that he was chanting the Lord's holy name. Nevertheless, by chanting the holy name of the Lord, he remembered Näräyaëa, and thus he was immediately saved from the ropes of death.[SB 6.3.23]





Other Scripts:

satataà kértayanto mäà yatantaç ca dåòha-vratäù namasyantaç ca mäà bhaktyä nitya-yuktä upäsate

[ Kåñëa to Arjuna ]:"Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, the great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion."[ Bhagavad-gétä 9.14 ]

…….yajïänäà japa-yajïo 'smi…..

[ Kåñëa to Arjuna ]:"...Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names (japa)” [ Bhagavad-gétä 10.25 ]

ekaà çästraà devaké-putra-gétam eko devo devaké-putra eva || eko mantras tasya nämäni yäni karmäpy ekaà tasya devasya sevä

There need be only one holy scripture—the divine Gétä sung by Lord Çré Kåñëa: only one worshipable Lord—Lord Çré Kåñëa: only one mantra—His holy names [ Hare Kåñëa, Hare Kåñëa, Kåñëa Kåñëa, Hare Hare/ Hare Räma, Hare Räma, Räma Räma, Hare Hare ]: and only one duty—devotional service unto that Supreme Worshipable Lord, Çré Kåñëa.[ Padma purana: Gétä-mähätmya 7th verse ]

viñëor-ekaika-namapi sarva-vedadhikam matam tadrk nama-sahasrena rama-nama-samamsmrtam

Each name of Lord Viñëu is greater and more potent than the entire Vedas; and Lord Rama's name alone is superior to a thousand names of Lord Viñëu [ Padma Puräëa ]

räma rämeti rämeti rame räme manorame || sahasra-nämabhis tulyaà räma-näma varänane

“[Lord Çiva addressed his wife, Durgä:] “O Varänanä, I chant the holy name of Räma, Räma, Räma and thus enjoy this beautiful sound. This holy name of Rämacandra is equal to one thousand holy names of Lord Viñëu.” [ Padma Puräëa: Uttara-khaëòa 72.335 ][ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta Madhya-lélä 9.32 ]

sahasra-nämnäà puëyänäà trir-ävåttyä tu yat phalam || ekävåttyä tu kåñëasya nämaikaà tat prayacchati

“‘The pious results derived from chanting the thousand holy names of Viñëu three times can be attained by only one utterance of the holy name of Kåñëa.’” [ Brahmäëòa Puräëa ] [ Laghu-bhägavatämåta 1.5.354 ] [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta Madhya-lélä 9.33 ]

go-koöi-dänaà grahaëe khagasya prayäga-gaìgodaka-kalpa-väsaù || yajïäyutaà meru-suvarëa-dänaà govinda-kérter na samaà çatäàçaiù

“Even if one distributes ten million cows in charity during an eclipse of the sun, lives at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamunä for millions of years, or gives a mountain of gold in sacrifice to the brähmaëas, he does not earn one hundredth part of the merit derived from chanting Hare Kåñëa.” [ Skanda Puräëa ] [ Laghu-Bhägavatämåta ]

kåñëa kåñëeti kåñëeti svapan jagrad vrajamstatha || yo jalpati kalau nityam kåñëa-rupi bhaveddhi saù

“One who chants Kåñëa's name and constantly remembers Him, even though living in this material ocean of nescience, is like the lotus, which is born in the water but is untouched by it: it's position is transcendental. This great soul is capable of liberating all the suffering residents of the hellish planets. [ Varäha Puräëa ]

dväparéyair janair viñëuù païcarätrais tu kevalaiù || kalau tu näma-mätreëa püjyate bhagavän hariù

“In Dväpara-yuga one could satisfy Kåñëa or Viñëu only by worshiping Him gorgeously according to the päïcarätriké system, but in the Age of Kali one can satisfy and worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead Hari simply by chanting the holy name.”[ Çré Madhväcärya quotation from the Näräyaëa-saàhitä ]

hare kåñëa hare Kåñëa kåñëa kåñëa hare hare hare räma hare räma räma räma hare hare || itiñoòaçakaà nämnäà kali -kalmaña-näçanam nätaù parataropäyaù sarva-vedeñu dåçyate

"After searching through all the Vedic literature one cannot find a method of religion more sublime for this age than the chanting of Hare Kåñëa." [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta Ädi-lélä 3.40 ] [ Yajur Veda: Kali-santaraëa Upaniñad ]

harer näma harer näma harer nämaiva kevalam || kalau nästy eva nästy eva nästy eva gatir anyathä

"In this age of Kali there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative for spiritual progress than the holy name, the holy name, the holy name of the Lord." [ Båhan-näradéya Puräëa 38.123 ]

Päpa-kñayaç ca bhavati smaratäà tam ahar-niçam:

"One becomes free from all sinful reactions if one remembers the Lord day and night." [ Padma Puräëa ]

nähaà tiñöhämi vaikuëöhe yoginäà hådayeñu vä || tatra tiñöhämi närada yatra gäyanti mad-bhaktäù

"My dear Närada, actually I do not reside in My abode, Vaikuëöha, nor do I reside within the hearts of the yogés, but I reside in that place where My pure devotees chant My holy name and discuss My form, pastimes and qualities."[ Padma Puräna ]

avaçenäpi yan-nämni kértite sarva-pätakaiù || pumän vimucyate sadyaù siàha-trastair mågair iva

"If one chants the holy name of the Lord, even in a helpless condition or without desiring to do so, all the reactions of his sinful life depart, just as when a lion roars, all the small animals flee in fear." [ Garuòa Puräëa 1.232.12 ]

åëam etat pravåddhaà me hådayäì näsarpati || yad-govindeti cukroça kåñëä mäà düra-väsinam

“‘Draupadé has called out My name, “Hey Govinda!” in distress with great feelings of separation from Me who was far away. For this reason, I am completely indebted to her. And this debt has multiplied to such an extent that I am unable to forget it even today.’ [ Mahäbhärata ]

nämno hi yävaté çaktiù päpa-nirharaëe hareù || tävat kartuà na çaknoti pätakaà pätaké naraù

"Simply by chanting one holy name of Hari, a sinful man can counteract the reactions to more sins than he is able to commit." [ Båhad-viñëu Puräëa ]

sakåd uccäritaà yena harir ity akñara-dvayam || baddha-parikaras tena mokñäya gamanaà prati

"By once chanting the holy name of the Lord, which consists of the two syllables ha-ri, one guarantees his path to liberation." [ Skanda Puräëa ]

yathä yathä harer-näma kértayanti sma närakäù || tathä tathä harau bhakti mudva hanto divaà yayuù

“‘In whatever hellish planets the condemned sinners are situated, simply by chanting harinäma they attain bhakti and are promoted to the transcendental abode of the Lord.’[ Nåsiàha Täpané ]

kåñir bhü-väcakaù çabdo ëaç ca nirvåti-väcakaù || tayor aikyaà paraà brahma kåñëa ity abhidhéyate

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who, by His attractive features, by attraction of His bodily beauty, by attraction of His opulence, by attraction of His pastimes, so many things..." Kåñëa is all-attractive. And one who is all-attractive, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is the meaning of "Kåñëa." [ Mahäbhärata Udyoga-parva 71.4 ]

yad-abhyarcya harià bhaktyä kåte kratu-çatair api phalaà präpnoty avikalaà kalau govinda-kértanam

“‘The spiritual benefit a person accrues by devoutly worshiping the Deity form of the Supreme Lord and by performing thousands of sacrifices in Satya-yuga is easily acquired in Kali-yuga simply by performing kértana of the names of Çré Govinda.’ [ Viñëu-rahasya ]

idam eva hi mäìgalyam etad eva dhanärjanam || jévitasya phalaï caitad yad dämodara-kértanam

“‘Kértana of the name of the Lord Çré Dämodara evokes real auspiciousness, is the only eternal treasure, and is the only success and aim of human life.’[ Skanda Puräëa ] [ Padma Puräëa ]

yadavadhi hari-näma prädur äsét påthivyäà tadavadhi khalu lokä vaiñëaväù sarvatas te || tilaka-vimala-mälä näma-yuktäù paviträù hari hari kali-madhye evam evaà babhüva

Since the appearance of the holy name of the Lord in this world, all the people have become Vaiñëavas. They have become pure by wearing a garland of the holy name and the mark of tilaka. O Lord Hari! In this Kali-yuga let this continue in this way.[ Çré Caitanya-çataka 62 ]

mahäpätaka yukto ‘pi kértayannaniçaà harim || çuddhäntaù karaëo bhütvä jäyate paëkti-pävanaù

“‘When even the most deleterious person engages in continuous chanting of harinäma, the deepest core of his heart is cleansed, and soon he ranks amongst the best of the twice-born brähmaëas.’ [ Brahmäëòa Puräëa ]

Eka hari-näme yata päpa hare, päpé haya tata päpa karibäre nare. A sinful man is very expert in committing sinful activities, but here is a statement that the holy name of Hari is so powerful that even an expert criminal cannot commit as much sinful activity as by once chanting the holy name of Hari it can be counteracted. The expert criminal is very advanced in committing sinful life, but çästra says that he cannot commit so many sinful life. The one chanting of Hare Kåñëa mantra is so powerful.

sa hänis tan mahac chidraà sa mohaù sa ca vibhramaù || yan-muhürtaà kñaëaà väpi väsudevaà na cintayet

"If even for a moment remembrance of Väsudeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is missed, that is the greatest loss, that is the greatest illusion, and that is the greatest anomaly."[ Viñëu Puräëa ]

åg-vedo hi yajur-vedah samavedapy'tharvanaù || adhitastena yenoktam harir ity akñara-dvayam

“What prompts you to undertake the tedious study of the four Vedas, namely, Rg, Sama, Yajur and Atharva? Simply go on chanting, “Hari, Hari!”[ Viñëu-dharmottara ]

ädhayo vyädhayo yasya smaraëän-näma-kértanät || tadaiva vilayaà yänti tam anantaà namämy aham

“‘I bow down in prayer before the eternal Supreme Lord, Çré Ananta Deva. Simply by chanting and remembering His sacred name all mental and physical ailments are instantly cured.’[ Skanda Puräëa ]

smartavyaù satataà viñëur vismartavyo na jätucit || sarve vidhi-niñedhäù syur etayor eva kiìkaräù

“‘To always remember the Supreme Lord, Çré Viñëu, is the vidhi, observance, and to never forget Him, is the niñedha, prohibition. All the other vidhi and niñedha mentioned in the scriptures must be considered as subordinate instructions to these two.’[Närada Païcarätra 4.2.23 ] [ Padma Puräëa, Uttara, 42.103 ]




Chaitanya Charitamritha

kali-käle näma-rüpe kåñëa-avatära || näma haite haya sarva-jagat-nistära

“In this Age of Kali, the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Kåñëa mahä-mantra, is the incarnation of Lord Kåñëa. Simply by chanting the holy name, one associates with the Lord directly. Anyone who does this is certainly delivered. [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta: Ädi-léla17.22 ]

harer näma harer näma harer nämaiva kevalam || kalau nästy eva nästy eva nästy eva gatir anyathä

"In this age of Kali there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative for spiritual progress than the holy name, the holy name, the holy name of the Lord." [ Båhan-näradéya Puräëa 38.123 ] [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta Ädi-lélä 17.21 ]

ceto-darpaëa-märjanaà bhava-mahä-dävägni-nirväpaëaà çreyaù-kairava-candrikä-vitaraëaà vidyä-vadhü-jévanam || änandämbudhi-vardhanaà prati-padaà pürëämåtäsvädanaà sarvätma-snapanaà paraà vijayate çré-kåñëa-saìkértanam

“‘Let there be all victory for the chanting of the holy name of Lord Kåñëa, which can cleanse the mirror of the heart and stop the miseries of the blazing fire of material existence. That chanting is the waxing moon that spreads the white lotus of good fortune for all living entities. It is the life and soul of all education. The chanting of the holy name of Kåñëa expands the blissful ocean of transcendental life. It gives a cooling effect to everyone and enables one to taste full nectar at every step.’[ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta Antya-lélä 20.12 ][ Çikñäñöaka 1 ]

nämnäm akäri bahudhä nija-sarva-çaktis taträrpitä niyamitaù smaraëe na kälaù || etädåçé tava kåpä bhagavan mamäpi durdaivam édåçam ihäjani nänurägaù

“‘My Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, in Your holy name there is all good fortune for the living entity, and therefore You have many names, such as “Kåñëa” and “Govinda,” by which You expand Yourself. You have invested all Your potencies in those names, and there are no hard and fast rules for remembering them. My dear Lord, although You bestow such mercy upon the fallen, conditioned souls by liberally teaching Your holy names, I am so unfortunate that I commit offenses while chanting the holy name, and therefore I do not achieve attachment for chanting.’[ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta Antya-lélä 20.16 ][ Çikñäñöaka 2 ]

tåëäd api su-nécena taror api sahiñëunä || amäninä mäna-dena kértanéyaù sadä hariù

“‘One who thinks himself lower than the grass, who is more tolerant than a tree, and who does not expect personal honor but is always prepared to give all respect to others can very easily always chant the holy name of the Lord.’ [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta Antya-lélä 20.21 ][ Çikñäñöaka 3 ]

koöi açvamedha eka kåñëa näma sama || yei kahe, se päñaëòé, daëòe täre yama

One who says that ten million açvamedha sacrifices are equal to the chanting of the holy name of Lord Kåñëa is undoubtedly an atheist. He is sure to be punished by Yamaräja. [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta: Ädi-lélä3.79 ]

kåñëa-mantra haite habe saàsära-mocana kåñëa-näma haite päbe kåñëera caraëa || näma vinu kali-käle nähi ära dharma sarva-mantra-sära näma, ei çästra-marma

“‘Simply by chanting the holy name of Kåñëa one can obtain freedom from material existence. Indeed, simply by chanting the Hare Kåñëa mantra one will be able to see the lotus feet of the Lord.”’ “‘In this Age of Kali there is no religious principle other than the chanting of the holy name, which is the essence of all Vedic hymns. This is the purport of all scriptures.’ [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta: Ädi-lélä 7.73-74 ]

näma cintämaëiù kåñëaç caitanya-rasa-vigrahaù || pürëaù çuddho nitya-mukto ’bhinnatvän näma-näminoù

“‘The holy name of Kåñëa is transcendentally blissful. It bestows all spiritual benedictions, for it is Kåñëa Himself, the reservoir of all pleasure. Kåñëa’s name is complete, and it is the form of all transcendental mellows. It is not a material name under any condition, and it is no less powerful than Kåñëa Himself. Since Kåñëa’s name is not contaminated by the material qualities, there is no question of its being involved with mäyä. Kåñëa’s name is always liberated and spiritual; it is never conditioned by the laws of material nature. This is because the name of Kåñëa and Kåñëa Himself are identical.’ [ Padma Puräëa ] [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta:Madhya-lélä 17.133 ]

saìkértana-pravartaka çré-kåñëa-caitanya saìkértana-yajïe täìre bhaje, sei dhanya sei ta’ sumedhä, ära kubuddhi saàsära sarva-yajïa haite kåñëa-näma-yajïa sära

Lord Çré Kåñëa Caitanya is the initiator of saìkértana [ congregational chanting of the holy name of the Lord ]. One who worships Him through saìkértana is fortunate indeed. Such a person is truly intelligent, whereas others, who have but a poor fund of knowledge, must endure the cycle of repeated birth and death. Of all sacrificial performances, the chanting of the Lord’s holy name is the most sublime. [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta: Ädi-lélä3.77-78 ]

näma-saìkértana haite sarvänartha-näça || sarva-çubhodaya, kåñëa-premera ulläsa

[ Lord Caitanya to Svarüpa Dämodara and Rämänanda Räya ]: “Simply by chanting the holy name of Lord Kåñëa, one can be freed from all undesirable habits. This is the means of awakening all good fortune and initiating the flow of waves of love for Kåñëa.” [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta Antya-lélä 20.11 ]

’mukti’ tuccha-phala haya nämäbhäsa haite

“Liberation is the insignificant result derived from a glimpse of the awakening of offenseless chanting of the holy name.[ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta: Antya-lélä 3.186 ]

vyakta kari’ bhägavate kahe bära bära || kali-yuge dharma—näma-saìkértana sära

In Çrémad-Bhägavatam it is repeatedly and clearly said that the essence of religion in the Age of Kali is the chanting of the holy name of Kåñëa. [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta: Ädi-lélä 3.50 ]

eka’ kåñëa-näme kare sarva-päpa näça || premera käraëa bhakti karena prakäça

Simply chanting the Hare Kåñëa mahä-mantra without offenses vanquishes all sinful activities. Thus pure devotional service, which is the cause of love of Godhead, becomes manifest. [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta Ädi-lélä 8.26 ]

yäìhära darçane mukhe äise kåñëa-näma || täìhäre jäniha tumi 'vaiñëava-pradhäna'

Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu said, "A first-class Vaiñëava is he whose very presence makes others chant the holy name of Kåñëa.” [ Çré Caitanya-caritämåta Madhya-lélä 16.74 ]


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