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"Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna,

Hare Krishna Maha-mantra
Rama, Hare Hare — these 16 names composed HARE RAMA, HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE
of 32 syllables are the only means to counteract
the evil effects of Kali-yuga. In all the Vedas it is
seen that to cross the ocean of nescience there is Vedic civilization once worldwide and karma are the cause of suffering, he preached
no alternative to the chanting of the holy ahimsa, nonviolence to all living entities. Buddha
name." (Kali-santarana Upanishad) These words (left) from the Upanishads and Puranas,
was the son of a Vedic king who ruled according to
ancient Sanskrit texts were written more than 5,000
"Living beings who are entangled in the the Vedic system, but he ended up rejecting the
years ago, when the Vedic civilization extended
complicated meshes of birth and death can be authority of the Vedas when some persons argued
freed immediately by even unconsciously throughout the world, including China. By the time
that the Vedas permit animal killing and flesh eating
chanting the holy name of Krishna, which is Buddha's teachings crossed over into China,
— "If you say that the Vedas endorse killing and
feared by fear personified." (Srimad-Bhagavatam roughly 1,300 years ago, there still remained some
1.1.14) eating animals, then I reject the Vedas." His special
traces from a much earlier civilization that had the
mission, as an incarnation of Vishnu, the Supreme
"If one always chants the holy name of the Lord markings and elements of a Vedic kingdom, but it
Lord, was to round up the atheists, all those who lived
with great devotion in the evening and in the had long since deteriorated.
morning, one can become free from all material outside the Vedic tradition, and by making them
miseries." (purport by Sridhara Swami, Srimad- On special assignment to cheat faithful to him, bring them to the threshold of Dharma.
Bhagavatam 6.3.24) the atheists
Even as China embraced Buddhism, it was
"As a fire burns dry grass to ashes, so the holy Buddha was born 2,600 years ago, practically ended in India by the strong preaching of
name of the Lord, whether chanted knowingly or but his appearance was predicted the great Shankaracharya, who came 1,200 years
unknowingly, burns to ashes without fail all the
long before that. The Bhagavat ago. Shankaracharya restored India's faith in the
reactions of one's sinful activities." (Srimad-
Bhagavatam 6.2.18) Purana stated his name and the name authority of the Vedas. However, strongholds of
of his father and gave a description Buddhism remained in Tibet and Nepal, and from
"Simply by chanting one holy name of Hari, a of his mission. According to the here the teachings made their way into China, and
sinful man can counteract the reactions to more
Bhagavat Purana, the Buddha was a thus China accepted the Mahayana teachings.
sins than he is able to commit." (Brihad-vishnu
Purana, cited in purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam partial incarnation of Lord Vishnu,
the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Buddha's teachings were not written down by his
By the time of Buddha's appearance, disciples. They were preserved by oral tradition,
"If one chants the holy name of the Lord, even in and 300 years after his passing, they had become
a helpless condition or without desiring to do so, the brahminical culture that was the
foundation of the Vedic civilization, S iddhartha Gautama somewhat obscured. At that time there was
all the reactions of his sinful life depart, just as
when a lion roars, all the small animals flee in
Buddha was born a Vedic
was breaking down. The brahmanas prince, but later rejected disagreement between the followers, who then
fear." (Garuda Purana) had become so degraded that they the Vedas. compiled them into two books, the Hinayana and
were making business of performing Mahayana.
"O King, constant chanting of the holy name of
the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is rites and rituals described in the Vedas, and even Maha-mantra — the most pure and
the doubtless and fearless way of success for all, condoned meat eating on the pretext that the potent mantra
including those who are free from all material Vedas allowed animal sacrifice. In this way they
desires, those who are desirous of all material The Mahayana Buddhists chant the Amitabha
were using the Vedas to earn their livelihood, and
enjoyment and also those who are self-satisfied mantra, variously pronounced as namo amituofo or
by dint of transcendental knowledge." (Srimad- neglected or forgot the conclusion of the Vedas,
namo onituofo. The word ami, or oni, is derived from
Bhagavatam 2.1.11) that Dharma is the occupation of loving service to
the Sanskrit syllable om, and the word tabha, or
God. When the Buddha observed birth, disease,
tuofo, refers to Buddha. Another Tibetan chant is om
old age and death and understood that attachment
ma-ni peh-meh hoong, known to the Chinese as om
mani padme hum, which is said to be the mantra of Prabhupada has presented the teachings of Krishna
universal protection. So here again we see the Sanskrit and Chaitanya, illuminated with his brilliant purports.
om. According to the Bhagavad-gita, the syllable om is

The ultimate conclusion of all these teachings is that
the sound representation of the Personality of
the Supreme Absolute Truth, God, is identical to His
Godhead. Although the Mahayana prescribes various
holy names, and by chanting His names, we become
mantras, there is no record of Buddha teaching
aware of His presence. That is the science of Krishna
anything about the holy name.
consciousness. There are innumerable names of God,
The Vedic literature says that in this and any one of them is as good as the other, but this
age known as Kali-yuga — which Hare Krishna Maha-mantra is especially recommended
began approximately 5,000 years ago for this day and age.
— the only spiritual practice necessary
and easy to perform is chanting the Everyone can chant this Hare Krishna Maha-mantra
holy names of God. But the practice at any time, any place. Even a child can chant it, and
was not widespread, until 500 years sing and dance to the holy names. There are no
ago Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared restrictions. This chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-
in India, just for the purpose of mantra is joyfully performed, and cleanses the mind
popularizing the chanting of the holy and heart. Lord Chaitanya said,
names of God, especially the Hare "In this age of Kali there is no other religious
Krishna Maha-mantra. principle than the chanting of the holy name,
500 years ago, Chaitanya which is the essence of all Vedic hymns. This is
Unlike what happened to the teachings Mahaprabhu 500 years ago, the purport of all scriptures." (Chaitanya-
of Buddha, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
popularized chanting of the
charitamrita, Adi-lila 7.74)
teachings were recorded by his holy names among all people,
"In the Padma Purana Krishna says, mad-bhakta
disciples, and carefully handed down in without discriminating against
any class or group. yatra gayanti tatra tisthami narada: 'O Narada, I
disciplic succession, just like a ripe mango am present wherever My devotees are
is handed down
from the tree to the person
waiting below, so that it is
chanting.' When the devotees chant the holy
name of Krishna — Hare Krishna, Hare
Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare
Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare —
not broken. Most recently, Lord Krishna is immediately present." (purport,
this science of Krishna Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila 17.132)
consciousness has been KRISHNA KRISHNA, HARE HARE
introduced to the whole "As the rising sun immediately dissipates all the
world's darkness, which is deep like an ocean, so HARE RAMA, HARE RAMA
world by His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
the holy name of the Lord, if chanted once RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE
without offenses, can dissipate all the reactions of
Prabhupada. He published a living being's sinful life. All glories to that holy
more than 60 books, name of the Lord, which is auspicious for the KRSNA WORLD
His Divine Grace A.C.
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