Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja took his divine birth in this world in
1921, Bihar, India. In February 1946, he met his gurudeva, Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava
Gosvami Maharaja, and formally heard him the maha-mantra, which he chanted with absolute
His gurudeva instructed him to translate the writings of prominent saintly Vaisnavas into Hindi.
These invaluable masterpieces are currently being translated into English and other major
languages of the world.
He travelled the globe between 1996 and 2010, teaching the maha-mantra to a multitude of
sincere seekers. On 29 December 2010, in Sri Jagannatha Puri=-dhama, he concluded his
pastimes in this world.
His purpose in compiling this booklet was to educate the public about the greatest of mantras,
using proof from the Vedic scriptures to show that the holy name is authentic, a sound
vibration beyond the mundane realm, specific in its sequences, and possessing unlimited
India’s ancient Vedic texts unequivocally present the chanting of hare krsna as the formula for
freeing oneself from all suffering and becoming established in one’s eternal spiritual
Absorption in chanting the maha-mantra is not indicative of sentimental religiosity or mindless
fanaticism. Man means “mind” and tra means “to free”. Therefore, a mantra is not merely
sound; it has a specific potency and acts to liberate one from the devitalizing nature of
material consciousness. The maha-mantra, meaning the most exalted of all mantras, does this
to the superlative degree. If it is chanted seriously, one becomes free from all mundane
self-conception and firmly situated in one’s unique, blissful spiritual nature.
It is also written in the Vedas that the Supreme Lord, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, advents to
propagate the maha-mantra through His own deep immersion in it. To this day, the empowered
pure Vaisnavas representing Him are fulfilling His mission. Indeed, this has been
accomplished so effectively that millions of people the world over are aware of the
maha-mantra, especially the first two words – hare krsna.
The sacred hare krsna maha-mantra bestows a tangible experience transcendence. When
chanted perfectly, it enables direct communion with the Supreme Lord, that is, realization of
one’s eternal, affectionate mood of service to Him.
This book is a priceless meditation for someone already deeply involved in the process of
chanting the maha-mantra. Their spiritual practice will be invigorated and their faith in
chanting strengthened by carefully studying its contents. The authoritative elaborations on
the maha-mantra given herein are astounding and serve to refresh one’s appreciation of
chanting. The gravity of the article by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura calls us to make the
chanting of the hare krsna maha-mantra our life and soul. For the serious practitioner, this
book is a most dear friend.
We are confident that any sincere enquirer who respectfully reads this book will recognize that
chanting this maha-mantra, either congregationally or in solitude, is an authentic joyful
process. And if, upon completing this text, that reader takes to uttering that sacred sound, we
will feel most satisfied, as our saintly preceptors assure us that those who chant the hare
krsna maha-mantra are bound for an experience of inner delight.
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