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 purity.
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 glory.
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 position.
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.
|Sri Harinama Maha-mantra||1|
|The Sequence of the Maha-mantra||5|
|Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the Maha-mantra||23|
|Commentaries on the Maha-mantra||39|
|Elaboration on the sweetness of the name||39|
|Elaboration on the opulence within the name||41|
|The commentary that explains how the Divine Couple can be remembered within the name||42|
|Commentary by Srila Jiva Gosvami||43|
|Commentary by Sri Gopala Guru Gosvami||50|
|Commentary by Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami||61|
|Commentary by Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura||62|
|Commentary on Sri Pada-Kalpataru||65|
|The Glories of Sri Harinama||69|
|The intrinsic form of the holy name||69|
|In Kali-yuga the holy name bestows all perfection||70|
|The glories of the holy name as described by the previous spiritual masters||72|
|The glories of chanting the holy name exceed the glories of realizing the impersonal brahma||73|
|The superiority of chanting the holy name||74|
|The superiority of chanting the holy name over meditation and temple worship||74|
|Chanting the holy name is not governed by rules regarding time, place or circumstance||75|
|Chanting the holy name is the process (sadhana) and the goal (sadhya) for everyone||77|
|by Saccidananda Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura||79|
Item Code: NAL060 Author: Sri Narayana Gosvami Maharaja Cover: Paperback Edition: 2012 Publisher: Gaudiya Vedanta Publications ISBN: 9781935428619 Language: Roman Text With English Translation Size: 7.0 inch X 5.0 inch Pages: 118 (14 B/W Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 135 gms