Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Maha Mantra


Who is Krishna ?


The Hare Krishna mantra is composed of names of God.Read about the meaning.↓
The Meaning of the Maha-Mantra


This is the Hare Krishna mantra, or maha-mantra, the great mantra for deliverance. Composed of three of the holy names of God from the Sanskrit scriptures of ancient India, it is transcendental sound vibration. It is not ordinary sound.
The word mantra comes from man (mind) and tra (to free). A mantra is a sound or prayer that frees the mind from the miseries of the material world.
The three holy names in the maha-mantra are Hare, Krishna, and Rama.
Hare is pronounced “huh-ray”.Hare means the energy of God. The Sanskrit word for energy is shakti. Shakti has a personal, specifically feminine, dimension to its meaning. So here, energy means the feminine aspect of God. Our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, explained that the name Hare refers to Mother Hara, otherwise known as Radha or Radharani.
Krishna is pronounced with a short “i”. The correct pronunciation is KRISH-na, (not KREESH-na.) Krishna means the All-Attractive Supreme Personality of Godhead.There are many attractive qualities to be found in the world, and many people have some degree of one or more of these qualities, but the one who has all of these qualities in full and unlimited measure can only be God. He is the source of all qualities, and in fact of all things in existence. He is a person, the original person, and the source of all incarnations and manifestations of Himself and of His creation, so He is called not just God but the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Rama is pronounced to rhyme with drama, RAH-muh.Rama means the reservoir of all pleasure. If we try to find pleasure independently we will only find brief snippets and it will be mixed with misery. But if we tap into the reservoir of all pleasure, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, by devotional service, we will be connected to the unlimited reservoir of all pleasure.
The holy names are transcendental sound, and they are nondifferentfrom the transcendental form of God.
↑The Hare Krishna mantra is a prayer to Radha and Krishna.
But who is Krishna?Who is Radha?
↓This is a picture of Radha and Krishna. God is one, but to enjoy loving pastimes He separates Himself into His male and female attributes, who eternally love each other in the original pure love relationship which we try so hard to imitate in our mundane world.

↓Radha and Krishna are not alone. They are accompanied by their dear friends, the pure devotees who reside blissfully with them in the eternal spiritual realm.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead has spiritual form, but He is not limited by that form as we are by ours. He can be in unlimited places at once, and expands Himself into unlimited forms, some identical and some a little different or very different.
The first expansion who is a little different is Balarama, who has a milk white complexion and who plays as Krishna’s brother, serving Him in many ways. The two brothers are cowherd boys in the spiritual world.
Balarama expands Himself into the majestic Vishnu forms with four beautiful arms. It is one of these Vishnu forms who creates the material world, and it is He who, for specific purposes, incarnates in many forms very different from Krishna the cowherd boy. But it is Krishna Himself who comes to earth as Krishna the cowherd boy.