Hare Krishna Mantra

Last Updated: October 18, 2018

Definition - What does Hare Krishna Mantra mean?

Hare Krishna mantra – also known as the Maha mantra, or “Great" mantra – is a sacred poem recited for its ability to promote higher consciousness and God-realization. This mantra consists of the repetition of the names of three Hindu deities – Hare, Krishna and Rama. Hare refers to either the energy of Hari (Lord Vishnu) or Hara (Krishna's consort, Shakti). Krishna and Rama are the names of two avatars of Lord Vishnu.

The Hare Krishna mantra is chanted as part of japa and/or meditation in some styles of yoga, particularly Bhakti yoga.

Yogapedia explains Hare Krishna Mantra

The Hare Krishna mantra is ancient in its origins, having been mentioned in a number of ancient Hindu texts, including the Puranas and the Upanishads. But, it has also found its way into popular culture and song, including George Harrison's solo single, “My Sweet Lord.”

The full text of the mantra is:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare

Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Although the mantra is simply the recitation of three names, its meaning has been translated as "Oh Lord, oh energy of the Lord, please engage me in your service."

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