Sacred Transcendental Mantra Meditation
The ancient, sacred Bhakti Yoga texts tell us that sound was the beginning of creation.
On planet earth, transcendental mantra meditation is our direct connection to the purity of this sound.
Here on this page, you can listen to a sample of the sacred sound of the Maha Mantra and other Mantras sung to various melodies, and a selection of other Kirtans.
The Maha Mantra chanted on personal japa beads is also listed here.
The Maha Mantra:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Meaning of the Maha Mantra
Of course you will want to know what the Maha Mantra actually means! Well, in fact it has many different meanings because there is so much contained within the names of the divine, of which the mantra is comprised. They are laden with meaning.
To start with and most importantly, it is an invocation of Krishna (God) and His divine feminine counterpart, Radha ('Hare' in the vocative). Rama is another name of God and refers to Him as the abode of all pleasure.
When we chant this mantra we are inviting the divine couple to intervene in our lives and guide us towards loving connection with them.
We are imploring them to engage us in their loving devotional service, because, according to the Bhakti Yoga teachings, this is the ultimate goal of life.
Chanting the mantra is a sacred action towards pure love.
And you can feel it.
There are also many other profound songs of love that are sung in the Bhakti Yoga tradition. This kind of auditory experience as well as the personal chanting of the mantra on japa beads, is the foundation of the divine message of Bhakti Yoga and is the key to transformation of the heart.
Through regular practice it becomes the portal to a New World where you can directly experience your authentic spiritual self and more, through the hearing of the names of the Supreme Divine, Krishna.
Anxiety, depression, existential angst or any other torment of the mind is not to be found where this kind of sound vibration exists.
Try it for yourself - it's evidence based medicine for the soul! The proof lies in your own experience, as it has with countless others on the Bhakti Yoga path.
To find out more about the Maha Mantra check out The Five Pearls, the Bookshelf, my Blogs and Videos.
Hare Krishna Maha Mantra (Live Recording)
Bhakti Bringa Govinda Swami
(feat. Jai Uttal)
(Album - Heart and Soul)
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Ananda Monet (Album - Inevitable Time)
Govinda das (Album - Akhanda Nam)
Hymn for Govinda (Govindam Adi Purusham)
(Album - Like a River to the Sea)
(Album - Like a River to the Sea)
How to chant on
The personal chanting of the Maha Mantra on japa beads is a sure fired, tried and true way of controlling your mind, bringing peace to it and making it your best friend.
The process is simple, blissful and can confer benefits to the chanter from the first moment of chanting - imagine what years of chanting could do! The state of wellbeing, mental health, foundational happiness and loving connection with the Divine, gained through this simple yet sublime practice is comparable to nothing else available on this planet.
Here is a demonstration of how to go about starting your own chanting practice.
As the term suggests, practice is the key. It may seem awkward and unfamiliar at first, but before you know it, it becomes second nature and you’ll have to make yourself stop. Typically the Bhakti Yogi will keep the sacred Tulsi beads in a custom designed bead bag for protection, even while chanting on them.
For detailed guidance on which beads to use and how to get your own set of beads, I recommend speaking to an experienced Bhakti Yoga practitioner from an ISKCON Centre near you.