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Nowadays many people are very stressed out. Many are looking for escapes, getaways and experiences that take them away from this stress.
What if there was a way where you could be free from all stress and anxiety through elevation of your conscious state and achieve a state of eternal happiness that rivals even the greatest pleasures found in the world today?
What Does Mantra mean?
Mantra comes from the two sanskrit words man- meaning mind and -tra meaning delivery of. So a mantra means to deliver ones mind. So mantra meditation is ideal for those who want to be able to make their mind their best friend. The phrase you mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy, is very accurate in that your mind determines what life you live, whether it’s full of stress, and whether or not you are happy.
What Is Chanting Hare Krsna?
Chanting Hare Krsna is the yuga dharma, meaning that it is the prescribed mantra of practice for this current time in histroy. Chanting Hare Krsna is currently being practiced and taught at Harvard, Yale, Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, Brigham Young, CalTech, Georgia Tech and many other Universities. It’s also used extensively in Silicon Valley in places like Google, Apple, And Microsoft. It’s been used by Steve Jobs, Einstein, Henry David Thoreau, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Allen Ginsberg as well as Will Smith, Jay Shetty, etc. It’s been practiced for millions of years by yogis through the ages.
This mantra is so powerful and invaluable that there is no price that can be put on it. So it has been made free to the public.
Chant AND BE HAPPY!!
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The simple process of Chanting
is the sublime method of awakening our Krsna Consciousness.(Inner Happiness)
The transcendental vibration established by the chanting of Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare is the sublime method for reviving our transcendental consciousness. As living spiritual souls, we are all originally Kṛṣṇa conscious entities, but due to our association with matter from time immemorial, our consciousness is now adulterated by the material atmosphere. The material atmosphere, in which we are now living, is called māyā, or illusion. Māyā means “that which is not.” And what is this illusion? The illusion is that we are all trying to be lords of material nature, while actually we are under the grip of her stringent laws. When a servant artificially tries to imitate the all-powerful master, he is said to be in illusion. We are trying to exploit the resources of material nature, but actually we are becoming more and more entangled in her complexities. Therefore, although we are engaged in a hard struggle to conquer nature, we are ever more dependent on her. This illusory struggle against material nature can be stopped at once by revival of our eternal Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare is the transcendental process for reviving this original, pure consciousness. By chanting this transcendental vibration, we can cleanse away all misgivings within our hearts.
How to Begin Practice?
It’s very simple to begin practice. Try to chant the mantra as many times as you can. It can be done sitting and focusing on the words or it can literally be chanted anywhere at anytime. Ideally it is good to be consistent and make it a daily practice. This can be done by chanting the mantra in full 108 times. This equals one round. The idea is to try to get as many rounds done in a day as possible .One round should take you around 5-10 minutes but don’t worry sometimes the first few rounds may take longer! Don’t rush it, instead relish it!
> What Does Each word mean?
What does each word in the mantra mean? Each word in this mantra Hare, Krishna and Rama are addressing the different energies of The Supreme Personality of Godhead. some refer to these energies collectively as a Higher Energy, All Pervasive Positivity, The All Attractive or Inner Happiness. By addressing these different energies we are associating directly with these higher qualities and therefore imbibe them into our consciousness; hence purifying our consciousness and restoring it to it’s original balance. This creates complete peace in our minds and happiness in our hearts.
The 17 Reasons Why You Should Chant Hare Krishna
1. When you chant Hare Krishna, you automatically develop knowledge and detachment.
2. It is the most effective means of self-realization in the present Age of Quarrel. Nothing else works nearly as well.
3. Chanting Hare Krishna cleanses the heart of all illusions and misunderstandings.
4. By chanting Hare Krishna, you become free from all anxieties.
5. Chanting Hare Krishna brings you to self-realization—and shows you how to act as a self-realized soul.
6. Chanting Hare Krishna purifies not only you but every living entity around you. Whoever hears the chanting gets spiritual benefit.
7. A person who chants Hare Krishna develops all good qualities.
8. You can chant Hare Krishna softly for personal meditation or loudly with your family or friends. Both ways work.
9. Srila Prabhupada chanted Hare Krishna, and so did great souls in the past. So why not you?
10. It’s free. Chanting Hare Krishna never costs you money.
11. Chanting Hare Krishna brings the highest states of ecstasy.
12. There are no previous qualifications needed for chanting Hare Krishna. Young or old, anyone can chant—from any race, any religion, or any country of the world.
13. Even if you don’t understand the language of the mantra, it works anyway.
14. Chanting Hare Krishna brings relief from all miseries.
15. Chanting Hare Krishna is easy. When the best way is also the easiest, why make life hard for yourself?
16. Chanting Hare Krishna invokes spiritual peace—for you and for those around you.
17. The more you chant Hare Krishna, the better it gets.
What Material benefits does this mantra give?
Chanting Hare Krsna is the most powerful mantra as stated by the vedic literature for spiritual upliftment.
Chanting Hare Krsna has also been proven very effective for both increasing concentration, focus and peace in the brain and creating a calm environment therfore alleviating stress.
Many studies have been done but two very notable ones are presented here.
High Stress Nursing Professionals Experience Chanting of Hare Krishna
Neuroscientist finds that Chanting Hare Krsna can cure Information Overload, Depression, etc & Promote Super FOCUS
This Mantra was designed with the Modern Individual in Mind. . .
The maha-mantra was prescribed for modern times because of the fast-paced nature of things today. Even when people do get into a little quiet place, it’s very difficult to calm the mind for very long.
Chanting Hare Krishna is a type of meditation that can be practiced even if the mind is in turbulence. You can even be doing it and other things at the same time. That’s what’s so nice. In my life there’s been many times the mantra brought things around. It keeps me in tune with reality, and the more you sit in one place and chant. . . the more you purify the vibration, the more you can achieve what you’re trying to do
– George Harrison from The Beatles
Some Quotes From Prominent Practitioners
|Once I chanted the Hare Krishna mantra all the way from France to Portugal, nonstop. I drove for about twenty-three hours and chanted all the way. It gets you feeling a bit invincible. The funny thing was that I didn’t even know where I was going. I mean I had bought a map, and I knew basically which way I was aiming, but I couldn’t speak French, Spanish, or Portuguese. But none of that seemed to matter. You know, once you get chanting, then things start to happen transcendentally. Chanting Hare Krishna is really the same sort of thing as meditation, but I think it has a quicker effect.All You Need is LOVE (HARE KRSNA)!-George Harrison|
|Everything started happening for me when I started Chanting Hare Krsna! -Jean Claude (Youngest Ever Director of 3M Inc. in France)|
|By Starting to Chant Hare Krishna, I feel tremendous Happiness” – Vicki Overton (European Lead Model)|
|Chanting Hare Krsna has made a tremendous Impact on my life . – Alfred Ford (Grandson to Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company)|
Peter Sellers and George Harrison – Plane In An Electric Storm
“Once I was on an aeroplane that was in an electric storm,” George explained. “It was hit by lightning three times, and a Boeing 707 went over the top of us, missing by inches.
“I thought the back end of the plane had blown off. I was on my way from Los Angeles to New York to organise the Bangladesh concert. As soon as the plane began bouncing around, I started chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
“The whole thing went on for about an hour and a half or two hours, the plane dropping hundreds of feet and bouncing all over in the storm, all the lights out and all these explosions, and everybody terrified.
“I ended up with my feet pressed against the seat in front, my seat belt as tight as it could be, gripping on the thing, and yelling Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare at the top of my voice. I know for me, the difference between making it and not making it was actually chanting the mantra. Peter Sellers also swore that chanting Hare Krishna saved him from a plane crash once.”
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