Hare Krishna Mahamantra: Significance of Mahamantra

                                                                  Q. What is praying? Why do we have to pray? When should we pray? How should we pray?

                                                                  Prayer is an address to a superior in supplication. Of all those who are worshipable, the Personality of Godhead is the most worthy object of one's prayers, and so are His pure devotees who are His direct and confidential representatives.

                                                                  Q. Can you explain me the significance of the mahamantra? Is it more effective than devotional songs and Vedas?

                                                                  The sixteen syllable Hare Krishna mahamantra is a plea to the internal potency (Hare) of the Supreme Personality of Godhead (Krishna, Rama) - namely to Srimati Radharani, to be engaged in the service of Krishna. The Upanisads mention this mahamantra as the means of perfection especially in this age of Kali.

                                                                  Q: We have heard about how the Hare Krishna Mantra's three words Hare, Krishna, and Rama refer to Radharani, Krishna, and Balarama. Could we relate these to Subhadra, Krishna, and Balarama of the Jagannatha deities? Specifically, what is the relationship between Radharani and Subhadra? Is the latter an expansion of the former?

                                                                  Subhadra is yoga-maya, the internal energy and Her service is to bring devotees closer to Krsna. Her parents are Vasudev and Devaki and thus She is also the sister of Krsna.

                                                                   1) I have a tendency to retaliate if someone says something bad to me. I have heard in a lecture that 'If you retaliate you may please yourself but If you do not Retaliate you please Krsna'. However I am not able to practically apply it in my Life. Please suggest dome practical ways to overcome this tendency.
                                                                    2) I have a tendency to compare myself with others. If I see someone in a materially better condition I feel depressed. This tendency is automatic and I am not able to overcome it. Please help me.

                                                                   1) There is no hard and fast rule as to WHEN one should act strongly when one is offended/wronged vs. simply tolerating it.

                                                                  Q: For long as I can remember, I have been a devotee of Lord Vishnu. On numerous occasions, I have seen him in my dreams talking to me. I am not a ritualistic individual any more, I don’t sit in my home temple because I have surpassed that stage. Is that a bad thing? I have my conversation with god every single day my heart is full of love for him. I asked him to show me a sign, the next week I spontaneously met Dalai Lama. Why does my soul burn to be with the supreme?