Hare Krishna Mahamantra: Glories of Mahamantra

                                                                  Q. It is said that for Kali Yuga chanting is the recommended process for reaching Lord Krishna. But is this statement given in Bhagavad-Gita? My friend argues that only the statements given in Bhagavad-Gita and Vedas are acceptable without any argument, as Bhagavad-Gita came straight from Lord Krishna. But anyway I have strong belief in Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON, and I chant regularly the holy name of Lord Krishna.

                                                                  Q. I have always have heard about the benefits of meditation. The calm and absolutely quiet meditation, where people try to stop any type of thought, has been life-changing for many of my friends. Today I feel really good doing my 16 rounds a day of the Hare Krishna Mantra, but I still have some questions. How would you compare the benefits for Self-Realization between these two forms of meditation?

                                                                  Meditation, when rightly done, is a valid and effective practice -- both for calming the turbulent mind, as well as for aiding in self-realization.

                                                                  But the impersonal, vacant type of meditation that you have refered to is:

                                                                  Q. My question is regarding the Maha Mantra - HARE KRISHNA, HARE KRISHNA, KRISHNA, KRISHNA, HARE, HARE; HARE RAM, HARE RAM, RAM, RAM, HARE, HARE. Lords Krishna and Rama had different personalities and characters; both of them were avatara (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu in two different Yugas. My question is why these two names are combined in the Maha Mantra? Could you please kindly explain about the Maha Mantra? How did it derive? What are the meanings, if any, behind the Mantra?