Little Berlin HareKrishna Open Air 2009

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Baladeva Das

Of all mantras in the Vedas, one is called the maha-mantra, or great mantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The words Hare (pronounced ha-ray), Krishna (pronounced krish-na), and Rama (rhymes with drama), are Sanskrit words. Hare is an address to Gods energy, known as Radha, and Krishna is name of God meaning He who is attractive to everyone. Rama means one who gives pleasure and enjoys life.

When chanted the maha-mantra is a petition to God: O Krishna, O energy of Krishna, please engage me in Your service.