Over the month of November, I will give examples of how to awaken the Interior Man by using interior prayer.
The Maha Mantra:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare.
The mantra are names of God, which destroys evil (evil is defined as anything that takes you away from God) and purifies. Evil is defined as anything that takes you away from God.
Hari/Hare is another name of Vishnu meaning He who removes illusion. Or as my Guru said…it refers to energy/Shakti of The Supreme Personality of Godhead. While Krishna and Rama refer to the Supreme Personality Himself, meaning He Who is All-Attractive.
The first time I heard this mantra was back in 1970…when My Sweet Lord, the song came out. George Harrison was always my favorite Beatle, so this song became one of my all-time favorites right away.
It wasn’t until another 3 years that I started to chant the mantra that was repeated in the song on a regular basis…and within a year became a Hare Krishna devotee. As a devotee one of our morning practices was to chant this mantra, on a string of 108 beads, 16 times. In essence, we’re to chant the names of God some 16,000 times a day at a minimum.
In fact what happened is that you chanted it so many times it became almost natural to continue to subconsciously repeat the mantra in your head all the time…awakening The Interior man.
This mantra is said to be the most powerful mantra in this age. By repeating this mantra continuously out loud or quietly in ones heart, the mantra continuously aligns you in the different stages of Consciousness of God.
I have experienced this and have seen many others who too have experienced the different stages of this Consciousness.
This Consciousness’ awareness is Grace…but it not something that is promised by doing so…the continuous prayer…repeating the mantra is done out of Love & Devotion…not for some reward of State of Mind.