Prayer Is Power

Mantra is a spiritual sound vibration that purifies the consciousness and awakens love of God. The chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare

Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

is recommended in the Vedic literature as the easiest method for this age to attain spiritual realization. Krishna is the Sanskrit name of God meaning “all attractive”, and Rama is another name for God meaning “reservoir of all pleasure”. Hare refers to the divine energy of the Lord. So the Hare Krishna mantra means, “O all-attractive, all-pleasing Lord, O energy of the Lord, please engage me in Your service”.

There are two ways to chant this mantra: group chanting (kirtana) and individual chanting as on beads (japa). No strict rules apply for either method, and anyone can chant at any time.


In the philosophy of Bhakti Yoga (devotional service), the Absolute Truth is known as a person. His name is Krishna, a Sanskrit word which means “all attractive”.

Without loving someone and being loved by someone, life is very empty and superficial. The origin of that love is the soul’s love for God and God’s love for the soul. We are attracted by someone who is beautiful, someone who is powerful, someone who is learned, someone who is famous, someone who is renounced, and someone who has wealth. These are opulences that attract our heart.

We could feel Krishna through the path of bhakti. Bhakti is the easiest process God has given us through which we could think of him all day, every day. Krishna resides within the hearts of every living being. Bhakti Yoga means to be reunited with our source, with God, through acts of devotion—by remembering about him, by chanting his names and singing his glories, by praying to him, by worshiping, by rendering service to him, to his devotees and to all living beings. These are ways by which we could always feel the presence of Krishna.

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