Hare Rama Hare Krishna!!!

“Udayji, a monk from ISKON advised me to chant ‘Hare Krishna Hare Rama’ to attain Moksha and overcome all hurdles in life. He said it is instructed so in the smallest Upanishad ever. Can you explain bit more on this?” a question from Thejus Banerji.

“I do not know just by chanting a mantra you can sail through all hurdles and miseries of life. Chanting can of course help you get moral courage and energy. And secondly, I am not an expert in Upanishads or Scriptures. I just have some working knowledge about it, that’s all…”

“Udayji, your answer is bit confusing. Where does that mantra originate from? Vedas or Upanishads?”

“Rama and Krishna took birth after Vedic period. So it is unlikely that their names were mentioned in the Vedic scriptures. This mantra, to best of my knowledge, is taken from Kali-Santarana Upanishad, which is the smallest ever Upanishads. But its authenticity is still not proven…”

“What’s the Upanishad all about?”

“Kali-Santarana Upanishad is just two sentences. Brahma Prajapati, our ancestor, advises a mantra to his son Sage Narada. Brahma says the sixteen names (words) are destructive of the evil effects of Kali. The current age is considered as Kaliyuga as per Hindu cosmology. This is the Maha Mantra (Great Mantra): Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare!!!”

“Why do you say the Upanishad is not authentic?”

“Kali Santarana is widely considered by scholars to be a later interpolation, not an authentic Hindu…

(Excerpts from my book: MANTRAS and RITUALS: THE LOGIC OF HINDU SCIENCE. For further reading: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B093Z2M52M ) You may visit Amazon site of your respective country and search “B093Z2M52M”

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