Hare Krishna to all dear devotees.All glories to Srila Prabhupadaji .Can anybody please share their experience of the stage(very first stage : attraction) when they have got the taste for Hare Krishna Mahamantra.How does one feels at that stage while chanting? It is said sometimes we get to taste the ocean of nectar of Mahamantra, what does it mean ? I mean how the person must be feeling while chanting as he is saying so .I am new to chanting but heard a lot about it.Kindly share your feelings.

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  • Volunteer

    Hare Krishna dear Devotees, please accept my humble obeisances! all glories to Srila Prabhupada!

    In my case first thing was attraction to knowledge of Bhagavad Gita and then later Bhagavad Gita. But was ordered to chant first 16 rounds for 6 months. And used to chant my rounds as a burden for more than 1 and half years. I used to chant because a Devotee who gave me book told me to do so. 

    I could not feel or even know about the taste of the Holy Names until i started to associate with Devotees and render some service to them. 

    Every time when Krishna descends to this world He has His vehicle. And all other Demigods also have their vehicles. As like Vishnu - Garuda, Shiva - Buffalo, Brahma - Swan...

    But in this age the Holy Name also have Its vehicle and it the HEART OF HIS DEVOTEE. 

    Only by pleasing Devotees we will get taste to the Holy Names from their hearts. Because when sincere Devotees even just see us they pray for us and their prayers are easily heard by Krishna and accepted by Him.


    Krishna is really sweet. When we pronounce pure Name we will feel that taste in the place where our heart situated. In the chest or within the chest. 

    Feeling the taste it means we are - souls with Krishna without any coverings in between us. But if we do not feel the presence of Krishna in His Name and taste it then it means our soul is covered by dirt. But even though we have to chant and after some time the dirt will be removed and we will be able to feel it.

    Constant hard work is required.


    And sometimes when new person becomes a Devotee Krishna gives taste as a gift for some time in order to bound us to Him. Then later on the person who tasted the nectar never ever will be able to enjoy other things of this world. But will again try to feel that taste as like the bird chakota who only drinks water of rain.


    Whole this process is already explained by Lord Chaitania in His 8 versed Shikshashtakam Prayers. In the first verse He says that in the first stage a Devotee will be in bliss in chanting and all his material desires will be decreased. Then comes the 2nd stage where Krishna asks independent effort from the Devotee and takes away free gift. At that time Devotee feels no taste to the Holy Names and suffers, laments too much but remains determinate remembering previous experiences.

    In the 3rd verse He gives the instructions of how to chant the Holy Names humble, tolerant, respect to all and to wait for respect to ourselves. 

    Then when we chant in that mood we will again taste the sweetness of the Holy Names and we will loose taste for other things and comes verse 4 na dhanam, na janam na sundarim...

    just for simple answer please see the below link also.


    Your servant,

  • Volunteer

    Hare krishna Mataji. Dandavat Pranam. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada

    Its like tasting honey. And you forget the body and world, stopping chanting gives a feeling that you were in a honey land and a great separation from krishna.

    your aspiring servant

    Hari Bol

  • Volunteer

    Hare Krishna!!! I have a Vaishnava friend who stays in Vrindavan. He takes so pleasure in chanting that when I asked him how does he feel while chanting, He said-'It's just like you keep on chanting, forgetting hunger and thirst and you never want to stop. When you stop, you have an aching pain in heart as if you have been separated from Krishna. Everything becomes subordinate to the pleasure of chanting Lord's Holy Name.'

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