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  • Hare Krishna,

    Mantras with Om at the beginning and ending with Namaha, are to be strictly done after taking guru upadesha.

    Nama mantras' like Mahamantra which contains only Holy names in it can be chanted by anyone even doesn't require any guru upadesha.

    Nama mantras are very different from the vaidika mantras, as they are composed only of the Lord’s name. Such mantras carry the exact same potency as the vaidika mantras, but in a manner accessable to all.

    If you take the mantra " OM Shri Krishanaya Namaha" it is having Krishna name in it.. apart from it if u simply take om and namaha repeate is om namaha om namha om namah.. it is have not a great importance.. Unless you add the holy name Krishna to it.  

    Where as in Mahamantra which is composed of all Holy names is very very very potent as if has all Lord's names only in it.

    The Hare Krishna maha-mantra is a nama-mantra, a mantra composed only of the Lord’s names. Hari, Krishna, and Rama, along with their eternal consorts, are invoked with this divine chant. Being a nama-mantra, there are no hard and fast rules for chanting this maha-mantra, nor does one need to receive the mantra from a guru through upadesha.

    “There are no restrictions (niyamas) for chanting the Lord’s name; neither must one take consideration of the time or circumstances.”

    The nama-mantras are the Lord’s special mercy to the fallen souls of the Kali-yuga. Those of us with no proper spiritual qualification can still attain the Lord and associate with Him through His divine name. In this present age of Kali-yuga, it is especially recommended that one chant this Hare Krishna maha-mantra. It is described in the shastras that this hari-nama-sankirtana is the yuga-dharma (religious process) for this age.

    According to the Kali-santarana Upanishad, the Hare Krishna mahamantra is the taraka-mantra for this age. It is the great mantra of deliverence for all, and anyone may take to its chanting regardless of birth, caste, religion or qualification.

    The Hare Krishna maha-mantra, composed of 16 names and 32 syllables, is the only means to countract the evil-effects of Kali-yuga. In all the Vedas it is seen that to cross the ocean of nescience there is no alternative to the chanting of the Lord’s holy names.

    Hare Krishna.

  • Sevak

    Hare Krsna 

    I would like to know whether I can also chant the Mantra Om shri Krishnaya Namaha along with Mahamanta

    Yes, The second of the 8 written teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is as follows

    nāmnām akāri bahudhā nija-sarva-śaktis

    tatrārpitā niyamitaḥ smaraṇe na kālaḥ

    etādṛśī tava kṛpā bhagavan mamāpi

    durdaivam īdṛśam ihājani nānurāgaḥ

    TRANSLATION

    “‘My Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, in Your holy name there is all good fortune for the living entity, and therefore You have many names, such as "Kṛṣṇa" and "Govinda," by which You expand Yourself. You have invested all Your potencies in those names, and there are no hard and fast rules for remembering them. My dear Lord, although You bestow such mercy upon the fallen, conditioned souls by liberally teaching Your holy names, I am so unfortunate that I commit offenses while chanting the holy name, and therefore I do not achieve attachment for chanting.’

    So as Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has said Sri Krsna has innumerable names and each of them is as potent as Sri Krsna Himself. 

    Still the Hare Krsna Mahamantra is very special, as everyone will realize in the end. There is no restrictions on chanting Om shri Krishnaya Namaha

    Hare Krsna

  • Hare Krishna, 
    Just Chant 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra then you can do it.

    But for minimum 16 rounds you have to chant only Mahamantra.
    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
    Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

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