Order of chanting MAHAMANTRA

Hare Krishna to All Devotees!!


Jai Srila Prabhupada!!


My Question is regarding the order of chanting of Mahamantra.


Hare Krishna Mahamantra is coming from Kali Santarana Upanishad.

Although we in ISKCON follow a order of chanting to be uniqely aligned with all devotees.


But Can we chant Mahamantra in different order like


Hare Rama Hare Rama , Rama Rama Hare Hare

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare!!


If yes, is it equally potent as the other one or vice versa!!


Thanks for your replies in Advance!!


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  • hare krsna sandeep pr.,
    benu mataji. has rightly said. the discription told is exactly what i have heard. once indra performed a yajna, but mistakenly pronounced one syllable of some mantra in a longer tone which resulted in the birth of a demon from the yajna fire. the hare ram mantra should be pronounced in a perticular tone in a calculated amt of time and so on as mentioned bu benu mataji..hence srikrishna chaitanya mahaprabhu gave an easy alternative with the same potency. hope u get satisfied
    • Yes Prabhuji, Thank You....

      Hare Krishna!!
  • Hare krishna siddharth....
    I think I am not eligible now to read our purans...
    first we have to understand Sri Mad Bhagwad gita n SriMad Bhagwatam then we shud move ahead...

    Well watever i wrote i heard it in a CD of hare krishna Mahamantra by Vinod aggarwal ji.....
    I dont know whther he is an ISKCON follower or not but he specifically mentioned in his words that SriChaityna mahaprabhu had done this.......
    Also on the cover of CD, there is picture of Gaura-Nitai...
    I will send u the pic of CD cover soon and also try to send the MP3 file of the content of that CD......

    Hope it satisfies .....
    Plz let me know even i m wrong and i felt sorry to krishna n chaityna mahaprabhu if all this theory is not correct.....

    Also i think that we shud do more devotional services with full dedication rather than indulging and thinking deep in such issues...... We must think about all this but at some extent only coz we have imperfect senses....
  • Hare Krishna.....

    Well In our Scriptures ,The order of Mahamantra was

    Hare Rama Hare Rama , Rama Rama Hare Hare
    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare!!

    But to chant this mahamantra one should have various qualifications like he must be pure brahman, he must wear janeyu...he must be pure vaishnava and many other..
    A normal person were not allowed to chant in this order.

    But when sri chaitnaya mahaprabhu saw that in kaliyug , it is tough for normal human being to follow all these rules n regulations.
    and if he dont follow these rules , he cannot take hari name and cant chant mahamantra.

    As he is Lord himself,,,he reverses the order of this mahamantra and it becomes,

    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Hare Rama Hare Rama , Rama Rama Hare Hare!!!!!!

    by reversing its order, he also frees it with so many rules n regulations....
    so that everyone can take hari naam and chant mahamantra

    This is all by Lord Chaityna's mercy that we all can chant this mahamantra freely just by concentrating our mind on krishna.......

    Plz let me know if u r unclear somewhere and if i m wrong at some point....


    HARE RAM HARE RAM RAM RAM HARE HARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AND BE HAPPY!!!!!!
    • Thank You Mataji,

      Thank you for Very Nice explaintaion!!

      Actually I attended a course in RISHIKESH, where they used "Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare......" And when I asked them about order they told to chant either way but stick to one order and in ISKCON as you mentioned we follow the order "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare......."

      I got it from Wikipedia -
      The mantra was popularized by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu roughly around 1500 CE when he began his mission to spread this mantra publicly to "every town and village" in the world, travelling throughout India, and especially within the areas of Bengal and Orissa.[12] Some versions of the Kali Santarana Upanishad give the mantra with Hare Rama preceding Hare Krishna(as quoted above), and others with Hare Krishna preceding Hare Rama. as in Navadvipa version of the manuscript. The latter format is by far the more common within the Vaishnava traditions.[13] It is a common belief that the mantra is equally potent when spoken in either order.[14]

      Hare Krishna and Yes , Now chant -
      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna , Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama , Rama Rama Hare Hare!!
  • hk parabhuji it is better to follow the ISKCON which is in the parampara disciplic succession since founder acharya himself chants in the way we all do now also, It is coming from Chitanya Mhaprabhu hence is it has nearly recorded 500 years of written history and since it Mahamantra it is coming from the supreme Lord I believe. Any other explanation on this ISKCON desire tree should enlighment.
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