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A group of devotees came to our small town from the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. When they were singing the Maha-Mantra, they would always "break" it into two parts: “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,” then repeat: “Hare Krishna . . .

A group of devotees came to our small town from the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. When they were singing the Maha-Mantra, they would always "break" it into two parts: “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,” then repeat: “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,” then they would sing, “Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare,” and repeat, “Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.” In 30 years, I have never heard the Maha-Mantra sung this way. Could you kindly give me your thoughts on this?

Thanks for your question. Srila Prabhupada did not like taking liberties with the Maha-Mantra. Even adding words like “Bolo” (which just means “chant”) before the mantra would make him angry. He wanted us to just chant the mantra the way Lord Chaitanya chanted it which is,

“Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”

(no break). Srila Prabhupada also did not like tunes in which the names were drawn out for a long time, thus creating a space between the words. So I would suggest that you keep chanting the way you have been. In this age everyone wants to do something "new" so we tend to take liberties, in an attempt to have some variety to enjoy, but this is not appropriate with the Maha-Mantra. We chant for Krishna's enjoyment, not our own. We become happy and satisfied when He is happy and satisfied, and He has shown us how to chant His Name and we also have the instructions from a pure and empowered Vaishnava, Srila Prabhupada, as to what is the proper system.

Hope this is helpful.
Sincerely,
Laxmimoni dasi