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"Although there is no difference between Hare Krishna and the Vedic mantras beginning with omkara, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the leader of the spiritual movement for this age, has recommended that one chant 'Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.'"

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Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.5.26

[Of the innumerable collections of spiritual teachings found in Vedic literature, Srimad-Bhagavatam is considered the topmost. Vedic literature is sometimes said to be a “desire tree,” a tree that can yield whatever one might desire, and of that tree the Srimad-Bhagavatam is said to be the ripe and most relishable fruit.

This chapter of Srimad-Bhagavatam describes events occurring just after the formation of the universe, when Daksha, one of the universal progenitors, had instructed his many sons to mentally prepare themselves for family life (and subsequently increasing the population). To Daksha's dismay, every one of his sons chose instead to remain celibate and completely dedicate themselves to achieving the highest goal of spiritual life. At this point in the narration, Daksha's second group of sons is about to choose the same spiritual path as the previous group.]

TRANSLATION

At Narayana-saras, the second group of sons performed penances in the same way as the first. They bathed in the holy water, and by its touch all the dirty material desires in their hearts were cleansed away. They murmured mantras beginning with omkara and underwent a severe course of austerities.

PURPORT:

Every Vedic mantra is called brahma because each mantra is preceded by the brahmaksara (aum or omkara). For example, om namo bhagavate vasudevaya.

Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita (7.8), pranavah sarva-vedesu: “In all the Vedic mantras, I am represented by pranava, or omkara.” Thus chanting of the Vedic mantras beginning with omkara is directly chanting of Krishna’s name. There is no difference.

Whether one chants omkara or addresses the Lord as “Krishna,” the meaning is the same, but Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has recommended that in this age one chant the Hare Krishna mantra (harer nama eva kevalam).

Although there is no difference between Hare Krishna and the Vedic mantras beginning with omkara, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the leader of the spiritual movement for this age, has recommended that one chant Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.




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