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Hare Krishna Mantra: References

Because we think it's important, here are even more references for our statements about the Hare Krishna mantra:

  • Kali-santarana Upanishad:

    "hare krishna hare krishna
krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama
rama rama hare hare

    iti sodasakam namnam
natah parataropayah
sarva-vedesu drsyate

    'After searching through all the Vedic literature, one cannot find a method of religion more sublime for this age than the chanting of Hare Krishna.'”

    - quoted in Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila 3.40, Purport

  • Brihan-naradiya Purana: "‘For spiritual progress in this Age of Kali, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative to the holy name, the holy name, the holy name of the Lord.’"

    - quoted in Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila 7.76, Purport

  • Narada-pancharatra: "“The essence of all Vedic knowledge—comprehending the three kinds of Vedic activity [karma-kanda, jñana-kanda and upasana-kanda], the chandas, or Vedic hymns, and the processes for satisfying the demigods—is included in the eight syllables Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna. This is the reality of all Vedanta. The chanting of the holy name is the only means to cross the ocean of nescience.”

    - quoted in Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila, 7.76, Purport

  • Narayana-samhita: "“In Dvapara-yuga one could satisfy Krishna or Vishnu only by worshiping Him gorgeously according to the pañcaratriki system (temple Deity worship), but in the Age of Kali one can satisfy and worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead Hari simply by chanting the holy name.”

    quoted in Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila 7.76, Purport

  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 12.3.51: "My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom."

    - Sukadeva Goswami

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