Is the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra Enough? 14 Scriptural Facts to Help You Decide

Hare Krishna mahamantra considers offenses. So there is no ecstasy of love.

‘kṛṣṇa-nāma’ kare aparādhera vichāra; kṛṣṇa balile aparādhīra nā haya vikāra.

Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami reveals the truth about Krishna Nama in Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.8.24:

“There are ten stringent offenses constantly considered (vichara) by the Hare Krishna mahamantra very strictly. Therefore no one feels any ecstatic transformations of love by chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra sincerely even for many many lives.”

No love even by chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra repeatedly for many lives

hena kṛṣṇa-nāma yadi, laya bahu-bāra, tabu yadi prema nahe, nahe aśrudhāra.

tabe jāni, aparādha, tāhāte prachura, kṛṣṇa-nāma-bīja tāhe, nā kare aṅkura.

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.8.29-30 warns us about the cause of our lack of love even after chanting Harinam for many lives:

“Even after chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra constantly and repeatedly (bahu bara) for many many lives, if one does not experience pure love and tears flowing from one’s eyes, then we should be intelligent enough to understand that the ten offenses to Harinam are being constantly committed by us in gigantic proportions (prachura). This is why the seed of the Hare Krishna mahamantra is not sprouting even a little bit in our hearts even after chanting for so many lives.”

One will never attain love for Krishna’s lotus feet even if one hears, chants, or sings the Hare Krishna mahamantra and Radha Krishna’s pastimes for many many lives

bahu janma kare yadi, śravaṇa, kīrtana; tabu ta’ nā pāya kṛṣṇa-pade prema-dhana

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.8.16 exposes the truth why we will never attain love for Krishna’s lotus feet only by Harinam:

“Even if we, for many many lifetimes (bahu janme), sincerely hear Radha Krishna’s pastimes and chant and sing the Hare Krishna mahamantra through the topmost practices of both japa and kirtan, still we will never receive the treasure of love for Krishna’s lotus feet.”

The first offense in the Hare Krishna mahamantra, which all of us are committing constantly in our minds or with our words, totally destroys the seed of love forever

yadi vaiṣṇava-aparādha, uṭhe hātī mātā, upāḍe vā chiṇḍe tāra śukhi’ yāya pātā.

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.19.156 explains the topmost and insurmountable offense in Harinam:

“The mad-elephant-offense – of harboring a critical mentally towards devotees in our mind, words, or actions – is the first and most heinous offense to the Hare Krishna mahamantra. It totally uproots our Bhakti plant from the very root and utterly squashes it to smithereens, till all the leaves of our Bhakti creeper sprouting from this plant entirely shrivel up (upade) and die (chinde).”

Due to the weeds of both of our gross and subtle offenses to the Hare Krishna mahamantra, the seed of Harinam can never sprout in our heart because our same offensive chanting of Harinam waters both these huge weeds and our tiny bhakti creeper at the same time

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.19.157-161 uncovers how our offensive Harinam waters the weeds and eventually chokes up our Bhakti:

tāte mālī yatna kari’, kare āvaraṇa, aparādha-hastīra yaiche nā haya udgama.

kintu yadi latāra saṅge, uṭhe ‘upaśākhā’; bhukti-mukti-vāñchā yata, asaṅkhya tāra lekhā.

‘niṣiddhācāra’, ‘kuṭīnāṭī’, ‘jīva-hiṁsana’; ‘lābha’, ‘pūjā’, ‘pratiṣṭhādi’, yata upaśākhā-gaṇa.

seka-jala pāñā upaśākhā bāḍi’ yāya, stabdha hañā mūla-śākhā bāḍite nā pāya.

prathamei upaśākhāra, karaye chedana; tabe mūla-śākhā bāḍi’ yāya vṛndāvana.

“Even if the gardener (sadhaka) tries to very meticulously construct a protective fencing for guarding against these ten offenses in the Hare Krishna mahamantra, still there is no guarantee that this mad elephant will never arise in his or her heart.” (157)

“In addition to this mad-elephant-offense, there are other very grievous weed-like offenses which subtly take birth in our hearts. These desires are for indulging in harmful desires, liberation into the impersonal brahman, and so on. They are present in infinite numbers in our hearts.” (158)

”Other such extremely dangerous yet very hidden weed-creepers are – indulging in prohibited activities; deceitfulness; violence towards other living entities by our mind, words, and deeds; greed for mundane profit; craving to be worshiped by followers; yearning to become famous and be praised; etc. etc.” (159)

”The same water of our offensive chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra and our offensive hearing, singing, and remembering of Radha Krishna’s pastimes nourishes these weed-creepers to grow much more luxuriantly. Due to that, the main creeper of our bhakti gets totally choked up and cannot grow at all anymore. And eventually it is totally uprooted.” (160)

”So the only hope for our main creeper of Bhakti to grow without any such obstacles is to find a way to cut each and every one of these weed-creepers of our offenses in the Hare Krishna mahamantra right at the very onset, thus totally stop them from growing at all. Only then can the resulting offenseless Hare Krishna mahamantra chanting take us to the real Vrindavana Dhama.” (161)

Bhaktiratna Bhashya: Unfortunately we don’t even have the strength to identify these weeds what to speak of trying to constantly study the ten offenses and trying to conscientiously cut each and every one of these infinite weeds which are infesting and growing so big in our hearts. These weeds are growing so huge by receiving the very same water of our offensive chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra, which we are so “innocently” and foolishly feeding them daily.

Always remember that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura said that the ten offenses to the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra are the greatest sins which any soul can ever commit in the whole creation and have absolutely no atonement at all in the whole creation. That is why the punishment for them is guaranteed in almost all cases even for the most sincere of Harinam chanters and it is the most severe of them all in the whole creation, much more than even mundane sins which are in fact atoneable.

Millions and millions of years of no rati by chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra

In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Chp 10.33, the personified holy place Shri Pushkara Tirtharaja personally warns his great devotee brahmana in Navadvipa as follows:

koṭi-koṭi varṣa dhari, śrī-kṛṣṇa-bhajana; tathāpi nāmete rati, nā pāya durjana.

“Even if one sincerely chants the Hare Krishna mahamantra and worships Lord Shri Krishna for millions upon millions of years (koti koti varsha), still one will not attain any spontaneous attraction for Harinam, because one is committing offenses against the Name.”

Even many many lives of Hare Krishna mahamantra chanting is not enough to give us love

bahu janma kṛṣṇa bhaji’, prema nāhi haya; aparādha-puñja tā’ra, āchaye niścaya.

Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya 1.45 divulges the reason why we don’t get love for Krishna even after chanting Harinam for many many lives:

“Even after worshiping Sri Krishna through the sincere chanting of His Hare Krishna mahamantra for many many lives (bahu janme), we will still not achieve any love for Lord Krishna whatsoever. The simple reason for this obvious fact, without a doubt, is that there are mountains upon mountains of offenses towards Harinam which we have knowingly and unknowingly accumulated in our hearts from time immemorial.”

Krishna’s Name and Krishna’s Abode may deliver only after a very very long time if offenses are present in our hearts

Śrī Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya 6.89 unmasks the real truth why Krishna’s name, pastimes, and abode may deliver us only after a very long time:

yadi aparādha thāke, sādhakera mane; kṛṣṇa-nāme, kṛṣṇa-dhāme, tāre bahu-dine.

“If the ten offenses to the Hare Krishna mahamantra and the ten offenses to Vraja dhama are present in the heart of the chanter or a resident of Vraja dhama, then there is no guarantee that either of Them will deliver that practitioner even after a very very long time (bahu dine) of chanting Harinam or residence in Vrindavan.”

Offenders to the Hare Krishna mahamantra and Vraja dhama attain impersonal liberation which is worse than hell and all other punishments

braja-tattva navadvīpa-tattve dekhe bheda; kṛṣṇa-aparādhī labhe nirvāṇa abheda.

Śrī Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya 6.86 discloses the difference in mercy between Krishna dhama and Navadvipa-Ekachakra dhama:

Lord Nitai Himself proclaims to Srila Jiva Goswami, “Just see the difference between Vraja Lila and Navadvipa Lila. Offenders to Lord Krishna in the Form of the Hare Krishna mahamantra and His Vraja dhama become one with the brahmajyoti (niravana abheda) of the Lord for zillions of years and thus lose the chance to do Bhakti almost forever.”

Offenders to Krishna name and above are called daityas or demons of the topmost order and they are punished heavily

Śrī Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya 1.56 bares the difficult to accept truth about the severe punishment for offenses in Vraja dhama:

anyānya tīrthera kathā, rākha bhāi dūre; aparādhī daitya daṇḍa, pāya brajapure.

“What to speak of all the other holy places in creation, even in the topmost Vraja dhama of Lord Krishna, the offensive souls to Krishna’s abode and name are considered as demons (daitya) and punished heavily (danda).”

What Bewildered Souls Never Think About?

navadvipa dhama mahatmya

Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya, Parikrama Khanda 1.42-58 exposes the most closely-guarded secret of Kaliyuga in very simple yet direct words as follows:

krishna nama, krishna dhama, mahatmya apara; shastrera dvaraya jane sakala samsara. tabu ta sadharane krishna-prema nahi haya, ihara karana tumi chintaha hiyaya. ihate achaye ta eka gudha-tattva sar, maya-mugdha jiva taha na kare vichar. bahu janma krishna bhaji prema nahi haya, aparadha-punja tara achaya nischaya. shri chaitanya avatare bada vilakshana, aparadha-sattve jiva labhe prema-dhana. nitai chaitanya bali jei jiva dake, suvimala krishna-prema anveshaye take. aparadha badha tara kichu nahi kare; nirmala krishna-preme tara ankhi jhare. svalpa kale aparadha apani palaya; hrdaya sodhita haya prema bade taya.

“The glories of Krishna Nama and Krishna Dhama are infinite. The whole world knows these glories very well through the scriptures. But still why are the common people not getting pure love for Krishna? The answer to this question is the secret of all secrets which the souls in illusion will unfortunately never ask or think about ever. The only cause for not attaining Krishna-prema even after worshiping Radha Krishna for trillions of births is the mountains upon mountains of offenses accumulated in the hearts of the souls from time immemorial. Lords Nitai Gaura’s incarnations are however very unorthodox, powerful, and unparalleled. They grant Krishna-prema even when these zillions of offenses are still present in our hearts. Thus, miraculously these offenses, which are still present in our heart, cannot create any further obstacles. The topmost Krishna-prema starts searching for that soul and forcibly enters into the heart of that most fortunate soul who cries out the names of Nitai Gauranga in Kirtan. As a consequence, his or her eyes quickly start weeping with the purest tears of Krishna-prema, even with the offenses still present in our hearts. And eventually but very astonishingly in a very short time these offenses in our hearts flee far away and his or her heart becomes supremely pure as it should be, thereby increasing the intensity of his or her Krishna-prema even more.”

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Reveals The Deepest Secret

Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada makes this same secret truth extremely clear in his soul-shocking Anubhashya commentary to the original 1.8.31 verse of Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita. His commentary is a supremely shining confirmation of this conversation between Lord Krishna and Lord Anantadeva. In my humble opinion, this is the only commentary which all Gaudiyas need to always remember, never forget, and discuss daily for the rest of their lives till their very last breath. Because Maya makes us easily forget this secret of all secrets and tempts us daily to directly approach Radha Krishna’s Names, Pastimes and Abode so that she can keep us here for zillions of more births:

krishna-nāma aparādhera vichār karena, gaura-nityānandera nāme aparādhera vichār nai. aparādhi krishna-nāma grahana karilei kakhanei nāma-phala (krishna-prema) lābha karena nā. aparadhi thaka-kaleu gaura-nityanandera nama grahanakari nama karite karite aparadha mochanante nama-phala labha karena. ihara vichara o siddhanta ei je – gaura-nityanandera nikata krishna-vimukha sadhaka krishna unmukha haibara janya gamana karena. ara sadhanasiddha, anarthamukta, krishnaunmukera uccharya krishna-nama anarthayukta avasthaya kakhanei phala (krishna-prema) pradana kare na. gaura-nityananda anarthayukta jivera sevya-vastu haoyaya tahadera seva jivera krishnaseva apeksha adhiktara prayojaniya. sadhaka shikshara apraptite siddhabhimane krishna-namera seva karite udyata haile tahara anarthaei asiya upasthita haya. kintu nitai-gaurera bhajane siddhabhimanera chalana na rakhiya anarthayukta avasthayeo jagadguru shikshaka dvayera nikata upasthita haile tahara tahadigake anarthamukta karaiya tanhadigera svayam-rupa o svayam-prakasha svarupa uplabdhi karana. tahatei jivera svarupa-gyanera udaya haya. krishna-nama o gaura-nama – ubhayei namira sahita abhinna. krishnake gaura apeksa laghu va sankirna baliya janile, uhake avidyara karya baliya janite haibe.

prakritapakshe jivera prayojana-vichare shri gaura-nityanandera nama grahanera upayogita adhiktara.

shri gaura-nityananda udara evam audaryera abhyantare madhura. krishnera udarta kevala mukta, siddha ashritajana ganera upara. gaura-nityanandera audarya-shrote anarthayukta aparadhi jiva bhogamaya aparadhera haste haite mukta haiya gaura-krishnera pada-padma labha karena.

“It is an indisputible fact that the holy name of Krishna considers our offenses. Whereas in the holy names of Nitai Gaura there is no consideration of any offenses whatsoever. So offenders (like us) will never ever truly attain the real fruit of Nama (Krishna Prema) by directly approaching Radha Krishna’s Name, Pastimes, and Abode. Hence, as long as offenses are present in our hearts, Nitai Gaura’s Names are the only approachable and acceptible Names for us. By constantly remembering Them, our offenses end forever and so does our offensive mentality from the very root. Only at that time, we will attain the the real fruit of Krishna Nama. I will now explain the thought-process and the siddhanta behind this. The practitioner who is enviously averse to Krishna has to approach Nitai Gaura first to become favorably disposed towards Krishna. Because the Name of Krishna, which is utterable only for the sadhana-siddhas, anartha-muktas, and krishna-unmukhas, will never ever award Krishna-prema to those practitioners who are full of anarthas. Thus Nitai Gaura are the ONLY worshipable objects for the souls filled with anarthas. And hence Their service is much much more suitable, desirable, and recommended (prayojaniya) for such souls than the service of Krishna. An immature practitioner due to lack of proper guidance (shiksha) considers oneself perfect due to false ego and tries to directly indulge in the service of Krishna’s name. But one’s anarthas become so prominent at that time due to such a direct egotistic indulgence in Harinam. Somehow if due to some stroke of extreme good fortune, if such an offensive soul gives up that false ego of thinking oneself advanced enough to indulge in Krishna’s name directly and instead surrenders to the worship of Nitai Gaura one-pointedly, then the two Jagadguru Shikshak Lords make that soul totally anartha-free and make him or her attain the direct darshana of Their Svayam Rupa (Gaura) and Svayam Prakasha (Nitai) forms. With this, the svarupa gyana or the realized knowledge of one’s constitutional position arises in the heart of that soul. Both the name of Krishna and the names of Nitai Gaura are totally non-different from the Nami Lord. Considering One of Them to be higher or lower than the Other on the absolute platform is to be considered a manifestation of gross ignorance or avidya.*

“But even then, considering the fallen position of the people of this age and the spiritual benefit awarded to them in their present condition, the remembrance of the names of Nitai Gaura is much more useful and essential than even the chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra.”

“In the beginning Lords Nitai Gaura are supremely liberal and generous (audarya). And eventually They Themselves become supremely sweet (madhurya) also. The magnanimity of Lord Krishna and His name and pastimes is ONLY showered on fully liberated (mukta) and perfected (siddha) souls sheltered under Him. Therefore, only and only by the unconditional mercy of this liberal and generous nature of Lords Nitai Gaura can the constantly offensive and anartha-yukta soul become free from the clutches of one’s envious offenses arising from sense-gratification and truly attain the lotus feet of Lord Gaura Krishna.”

Srila Prabhupada confirms the same in his own purport

Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s commentary to this same verse of Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi-Lila 8.31 is clearly a summarized essence of his own Srila Gurudeva’s above commentary:

“A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should not indulge in the worship of Shri Radha and Krishna or the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Even if he does so, he cannot get the desired result. One should therefore chant the names of Nitai Gaura and worship Them without false prestige. In the beginning, one should very regularly chant Shri Gaurasundara’s holy name and then chant the holy name of Lord Nityananda. Thus one’s heart will be cleansed of impure desires for material enjoyment. Then one can approach Vrindavana-dhama to worship Lord Krishna.”

What is Not Sahajiyaism?

In the Amrita Pravaha Bhashya to the Introduction of Chaitanya-Charitamrita, Adi-lila Chapter 8, Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura categorily establishes:

ihAte bujhite haibe ye, nAmAparAdhIra sAttvika vikArAdi kevala chalamAtra. yini akapaTe chaitanya-nityAnandera nAma laIyA Ananda prakAza karena, prabhudvaya tAhAra hRdayake sAkSAt niraparAdha karena.

“We should factually understand this deep secret that the ecsatic symptoms manifested by an offensive chanter of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is simply a show off or a ruse to cheat others. Only for one who remembers the Names of Nitai Gaura with a simple and non-duplicitous heart and openly expresses his or her bliss due to that, the two Lords Nitai Gaura will personally make his or her heart truly free of all offenses forever.”

I am chanting the Pancha Tattva mantra. So all the above verses don’t apply to me.

Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Govardhan Das — Bombay 18 October, 1973:

“Who is that rascal sannyasi who has recommended to chant Pancha Tattwa mantra on the japa beads? First, send me his name.”

Srila Prabhupada did not allow us to chant or sing the Pancha Tattva mantra more than three times before kirtana or japa. So if you think that just those three times of Pancha Tattva daily is a sufficient solution to counteract the insurmountable offenses described in all the above verses then you will have a very hard time to explain why Vaishnava Sarvabhauma Sakshat Rasika Manjari Srila Jagannatha dasa babaji, the originator of the Pancha Tattva mantra himself, left Vraja after 100 years of the most intense bhajana possible and went to Navadvipa, while constantly repeating only one sentence that Krishna is the giver of justice whereas Nitai Gaura are the only forgivers of every kind of offense we can ever do and the only liberal givers of causeless and unconditional mercy.

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3 thoughts on “Is the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra Enough? 14 Scriptural Facts to Help You Decide”

  1. Thanks dear Gurudeva for the article on these truths of the offenses considered by Harinam. All glories to you for mercifully emphasizing on these facts and Nitai Gaura’s topmost mercy on the conditioned souls. Wish to experience a drop of it.👂निताइ👈 हरे कृष्ण Dandvat Pranams🙏🌷

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  2. Jai Ho!! What an article. Thank you so much for putting all these proofs into one place. I will refer to this again and again. All glories to you Gurudev. Jai Sri Sri Sri Jahnavi Vasudha Nitai!

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  3. “Krishna is the giver of justice whereas Nitai Gaura are the only forgivers and givers of causeless mercy.”– can’t believe how Krishna and Nitai Gaur are same, yet so different !! Your article is simply mind opening for all those who are blindly following others ! Causeless mercy of Nitai has bestowed upon us, that we are getting to read all these articles of yours in this very life ! Thank you..

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