What is the Hare Krishna chant?

Devotees of Krishna chant the Hare Krishna mantra:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
– because the Vedas refer to it as the maha – mantra or “Great
Mantra”. This sixteen-word mantra is especially recommended as the easiest
method for self-realization in the present age of quarrel and hypocrisy ( Kali Yuga).
Krishna is a Sanskrit name of God meaning “all attractive”, and Rama
is another name meaning “reservoir of pleasure”. The divine energy
of God is addressed as Hare. Vedic knowledge teaches that since
we are all constitutionally servants of God, the chanting of His names
is not an artificial imposition on the mind but is as natural as a child
calling for its mother. There are two ways to chant the maha mantra:
group chanting (kirtan) and softly saying the mantra to
oneself (japa). The latter is done by using a string of 108 wooden
prayer beads to enhance concentration. In both methods there are no hard
and fast rules, and anyone can chant with good results.

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