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Tuesday, 11 December 2007 / Published in Articles, Kavicandra Swami / 5,961 views

By Kavicandra Swami

While traveling from Vrindavan to Delhi the drivers regularly stop at the “HARI OM Dhaba” for tea. There is a big CD shop there and they are always broadcasting cinema music. Most of the time I hear songs with lots of “RADHE RADHE” being sung. When I first heard devotees signing like that in some temples, I wondered where the songs and tunes came from. As I moved around in India I learned that they were popular cinema songs. I sometimes worry about what “new” thing will come next.

I think that rather than borrowing from the “sinema sampradaya” we should learn and follow what our acarya’s have given to us. Srila Prabhupada gave us the HARE KRSNA maha mantra and taught us as follows:

Jayadvaita: … names of Krsna as the spiritual master or the acaryas have chanted them, but sometimes I’ll hear that our devotees will be chanting Krsna’s name in different ways that I haven’t heard, in kirtana.
Prabhupada: I do not follow what you say.
Jayadvaita: Just like sometimes we’ll hear our men. They’ll be chanting… Like yesterday I heard that someone was chanting, “Nitai-Gaura, Nitai-Gaura, Nitai-Nitai-Gaura.” Like that, I’ll hear different mantras. Someone is chanting: “Radhe, Radhe, Radhe, Radhe,” like that, at kirtana.
Prabhupada: Well, that is not done by the acaryas. But there is no harm chanting “Radhe.” But sometimes it is degraded to make something new, invention. Therefore better to stick to “Hare Krsna” and to “Sri-Krsna Caitanya Prabhupada-Nityananda.” Otherwise… Just like the sahajiyas, they have invented: “Nitai-Gaura Radhe Syama, Hare Krsna Hare Rama.” These things will come gradually. But they are not approved. They are called chara kirtana (?), means “concocted kirtana.” But there is no harm chanting “Radhe, Nitai-Gaura.” So better stick to this Panca-tattva, and maha-mantra. Just like “Nitai Gaura Radhe Syama, Hare Krsna Hare Rama.” There is “Nitai-Gaura, Radhe Syama,” but it is not approved. Mahajano yena gatah sa panthah [Cc. Madhya 17.186]. We have to follow the mahajana. In Caitanya-caritamrta you’ll find “Sri-Krsna-Caitanya Prabhu-Nityananda, Sri-Advaita Gadadhara…,” never “Nitai Gaura, Radhe Syama.” So why should we do that?”

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3 Responses to “HARI OM Dhaba”

  1. Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.8.16

    mām ugra-dharmād akhilāt pramādān

    nārāyaṇaḥ pātu naraś ca hāsāt

    dattas tv ayogād atha yoga-nāthaḥ

    pāyād guṇeśaḥ kapilaḥ karma-bandhāt


    May Lord Nārāyaṇa protect me from unnecessarily following false religious systems and falling from my duties due to madness. May the Lord in His appearance as Nara protect me from unnecessary pride. May Lord Dattātreya, the master of all mystic power, protect me from falling while performing bhakti-yoga, and may Lord Kapila, the master of all good qualities, protect me from the material bondage of fruitive activities.


  2. I want to say that we are not against chanting of the Names of the Temple Deities at the end of kirtans, as is common practice. We are concerned about the extended chants of things like RADHA RADHA RADHA Jaya Jaya Jaya that are often accompanied by some bollywood dancing.

    In the maha mantra “HARE” refers to Radharani.

    Srila Bhaktisddhanta Saraswati Thakura said that we are devotees of Radharani, so we chant KRSNA.

  3. Antaryami Dasa says :

    Dear varahanarasimha prabhu: my advice is: just keep chanting as srila prabhupada asks us to. Read the books as he asked us to (cover to cover). Our karma to hear, see, experiance things we don’t like or things that bother us will go away in time as do seasons of the year, they come and go and we dont try to stop them do we?. We need to be as the siksastika by sri caitanya mahaprabhu asks us to be, especially the last verse of this prayer. Hare krsna agtsp. by Antaryami dasa