New Book: The Power of the Maha-Mantra
The Power of the Maha-Mantra: What’s So Special About Chanting Hare Krishna.
A New Book by Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp)
I came out with this book about a year ago. It was meant to be a fairly easy to read book that encapsulated the essence of the meaning of the Hare Krishna mantra, and the importance of it, primarily based on quotes from shastra, in a format that is quick and easy to read. So, far it has been doing very well through Amazon.com, having distributed nearly 6000 copies since that time through sales and the Kindle KENP program. I actually had no idea so many people would be interested in the process of chanting Hare Krishna.
There are certain channels through which the higher spiritual frequencies become approachable by humanity, and by which the Infinite descends into this world. One channel is through transcendental sound. The Hare Krishna Maha-mantra is one such channel of pure spiritual vibration. The mantra is therefore a point of meditation for the mind, but also a formula or transcendental sound vibration that releases its energy into one’s consciousness. Thus it can prepare a person for perceiving higher states of reality. With continued practice with this mantra, and with the proper devotional mood, the mantra can uplift our mind in many ways, help us rise above bad habits and thought patterns, and can even reveal the Absolute Truth to the practitioner. It can also show one’s own spiritual identity and relationship that you have with the Supreme Being.
Additional topics in this book include:
How Mantra-Yoga is a necessity for this age.
How to chant Om properly.
How the Maha-mantra works and what makes it so effective.
The meaning and significance of the Maha-mantra.
How spiritual realization can be attained through chanting the Maha-mantra.
The great good fortune of those who chant the Maha-mantra, and the bliss found in chanting it.
How to attain the spiritual world through the Maha-mantra.
How to practice the chanting of the Maha-mantra to release its fullest potential.
This book will help open the spiritual possibilities as well as bliss that you can attain through the simple process of chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra.
The reason that chanting the Lord’s names is such an effective process is because the Lord and His names are identical: they are the same spiritual energy. By chanting Hare Krishna we are in immediate contact with God. If we chant someone else’s name, we cannot enjoy their association because the name and the person are different. For example, by chanting “water, water, water,” we do not quench our thirst because water and the name are two different things. But in the spiritual world everything is absolute. Krishna is nondifferent from His names and, therefore, we can feel His presence simply by chanting His names. This is further elaborated in the Caitanya-caritamrta (Madhya-lila, 17.131-133), which explains that there is no difference between the Lord’s name, form, or personality, and they are all transcendentally sweet. Krishna’s name is the same as Krishna Himself, and is not material in any way. It gives spiritual benedictions and is full of pleasure. But in the material world everything is different. Furthermore, in Caitanya-caritamrta (Adi-lila, 17.22, and the Padma Purana), the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is said to be the sound incarnation of Krishna, and anyone who chants this mantra is in direct association with Krishna and is delivered from the clutches of the material energy. This book will explain all of this.
MANTRA-YOGA: A NECESSITY FOR THIS AGE
THE OM MANTRA
Om Meditation Technique
THE POWER OF THE MAHA-MANTRA: HOW IT WORKS
THE IMPORTANCE AND MEANING OF THE HARE KRISHNA MAHA-MANTRA
The Significance of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra for This Present Age of Kali-yuga
THE MAHA-MANTRA IS THE BEST MEANS FOR SPIRITUAL REALIZATION
Chanting the Maha-Mantra Purifies the Consciousness * Self-Realization Through Chanting * Important Benefits of Chanting the Holy Names * The Holy Name is Always Effective * Chanting the Holy Names is Best Process Even for Householders * Lord Vishnu’s Names are More Powerful than the Greatest Holy Places
THE GREAT GOOD FORTUNE OF ONE WHO CHANTS HARE KRISHNA
The Bliss in Chanting the Holy Names * The Most Worshipful Object is the Holy Name
ATTAINING LIBERATION THROUGH CHANTING
How the Maha-Mantra can Deliver all Living Beings
HOW TO CHANT THE HARE KRISHNA MAHA-MANTRA
Putting it into Practice * Conclusion
GOD INAUGURATES THE MAHA-MANTRA
THE HOLY NAME IS THE INCARNATION OF GOD FOR THE AGE OF KALI-YUGA
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