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OM MY GOD! Part one

By Mahanidhi Swami The chanting of the spiritual mantra OM, the primordial vibration of transcendence, Divinity in sound, is probably one of most popular chanting mantras in the world. Before coming to Krishna consciousness many devotees…
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Mantra Siddhi

By Mahanidhi Swami This is the last article in our series of articles on Sri Guru and Mantra Tattva, offered in glorification of Srila Vyasadeva and all divine preceptors on the most auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima. Here we will…
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How to Chant Mantras? - part two

By Mahanidhi Swami Now we will discuss physical posture and its effect on chanting success. Yoga mantra sastras recommend that one should sit perfectly still (no shaking the head or pacing back and forth) with a straight back, because an…
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How to Chant Mantras? - Part three

By Mahanidhi Swami Determination, sincerity and devotion in mantra chanting will definitely bring perfection. Iskcon’s Deity worship manual also encourages correct posture along with manasika or silent japa chanting: "Japa refers to…

How to Chant Mantras- part one

By Mahanidhi Swami In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna says that among sacrifices He is japa yajna, the sacrifice of chanting japa. The Agni Purana defines japa thus: “The syllable “ja” destroys the cycle of birth and death, and the syllable…
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How Do Mantras Work?

By Mahanidhi Swami We are chanting the greatest of all possible mantras: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!!! And we are all chanting our diksha mantras with faith, love, determination,…
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Mantra, Nama and Need for Diksha - Part two

By Mahanidhi Swami Om emanates from Krishna's flute and manifests first as Gayatri, then as the Vedas, the Vedanta-sutras, and finally as the Srimad Bhagavatam. In its beginning, middle and end the Srimad Bhagavatam stresses the efficacy…
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Mantra, Nama and Need for Diksha- part one

By Mahanidhi Swami The sastras repeatedly stress the incredible power of chanting Krishna's holy names. Harinama, even without diksa, or any preliminary rites of purification immediately produces results as soon as it contacts the tongue,…
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Brahma-gayatri and Hare Krishna Maha-mantra

By Mahanidhi Swami The Brahma-gayatri, om bhur bhuvah svah tat savitur varenyam… is certainly a most powerful and purifying mantra available to the fortunate few. However, the pancharatrika diksha mantras and the Hare Krishna maha-mantra…
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Who is My Guru? Part one

By Mahanidhi Swami When one becomes serious about spiritual progress in life he/she may seek a Guru to learn how to attain spiritual perfection. But who is my guru, what to look for, and how to choose which one among the thousands of divine…