What is the purpose of meditation, Yoga, mindfulness, Pranayama, Hypnosis and Self-help? To calm the mind and experience clarity. Ancient traditions have been practicing these techniques for thousands of years and we finally have access to them thanks to the internet and practitioners sharing their experiences with others.
About 500 years ago the Maha-Mantra was introduced and gained popularity within India and in the 1960’s was brought into mainstream media by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada. ‘Mana’ means mind and ‘Tra’ means to control. In the famous book, The Bhagavad Gita, it is discussed how the mind runs like wild horse’s to the objects of the senses, lust, anger, greed, envy….etc. In order to control the mind we must rein in those horses and keep them from running wild by the process of meditation. The wise sages of Vedic times knew that this era in human history would be fraught with distress and suffering. They gathered together, over 5000 years ago, in worry for us and deliberated on the best way to help. The wisest of them, Srila Sukhadeva Gosvami presented the solution in the famous text Srimad Bhagavatam. It was declared that this Maha-Mantra, which was one among many, would be human-kinds best chance at relief from the sufferings of this world. From there, the tradition of chanting was passed down from teacher to student all the way to the present day. In 1999 I was fortunate enough to meet one such master, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. He had been immersed in this chanting his entire life and in his 80’s decided to travel the world to help others find that same peace he found in his meditation practice. He shared with us that, ‘We are all looking for love and happiness. But instead we are suffering from the aches and pains of our bodies, the pulling of our thoughts (mind), and from the situations in our lives that happen out of our direct control.’ He generously gifted us with this Maha-Mantra and the scientific process of chanting.
The ancient sages shared this specific sound vibration to help us with the problems we all face, to clear our minds, open our hearts, to bring us peace and connect us with our highest selves.
This chanting of the Maha-mantra is given free of cost, it can be chanted at anytime, day or night and in any situation. The more you chant the easier it becomes and you may find yourself feeling more peaceful than you ever have. The mantra consists of three words, combined together to create a divine and spiritual sound vibration. The three words are Hare (pronounced Ha-ray) Krsna (Krishna) and Rama. The mantra is as follows:
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
When you begin this meditation, you will want to try and find a time where you can be present and without distraction. Sit down in a quiet place and take a few deep breaths, tell your mind that you will get to all the important things it wants to remind you of after you are done. Chant the mantra out loud for 5 minutes every day until you are comfortable with the pronunciation. Whatever amount of time you dedicate, make sure you do the same amount each day, be steady in your practice. Of course you can always start with a longer amount of time, but 5 minutes is a great start. Gradually you’ll want to increase your chanting time. You can also chant in the car, while doing chores or at work in your mind. It’s a great way to calm yourself during a stressful situation or to wind down at the end of a long day. Some practitioners enjoy chanting on a long walk.
With this simple, effective process, you will feel your mind becoming more peaceful and an overall sense of calm. As you go deeper into this meditative practice and your chanting increases, your taste in the process will increase. You can use the time of your chanting to reveal or offer your worries and fears to the Divine as you would to your best friend. If you have a question or want to know more about this process, send me a message. I’m happy to share and encourage you on this uplifting path!
Madhavi Glick, studied Bhakti Yoga, Maha-Mantra meditation in
India for 4 years under the guidance of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja a stalwart and guide of the Bhakti Yoga tradition. She is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Breathwork Facilitator, and is Certified in Vedic Thai Yoga. Madhavi has been teaching groups and individuals Breathwork, chanting and meditation for the past 10 years. Her gentle, and relaxed nature immediately gives one a sense of calm and solace.