Bloor St., Toronto
Getting Down With the Mantra
There are sixteen words that encompass the maha-mantra, which is taken seriously by those of the bhakti persuasion, and preferably uttered in the morning for setting a good spiritual note; though the sound is welcome anytime of the day. There is no hard and fast rule for chanting, however, it should be noted that one makes the effort to communicate with the Divine through this medium of chanting at some time. I spend a portion of my night chanting on my beads but I also fix myself (usually on a chair) and chant before the murti (image) of our guru, Prabhupada, in the morning.
Recently I met a fellow who inquired about the meaning of the three-word combination that adds up to sixteen in total. “Krishna,” I explained, “refers to the beautiful Creator. ‘Hare’ refers to the feminine aspect of the Creator, and ‘Rama’ expresses the joy that is delivered from serving the Divine Father, Krishna, and the Divine Mother, Radha. When we say ‘Hare’ it means ‘Radha’.”
I had asked Billy, the fellow who runs Temple Groove, to tell us what he does with the maha-mantra, or the Great Mantra, for Deliverance, and he responded with a short video on the Walking Monk Instagram. He was near the Humber River giving an explanation on what he does with this easy-to-do meditation while on the trail. As he did so, during the brisk morning, I took advantage of a nighttime trek on Bloor Street to chant my japa, on meditation beads.
May the Source be with you!