At the Bombay Hare Krishna pandal, tent, Richard (now Radhanath Swami) was stunned to hear the same Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”. Some time ago he had heard the mantra from the song of Ganges. Here at Bombay, Srila Prabhupada was speaking on the meaning of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and he explained that this chanting of the Lord’s Holy Names will reawaken our dormant love for God. Richard also learnt that the process of Bhakti yoga helps us revive our relationship with God. He also discovered that the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra refers to the same blue boy to whom he had been irresistibly attracted at Delhi’s sidewalk. He learnt the boy was none other than Krishna, who is considered as the Supreme Personality of Godhead by the Bhakti yoga practitioners and followers of Srila Prabhupada. Richard also learnt that chanting of Hare Krishna is the means to connect to God.
Radhanath Swami emphasizes on the chanting of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, and has also provided tips and techniques to chant the mantra better and derive maximum benefits. He calls upon a chanter of the Holy Names to pronounce distinctly and hear the Names of the Lord while chanting. He also implores spiritual aspirants to chant with a sense of urgency and love for God. Repeating his guru’s words, Radhanath Swami says that chanting must be ‘heart deep’ and not simply ‘lip deep’. This means we shouldn’t be simply chanting mechanically by moving our lips but rather we must engage our heart in chanting. Only then we can derive spiritual benefit from chanting of the Holy Names of God. Radhanath Swami emphatically asserts, “The holy name of the Lord is not material name under any circumstances and it’s never any less powerful than Krsna Himself. It never comes in contact with the material nature; it is always eternal and liberated. This is because God and God’s name- they are non-different.”
Radhanath Swami compares the Holy Names to the sun; just as the sun is effulgent and brilliant, the Holy Names too are self-illuminating and one who sincerely vibrates these names, derives direct and personal association of God. This is because God incarnates in the modern age in the form of his Holy Names.
Besides, in this world things are constantly changing. Radhanath Swami reveals how in due course of time we will grow older; our children will be married and gone, we will be retired. We will lose our loved ones and we too will be nearing death. At that time we will realize that during all these years one thing hasn’t changed. And that is the Holy Names of the Lord. The Holy Names are our connection to our eternal relationship with God in the spiritual kingdom of God. By sincerely chanting and connecting to God here in the material world, we are confirming our life after death in the spiritual abode of God.