14. A Sixteenth-Century Incarnation of Krishna

Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, a sixteenth-century full incarnation of Krishna, popularized the chanting of God’s names all over India. He constantly sang these names of God, as prescribed in the Vedic literatures: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. This Hare Krishna chant, or mantra, is a transcendental sound vibration. It purifies the mind and awakens the dormant love of God that resides in the hearts of all living beings. Lord Caitanya requested His followers to spread the chanting to every town and village of the world.

Anyone can take part in the chanting of Hare Krishna and learn the science of spiritual devotion by studying the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. This easy and practical process of self-realization will awaken our natural state of peace and happiness.

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