Caution When Hearing Hare Krishna

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Caution When Hearing Hare Krishna

Postby backtohome » Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:16 pm

Question: Caution When Hearing Hare Krishna

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All glories to Srila Prabhupada

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The question that I am asking arose when I heard Srila Prabhupada's Hare Krishna mahamantra purport audio. Srila Prabhupada said that the mahamantra should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee for immediate effect and that hearing from lips of a non devotees should be avoided just as milk touched by lips of a serpent causes poisonous effects.

When finding a pure devotee is so difficult and rare in the Kali yuga, what should we do? Should we be cautious while listening to audios of the Hare Krishna mantra and taking part in kirtans? I mean a person may be singing kirtan ecstatically, but he may not be a pure devotee. So will listening to the mahamantra from him will leave poisonous effects on me?

Your insignificant servant,


Answer: Hear from those on the Pure Bhakti Path

In ISKCON we have all received the Hare Krishna mahamantra from the lips of Krishna's pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada. A Hare Krishna kirtan that is chanted by any of us who are sincerely trying to please Srila Prabhupada by our chanting is beneficial to be heard. Whether we have heard Hare Krishna directly from his lips, as most of his disciples have, or have only heard it from his recordings, as is the case with most of his grand disciples, the potency is the same. So any kirtan which is being sung according to the instructions of Srila Prabhupada is invested with his divine potency and will thus have an uplifting effect on all those who hear it.

The kirtans to be avoided are those that are sung by non-devotees such as the Mayavadis who chant Hare Krishna with a desire to merge into the impersonal Brahman or kirtans sung by those who are chanting for material gain. Even though such kirtans have the holy names present, because such kirtans are tinged by the poisons of impersonalism and sense gratification, they have a poisonous effect, just as milk that has been touched by the lips of a serpent has poisonous effects.

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