Madhurya-bhava Conception of the Maha-mantra

Hare: The vocative form of Hara is Hare indicating Sri Radha, the supreme pleasure potency of Krsna, who forever enchants the mind of Krsna.

Krsna: The word Krsna comes from akarsana meaning attraction. By the melodious sound of His flute, Vrajendranandana Krsna forcefully attracts (akarsana) the Vraja-gopis from their homes. Attracted to Krsna, the gopis abandon their shyness, families, social customs, bodily demands and various dharmas (loka,veda, kula and deha).

Rama: Krsna is glorified as Rama because the matchless beauty of His body saturates the minds and senses of the Vraja-gopis with endless bliss.

Rama-from the syllable "ra" Radhika comes forth and from the syllable "ma" comes Madhava,or Madhusudana. These two names are both transcendental forms, and the rasas They produce are extremely blissful."

Union and Separation in the Maha-mantra

There are three ista devas in the Hare Krsna maha-mantra: Radha, Krsna and Prema (The Divine love Between Them).

Hare Krsna-means Radha-Krsna together, united in love. They continually relish a unique type of inconceivably powerful, all-attractive, unlimitedly sweet love known as madhurya-prema. This prema binds Radha and Krsna with its immense magnetic force. Radha-Krsna relish this extraordinary prema in its highest expression. The living entities can also taste this wonderful madhurya-prema by assisting the meeting of the Divine Couple.

Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna...While chanting the maha-mantra one should deeply contemplate the pure beauty, taste and sweetness of the prema that forcefully pulls Radha toward Krsna and Krsna toward Radha. Hare Krsna-Hare Krsna. Try to feel and understand this prema. Fervently pray for the day when Radha-Krsna will bestow vraja-prema upon us...Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna.

Krsna Krsna...means Radha is separated from Krsna. Missing the splendid taste of His prema, Radha cries out, "Krsna! Krsna! Where is Krsna? Where can I find Krsna?" While chanting the maha-mantra one should remember Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, absorbed in radha-bhava and crying out "Krsna Krsna Krsna Krsna Krsna Krsna Krsna He!" May we unite Radha with Krsna by the purity of our service attitude toward the holy name...Krsna-Krsna.

Hare Hare...means Krsna is separated from Radha. Missing the deliciously sweet taste of Her love, Krsna cries "Hare! Hare! Where is Radha?Where can I find Radha? May we unite Krsna with Radha by the purity of our service attitude toward the holy name...Hare-Hare.

Hare Rama...Hare means Radha the Ramani, the most beautiful, charming young lover who perfectly pleases Krsna in unlimited ways. Rama means Radha Raman Krsna who is perfectly expert in delighting Radha.

Hare Rama Hare Rama...United again, Radha-Madhava's madhurya prema overflows with an especially exuberant taste enhanced and nourished by Their recent separatio...Hare Rama Hare Rama.

Rama Rama...means that Ramani Radha is again painfully separated from Her beloved Radha Raman Krsna. Radha cries out, "Rama! Rama! Where is Rama? Where can I find My Raman?"...Rama-Rama.

Hare Hare...means Krsna tortured in separation from His beloved Radha. Feeling totally empty without Her, Krsna cries out, "Hare! Hare! Where is Radha? Where can I find My Ramani?...Hare-Hare.

Thus vraja-prema compels Radha-Krsna to continually experience union and separation in Their amorous pastimes within the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. One should chant the maha-mantra with complete submission, the utmost humility, and a pure service attitude. By sincerely praying for the causeless mercy of Radha-Govinda, the maha-mantra may someday reveal these sublime truths and bestow the precious treasure of vraja-prema.