[Advaita-l] Hare Rama

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Mon Dec 16 21:06:57 CST 2013

In advaita this or any mantra has the purpose of bringing about
chittashuddhi.  Moksha is by only attaining Self realization/Knowledge.

Maybe Upanishadbrahmayogin has commented on the Kalisatrana upanishad if it
is part of the 108 upanishads.


On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 11:27 PM, <rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Scholars,
> In Guruvayoor, there's a living tradition where the mantra "Hare Rama Hare
> Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare
> Hare" is chanted. Muralidhara Swamigal also popularised this mantra in
> Chennai and other places. In one version of Kalisantarana Upanishad, this
> mantra is mentioned and it is said that by chanting this 35 million times,
> the 16 kalas (what are they?) covering the jIva will be removed and the
> parabrahma swarupam will be revealed. Some say that the Ramanandi tradition
> changed the original mantra of the form "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna
> Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare" and the oldest extant
> manuscripts contain only Hare Krishna form.
> The "Hare Krishna" form was popularised by ISKCON though none of the
> gaudiya acharyas refer to Kali Santarana Upanishad. They do talk about Sri
> Krishna Caitanya chanting Hare Krishna but don't mention the source. Given
> that the phala shruti of Hare Krishna mantra in gaudiya tradition is
> Krishna Prema and not realisation of para brahma swarupam, I'm inclined to
> believe that Hare Krishna mantra comes from one Radha Tantra, which
> mentions Krishna Prema as the fruit.
> I would like to know the advaita tradition's view of Hare Rama / Hare
> Krishna mantra and Kalisantarana Upanishad. The earliest reference /
> commentary to this upanishad is by an advaitin (forget his name) according
> a scholarly friend of mine.
> Best Regards
> RV
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