Hare Krishna

Vaishnava mantra
The religious movement can be found at International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Hare Krishna is a mantra. It is also known as Maha Mantra. The mantra was made well known even outside Hinduism by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The mantra can be found in many Hinduist traditions in India. Those who believe in it think that when the mantra is heard, spoken, used for meditation or sung this can lead to a higher state of consciousness.[1] According to Gaudiya Vaishnava theology, this higher consciousness takes the form of pure love of God (Krishna).[2] The mantra is contained in the texts of Hinduism known as the Upanishads, which are considered by some scholars to have roots in the Vedic past.[3]


  1. Srimad Bhagavatam 3.14.32 Archived 2009-06-02 at the Wayback Machine " Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare can be chanted both softly to oneself or loudly"
  2. "Caitanya Caritamrta Ml.20.340". Archived from the original on 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  3. Early Krishna-centered traditions are sometimes referred as Bhagavatism or Vasudevism - R D Ranade Mysticism in Maharashtra: Indian Mysticism,p.3: "Vasudevism was indeed no new religion, see: Dr. Bhandarkar, as has been contended sometimes. It was merely a new stress on certain old beliefs which had come down from the days of the Vedas."