My Experiences with the Hare Krishna Mantra

Here I am, with a post on my personal experiences with chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. This was due a long time ago, but I had exams and assignments to work on, so my apologies.

So here’s all the coolio stuff that happened to me with regard to the mantra:

The first time I heard a studio recording of the Hare Krishna mantra with careful attention, I found myself crying. I didn’t know why. There’s a possibility that I was crying over something that was perhaps locked somewhere in my subconscious. But I remember feeling very overwhelmed and completely absorbed in the song. I listened to it and sang it many times after.

One of the most distinct memories I have of the power of the Hare Krishna mantra is this:

I woke up one morning, after having a really weird/bad dream about ghosts and spirits and stuff. (See note at end to read about the dream.) I was horrified and really distressed, like I usually am after dreaming about anything to do with supernatural or paranormal forces. It had also confused me because I couldn’t understand the dream. Maybe it didn’t mean anything, but it was disturbing, nevertheless. So I was walking around the room and I was thinking that I should probably chant to get rid of all this negative energy that’s building up inside me. I was a bit hesitant and unwilling to chant. Yeah, you can call me Karmie. Then this line from a song by People of Faith (now known as Mayapuris I think) came to mind: “Holy shelter is in the Holy Name”

That was enough to get me going. I started to chant. Then I started to feel like Krishna was watching and he was enjoying it. I felt like he was playing his flute to my chanting. I started to dance. Like really dance. It was a very slow, light garba that I had seen Hare Krishnas perform in YouTube videos. My body was airy and I don’t know the proper dance (it is a traditional Indian dance) but I was feeling it, you know? Like really feeling it.

And it was the best feeling in the world.

Other times, while chanting, I have felt Krishna’s presence. I have felt Krishna and Radha looking at me, watching over me while I sang their names. Many times, I have anticipated Krishna’s moods. I have sensed him laughing and giggling in amusement after playing little pranks on me. Like I mentioned above, I have heard him playing the flute along to my singing. Yeah, I do wonder if I concoct these things myself, sometimes. Like, I wonder if I’m just imagining it. Either way, Madhav is present so it’s more than enough. I remember one time I could hear a very sad melody in my head – I was very sad at the time because something awful had happened and I was crying. And then I could hear a very sad melody and I felt as though Madhav was feeling a lot of pain, simply because I was devastated. He really is the Father of the universe. He is the perfect Friend. He is the most adorable Son. The best part is, he is anything you want him to be. And he is that because he is Love.

Hari hari bol.

NOTE:

I dreamed that there was a ghost or spirit around that was controlling me and constricting my body movements. Like a force that put my body in freeze mode. And this was happening while I was washing my legs in the bathroom. The door was closing itself and I called out to someone to hold it open. He held it open and then went away. Then a South Indian lady came in (she was wearing a cross around her neck). I told her to hold the door open (because the spirit was closing it). And I asked her if it was difficult to hold it open and she said it wasn’t. Then I kept watching to door to make sure it wouldn’t close because I had to get the soap off my legs. Afterward, I cried out in exasperation, “Oh Jesus!” Then I spoke to a Christian woman that I know and in the dream she told me that she would try to get rid of the spirit in whatever way she could, i.e. through Jesus.

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8 responses to “My Experiences with the Hare Krishna Mantra

  1. poorvi

    hi, this is perhaps not the right thread to post my question..but i am not getting a proper answer anywhere..all these years i never had interest in wedding..i even had the impression that marriage pulls you into a worldy-bond that takes u far from God..and off late i met a person and all my prejudices vanished. felt like “yes..this is the person with whom i should spend my whole life as long as i live in this mortal world” I know all this is decided by our destiny. yet my heart says “maybe this person is your soul-mate”.

    All this is decided by Krishna. I shouldn’t be worrying when I can’t change Lord’s will. How do we know someone is our soul-mate??

    • DrainPiper

      This is a difficult question. I cannot really tell you much from a religious point of view but yes, I too believe that this is all decided by Krishna. I would say that if you feel like this person is someone you can confide in, someone who is like a good friend, someone you can talk to and depend on and trust, then perhaps this person is your soulmate and would be a good partner in marriage. I would, however, also tell you that sometimes, love isn’t the only thing that should be there. What I mean is that you can love someone but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is a good partner. Maybe they cannot be trusted, maybe they are not ready to be in a committed marriage, etc. So I would suggest to look for things other than just simply love. Your happiness, safety and security must be priority. I hope this helps.

      • Sloni

        Hare Krishna Hare Ram Mantra is very powerful very divine. Yesterday in the evening I suddenely started chanting this mantra don’t know why but suddenly I felt that something not good is going to happen & I just started chanting hare krishna hare ram and just in the front of my dad a car was coming in the full speed and it was just going to hit my dad and when the car was just 2 inches away from my dad suddenly miraculously the car get turned in different direction it was going to be a extremely terrible accident in which it was impossible to be not get hit by that car it was completely just the death giving accident & it was just a miracle that nothing happened with my dad not even a scratch just nothing at all everyone was just amazed to see this & my dad saw the death just in front of him just a inch away and this happened exactly at that time when I was chanting this mantra & I did not know that what will happen or not but I was begging to the God Vishnu that please God save from troubles God plz help me.

      • DrainPiper

        Wow, amazing! Thanks for sharing that! Truly, Krishna is always there to protect his devotees 🙂

        Just to let you know, I have moved this blog to a new address. Please check out http://bloggingupthedrainpipe.blogspot.com for new posts! Thanks 🙂

  2. Hare Krishna
    Whatever experiences you have written are truly amazing. You are a very exalted devotee and such a fortunate soul. I have been chanting Hare Krishna mantra for about a year and it has brought great changes and peace in my life. Initially when I started chanting I could feel the presence of something very positive and peaceful. It was like there was a void inside me which was getting filled up.It satisfied me greatly. Moreover my concentration increased ,my grades shot up,I acquired more will power, confidence and many more things. After reading your post I feel so inspired and happy. Please do pray that I advance more in Krishna Consciousness. I will also pray for you that you continue to advance in your wonderful spiritual life and continue to motivate others.
    Please do reply if you read my comment.
    Hari Bol.

    • DrainPiper

      Oh wow, you speak such kind words! I am nowhere near as exalted as you make me out to be 🙂 I am so happy to see that chanting has brought so many positive changes in your life. I truly believe that each person has their own way of getting closer to Krishna even if that doesn’t include chanting (which is why I don’t think I am exalted by the definition of many devotees). I’m so happy to hear about how it helps you though and I pray to Krishna that with every moment that passes, you feel even closer to him and get to know him better! 🙂

    • Rahul

      Thank you DrainPiper and nikhil104ah4 for sharing your experiences. I googled “my experience hare krishna mantra” and this page was at the top. I wanted to know if people observe anything by chanting the mantra and your shares helped.

  3. Sloni

    Hare Krishna Hare Ram Mantra is very powerful very divine. Yesterday in the evening I suddenely started chanting this mantra don’t know why but suddenly I felt that something not good is going to happen & I just started chanting hare krishna hare ram and just in the front of my dad a car was coming in the full speed and it was just going to hit my dad and when the car was just 2 inches away from my dad suddenly miraculously the car get turned in different direction it was going to be a extremely terrible accident in which it was impossible to be not get hit by that car it was completely just the death giving accident & it was just a miracle that nothing happened with my dad not even a scratch just nothing at all everyone was just amazed to see this & my dad saw the death just in front of him just a inch away and this happened exactly at that time when I was chanting this mantra & I did not know that what will happen or not but I was begging to the God Vishnu that please God save from troubles God plz help me.

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