Where did Hare Rama Hare Rama........ Hare Krishna Hare Krishna...... come from ?

The famous and revered Hari Nama Smaranam is from Kali Santaranopanishad.


ॐ सहनाववतु । सह नौ भुनक्तु । सह वीर्यं करवावहै । तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।।

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ।

This is a Shanti patha chanted at the beginning of the Upanishad. The acharya and shishya are saying this together – Protect us together, nourish us together, give us the strength and enthusiasm to put to practice whatever we have learned, may what we have learned be brilliant, may there never be hatred between us.

द्वापरान्ते नारदो ब्रह्माणं जगाम कथं भगवन् गां पर्यटन्कलिं संतरेयमिति ।

At the end of Dwapara Yuga Narada went and asked Brahma, while roaming around the Bhuloka how to get across Kali.

Kali is the presiding deity of Kaliyuga and an avatara of Sin. Rishi Markandeya narrates the following as the characteristics of Kali Yuga happening under the influence of Kali.

1. All will be dishonest.

2. Charity and yajna will be there only for name sake.

3. The Brahmins will take to servitude.

4. The lowly ones will become prosperous.

5. Sinners will become rulers.

6. Longevity of men will reduce.

7. Women will be less concerned about their chastity.

8. People will sell food.

9. Brahmins will sell Vedas.

10. Cows will yield less milk.

11. Prostitution will flourish.

12. Flowers and fruits will be less.

13. Brahmins will become beggars and become fashionable.

13. Sages will becomes sellers.

14. The ashrama dharma will not be observed.

15. Students will have illicit relationship with their teachers’ wives.

16. Rains will happen out of season.

17. Many lands will become barren.

18. There will be murder and violence everywhere.

19. Merchants will use false measures and cheat people.

20. Good people will decrease in number and evil increase.

21. Girls will become pregnant at the age of eight or nine. Young boys will become fathers.

22. Men will have grey hair at the age of sixteen.

23. Elderly men will behave like adolescents.

24. People will die in hunger.

As the yuga progresses, these will go on increasing.

Narada asked Brahma how to protect himself from all these while roaming around bhuloka.


स होवाच ब्रह्मा साधु पृष्टोऽस्मि सर्वश्रुतिरहस्यं गोप्यं तच्छृणु येन कलिसंसारं तरिष्यसि ।

You have asked a good question. I shall tell you a secret contained in the Vedas to get across Kali.

भगवत आदिपुरुषस्य नारायणस्य नामोच्चारणमात्रेण निर्धूतकलिर्भवति ।

Merely by taking the name of Adipurusha Narayana one is absolved of Kali.

नारदः पुनः पप्रच्छ तन्नाम किमिति।

Narada then asked what that name is.

स होवाच हिरण्यगर्भः । हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे । इति षोडशकं नाम्नां कलिकल्मषनाशनम् ।

Brahma said – The sixteen names – Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare – shall remove all the sins of Kali.

नातः परतरोपायः सर्ववेदेषु दृश्यते ।

No better remedy is seen in the Vedas than this.

इति षोडशकलावृतस्य जीवस्यावरणविनाशनम् । ततः प्रकाशते परं ब्रह्म मेघापाये रविरश्मिमण्डलीवेति ।।

With these sixteen names, the sixteen layers of man’s ignorance are torn down and the ultimate truth illuminates before him as the Sun coming from behind clouds.

पुनर्नारदः पप्रच्छ भगवान्कोऽस्य विधिरिति ।

Then Narada asked what is the vidhi for chanting Sri Hari’s names.

तं होवाच नास्य विधिरिति ।

Brahma said there is no special vidhi for this.

सर्वदा शुचिरशुचिर्वा पठन्ब्राह्मणः सलोकतां समीपतां सरूपतां सायुज्यतामेति ।

It can be chanted always whether you are clean or unclean.

Through chanting Hare Rama ……  the bhakta achieves

Salokata – to live in the same world as Sri Hari, Vaikuntha

Sameepata – closeness of Sri Hari

Saroopata – he will become like Sri Hari in form

Sayujyata – he will become one with Sri Hari

यदास्य षोडशीकस्य सार्धत्रिकोटिर्जपति तदा ब्रह्महत्यां तरति । तरति वीरहत्यां । स्वर्णस्तेयात्पूतो भवति । पितृदेवमनुष्याणामपकारात्पूतो भवति । सर्वधर्मपरित्यागपापात्सद्यः शुचितामाप्नुयात् सद्यो मुच्यते सद्यो मुच्यत इत्युपनिषत् ।

After one completes chanting the Hari Nama Three and a half crore times he is relieved from grave sins such as brahmahatya, veerahatya, svarnasteya and all offences committed against Pitrus, Devas and fellow beings.

ॐ सहनाववतु । सह नौ भुनक्तु । सह वीर्यं करवावहै । तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।।

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ।

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