The holy verses:

hare kṛiṣhṇa hare kṛiṣhṇa kṛiṣhṇa kṛiṣhṇa hare hare

hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare

Lord Krishna and Lord Ram were incarnations of Lord Vishnu? So these maha-mantras are for Lord Vishnu or the Supreme God?

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    Well, the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is mainly chanted by Gaudiya Vaishnavas, and Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe that Krishna is the supreme god. Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 5:20
  • By the way, you may be interested in my question here, relating to the Hare Krishna Mahamantra: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/2606/36 Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 5:40
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    @KeshavSrinivasan thank you sir, for giving reference of your question Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 5:49
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    @KeshavSrinivasan You believe that Shiva is/was a jiva so you cannot be devotee of a jiva.
    – Pinakin
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 11:33
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    Yes it refers to Lord Rama, who is the Supreme Brahman personified. :) There is no mantra or expression that can describe the formless Brahman. All mantras therefore take an indirect route, i.e. they descibe the indescribable Brahman by giving Him characteristics, (e.g. name Rama Krishna, form Shiva or sound AUM) and then worshipping Him through that. In reality, that Attributeless Brahman cannot be described, He can only be experienced (like sweetness of sugar cannot be described, it can only be experienced). Praying to God with form is not different from meditating on Supreme Brahman. :)
    – Sai
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 15:46

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Rama and Krishna are the avatars of Lord Vishnu. Devotees of Lord Vishnu believe that Lord Vishnu is the supreme God. So they chant these Maha-mantras. It is based on your belief that to whom you worship and whom you think as supreme.

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  • Can we worship Lord shriram thinking as supreme god or it will be act out of ignorance that Lord Vishnu is supreme god ?
    – C Sharper
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 10:45

Different people have different beliefs as to who is 'Supreme Lord'.

However; the Mahamantra

hare kṛiṣhṇa hare kṛiṣhṇa kṛiṣhṇa kṛiṣhṇa hare hare/ hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare

is chanted mostly by the followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu(Gaudiya Vaishnavas/ISKCON). Gaudiya Vaishnavas accept Krishna as the 'Supreme Lord'. There are references to this in Bhagavat Purana(Srimad-Bhagawatam), Brahma Samhita etc.

Also krishna is not considered as mere incarnation but as Supreme lord himself by many of the vaishnavas.

I would also like to add that there is no difference between Vishnu and His expansion. But to carry out different works;Lord has assumed different forms and exhibited only that much of opulence and potency which was required to carry out the particular mission.

so yes Hare krishna Mahamantra does refer to supreme lord.


Answer to this question is in mangalacharan of kali santaran upanishad itself. It goes likes this

यद्दिव्यनाम स्मरतां संसारो गोष्पदायते ।

सा नव्यभक्तिर्भवति तद्रामपदमाश्रये ।।1

जिसके स्मरण से यह संसार गोपद के समान अवस्था को प्राप्त हो जाता है, वह ही नव्य (सदा नूतन रहने वाली) भक्ति है, जो भगवान श्रीराम के पद में आश्रय प्रदान करती है ।।

कलिसन्तरणोपनिषद् वेद्यपद तत्त्व स्वरूपकम् ।

पारम ऐश्वर्य विभवं रामचन्द्रपदं भजे ॥2

कलीसंतरण उपनिषद वेदों के सार का अवतार हैं। परम ऐश्वर्य और शक्ति वाले आदिदेव भगवान श्री रामचन्द्र जी का मैं वन्दना करता हूं।

Mangalacharan refers to original and supreme personality of godhead swaym bhagwan shri Ramchandra.


(कलिसंतरण उपनिषद)

यद्दिव्यनाम स्मरतां संसारो गोष्पदायते ।

सा नव्यभक्तिर्भवति तद्रामपदमाश्रये ।।

जिनके स्मरण मात्र से यह संसार गोपद के समान अवस्था को प्राप्त हो जाता है, उसी को नित्य किशोर रहने वाली भक्ति कहा गया है जो भगवान श्री रामचंद्र के चरणों में आश्रय प्रदान करें।

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    Commented Sep 13, 2022 at 16:02

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