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Vrikshavalli Hare Krishna — Jahnavi Harrison — LIVE at The Shaw Theatre, London

The power of transcendental sound has been accessed by various traditions, throughout history and throughout the world. Chants, prayers, hymns, recitation of sacred texts, can awaken our inherent spiritual nature.

‘Mantra’ is a sanksrit word meaning ‘that which liberates and cleanses the mind’. Mantra refers to a sacred sound formula that is vibrated repeatedly, as a process of purifying the heart and mind, allowing the innate brilliance within to shine out into every aspect of our lives. So simple, but so powerful!

The maha-mantra: ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare; Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare; awakens the heart to its divine nature, and brings about joy and true inner satisfaction.

This tune was inspired by the song ‘Vrikshavalli Amha’ by the medieval saint-poet Tukaram, as popularly sung by Lata Mangeshkar: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2FM_…]

In his song, Saint Tukaram describes his joy in singing the names of God repeatedly, as he sits in nature. [WATCH HERE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4fhx…]

He sees the trees and birds as his dearest friends, as they sing along with him! In this state he realises that he has no need of any material possessions – he is fully nourished by the sacred sound of God’s names.

Jahnavi Harrison

Radhika Raman Das

Raman (Radhika Raman Das) joined ISKCON in 2003 and got initiated by HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami Maharaj in 2011. As the Editor in Chief at Vaisnava Blog, he helps readers around the world hone in their Spiritual Curiosity, express their unique realizations as aspiring Vaisnava writers and enthusiasts, as well as to spread the digital seed of Srila Prabhupada's mission to spread Krishna Consciousness all around the globe.

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