Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare!! Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare!
The Magic Mantra*!
The mantra above is magical! If you happen to chant it once loudly, then it repeats itself in your mind all day. Just try it and see.
"Hare" in Sanskrit means thief from the verb root "har" or "to steal". "Rama" comes from the verb root "ram" or "to delight" - Rama is the God who fills us with joy. Krishna comes from the verb root "karsh" or "to draw" - the one who attracts our minds towards him, constantly. There is certainly excitement in calling the Lord someone who delights and attracts, but a thief?!! Maybe someone who steals and takes over your heart, mind and soul?
Simply put, we chant to keep the mind occupied. If not, a million thoughts rush in and ceaselessly disturb the mind. The mind is like the ocean, waves are constantly formed and carry it away with strong force. The mind likes sensationalism, and to keep it focused, it requires bold imagery like this.
So keep chanting this magic mantra and may it bring you joy and peace!
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare! Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare!!
* "man-tira" or what helps you to cross over the ocean of the mind
Source: "Meditation" by Eknath Easwaran