Amid the antiwar protests of late 1966, Srila Prabhupada put out a mimeographed leaflet (among the very first of his publications in America) from his small storefront temple on New York's Second Avenue. Srila Prabhupada's followers and sympathizers handed this leaflet out by the thousands on the streets of New York, and later in San Francisco, Montreal, and other cities. His "Peace Formula" was an entirely new approach to the antiwar question, and for thousands of Americans, it provided the perfect solution.
"The great mistake of modern civilization is to encroach upon others' property
as though it were one's own and to thereby create an unnecessary disturbance of
the laws of nature. These laws are very strong. No living entity can violate them.
Only one who is Krsna conscious can easily overcome the stringency of the laws
of nature and thus become happy and peaceful in the world.
As a state is protected by the department of law and order, so the state of Universe,
of which this earth is only an insignificant fragment, is protected by the laws
of nature. This material nature is one of the different potencies of God, who
is the ultimate proprietor of everything that be. This earth is, therefore, the
property of God, but we, the living entities, especially the so-called civilized
human beings, are claiming God's property as our own, under both an individual
and collective false conception. If you want peace, you have to remove this false
conception from your mind and from the world. This false claim of proprietorship
by the human race on earth is partly or wholly the cause of all disturbances of
peace on earth.
Foolish and so-called civilized men are claiming proprietary rights on the property
of God because they have now become godless. You cannot be happy and peaceful
in a godless society. In the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krsna says that He is the factual
enjoyer of all activities of the living entities, that He is the Supreme Lord
of all universes, and that He is the well-wishing friend of all beings. When the
people of the world know this as the formula for peace, it is then and there that
peace will prevail.
Therefore, if you want peace at all, you will have to change your consciousness
into Krsna consciousness, both individually and collectively, by the simple process
of chanting the holy name of God. This is a standard and recognized process for
achieving peace in the world. We therefore recommend that everyone become Krsna
conscious by chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare.
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
This is practical, simple, and sublime. Four hundred and eighty years ago this formula was introduced in India by Lord Sri Caitanya, and now it is available in your country. Take to this simple process of chanting as above mentioned, realize your factual position by reading the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and reestablish your lost relationship with Krsna, God. Peace and prosperity will be the immediate worldwide result."
The transcendental vibration established by the chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is the sublime method for reviving our transcendental consciousness.
As living spiritual souls, we are all originally Krishna conscious entities, but due to our association with matter from time immemorial, our consciousness is now polluted by the material atmosphere. The material atmosphere, in which we are now living, is called maya, or illusion. Maya means "that which is not." And what is this illusion? The illusion is that we are all trying to be lords of material nature, while actually we are under the grip of her stringent laws. When a servant artificially tries to imitate the all-powerful master, it is called illusion.
In this polluted concept of life, we are all trying to exploit the resources of material nature, but actually we are becoming more and more entangled in her complexities. Therefore, although we are engaged in a hard struggle to conquer nature, we are ever more dependent on her. This illusory struggle against material nature can be stopped at once by revival of our eternal Krishna consciousness.
The chanting of Hare Krishna is the transcendental process for reviving this original, pure consciousness. By chanting this transcendental vibration, we can cleanse away all misgivings within our hearts. The basic principle of all such misgivings is the false consciousness that I am the lord of all I survey.
Krishna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind; this consciousness is the original, natural energy of the living entity. When we hear the transcendental vibration, this consciousness is revived. By practical experience also, one can perceive that by chanting this maha-mantra, or the Great Chanting for Deliverance, one can at once feel a transcendental ecstasy coming through from the spiritual stratum.
This chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is directly enacted from the spiritual platform, and thus this sound vibration surpasses all lower strata of consciousness -- namely sensual, mental, and intellectual. There is no need, therefore, to understand the language of the mantra, nor is there any need for mental speculation nor any intellectual adjustment for chanting this maha-mantra. It springs automatically from the spiritual platform, and as such, anyone can take part in the chanting without any previous qualification, and dance in ecstasy. We have seen this practically. Even a child can take part in the chanting, or even a dog can take part in it.
The chanting should be heard, however, from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord, so that the immediate effect can be achieved. As far as possible, chanting from the lips of nondevotees should be avoided, as much as milk touched by the lips of a serpent has poisonous effects.
The word Hara is the form of addressing the energy of the Lord, and the words Krishna and Rama are forms of directly addressing the Lord Himself. Both Krishna and Rama mean "the highest pleasure," and Hara is the supreme pleasure energy of the Lord, changed to Hare in the vocative. This potency, addressed as Hare, helps us in reaching the Supreme Lord.
The material energy, called maya, is also one of the multi-energies of the Lord. And we, the living entities, are also energy, the marginal energy of the Lord. The living entities are described as superior to material energy. When the superior energy is in contact with the inferior energy, an incompatible situation arises; but when the superior marginal energy is in contact with the supreme spiritual energy, called Hara, the living entity is established in its happy, normal condition.
These three words, namely Hare, Krishna, and Rama, are the transcendental seeds of the maha-mantra. The chanting is a spiritual call for the Lord and His internal energy, Hara, for giving protection to the conditioned soul. This chanting is exactly like the genuine cry of a child for its mother's presence. Mother Hara helps the devotee achieve the Lord Father's grace, and the Lord reveals Himself to the devotee who chants this mantra sincerely.
No other means of spiritual realization is as effective in this age of quarrel and hypocrisy as the chanting of the maha-mantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
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