The Vedas describe the truth concerning the holy name with these words from the Rig-vedas:
om ity etad brahmin nedistam nama yasmad uccaryamana
eva samsara-bhayat tarayati tasmad-ucyate tara iti
om asya jananto nama cid-viviktan mahaste visno
sumatim bhajamahe om tat sat
tato ‘bhut trivrd-omkaro yo’ vyakta prabhavah svarat
yat tal-lingam bhagavato brahmanah paramatmanah
Whoever pronounces om, the closest form to Brahman, approaches Brahman. This name frees you from fear of the material world, and for this reason it is known as tarak brahma.
O Visnu, your name, om, manifested by itself, is the form of eternal knowledge. Although my knowledge of the glories of chanting this name is incomplete, through the practice of chanting this name I will attain perfect knowledge.
One who possesses unmanifested powers and is completely independent reveals the omkara vibration which designates Himself. Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan are the three forms that He manifests.
The three letters that make up the omkara – a, u, m – specifically represent the three names Hari, Krishna and Rama respectively. The name Hari is no different from Hari the person. His eternal form, svarupa, is known as vacya, and the transcendental name of Hari is known as vacaka. These two forms, vacya and vacaka, fulfill all kinds of wishes.
In Caitanya-bhagavata it is written:
hare krsna hare krsna
krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama
rama rama hare hare
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said:
Everyone chant this maha-mantra which I have given you, keeping the exact count. Everyone, with this chanting, will attain all perfection. There are no other rules or regulations, except to chant constantly.
The Naradiya Purana, quoted in the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, states:
yesam nirbandhini matih
acirad eva sarvarthah
siddhaty esam abhipsitah
Those who are steadfast in wanting to know the Absolute Truth, of all objects of desire, quickly attain perfection.
Those who chant the name of Krishna with strong attachment gain the fruit of love for God in a short time.
This is a section of the book “Bhajana Rahasya”, by Bhaktivinode Thakura.
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