(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 7 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.4)
There are so many mantras out there? Why is the Hare Krsna mahamantra considered to be the most powerful one?
Mantras are all invested with power. Previously, there were sages, who by chanting mantras, could do many things. Some people were fighting with mantras. Now we think we are very sophisticated these days; we have missiles for instance. But in the old days, you could just chant a mantra and invoke a great power. So mantras are known to have all kinds of powers. People could light fire by mantras.
But the mahamantra is the great mantra because it serves the ultimate purpose. ‘Krsna’, which is one word in the mahamantra, means the all attractive. There are many things that are attractive that we can all think of. We can go window shopping and see all those things which are good. But, nothing is all attractive. What is all attractive? There are people who are attractive, but did you ever meet someone who is all attractive? Well, Krsna is all attractive. So, the chanting of Krsna is focusing on the all attractive. ‘Hare’ means service to the all attractive. And ‘Rama’ means happiness, the result of serving the all attractive.
So the mantra in this way helps us focus on the ultimate goal of life. Instead of wasting our time with things that are partially attractive, we focus on the all attractive. And by serving that, we approach the all attractive with love. The result of this is pure happiness. This is why the mahamantra is the greatest mantra. It gives us the greatest result; the all attractive. What more could we want?