3 October 2004
A Visit with Dr. Igor Alexeev and Family
Dr. Alexeev, formerly of St. Petersberg, Russia, is a lecturer in the chemistry
faculty of the Univerity of Turku. Myself, Tattvavada and Tapo Divyam Prabhus
visited his home and family on the afternoon of Friday, 1 October, before we
returned to Helsinki from Turku.
Sunday Feast Program, Helsinki
Hare Krsna Mahamantra
The meaning as explained by Gopala Guru Gosvami, disciple of Sri Svarupa Damodara
The word hare :
hari harati papani dusta cittair api smrtah
anicchayapi samsprsto dahaty eva hi pavakah
vijnapya bhagavat tattvam cid ghanananda vigraham
haraty avidyam tat karyam ato harir iti smrtah
Just as the fire, on contacting an object, automatically burns it, so the
name of Hari takes away ( harati ) or burns up all the sins of the
people with materialistic hearts. It removes ( harati ) all ignorance
and reveals the transcendental, blissful form of the Lord. Also, hari
means that personality who attracts ( harati ) the minds of all the
people in the universe when they hear stories of His transcendental qualities;
or, He who attracts the minds of people by His beautiful youthful form. Hari
in the grammatical form of address, the vocative, or calling out to a person,
becomes hare .
The word hare has another meaning:
svarupa prema vatsalyair harer harati ya manah
hara sa kathyate sadbhih sri radha vrsabhanuja
Hara is Srimati Radhika, daughter of Vrsabhanu, who steals ( harati
) the mind of Hari, Krsna, by her unalloyed love. Hara , in the form
of address, also becomes hare .
The word Krsna :
krsir bhu vacakah sabdo nas cananda svarupakah
tayor aikyam param brahma krsna ity abhidhiyate
The word krsna is composed of the root krsi meaning bhu
, the shelter of all existence and the word na meaning nivriti
or the form of supreme bliss. Combined they form the word krsna which
signifies the param brahma , the Supreme Personality of Godhead with
Krsna in the form of address remains as krsna .
The word Rama :
ramante yogino 'nante nityanande cidatmani
iti rama padenaiva param brahmadbhidhiyate
The param brahma is known as Rama because the yogis take pleasure
( ramante ) in meditating on His eternal, blissful form.
vaidagdhi sara sarvasva murti liladbhidevatam
sri radham ramayan nityam rama ity abhidhiyate
The Supreme Lord is called Rama because He carries out pastimes of pleasure
with the most beautiful Sri Radha.
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Oh Radha, please attract my mind, and free me from this material world.
Oh Krsna, please attract my mind.
Oh Radha, attract my heart by showing your sweetness.
Oh Krsna, purify my mind by giving knowledge of how to perform worship of
You through Your pure devotee.
Oh Krsna, give me steadiness to appreciate Your name, qualities and pastimes.
Oh Krsna, may I develop a taste for serving You.
Oh Radha, please make me qualified for your service.
Oh Radha, please instruct me on how I can serve you.
Oh Radha, let me hear of your intimate pastimes with your beloved.
Oh Rama (Krsna), let me hear of Your intimate pastimes with your beloved.
Oh Radha, reveal to me your pastimes with your beloved.
Oh Rama, reveal to me Your pastimes with Your beloved.
Oh Rama, engage me in remembering Your name, form, qualities and pastimes.
Oh Rama, please make me qualified for your service.
Oh Radha, be pleased with me.
Oh Radha, be pleased with me.