Should an initiated devotee of other sampradhaya chant Hare Krishna too?

Should an initiated devotee of other sampradhaya chant Hare Krishna too?

A male devotee asked like this:  “Hare Krishna Prabhu ji..   I have taken ‘Diksha’ from vrindavan and my whole maternal family follows them and i am from kumar sampradaya (shri nibhankachari)..  And i used to go  iskcon preaching centres.. They say do “Hare Krishna mahamantra” chanting and i also do chant mantra which my spiritual guru gave me.. if i do rounds of mantra which is given by my spiritual guru and not doing hare krishna mahamantra .. i am landing myself in pell mell situation and am i doing some sin ?  A request – please keep me anonymous!!    waiting for your reply!   Hare Krishna ..”


You have not written which manthra you have been given already in Vrindavan by the guru of Kumara Sampradhaya.  However, you have no need to worry for that.  Let me guide you whether the initiated devotees of other sampradhaya can chant Hare Krishna now.

You are also following an bonafied sampradhaya.  So, you need not confuse yourself about switching to other sampradhayas. However, being in one sampradhaya does not stop you from chanting ANOTHER NAME of Krishna.  All the names of Krishna are equally powerful.  You can even chant Vishnu Saharsra Nama, if you are comfortable with that.  You have to chant Lord’s Name.  Thats all.

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However, there are some specialities in Hare Krishna Maha Manthra that you should know.

If the manthra given by you by your guru is the name of Krishna or His any other forms and names like Vasudeva, Narayana, Vishnu, etc,  you can continue to do that.  But, do not stop Hare Krishna Maha Manthra.  Because, it is the manthra recommended by Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu, who is non-different from Lord Krishna, particularly for kaliyuga and the formalities in chanting Hare krishna are less.  So, chant Hare Krishna Maha manthra atleast a few in addition to the manthra given by yourn guru.  Don’t stop it.  Hare Krishna Maha Manthra can be chanted by anyone from any sampradhaya and there is no barrier for that.

By chanting Hare Krishna Maha Manthra, you are inviting both Krishna and His internal energy Radharani.  The word HARE in this manthra denotes the energy of Lord, who is Radharani.  So, you invite both Krishna and Radharani that is very powerful one.

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I said that the formalities for Hare Krishna Maha manthra are very less and everyone can chant it.  For example, Gayathri Manthra should be chanted only after getting Brahmana diksha from a guru.  But, Hare Krishna Maha Manthra can be chanted even without getting diksha from any guru, because, Hare Krishna Maha Manthra itself is independent and it does not depend on any person, or sampradhaya, or social or regional barriers.   Anyone from anywhere, any status and any other sampradhaya can chant Hare krishna Maha Manthra.

You have asked if you chant the manthra given by your guru, but, does not chant Hare Krishna, is it a sin?  It is not like that.  If you are following any of the four bonafied sampradhaya and are following the instructions of your guru who come in that guru parampara, you will definitely get elevated, no doubt.

So, my advice to you is:  Do not confuse with sampradhayas, as you are already  in a bonafied sampradhaya only and you are already initiated and it is not adviseable to change your diksha guru when he is not a fallen guru. There should be only one diksha guru unless the previous diksha guru has fallen down..

So, just add Hare krishna Maha Manthra in your daily routine.  Chant atleast a few rounds in addition to the diksha manthra given by your guru.

And, follow 4 regulative principles.  That is important.

Hope you are clear about whether the initiated devotees of other sampradhaya can chant Hare Krishna now.

(Is chanting many manthras of other sampradhayas correct? READ HERE!)

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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