Q. What are the benefits of chanting the Holy names of Krishna?
A. The main benefit of chanting is that one gradually develops pure love of God, the ultimate goal of life.
In a poetic stanza of seven metaphors, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself tells us the benefits we can enjoy by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.
The first metaphor is cheto-darpana-marjanam: “The chanting of the holy name of God polishes the mirror of the mind.”
The second of Lord Caitanya’s metaphors is bhava-mahadavagni-nirvapanam: “The chanting of God’s holy names extinguishes the blazing fire of material existence.”
The third, shreyau-kairava-chandrika-vitaranam: “The chanting of Hare Krishna is the waxing moon that causes the white lotus of universal good fortune to blossom.”
Next Lord Caitanya says, vidya-vadhu-jivanam: “The chanting of God’s holy names is the life and soul of all transcendental knowledge.”
anandambudhi-vardhanam, is the fifth: “The chanting of Hare Krishna expands the ocean of transcendental bliss.”
In the sixth Lord Caitanya says pratipada purnamritasvadanam: “Chanting Hare Krishna enables one to taste full nectar at every step.”
Finally, Lord Caitanya describes the chanting of the holy name as sarvatma-snapanam: “It gives a cooling effect to everyone.”
Like material pleasures, material pains become insignificant for one who bathes his consciousness in the cooling river of sound called hari-nama-sankirtana, the congregational chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna. Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.