About the Book
How is that in a few short years
“Hare Krishna” has become a household world around the world? Chant and be
Happy is the amazing story of how India’s greatest modern saints brought the
mantra to the West, and how by chanting it, millions of people have experienced
higher consciousness. This book fully explains the extraordinary powers of this
spiritual sound vibration, which can immediately put you in touch with the
supreme pleasure principle.
The Search for Happiness
Everyone wants to be happy. Some of us seek happiness
through our families, in natural and healthy living, in successful careers,
active social lives, fine gourmet foods, gambling, or through sports and
exercise. Others experience happiness in politics, the arts, academia, or in
hobbies ranging from mechanics and computer science to drama, philanthropy,
welfare work, and literally thousands of other activities that comprise man's
unending quest for pleasure. Millions of people find their happiness in liquor,
mood elevators, tranquilizers, or other drugs.
Each day doctors and scientists discover' more about
how the human mind and body work. Yet with this abundance of scientific
knowledge and space-age technology, which vastly outstrips that of all previous
generations, is modern man really any happier than his predecessors?
The basic problem in our search for happiness is that
our sources of pleasure are all limited. What many people consider mar's most basic and fundamental pleasure seating and
sex-can only occupy a few moments of each day. Our bodies constantly thwart our
plans for enjoyment. After all, you can only eat so much before becoming ill.
Even sex has its limits.
Chant and Be Happy provides information about
how we can expand our pleasure beyond our present limitations. It deals with a
pleasure principle that operates beyond the bounds of time and space and
emanates from the
very innermost part of our being. This book thoroughly explains how this inner
happiness can be experienced immediately by anyone, through the mystical power
of transcendental sound vibrations.
This technique for obtaining unlimited happiness
does not depend on new products touted by Madison Avenue whiz kids or Hollywood
moguls, but has been successfully practiced by countless people throughout the
ages. Chant and Be Happy explains how to use these transcendental sound vibrations to attain the
ultimate state of happiness. It's an easy process and it's free.
To achieve this unlimited and imperishable happiness
one need only chant and hear what sages of ancient India have for millennia
called the Great Chant for Deliverance, the Hare Krsna
maha-mantra. This simple sixteen word mantra is comprised of sound
vibrations powerful enough to awaken the natural happiness within everyone.
Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama,
In recent years, millions have learned how to chant
the Hare Krsna mantra
and experience this true, spiritual happiness. It is the most popular mantra in India, the homeland of
meditation, and differs from other systems in two ways. First, the complete mantra is chanted (not just a
fragment of a mantra) and, second. the mantra is chanted aloud (not
A brief introduction by His Divine Grace A. C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya (spiritual master) of the International Society for Krishna
Consciousness, explains the exact nature and meaning of the mantra.
Chapter One, a recent exclusive interview with former Beatle George
Harrison, reveals how the Hare Krsna mantra
has played a
leading role in his life over the last fifteen years. George explains that
although he had achieved riches and fame beyond what most people could ever
hope for, he found that there was "nothing higher" than the happiness
he experienced from chanting Hare Krsna. George
discusses his confidence in the mantra's
death, explains how much of his musical career has been influenced by and
intimately connected with the Hare Krsna mantra, and describes the knowledge,
bliss, and spiritual intelligence that comes from chanting.
In Chapter Two, Srila
Prabhupada speaks with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison at John's
estate in Tittenhurst Park, discussing the potency of
the Hare Krsna mantra
as the path to peace and liberation.
Chapter Three is a fascinating account of how Srila Prabhupada brought the chanting of Hare Krsna from India to the Western world in the midst of the
countercultural turmoil of the 60s and convinced the disillusioned hippies of
New York's Greenwich Village and San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury that this mantra, not psychedelics and antiwar
protests, would make them happy. The' history of chanting and meditating for
higher consciousness is discussed in Chapter Four. The next chapter delineates
the life and teachings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the sixteenth-century saint, mystic, and
incarnation of Lord Krsna who popularized the
timeless practice of chanting the Hare Krsna mantra.
Chapter Six, a narration taken from one of India's
most important historical and philosophical-literatures, the Sri
Caitanya-caritamrta, reveals how by simply hearing the chanting of
Hare Krsna from a genuine spiritual master anyone's
character can be freed from all unwanted qualities.
The next chapter forms a treatise on
self-realization, mantras, religion,
and the power of the mind in meditation, compiled from the teachings presented in Srila Prabhupada's books. Chapter
Eight explains the wide ranging effects and personal benefits one can expect
from chanting Hare Krsna. The final chapter gives
practical. step-by-step instructions for chanting. which if followed will open the door to ultimate happiness.
Search for Happiness
The Hare Krsna
"There's Nothing Higher ...”
Interview with George Harrison
Chanting for Liberation
Conversation with Srila Prabhupada and
Lennon. Yuko Ono. and George Harrison
Prabhupada Brings the Hare Krsna
to the West
Chanting for Higher
A Cultural History
The Life of Sri Caitanya
Haridasa Thakura and the Prostitute
The Science of Mantra Meditation
The Benefits of Chanting
Techniques for Chanting
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