By Niraj Bidawatka
mana eva manusyanam karanam bandha moksayoh
bandhaya visay asango muktyai nirvisayam manah
The above verse from the smrtis, states that the mind is the sole cause of a human being’s bondage and liberation.
The mind, which is engaged in sense enjoyment, becomes the cause of bondage, whereas the mind, which is not attached to sense objects, leads us to liberation.
Thus, in order to control the mind, we need a mantra. Manah trayate it mantra.
Mantra means that, which delivers (trayate) the mind (mana). The mantra, which is especially prescribed for this age, is the Hare Krishna mahamantra. This is the verdict of the Kalisantaran Upanishad.
Therefore, if we want to go back to Godhead, we must chant Hare Krishna at all times (kirtaniya sada hari).
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says that, “I have descended with the sole purpose of taking you back to Godhead. So please accept this medicine of the Hare Krishna mahamantra, which I am distributing to one and all.”
So, at least for Lord Chaitanya’s sake, Who has very benevolently appeared to take us back, we should at once start chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra.