Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

How does Mantra Meditation Work? Radhanath Swami Shares the Secret

By on September 27, 2010 in Insights with 69 Comments

Chanting & Mantra MeditationQuestion to Radhanath Swami: How exactly does this chanting of God’s holy names work?

Radhanath Swami: It begins by regular chanting, like treatment begins with regular intake of medicines. And then we try to go deeper into the holy name by living according to the qualities of a true devotee, i.e. to live our life with humility, with tolerance and forgiveness, offering honor and respect to others, while demanding no respect for ourselves. We should live by the principles of morality, we should live with integrity, and we should live in the mood of servitude to others. Then the holy name will bring our consciousness deeper and deeper and deeper to understand our own spiritual essence and our relationship with God, the all beautiful.

When you actually experience the beauty of Krishna within your heart, it’s paraà dåñövä nivartate, it’s such a higher taste and experience that whatever happens in this world, you may deal with it, but nothing can take away that unlimited love, that unlimited satisfaction of your relationship with Krishna; and you just want to share it with everyone. That is the result of chanting properly.


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  • Abhijit Toley

    Proper chanting is possible only if we live our lives based on high principles. Otherwise, the holy name will not work as powerfully. So, chanting also necessitates a principled life. So, to get a taste for chanting we also need a high-quality way of life. Its all inter-related.

  • abhay

    I liked this.
    Taste of pudding is in eating.
    One can’t feel bliss by theoretically studying about chanting.

  • Sunny

    Such a simple process for Spiritual realization given for our modern times; we dont need to go out to the forest to meditate, dont have to spend a lot for costly yajnas – just simply sit and chant Hare Krishna. The more we chant, we get Spiritual energy to lead a life of integrity and high values. We continue to chant and slowly our consciousness goes deeper as so beautifuly explained above by Radhanath Swami

  • Anoop Goyal

    Thank you very much radhanath Swami Maharaja for shharing with me such deep realization of the HOly name. I will try topractuise

  • vaishali kamat

    Radhanath Swami’s words are truely from his own realisations emerging out of so many years of sincere spiritual practice.

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for the explaining how to take medicine for maximazing the benifit & relishing the medicine.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami’s personal realizations about effective chanting helps the devotees tremendously to improve their own sadhana.

  • mona

    such a nice analogy –taking meicine and chanting.Thank you Maharaj

  • mukund

    thank you very much

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    Chanting is most pwerful method of God realisation. The more we associate with devotees who love the holynames, the more we develop a taste for it.

  • Madhura


  • Pradeep Kumar

    Thank you very much for this wonderful guidance.

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    This is so revealing, as we chant but dont know all the facts, as described so beautifully by Maharaj. Jai!

  • nisha

    chanting is the best way to MEDITATE!
    Thanks maharaj for teaching in so simple words for us to understand.

  • Manish Raikundalia


  • good article to implement in once life.Continuously chanting with great determination.One can gain the ultimate taste of chanting

  • Anand

    radhanath swami is inspiring us to take medicine of chanting regularly for it to have effect

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath swami for sharing the importance of chanting and also guiding us on how to live life.

  • Sagar Wadekar

    Wow, such a simple and practical way to be happy always.. thanks for sharing..

  • Aishwarya

    Such an amazing realization of Radhanath Swami with chanting.

  • Uday

    What Radhanath Swami tells us here is most important for human form of life.It can change our life from animalistic consciousness(eating,sleeping,mating and defending) to a divine consciousness life of eternality,full of knowledge and bliss.Thank you, Radhanath Swami for this wonderful lesson.

  • Vishnupriya

    Chanting is like a medicine… and hence bitter too! but yes, it will cure us of our illness

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    The highest spiritual benefit is derived only by chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord, and it is necessary to surround it with appropriate Vaishnava behaviour.

  • bipin

    All Glories TO H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an wonderful narration.

    Hare Krishna

  • Shoba Fernandes

    The better our chanting, more compassionate we will feel towards all living beings.

  • Parag Udeshi

    Thank youvery much maharaj for this explanation on chanting.

  • SIddeshwar Bhat

    Right behavior and spiritual rituals always go hand in hand

  • meghana

    Thank you very much maharaj.

  • Ravi Garg

    Thanks Swamiji for explaining the results of this sublime process of chanting Lord’s holy names…….

  • anil manga

    Very nice, Thank you maharaj

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Very nicely explained – Thanks a lot Maharaj.

  • Nancy

    Like it!

  • Manish Parmar

    Maharaj has wonderfully explained how by chanting the holy names, it cleanses our heart & combined with humility & tolerance, a person becomes a huge asset to the society.

  • kumar

    Wonderful. Just reading this makes me so happy.

  • jayshree shinde

    Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami is telling us the benefits of chanting attentively and sincerely. We will not only become purified ourselves but will develop enthusiasm to spread the glories of the holy name everywhere.

  • Aman Jain

    Radhanath Swami is sharing such profound knowledge with all of us that real inner fulfillment can only be experienced by sincere chanting of Lord’s holy names.

  • meghana

    Thank you, Radhanath Swami for this wonderful lesson.

  • nilesh

    Thank you swamiji.

  • umesh

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj very descriptively expresses the result of chanting step by step so that one can easily observe it within oneself to check one’s progress.

  • Third verse of Shikshashtakam is so impt, w/o which we get minimum benefit of chanting holynames. Thank you maharaj for reminding this. Its necessary to tie this verse around our neck.

  • Sumit

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for inspiring us to chant sincerely and seriously by your enchanting words.

  • seema.m.p

    I want to keep this message somewhere where I’ll be able to see and meditate upon it all the time. This is the most important instruction. This website is a real teasurehouse. I just can’t leave this space. I keep jumping from one article to another. All thanks to H.H. Radhanath Swami.

  • Pragya Mishra


  • Servant

    Importance of chanting shared wonderfully with high importance by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Very nice analogy

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlightne us.

    Thank you so much for sharing us.

  • Gaurangag

    HH Radhannath swami maharaj very nicely explained the importance of chanting and results of attentive & offenseless chanting.

    Thank you so much for sharing wonderful nectar.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing the importance of mantra meditation.

  • Sunny

    Re-reading this beautiful explaination of Radhanath Swami – preparing our counsciousness to really call out and connect to the Lord through chanting the Holy names

  • Chandrika

    Thank you so much for this wonderful question and answer.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for nice explaination

  • mahesh.kohale


  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for giving such an insight about the benefits of chanting with humility.

  • Citra Gopi DD


  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Yes, that higher taste is so intoxicating that every problem of this world seems so pale and insignificant in comparison!

  • Rajendra Prasad

    Haribol. beautifully explained by Maharaj ji, the potency of Lord’s holly names is unlimited as the Lord Himself. I long for the moment when I would be able to relish holly names of Krishna.

  • Rajaruban

    Great and profound explanation!

  • Govind

    Thank You very much maharaj.

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for telling us the true essence of chanting the holy names of the lord.

  • Sunny Hinduja

    Chanting with proper attitude and mood!!!

  • govind

    thank you very much for wonderful article.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Maharaj for explaining so beautifully that chanting with attention and the right attitude gives us an experience of a higher taste.

  • Shivakumar S

    Attentively chanting the holy name of the Lord is the only medicine to survive in this age of Kali. Thanks Maharaj for inspiring us to be more tolerant and forgiving to others.

  • dr tushar vora

    Beautifully explained!

  • Arun V Deshmukh

    Chanting , Hearing & remembering past times of Lord cleans heart and then we can move forward in Bhakti… thank you maharaj

  • Vinay Jain

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this very inspiring article on how the chanting of God’s holy names can help us experience that unlimited love & satisfaction and thus help us deepen our relationship with God.

  • Hiroo Motwani

    Gr8. Chanting combined with quality of life and standard of living takes one to Ultimate Joy of relationship with Lord.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful reply and advice as to how to live our lives with humility and selfless service and chanting the holy names of the Lord!

  • Asha Kanta Sharma

    Very useful article…