Question: Chanting Radha Radha while Chanting Hare Krishna
I am chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra daily, but when I am chanting it my heart is continuously saying to me to chant "Radha Radha." When I am chanting the mahamantra automatically "Radha Radha" will come on my lips. This happens so many times. I am feeling that I am chanting mahamantra, but actually I am chanting "Radha Radha." What should I do? Please guide me.
Answer: Carefully Utter the Mahamantra Without Modification
First I beg to point out to you that according to principles of Sanskrit grammar it is improper to address Radharani by calling out "Radha." When addressing her one is meant to use the vocative form of her name, which is "Radhe."
You do not have to worry that you are neglecting the chanting of Srimati Radharani's name when you are chanting the Hare Krishna mantra because within the Hare Krishna mantra "Hare" is calling out to Srimati Radharani. We first call out to Srimati Radharani uttering "Hare" because it is only by the mercy of our divine mother Radharani that we can approach Krishna.
In order to become spiritually perfect we must follow in the pathway of the scriptures and the previous acharyas. Since both the scriptures and the great saintly teachers have prescribed specifically that we should chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra, you need to do this if you are keen to achieve spiritual perfection and get out of the cycle of birth and death as soon as possible.
Therefore you should carefully regulate your tongue to properly chant these sixteen names without any modifications:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
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