If anyone chants, “Hare Krsna Hare Krsna” with no association of rasika-tattva Vaisnavas, they will only go to Vaikuntha, not Goloka Vrndavana. If we chant harinama under the guidance of those pure devotees in Rupa Gosvami’s line, in no time we will realize something, and our hearts will taste that name.
Many persons call out, “Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.” Some say that Hare is Hari, Krsna is that Krsna who took birth in Mathura (Vasudeva Krsna), and Rama is Ayodha Rama. Others say that Krsna and Rama are Krsna and Balarama.
Our guru-parampara has not given this idea. Our guru-parampara has given the idea that the three names are one. Krsna is Hari and Krsna is Rama. If any devotees worship equally two Gods, or two different manifestations of Krsna, their bhakti will be ruined. When Krsna takes our sins and offenses, He becomes Hari. After that He gives a momentary darsana, as He gave in His form as Narayana to Narada. Narayana then disappeared and Narada began to weep. Narayana said, “By this body, you cannot have My darsana. This body cannot bear the meeting of Krsna. After leaving this body, when you have your siddha-deha (spiritual form) of Vaikuntha, your body of eternity, bliss and knowledge, then you will realize Me and you will never again die and come as a conditioned soul.”
When all sins go away, Krsna gives his sweet darsana and takes our mind and hearts. In this regard, He is Hari. He lives everywhere, in all hearts, so He is Rama. Without Krsna, we cannot live for a moment.
Rupa and Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami have told us that in this connection that Hare is not Hari. Hare is Hara. Radhika is Hara, which means that She steals the mind and heart of Krsna. When calling out to Hara, Her name becomes in the vocative and becomes Hare. Hare Krsna is Radha-Krsna. Rama means Krsna playing with Radhika. In rasa, He becomes Rama. Here Rama is Krsna, or in other words Radha-ramana Rama.
May 5, 1996, Holland