Kalisantaraṇa Upanisad

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Kalisantarana Upanisad, KalisantaraNa Upanisad, Kalisantarana Upanisad


The Kalisantarana Upaniṣad is a short work in prose. It is classed among the minor Upaniṣads of the Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda which propagates Vaiṣṇavism.

The sage Nārada observed that the Dvāparayuga had come to an end and the Kaliyuga had just begun. He approached Brahmā (the creator) and asked how he could overcome the evil effects of Kali.[1] Brahmā replied that this could be done by the repetition of the Nārāyaṇa name. On the request to reveal it, the Brahmā replied that the mantra was:

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma
Rāma Rāma Hare Hare I
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa
Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare II

This mantra has sixteen parts. It is capable of destroying the sixteen covers binding the soul.[2] When that happens, the soul will shine like the sun which shines after the clouds covering it are driven away by a powerful wind.

There are no strict rules regarding the repetition of this mantra. By repeating it, one can attain God’s world. It is like living near him, uniting with Him or even getting dissolved in him. By doing japa of this mantra 35 millions times, a person becomes free from even the most heinous sins like brahmahatyā or stealing gold and so on.


References

  1. The Iron Age and its sinful effects.
  2. Praśna Upanisad 6.4
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore