“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer
This chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra is enacted from the spiritual platform, and thus this sound vibration surpasses all lower strata of consciousness – namely sensual, mental and intellectual.
There is no need, therefore, to understand the language of the mantra, nor is there any need for mental speculation nor any intellectual adjustment for chanting this maha-mantra. It is automatic, from the spiritual platform, and as such, anyone can take part in vibrating this transcendental sound without any previous qualification.
Chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra produces transcendental ecstasies, which are eight in number.
- Being stopped as though dumb
- Standing up of hairs on the body
- Dislocation of voice
- Fading of the body
- Crying in ecstasy
SOURCE: Oppenheimer quote regarding Trinity nuclear test. Excerpt regarding the transcendental ecstasies of chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra from The Science of Self Realization by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.