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: 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. Photograph anonymously sourced.