hare rāma hare rāma, rāma rāma hare hare, hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa, kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa hare hare
hare rāma hare rāma, rāma rāma hare hare, hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa, kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa hare hare (IAST)
[HAH-RAY RAH-MAH HAH-RAY RAH-MAH, RAH-MAH RAH-MAH HAH-RAY HAH-RAY,
HAH-RAY KRESH-NUH HAH-RAY KRESH-NUH, KRESH-NUH KRESH-NUH HAH-RAY HAH-RAY]
This maha (great) mantra, which salutes Rāma and Kṛṣṇa again and again, is powerful in removing karma in this age of spiritual darkness. It is chanted by those seeking ecstatic union with divine Love.
Said to be an emanation of divine Love, Kṛṣṇa is the eighth avatar of Viṣṇu. Kṛṣṇa came specifically to liberate sixteen thousand advanced souls who had only a little karma remaining. For the rest of humanity, he brought the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, which explain 15 ways to achieve self-realization, each suited to different types of people.
Rāma, the seventh avatar of Viṣṇu, incarnated to demonstrate correct behavior in every instance of life. Rāma was heir to the royal throne in his kingdom, but instead, he was forced to spend 12 years in the forest. His exile was part of a divine design, as he blessed and healed many people who might not otherwise met him. Rāma represents the soul of the divine Self.