Sirla Prabhupada

"Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare"

"Hare" can be interpreted as either the vocative of Hari, another name of Vishnu meaning "he who removes illusion", or as the vocative of Harā, a name of Rādhā,Krishna's eternal consort or Shakti.

According to A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,Harā refers to "the energy of God" while Krishna and Rama refer to God himself, meaning "He who is All-Attractive" and "He who is the Source of All Pleasure".

Rama can refer to Ramachandra or to Krishna as Radha-Raman, another name of Krishna meaningbeloved of Radha.In the hymn Vishnu Sahasranama spoken by Bhishma in praise of Krishna after the Kurukshetra War, Krishna is also called Rama.Rama can also be a shortened form of Balarama, Krishna's first expansion.