UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA INDIAN BRAIN RESEARCH ASSOCIATION DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY 11/2/7

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UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA INDIAN BRAIN RESEARCH ASSOCIATION DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY 11/2/77 To Whom It May Concern: The chanting of the Hare Krishna 'mantra' (Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare) is practiced as a form of meditation not only by the Vaishnavas (Krishna devotees) of India but by most Hindus. Millions of Hindus practice this meditation with great devotion as a regular religious, social, and familial function. I can assert that there is no difference between the devotional chanting of Hare Krishna practiced in India and that practiced by members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. I am not aware of any case in which this meditation has exerted any detrimental effect on a person's physical or mental health, on either him who performs the chanting or him who hears it. In fact, the dancing and chanting performed by the Krishna devotees may have profoundly beneficial psychological effects on persons suffereng from mental illness. Further, the devotional and meditative chanting of the Hare Krishna 'mantra' has no relation whatsoever to "brainwashing" - a colloquial term which carries little real scientific meaning. Yours faithfully, Dr. J.J. Ghosh Prsident Indian Brain Research Association (On behalf of the IBRA) 35 Baliygunge Circular Road, Calcutta-19, India Telephone: 47-3681

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