As the flow of information rapidly increases, so does our access to the minds of others. We can explore other cultures and ways of thinking very easily, and discuss ideas from a variety of angles. Unfortunately, sometimes the tolerance and humility needed for mature discussion is absent, and we witness a battle of egos, which can sometimes turn nasty.
This admittedly idealistic song was sparked by my frustration at seeing discussions that had great potential for understanding and growth turn into personal attacks and ego inflation. Individuals would use their energy to harshly (not constructively) criticize the actions of others (who were at least trying to change the world for the better) rather than making the effort to be the change they wanted to see in the world.
Of course there will be disagreements; we are diverse people. But when fanaticism takes hold, it gets pretty ugly and there is no room for sober rational consideration of topics. We see this fanatic mood arise not only between different groups in the fields of religion, science, nationalism, etc, but also between different groups of thought within traditions (regrettably even the spiritual tradition I follow). Alas, such is the temperament of the age we live in.
I don't think we should avoid heated discussions; they can lead to greater understanding of each other and sometimes provide the catalyst for synthesis. But we should be conscious of the fact that we might be wrong in our convictions when presented with more evidence further down the road of our learning journey. And even if our views remain the same, it is so important to avoid the fanatical mood that just creates further divide. We hurt our own growth when we approach others with an offensive mentality. By embracing unity in diversity we can avoid adding to the negative vibes that seem to permeate the atmosphere. We can approach our differences with respect for each other by engaging in positive discussion or walking away from a discussion we feel uncomfortable with.
If we want to decrease suffering in the world then we need to use our energy to be the change we want to see. This age is characterized by quarrel and hypocrisy. Rather than pump more negative vibrations into the atmosphere (we have more than enough of those) lets send positive vibrations into the atmosphere. At the very least we can all sing together right?
The transcendental vibration established by the chanting of Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare is the sublime method for reviving our transcendental consciousness. As living spiritual souls, we are all originally Kṛṣṇa conscious entities, but due to our association with matter from time immemorial, our consciousness is now adulterated by the material atmosphere.
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare is the transcendental process for reviving this original, pure consciousness. By chanting this transcendental vibration, we can cleanse away all misgivings within our hearts. The basic principle of all such misgivings is the false consciousness that I am the lord of all I survey.
Kṛṣṇa consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind. This consciousness is the original, natural energy of the living entity. When we hear this transcendental vibration, this consciousness is revived. This simplest method of meditation is recommended for this age. By practical experience also, one can perceive that by chanting this mahā-mantra, or the Great Chanting for Deliverance, one can at once feel a transcendental ecstasy coming through from the spiritual stratum. (Science of Self Realization 5c)