BENEFITS OF CHANTING RAMA MANTRA

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Ram Naam (rhythmic chanting of the word Ram) has been the core of Hindu religion. Lord Sri Ram is regarded as the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is the symbol of courtesy and virtue, and a man of values and morals. It is proclaimed that Lord Ram was given this name in order to help mankind attain salvation and overcome obstacles in life. The word Ram is an embodiment of bliss and salvation. Ram mantra is considered to be Taraka mantra. The Sanskrit word Taraka means a star. A star traverses in space and acts as a guiding light. Similarly, a Taraka mantra is that which provides guidance and helps liberate one’s self from the cycle of birth and re-birth.

This mantra is also called the ‘mantra of Surrender’ as one is surrendering themselves, the karma is removed by the supreme power then the ego is reduced and the light of higher consciousness shines through. A sense of lightness and happiness prevails over the body and gives one the power to help one cross the ocean of samsara or life.

The chanting of the mantra should be done with a lot of vibrations. Beginning the mantra with Ra, the focus should be at the nabhi (navel) and when the sound progresses to Om, the focus should be between the eyebrows – the Ajna Chakra. Both the sounds must have as much vibration as possible. In order to receive its benefit, the mantra should be recited by prolonging the word Ram i.e. Raaamm.

It is important to note that nothing should be recited or chanted before or after the mantra. In fact, the word Ram itself is sufficient and anything added to the mantra only dilutes its effectiveness. Furthermore, one should be attentive and focused, concentrating between the eyebrows, called Ajna Chakra (the third eye) while chanting this mantra.

Over time whoever chanted the name of Ram became famous, strong and attained salvation. Hanuman, a great devotee of Lord Ram, recited this mantra mentally and served and surrendered to Sri Ram every second of the day.

In the current environment, this mantra can resolve any mental and/or physical problems one may face. Just surrender your worries to the third eye (Ajna Chakra) while chanting this mantra, and let the higher power resolve the issues. Of course, one’s prayers should always wish well for others and should never foster any negative thoughts towards any being.

Group chanting makes this mantra more powerful and enjoyable. When a hundred people chant together for five minutes, it gives the benefit of 500 minutes of chanting to everyone. Also, thirty minutes of chanting would feel like a mere five minutes if done together, and create a feeling of nirvana.

Recitation of Ram Nam is a tool and instrument to alter or transform inner self only. Goal is the transformation of the inner-self or having the knowledge that you can transform your inner self and then practicing it. It can be done through many other ways also

There is immense benefits from repetition of God's name (naam japa). With recitation of God's name, sensual enjoyments move further away, sins are wiped out, agitation of mind is removed, and one gains immense peace. In addition, devotion and worship of God increases. With repetition of God's name, even the impossible can become possible. Therefore, when worries come to mind, for half hour simply recite God's name, and all worries will disappear. Those divine Souls that engage in repetition of God's name, become one with the name.

Repetition of God's name is our true wealth and treasure that stays and goes with us. Just repeat Ramnam in your mind/heart; it is not necessary to chant audibly. The Grace follows automatically – unseen, unnoticed. Every thing takes time to grow– the sapling from the seed, the plant from sapling; fruits follow still later. Results of thought supplemented with Karma flow slower still; but there is no doubt that good results follow.

Every man has a sub-conscious mind. Thoughts get embedded in the subconscious by habit; and habit is developed by practice. The world draws us into everything by our mind traveling to it. One has to be watchful not to permit the mind to get into undesirable things.

The easiest way to cast off that diversion is to tell `Shriram' immediately: "Oh Lord, You have come to me in this form (of temptation), so it is for You to protect me from Evil and lead me to Good". Immediately, the mind will return to Bhagwan Shriram.

Do not think about the `benefits' from Ramnam; the benefits will flow in without your noticing it in various forms. It may be a better & more peaceful/happy family life, a more loveable conduct of your children and the betterment of your life journey.

OM SRI RAM JAI RAM JAI JAI RAM