DEVOTION TO GOD'S NAME-"RAM"

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God helps those who help themselves by practicing under the intellectual circumstances which is provided by Him and only beyond this effort one should seek the grace of God. Idleness is not self-surrender. Surrender of the self to God becomes complete only when the individual consciousness is flooded over the love for the Divine. As long as we have the full devotion to God, we can call Him in any name. Whichever name we call Him, He will accept that.

Ram" Naam has no dependence on other means. It can be chanted independently like Ram..Ram..Ram... It is absolute and Perfect in itself. "Ram" Naam is the abstract of all Vedas, Upanisads, and Puranas. It is the only Mantra which is chanted by Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and innumerable divine sages like Swami Bhathrachala Ramdas, Swami Tulsidas, Swami Thyagarajar and manymore.

“Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram” is called Mahamantra ,'Ram' is called Taraka Mantra. ‘Om’ is called Pranava Mantra. While we chant Ram Mantra we need not include Pranava ‘Om’ before, but except Ram Mantra for all Mantras like Nama Sivaya, Namo Narayanaya, and other God or Godess name we must start with ‘Om’.

’R’ represents the Parabrahman who is a source of Infinite bliss burns all bondages. ‘A’ represents the Parabrahman who is pervading everywhere and situated in everything. "M" represents the eternal potency of Parambrahman also known as Shakti (the power) who imparts infinite supreme bliss.(eternal BrahmaAnanda).and it is only specialty of "Ram" Naam that it is called as TarakMantra.

In Kaliyuga without Chanting Ram Naam there is no Mukti.. All scriptures explained about the importance of Ram Naam .People can have personal liking of any Mantra or any form of God.. but if one who wants to achieve self realization(Mukti) he has to take shelter of Ram Naam. There is no need to add anything with "Ram" Naam.

Each mantra has its own vibration when we chant it. some mantras make us cry, some makes us feel good. Mantras feeling is different by person to person. That is the beauty of name of Lord. Tulsidas said even if one takes Lord Rama's name in a bad way, still that would fetch good result just like a seed gives birth to a tree irrespective of whether you sow that straight or inverted. Rama for you should mean the Path He trod, the ideal He held aloft, and the Ordinance He lay down. They are eternal and timeless.” The Immortal had come in the form of Rama to show the way to Immortality. When Rama is installed in the heart, every thing will be added unto you - fame, fortune, freedom, fullness.”

Now you worship His Form, you repeat His name; Obey His orders. Without practicing the discipline laid down by Rama to purify the mind, all else is mere show, empty rituals.”

It is not enough, nor is it essential that you should repeat the name of Rama loudly; respect it in the fullness of love and admiration.” Every one's voice was given equal weight in the empire ruled over by Rama.

The greatest formula that can liberate, cleanse and elevate the mind is Rama-Name, the Name of Rama.” ‘Ram Naam’ is a blessing which millions of people have treasured in their hearts since ages past. It is the supreme purifier of the mind of man, the bestower of perennial joy, the giver of peace and the key to the gate of Immortality.

The Ramarahasyopanishad says that the letters ‘Ra’ and ‘Ma’ are the essence of the two most important Mantras, viz., Ashtakshara – Namo Narayanaya and Panchakshara – Namah sivaya in which, when the letters ‘Ra’ and ‘Ma’ are removed from them, respectively, not only lose their primary meaning but give the opposite meaning. When Ram Nam is chanted, a significant change takes place in the entire organism of the person chanting it. There is a twofold effect product by the utterance of the Divine Name. The Mantra Sakti or the power generated the whole nervous system of the chanter of the Mantra is set in vibration—a vibration which brings about rhythm, harmony and equilibrium in it. When the nervous system is in such a harmonized state, the breath,too flows rhythmically and the mind rests in a state of tranquility. It is in this peaceful state of the mind that the divine Consciousness is reflected and the supernal joy of the Eternal is experienced.

The Ramarahasyopanishad says that the letters ‘Ra’ and ‘Ma’ are the essence of the two most important Mantras, viz., Ashtakshara – Namo Narayanaya and Panchakshara – Namah sivaya in which, when the letters ‘Ra’ and ‘Ma’ are removed from them, respectively, not only lose their primary meaning but give the opposite meaning. When Ram Nam is chanted, a significant change takes place in the entire organism of the person chanting it. There is a twofold effect product by the utterance of the Divine Name. The Mantra Sakti or the power generated the whole nervous system of the chanter of the Mantra is set in vibration—a vibration which brings about rhythm, harmony and equilibrium in it. When the nervous system is in such a harmonized state, the breath,too flows rhythmically and the mind rests in a state of tranquility. It is in this peaceful state of the mind that the divine Consciousness is reflected and the supernal joy of the Eternal is experienced.

The Divine power operating the mind at the time of the repetition of the Name, gives a direct fill up to the mind in its attempt to unite itself with the Divine power. The nervous system is in a state of perfect harmony when the vibration produced by the chanting of the Divine Name pervades it with a force of integration. The Divine Name is not merely a sound; it is a force which can overcome all the destructive forces in the human system and render it pure and make it fit for the experience of realization, the highly transparent medium through which the Immortal power is reflected.

Ram Nam is a powerful Mantra which is destroying the animal passions in man. Passions are agitating forces, and Ram Naam is atranquil force. When one adheres to Ram Naam with exclusive and genuine devotion, it becomes the destroyer of all pains. But one’s faith must not be divided between two or more Mantras. One should stick to ‘Ram Naam’ with full confidence in it. The more the faith and concentration, the quicker does the Lord’s Name destroy the evils in man.

Ram Nam should not be used for the sake of obtaining worldly ends. Ram Naam is the savior of man from the afflictions of mortality itself. It raises man from all neediness and exalts him to the status of fearless over himself. Ram Naam can cure the disease of Samsara itself. Therefore, use Ram Naam as a Moksha Mantra and not for the objects of the world. Ram Naam is the guardian in your body, protecting you at all times against all attacks, preserving your purity and virtue, and warding off the inimical urges of desire, passion and anger.

The repetition of the Mantra should be done with Bhava or deep feeling. A tremendous effect is produced when repetition of the name is attended with a consciousness of the relation of the chanter to the deity of the Name. This, however, does not mean that a mechanical repetition of the Mantra without feeling is absolutely devoid of all beneficial results. The Name is potent enough to cause a change in the psychological and the physical being of man even when it is mechanically repeated. Ram Naam is a Mantra, and a Mantra is formed by significant letters, which by the very fact of their being uttered, produce a result, even if this result may not be directly connected with the consciousness of the chanter of the Mantra. There is a very peculiar process of physical and psychical transformation taking place at the time when the Mantra is repeated. Unconscious and mechanical repetition produces no direct psychical change, but causes biological change through the nervous system which is immediately influenced by the vibrations set up by the chanting of the Mantra, and these biological changes indirectly, bring about psychological changes;for these two natures in man are related to each other as effect and cause, respectively and the effects are so intimately related to their causes.

The devotee should not test the Lord by the chanting of His Name. For example, one should not use the Name as an excuse for the deliberate perpetration of evil acts. The Name can overcome the effects of even such acts, but the implications of such acts would be that the devotee who uses the Name thus has not genuine aspiration and devotion to the Lord, and his mind is still being attracted to things other than those that pertain to the Lord and to His Way. Hence the condition for chanting the Divine Name is well laid out. The moment you chant the word Rama, the form of the Lord will appear in your consciousness. So the Divine Name Rama is the exclusive support of those afflicted by the tribulations of samsara. The hearing or the study of the Ramayana is a contemplation on the various divine qualities of Sri Rama, which purifies the mind of man and renders it spiritual. May Sri Ramachandra bless all with spiritual enlightment, prosperity and Kaivalya Moksha!

OM SRI RAM JAI RAM JAI JAI RAM