‘Ram Naam’ is a blessing which millions of Hindus 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 and Panchakshara, 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
The Mantra Sakti or the power generated by the juxtaposition of the letters of the Mantra and by the utterance of the same, 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 tranquillity. 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 idea of the Divine Being generated in the mind at the time of the repetition of the Name, gives a
direct fillip to the mind in its attempt to unite itself with the Divine Being. 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
Sattva, the highly transparent medium through which the Immortal Being is reflected.
Ram Nam like the Ashtakshara or the Dvadasakshara Mantras, is a powerful aid in destroying the
animal passions in man. Passions are agitative forces, and Ram Nam is a tranquil force. When one
adheres to Ram Nam 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 Nam’ with full
confidence in it. The more the faith and concentration, the quicker does the Lord’s Name destroy the
evils in man.
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