Ramacharitmanas 26. The Name of Rama
This now marks a new part of our journey, so far we have been glorifying all things, whether good or bad, we have been praying to the saints, praying to the Gods, praying that our auspicious journey to the lotus feet of Shri Rama is a blessed one. Now we begin a new chapter, here the focus will be on the holy name, Rama. We will meditate upon it, glorify it, chant it, immerse ourselves in its meaning and pour out our hearts our souls into this name, which is non-other than the living form of Shri Rama here on earth. Mahatma Gandhi said this mantra was a staff for his life, Neem Karoli Baba constantly had the name of Rama on his lips, I cannot think of any other practise which can transform ones life than constant meditation upon these two syllables.
26. I now greet the holy name of my beloved Lord Shri Rama, these two powerful syllables represent Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva combined. It represents the eternal message of the Vedas, it represents the great Brahman of the Upanishads, the glory of this name is known by Lord Ganesha, and Shiva to be all powerful, it represents the innermost secret of our very being.
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