Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Ramakrishna Says, when a pumpkin is cut at home, a seed or two spill out into the garden without our knowledge. One fine day, we see a nice pumpkin creeper in the garden. In the same way, Nama Kirtan, whether done knowingly or unknowingly, certainly has to give its effect. All these Mahans stressed just this fact.
Today we see that Swami Vivekananda has glorified the Hindu religion all over the world. No doubt Sri Ramakrishna's penance had been the reason for this. But what Mantra did Sri Ramakrishna initiate Swami Vivekananda into? He initiated Vivekananda into the holy 'Rama' Nama. It is the power of that Divine Name that made him establish this Universal Religion of Brotherhood called Hinduism all over the world.
It is an undeniable fact that our country received independence because of one person – Mahatma Gandhi. How did he accomplish that? In his final lecture before independence, he says, 'We have tried our level best. Now let us all chant the Divine Name together. Only that has the power to get us independence.' Not one of his prayers passed without Rama Nama Kirtan.