Nama Article 20th July 2012
In the Padma Purana it its mentioned:
visnor ekaika namapi, sarva vedadhikam matam
tadrk nama sahasrena, rama nama samasmrtam
"Each Name of Lord Vishnu is greater and more potent than the entire Vedas combined together, and Lord Rama's Name alone is more superior that a thousand Names of Lord Vishnu
In the Brahmanda Purana it is stated:
sahasra-namnam punyanam, trir-avrttya tu yat phalam;
ekavrttya tu krishnasya, namaikam tat prayacchati.
"And the merits (punya) achieved by chanting the thousand holy names of Vishnu (Vishnu-sahasra-nama-stotram) three times or (by deduction) the Holy Name of Rama thrice can be attained by only one utterance of the Holy Name of Krishna."
And as a result I often hear people saying that saying Krishna one time is the same as same Ram 3 times.
My question is: Is it okay to make such conclusions based on the two verses? Does the translation need to be taken in a numeric sense?
Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji:
There is a mathematical calculation called “Katapayaadi Sankhya” in which each Sanskrit ‘akshara’ is assigned a specific number.
These verses refer are true as per the ‘Katapayaadi Sankhya’.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji