You advocate incessant chanting of Rama Năma. (Lets us say that) A person suffers from some disease and is also facing financial problems. Should different slokas be chanted for the different kinds of sorrows suffered, viz. disease, debt problem, etc.? – some sloka like the Navagraha sloka (be chanted)? Or is it enough if we chant Rama Nama as advocated by you?”
Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
‘In Kali Yuga keep chanting some Name of the Lord. This is the only way to attain liberation in Kali Yuga.’ This is what I have been stressing time and again.
This devotee is asking, “while going through some sloka book we find the words above each sloka -‘for getting out of debt problems’, ‘for getting married’, ‘to safeguard oneself from enemies’, ‘for being successful in examination’, ‘for success of trips being undertaken’ – such wordings are put up. You will find the words, ‘you stand to benefit by chanting these.’ Is it enough if I, who have been chanting Rama Năm, chant only this Rama Năma or should I do japa of some other mantra for these problems?”
This is his doubt/question. The answer for this is that Rama Năma is the name of ‘Parabrahma’ (Brahman). That is the root mantra (‘moola mantra’), first mantra (‘ădi mantra’) and the highest mantra (‘uyarnda mantra’). Whatever is contained in all other mantras is found in this Rama Năma itself. Rama Mantra is the ‘ădhăra’ (base) for all other mantras. While speaking of the glory of Rama Mantra I have said, ‘Thiagaraja swami says, ‘the letter ‘Ra’ has been taken from the Năma ‘Nărayana’ and the letter ‘Ma’ has been taken from the Năma ‘Namasivaya’.’ I have also said that by chanting Rama Năma one gains the ‘phala’ (fruit) of chanting all other Mantras. I have said that by worshipping Rama one earns the ‘punya’ (good merit) of the worship of all other gods.
Rama Năma is a ‘kalapaka vruksha’. If you have received it through a Guru (‘Guru mukhena’), if a Guru has given it to you, hold on to it tightly. That one (Năma) is enough. Do not take several mantras. Do not perform japa of several mantras. There is no need.