There is nothing special about this bhajan by Tulsidas. He only says that he lives by two syllables (Namely, Ra and ma).

Nama Article 2nd October 2013

 

Source: Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi

 

SPEECH AT PRAYER MEETING, April 27, 1947

 

और नहीं कछु कामके

मैं भरोसे अपने रामके

दोउ अक्षर सब कुल तारे

वारी जाउं उस नामपे

तुलसिदास प्रभु राम दयाधन

और देव सब दामके

 

The bhajan you heard just now was sung before also. I want to give you something of the background of this bhajan. It first echoed in my ears when I went on a fast while in jail. But while fasting one’s memory becomes weak. None of my co-workers remembered the bhajan fully either. And so I sent a telegram and the bhajan was sent to me telegraphically in the Roman script. The bhajan delighted me so much that I forgot my fast. My grandson Kanu was with me at the time. At my request he sang it for me. There is nothing special about this bhajan by Tulsidas. He only says that he lives by two syllables (Namely, Ra and ma). Everything, he says, is accomplished only with the help of Rama. All other gods are amenable to offerings. For, when people go to worship the deities they offer a couple of pice before offering their prayers. The mother of a sick child offers a little money before praying for the recovery of her child. Another woman offers money to Lord Mahadeva pleading to be spared the nightmares she goes through. Some other woman who has too many daughters prays for a son. But all this is futile. Tulsidas says that God needs no flattery.

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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