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Symbolism In The Name Rama - Sri Chandrasekhara Swamigal

Here is an interesting look at the symbolism in the name of Bhagavan Rama.

There are two powerful ‘Araka Namas’. One is Aum and another is Ram. All mantras have to be prefixed with Aum for obtaining the benefits of those mantras, whereas there is no need to prefix Aum when the name 'Ram' is recited because the name itself is 'Tarka Namam.'

Divine poet, composer and singer Tyagaraja, who recited Rama Nama, 960 million times and had His darshan, has said:

The life letter of the five letter word ‘Namasivaya’ is ‘MA’.

Similarly the life letter (Jeevaksharam) of the eight letter word 'Narayanaya' is ‘RA’. It is the combination of these two aksharas (letters) that produced the nama 'RAMA'.

Sri Chandrasekhara Swamigal

Teachings on Paramatma and Jivatma – Bhagavan Sri Ram

It is the shadow of the Paramatma (Supreme Truth or God) that you see reflected in all the living beings as Jivatman (Eternal Self or Soul)

Paramatma alone is real; this world is unreal (maya). The latter appears as real in man's vision, hearing and thoughts, but it lasts only as long as the things seen in a dream last.

This Atman (Eternal Self) is certainly different from the body, senses, mind, and prana. It is blissful, supreme, non-dual, permanent, formless, sinless, and pure. The moment this realization comes to you, you are liberated.

If you constantly think of the Atman, your mind will be purified and your ignorance will be uprooted along with the past tendencies, just as your ailments will completely disappear by your taking medicine daily. When the mind is pure, you will get unalloyed bliss.

When one realizes the truth of the unity between the Jivatma (soul of man) and the Paramatma (God) whether by instruction from the guru or from spiritual texts, that every moment the source of ignorance, along with the cause and effect, will mingle with Paramatma. The state mentioned above is called moksha (liberation). The self is ever-free.

Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ram are spread across the Ramayana and Yoga Vasishta