Raama Naama chanting

Value- Truth

Sub Value- Knowledge


A guru was teaching Vishnu Sahasranaamam to a group of young boys. Guru chanted the shlokam :

Sri Rama Rama Raamethi Rame Rame Manorame |

Sahasra naama Tathulyam Rama Naama Varaanane ||

Then he told the boys, “If you chant Rama naamam 3 times, it is equivalent to chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranaamam or chanting Lord’s Naamam 1000 times.

One of the boys could not agree with the teacher. He questioned the teacher, “O Guru! How can 3 times=1000 times? I do not understand the rationale behind this. How 3 naamams =1000 naamams?

The wise and clever Guru, a great devotee of Lord Rama spontaneously explained, “Lord Shiva says that the name of Lord Rama is the sweetest of all the words & chanting this name would be equivalent to chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranama or thousand names of Vishnu.”

Here is the interesting numerical calculation to prove that 3 times chanting of Rama naamam = 1000 times chanting or chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranaamam.

Take the name Rama. It has two Sanskrit letters RA& MA

RA (2nd consonant in Sanskrit: ya, RA, la, va, sa and sha)

MA (5th consonant in Pa, Pha, Ba, Bha, MA).

Substitute the value of RA & MA as 2 & 5 to make RAMA: 2 X 5= 10. So saying Rama Rama Rama – 3 times is equal to 2×5 x 2×5 x 2×5 = 10x10x10 = 1000. Three times chanting Rama naamam is equivalent to chanting it 1000 times.

The boy was happy with the answer and started learning Vishnusahasranaama with full concentration and devotion.

Let us thank the curious boy and spread this to many friends for their information and chanting Rama Namam at least (1000) times both morning and evening at the least.


When the meaning or purpose for performing a certain rituals, prayers are explained to others, especially the children, they will appreciate and understand the significance and practice; rather than being compelled to do something for the sake of doing. Wisdom comes through knowledge and experience.


Courtesy: Matangi Kumar- Brahmin association


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