23. Rama Navami-9.

    O Devotee! recite His Name, sing His glory and serve His Lotus Feet.

Enthrone in your heart Lord Rama of dark hue, whose image is reflected in the heart of Lord Shiva.

Blessed is the pious soul who uninterruptedly drinks the nectar of Sri Rama’s Name which has been churned out of the ocean of the Vedas, which removes the impurities of the Kali Yuga or the iron age, which lives constantly on the lips of Lord Shiva, which is a sovereign remedy or unfailing specific to cure the disease of worldly existence and which is the life of Mother Sita.

    Ram-Nam burns ignorance, passion and sin.

With or without knowledge, correctly or incorrectly, when the word “Rama” is pronounced it showers a rain of good upon the devotee.

Sri Rama is Brahmam who takes one across the ocean of worldly existence.

Rama is one in across whom the Yogis sport, that is, the Self within.

    Lord Shiva tells His consort Parvati :-

“This Ram-Nam is equal to the Lord’s thousand Names, or repetition of the Mantra a thousand times”.

    I call this the anti-gossip tonic.

When you find that you are wasting your time in gossip, repeat His Name several times.

You can make up for the time lost, and the mind will be slowly weaned away from the habit of gossiping.

    Sri Rama is also a wish-fulfilling tree.

He will bestow upon you whatever you want! Just read what Lord Shiva further says :-

    “The seat of all good things, the destroyer of all impurities of this age of darkness, purer than purity itself, the food for the journey of aspirants on the path to salvation, their only resting place, the very life-breath of virtuous men, is the Divine Name of Sri Rama. So say the sages”.

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  .....

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