1. Worship of Rama and seekers
The Kalisantaran Upanishad is a part of the Krushnayajurveda. Its other name is Harinamopanishad. This Upanishadwas narrated by Lord Brahma to Sage Narad towards the culmination of the Dvaparyug. In short, it says mere chanting of Lord Narayan’s Name eliminates the ill effects due to the influence of Kali. This mantra consists of sixteen words –
Hare Krushna Hare Krushna Krushna Krushna Hare Hare
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे ।।
These sixteen words are associated with the sixteen kalas of the embodied soul. Thus it is a mantra which destroys the covering of the embodied soul. Some sects worshipping Lord Krushna chant the second half of the mantra first.’
Chant the Names Rama and Sree Rama each for two minutes and record your spiritual experiences, that is note with which Name you feel pleasant or distressed. Then read the following paragraph. The table below enlists the spiritual experiences of seekers who were attending a workshop on Spirituality, in Mumbai.
|Spiritual experience obtained
|1. Efforts were necessary
(presence of grossness)
|2. Felt serene||1||6|
|3. Felt like chanting Shrirama
instead of Rama
|4. Occurred automatically||1||8|
|5. Felt distressed||–||5*|
* Since the spiritual experience of Bliss or Serenity is new for an average seeker chanting the Name Shrirama can cause him distress.
The majority felt more pleasant when chanting Shrirama rather than Rama. This will clarify the difference between the two Names. Despite this, five individuals experienced distress when chanting Shrirama. To avoid this a seeker is advised not to chant a Name meant for a spiritual level higher than his.
The words in the mantra ‘Shrirama jai Rama jai jai Rama (श्री राम जय राम जय जय राम)’ mean the following –
|Shrirama:||This is an invocation of Shrirama|
|Jai Rama:||This is in praise of Rama.|
|Jai jai Rama:||Like ‘namaha’ it signifies surrender.|
|The male / female
|1. At what spiritual level
% of the seeker is
is it useful?
|2. Manifest energy %||10||70||0|
|3. Mission||Activation of energy||The energy
1.4 Spiritual practice of which form of Rama is useful for a seeker at a particular spiritual level %?
|Form of Rama||Spiritual level of the seeker %|
|1. Ramapanchayatan (The five-
fold family of Rama)
|2. Rama – Sita and Hanuman||30-50|
|3. Rama and Sita (Sitarama)||30-50|
Once the stage of worship of the family deity is completed, the spiritual practice of Rama who is true to His word, devoted to only one wife and who attains the target with just one arrow is useful for many a seeker to go from many to one..
Since Rama is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, He too is worshipped like Vishnu. The birth of Shrirama is celebrated on the ninth day (navami) of the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra, at twelve noon.
तन्नो रामचंद्र: प्रचोदयात् ।।
Meaning: We are quite familiar with Rama, the son of Dasharath. We meditate on Rama, the husband of Sita. May that Rama inspire our intellect benevolently.
तन्नो जानकी प्रचोदयात् ।।
Meaning: We are quite familiar with Sita, the daughter of Janak. We meditate on Sita, the daughter of the Earth. May that Janaki inspire our intellect benevolently.
If one is disinterested in something one says there is no charm (Rama nahi) in it. From some Names in theRamayan one will realise how the Ramayan is going on in the day-to-day life of a seeker.
- A. Rama: Atmaram is the soul principle.
- B. Sita: Adimaya is the Great Illusion. The abduction by Ravan, Her entering the fire were all a part of the play of the Great Illusion. In one’s life too the play of the Great Illusion in the form of happiness and unhappiness continues.
- C. Lakshman: Laksha (लक्ष) which means attention and man (मन) meaning mind constitute the name Lakshman (लक्षमण). One’s attention should always be concentrated on the soul.
- D. Bharat: The name Bharat (भरत) is derived from bha (भ) meaning radiance and rat (रत) meaning engrossed. A seeker is thus one who is engrossed in the worship of radiance.
- E. Shatrughna: The name Shatrughna (शत्रुघ्न) is derived from shatru (शत्रु) and ghna (घ्न). Shatru means the enemy and ghna the destroyer. The six foes of the soul (shadripu) are one’s enemies.
- F. Rama, Sita and Lakshman: Rama means spiritual knowledge, Sita means devotion and Lakshman means detachment.
- G. Hanuman: The activated spiritual energy (kundalini).
- H. Ravan: The six foes of the soul (shadripu) – desire, anger, greed, attachment, vanity and envy.
- I. Kumbhakarna: Laziness
Thus like the Ramayan, the Mahabharat too goes on in one’s day-to-day life !