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~||Sri Rama Rama Rameti, Rame Rame Manorame;
Sahasrenama tattulyam, Rama Nama Varanane
Sri Rama Rama Rameti, Rame Rame Manorame;Sahasrenama tattulyam, Rama Nama Varanane||~

Does anyone know the meaning of this Hymn?




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Meaning :-

The above Sloka is Lord Shiva's reply to Goddess Parvathi's question as to which mantra  can be easily  recited and its effect equivalent to Sahasranama. Lord Shiva's reply was Rama Mantram. 

Rama sound is formed from 2 Beejaksharas (the seed syllables) Ra and Ma. "Beejakshara" means the seed syllable which stores that, which is indestructible. Akshara means that which is indestructible.The Beejaksharam "Ra" is from the Ashtakshari Mantra: "Om Namo Narayanaya" and Beejaksharam "Ma" from Panchakshari mantra "Om Namah Shivaya"

Beejaksharam is the jeevan or life force of a mantra and if we remove that then that mantra becomes useless.From Narayanaya mantra if we remove Beejaksharam "Ra" sound then it will become Na ayanaya which means not good for chanting ,moksha etc.Same applies while removing Beejaksharam "Ma" from Namah. Namah Shivaya mantra becomes Na Shivaya which means not good for  Prosperity(Mangalam)The word Shiva means  prosperity which however is achieved only when liberation is attained from all bondage. When Ra is removed Knowledge (Janam) is lost and when Ma is removed Prosperity is lost.The Beejaksharams Ra and Ma together form RAMA and Rama sound represents Knowledge and  Prosperity.

By continuous chanting of the mantra, the mantra shareeram purifies the life force to the extent that it can easily merge in the universal being. This is the science behind the daily Japam.This shows the truth embedded in Beejaksharam and it's impact on chanting the mantras.The end result will be the confluence of Life force (Jeeva Shakti) and favorite deity (Ishta Devatha ) based on the mantra chanted.Rama Mantra when chanted together at home with family brings prosperity and harmony.

{Significance and Meaning of Rama Mantram taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal.}

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Lord Rama meets Shabri: Devotion is the sole reason for 'darshan'

When Vishnu-incarnate Ramachandra visits Shabri's ashram in the Adhyatma Ramayana, Shabri explains that she has been waiting for Him ever since her guru, Rishi Matang, left for Brahma's abode. Her mystic guru had foretold her that the Eternal Supreme Soul, who has incarnated on earth for the preservation of dharma, would bless her with His darshan one day and had instructed her to maintain her life till that moment. After pleasantly receiving the Lord and offering Him some fruits, Shabri asks a question that is valid for her time, "When even my guru (a great sage) could not obtain your darshan, how could I – a socially disadvantaged, uneducated woman – attain it?"

In reply, Rama explains that His remembrance is not influenced by gender, caste, title, or age but finds its source in devotion alone. In the absence of bhakti, actions like sacrifices, charity, asceticism, and learning are fruitless in leading to His darshan. In Tulasidasa's retelling of the same theme in the Ramacharitamanasa, Rama compares a person who possesses social privileges, a clan, virtues, ethics, brightness, strength, and riches but lacks devotion to "a cloud devoid of water" (Aranya Kand; 34-3).

Finally, Rama gives Shabri a discourse on the nine kinds of devotion through which a jiva can reach the Lord and concludes by clarifying that devotion leads to the experience of the Divine which, in turn, leads to emancipation: "I am here because you are endowed with bhakti. And my darshan will unquestionably lead to your liberation."

It is interesting to note, especially for the supporters of the devotional schools, that realization and emancipation are not cherished as highly as a darshan. While reaching the abode of Brahma also guarantees Rishi Matang's eventual liberation, it is the face-to-face meeting with the Personal God that the devotee seeks and attains.


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Shabari Moksham(From Kabandha Ramayan)

 In the Ramayana we have the classic example of Shabari , who is an embodiment of unqualified & unassuming devotion.

Shabari comes very close to the heart of Sri Rama; she is praised as an embodiment of unqualified devotion to Sri Rama.

Her only life ambition was to see Lord Rama once in her life time.

Having seen Lord Rama, the devout and exceptionally affectionate Shabari merges as it were in the ocean of Bliss springing from the sparkling eyes of Sri Rama.

The story of Sabari starts with Kabandha telling about the Pampa Lake and the Mount Rishyamuka.

Kabandha extols Pampa Lake and details Sri Rama about the course to be adopted to proceed to Mount Rishyamuka to befriend Sugriva.

He details about Matanga hermitage and implores upon Sri Rama to visit an ascetic by name Shabari, who is waiting for ages to have a glimpse of Sri Rama.

Kabandha gives an advance description about Shabari to Sri Rama:

"A miracle is working in Matanga Ashram.

The Rishis who resided there are no more. So great was their devotion that the sweat drops which fell on the ground from their body, as they brought water for their daily pooja, have sprouted in to unfading flowers shining like garlands.Their servant woman belonging to a forest tribe is constantly engaged in TapoDharma (Spiritual Austerities).Shabari is eagerly waiting to greet You as a divine person and then ascend to higher worlds"

We are told that Shabari served for long Rishi Matanga in his ashram near Rishyamuka, and when he was ascending to heaven, he bade his disciple await the advent of Sri Rama who would come to her, bless her, and fulfill her tapas. Telling her the story of Sri Rama, the sage departed, leaving Shabari alone at the ashram.

Shabari continued her tasks at the ashram, keeping it ready for Sri Rama's arrival. She woke up everyday, wondering if this would be the day Sri Rama would arrive.

After completing her chores, she would make the place ready for Sri Rama's arrival, and collect fruits and berries for him to eat if he did come.

She spent hours removing the thorns from the bushes along the path and the stones on the path, so that her beloved lord wouldn't be hurt.

Thus, Shabari spent many years waiting for her lord who was on his way to her abode.

Having heard the story of Shabari the two brother move towards Mount Rishyamuka.

Both the brothers approach Shabari as told by Kabandha and she adores them on their seeking her presence.

One look at her made Sri Rama realise that Shabari had attained the highest stage of spiritual ripeness, 'Siddhahood'.

She honours them as guests and expresses her desire to depart to the spheres where her teachers are.

When Shabari sees Sri Rama, she says that she feels the purpose of her birth has been fulfilled only upon her seeing Sri Rama.

Shabari felt that her greatest desire had been fulfilled by meeting her lord, and, asking Sri Rama to give her salvation, she entered the fire.

As the old and emaciated lady wearing rags entered the fire, she was transformed into a beautiful young woman wearing silken cloth and many ornaments.

In this form, she gained deliverance at the hands of the lord, as Sage Matanga had foretold, and joined her lord and her guru in the heavens.

Shabari is extolled by the following adjectives:

Shramanim austere woman

Tapodhane ascetic woman

Siddha a lady who achieved Self Realisation

Charubhashini a lady of pleasant talk

Siddha Sammata a fully realised person and also adored and accepted as such by other Siddhas (realised persons)

Tapasi austere woman

What higher qualifications than these can one acquire for earning the descent of Grace from the Divine?

The story of Shabari teaches us the merits of unflinching devotion to the lord.

It shows us that no matter what our caste or creed is, it is always possible to attain the Lord through pure devotion.

The Divine person Sri Rama himself had to acknowledge Shabari's qualifications in appropriate words.

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