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Sunday, 24 November 2013

rAma mandiram

Sri Bhagavan Nama Bodhendra Swamigal was a 17th century saint poet and the 59th ‘Jagathguru’ of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. A scholar in Sanskrit, he was a great devotee of Lord Rama. His contribution enriched the devotional and musical culture of the Cauvery delta during the Nayak and Maratha periods. His original name was Purushothaman, which was christened by Viswathikendra Saraswathy (known as Athmabodhar), who was the 58th ‘Jagathguru’ of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. On justifying the efficacy of the ‘Rama Nama’, he came to be known as ‘Bhagavan Nama Bodhendra’. 

Bodhendra wrote eight ‘Granthas’, expounding the greatness of Bhagavan Nama, which include Namamritha Rasodhayam, Nama Rasayanam, Nama Suryodhayam, Nama Tharangam, Namarnavam, Harihara Beda Dikkaram, Hariharadvaita Bhooshanam and Moorthabrahma Vivekam. After a pilgrimage to Rameswaram, Bodhendra is said to have met Sridhara Ayyaval of Thiruvisainallur and then visited Thiruvidaimarudur, where he propagated the ‘Nama Sankeerthanam’. Bodhendra Swamigal attained ‘Jeeva Samadhi’ in a yogic state in the Tamizh month of Purattasi in 1692 at Govindapuram.

'rAma nAma' written by devotees
consecrated in the premises of  Rama Manthiram.

Activities of Sri Rama Nama Bank

Having NAMA as the one and only base, Sri Rama Nama Bank perform the following activities.

Nama Akandam: Chanting of the bhagawan nama continuously for a specific duration (2 to 4 hrs) in the premises of Rama Nama Bank or in the homes, temples and other places requested by devotees.

Nama Yatra: Taking the collected bhagawan nama manuscripts by procession to various places in and around India for Dharshan for the public. Throughout the procession chanting of the bhagawan nama will be done continuously.

Nama Pradhishta: Consecrating the collected bhagawan nama manuscripts in homes/temples and other blessed places as requested by devotees. The consecration will be done in multiples of 1 crore Nama, 13 crore, 50 crore, 100 crore as requested by devotees. Now 1000 crore of the collected bhagawan nama manuscripts is likely to be Consecrated in the premises of Rama Nama Bank.

Nama Mugaam/Camp: Rama Nama Bank members and devotees gathering in a public place and chanting the bhagawan nama continuously from morning till evening.

Prarthana Chanting: Chanting the bhagawan nama by Rama Nama Bank members and devotees in the premises of the Rama Nama Bank or other convenient places upon request by the devotee towards the fulfillment of their genuine prayers.

Nama Unchavirtthi: Throughout the Unchavirtthi chanting of the bhagawan nama will be done continuously. Devotees will offer Nama Biksha by offering the completed Rama Nama notebooks. During the Unchavirtthi the notebooks for writing the bhagawan nama will be distributed to the public.

The prime intention behind all above ways of preaching is to give Nama Smaranam or Nama Shravanam to the people and even to the moveables and immoveable thing in God's creation. The Nama uttered knowingly or unknowingly, consciously or unconsciously, or even as a fun or as an act of criticism will have its great effect on the person who chanted it.

Only BHAGAWAN NAMA is the ultimate savior in Kali Yuga. Among various Namas, Eka nama (single nama) is the only refuge in this Kali. Due to this Sri Rama Nama Bank was able to reach out to 23 lakhs of devotees.

Even a single utterance of the bhagawan nama is possible only if you have merits accumulated by performing good deeds for 4 lakhs crore births. As a jeeva in Kali yuga, we have no dharma left out other than the bhagawan nama, which will destroys all the your sins and gives you wisdom at the right time.

Books to write 'rAma' nAma is available @, West Mambalam, Chennai.

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