Beans, Bullets, and Bhagavad-gitas
rämaù räjamaëiù sadä vijayate
rämaà rameçaà bhaje
rämäya tasmai namaù
rämät nästi paräyaëaà parataraà
rämasya däso ’smy ahaà
räme citta-layaù sadä bhavatu me
bho räma mäm-uddhara
(1) Rämaù — May Rama, the crest jewel of all
kings, be ever victorious. (Rama as the subject)
(2) Rämam — Let there be worship of Lord Rama,
the husband and Lord of Ramä-devi. (Rama
as the object)
(3) Rämeëa — Hordes of nocturnal demons were
slaughtered by Rama. (Rama as the instrument
(4) Rämäya — My obeisances unto Lord Rama.
(Rama as the recipient of action)
(5) Rämät — No one is greater than Rama. (Rama
in a comparative sense)
(6) Rämasya — I am a servant of Rama.
(Rama in a relationship)
(7) Räme — Let my consciousness always dwell
in the name, fame, pastimes and qualities
of Lord Rama. (Rama as the shelter of an
object or quality)
(8) Bho Räma! — O Rama! Please deliver me from
material existence! (Rama being addressed
An old Sufi tradition advises to speak only after our words have managed to pass through four gates. At the first gate, we ask ourselves, "Are these words true?" If so, we let them pass on; if not, back they go. At the second gate we ask; "Are they necessary?" At the third gate we ask; "Are they beneficial?" and at the fourth gate, we ask, "Are they kind?" If the answer to any of these is no, then what you are about to say should be left unsaid.
I am hoping to perfect my vanaprastha life by serving the devotees and begging for the Pure Name; Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, and chanting the panca-tattva mantra lots! PAMHO to all the devotees !