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 (Jñānam) 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. Listen to the concept in Swamiji’s own words below http://youtu.be/NgSoYO1eOMY
In our Shastras it is prescribed that when the devatas are invited, they can be installed in one of the three — water (that is the reason we install ‘kalas’ – pots of water for japa, kumbabhishekam and the like), fire (that is the reason we perform homam) and the third being, installing them into one’s own body (during Sandhyavandanam, Goddess Gayathri is installed thus). Here, when the devatas were invoked, they refused to go back to their abodes. Hence Sri Rama invited one and all of them into his body. Thus, by merely chanting the Rama Nama, one gets the benefit of invoking all the 33 crores of devatas as well.
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