Read more about the recitation of Ramnam
(also known as Ramanama)
Mahatma Gandhi Quotes
"One may repeat any mantra one pleases. I have suggested Ramanama as I have been familiar with it since childhood, and as it is my constant support in my struggles. One must be completely absorbed in whatever mantra one selects. The mantra becomes one’s staff of life and carries one through every ordeal."
"When a child, my nurse taught me to repeat Ramanama whenever I felt afraid or miserable, and it has been second nature with me with growing knowledge and advancing years."
Harijan, 8/17/34, p213
"Ramanama or some equivalent is necessary, not for the sake of repetition, but for the sake of purification, as an aid to effort, for direct guidance from above."
Young India, 10/21/1926
"Prayer is no mere exercise of words or of the ears, it is no mere repetition of empty formula. Any amount of repetition of Ramanama is futile, if it fails to stir the soul. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words, than words without a heart."
Young India, 1/23/30
There is no doubt that Ramanama is the surest aid. If recited from the heart, it charms away every evil thought, and with every evil thought gone, no corresponding action is possible.
"Ramanama gives one detachment and ballast, and never throws one off one’s balance at critical moments."
Young India, 10/21/1926
"This incantation of Ramnam will free you from addictions and make you clean and everyone will adore you. Your whole day will pass happily and your nights be free from bad dreams, if you take Ramnam after you get up in the morning and before you go to sleep at night."
Day-to-Day with Gandhi, Volume 5, p. 217
"I laugh within myself when someone objects that Rama or the chanting of Ramanama is for the Hindus only, how can Mussalmans (Muslims) therefore take part in it? Is there one God for the Mussalmans and another for the Hindus, Paris (Parses) or Christians? No, there is only one omnipotent and omnipresent God. He is named variously and we remember Him by the name which is most familiar to us."
"The Rama of our prayers is not the historical Rama, the son of Dasharatha, the King of Ayodhya. He is the eternal, the unborn, the one without a second. Him alone I worship. His aid alone I seek, and so should you. He belongs equally to all. I, therefore, see no reason why a Mussalman (Muslim) or anybody should object to taking His name. But he is in no way bound to recognize God as Ramanama. He may utter to himself Allah or Khuda so as not to mar the harmony of the sound."
Harijan, 4/28/46, p. 111