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As long as he is in tune with the divine will he will be acting true to his nature. It is only when he does not submit to God's will that he faces problems and suffers as a consequence because divine will ultimately prevails. Devotion will enable one to perceive God in everything and His will in all that he experiences in life.
In his discourse, Sri S.V.Radhakrishna Sastrigal said chanting the divine names was the easiest way to enhance one's devotion to God. Though the scriptures mention that Dharma declines in the present Kali yuga and will not be conducive to stringent austerities, an advantage afforded to man is that the effort required on his part is very little when compared to the earlier Yugas. This is the reason that simple methods like chanting the divine names, which can be practised by one and all, have been recommended for this Yuga.
The hymn, Vishnu Sahasranama, which comprises a selection of a thousand names of the Lord, appears in the Mahabharata. Preceptors of the various philosophical traditions and scholars have commented on it as each divine name lends itself to be interpreted in many ways. The hymn has a sequel in the form of a conversation between Lord Siva and His consort Parvati.
The Divine Mother had requested Him to recommend the easiest among the means to realise God for the sake of humanity out of compassion. And, it was in answer that He prescribed chanting the name ``Rama''.
There is an interesting incident throwing light on the merit of Rama nama in the life of the saint, Bhodendra, who propagated the efficacy of chanting the divine name in the Bhajan tradition in South India. His Guru directed him to the house of Sridhara, another great saint, where he happened to overhear a conversation between the saint's wife and his son. She prescribed with great conviction the name Rama to be chanted once as antidote for a sin committed by someone which assuaged all his doubts.
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