Why we should chant Krishna (Rama) (Vishnu) (Hari) names

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Just before going to “Why we should chant Krishna (Rama) (Vishnu) (Hari) names“, let us have some brief information.

Yes, it is always great to chant, especially Lord Sri Krishna (Lord Sri Rama) (Lord Sri Vishnu) (Lord Sri Hari) different names.

Our Puranas states that, just by chanting Lord Sri Hari / Sri Vishnu / Sri Rama / Sri Krishna’s names, we can easily get freedom, that is, can get moksha / mukti (a permanent place in Vaikuntha).

Again, yes there are great benefits of chanting Lord Sri Krishna / Lord Sri Rama / Lord Sri Vishnu / Lord Sri Hari’s different names.

Even starting from Goddess Sri Lakshmi Devi, Lord Sri Brahma Deva, Lord Sri Mukhya Prana Deva (Lord Sri Vayu Deva – next Lord Sri Brahma Deva), Goddess Sri Sarasvati Devi,

Goddess Sri Bharati Devi (consort of Sri Mukhya Prana Deva – next Goddess Sri Sarasvati Devi), Lord Sri Rudra Deva (Lord Shiva), Goddess Sri Tulasi Devi, Goddess Sri Parvati Devi, Lord Sri Indra Deva,

Lord Sri Surya Deva etc. etc. etc. all do Lord Sri Vishnu / Lord Sri Hari / Lord Sri Krishna / Lord Sri Rama (he has unlimited names) nama smaranam (chanting of names).

We can easily get both material and daivi (Godly) things if we chant Lord Sri Rama / Lord Sri Krishna / Lord Sri Hari / Lord Sri Vishnu’s one or different names.

To understand this in more better way, let us see a great example from our Puranas.

There will be many people who do Suvarna (gold), Gau (cow), Bhoo (land) daanam (donation), but it is rare to find one who has ‘sarva-bhoota-daya’ (Someone who does all types of donations on this earth).

One day, when King Raghu (Lord Sri Rama’s ancestor) was doing Tapas (penance), a Viprottama (a learned and poor Brahmin) approached him and asked for Sharanam (surrender).

Seeing the Viprottama (a learned and poor Brahmin), who was trembling with fear, King Raghu gave Abhayam (not to get afraid of anything and anyone) and asked the reason for his fear.

Meanwhile a Rakshasa (demon) came there saying “leave … leave him”. He said to King Raghu “King! leave him.”

Rakshasa (demon) contnued, “This is the ahaaram (food) that Lord Sri Brahma Deva has decided for me. Why are you protecting my ahaaram (food). I am very hungry”.

King Raghu said “I will not. He, that too a Viprottama (a learned and poor Brahmin), came to me and asked for Sharanam (surrender).”

“A ‘sat-purusha’ (A divine and learned person) always gives Abhayam (fearlessness) to a ‘Sharana-arthi’ (surrendered person).”

King Raghu continued: “Also it is my ‘Kshatriya-dharmam’ (Kshatriya’s duty) to protect this arthi (surrendered person).”

“A person who does ‘Abhaya-daanam’ (fearlessness) will get more ‘punyam’ (good deeds) than one who does all ‘Yagnas-Vratas’ (divine yagnas) etc.”

Continuing, King Raghu said: “How can I cheat a person, to whom I said even giving my life I will protect you?”

“For any papam (sin) there might be a ‘praayash-chittam’ (to clean up bad karmas); but not for a ‘Sharnaagata-hanta’ (someone who kills the surrendered person).”

“I can get you any other ahaaram (food) which you will like. With hunger how much you are suffering, this Vipra (a learned and poor brahmin) is also suffering that much with fear”.

Rakshasa (demon) replied to King Raghu: “Like a Gnyani (knowledgeable person) you talked a lot about ‘anya-samrakshana-dharmam’ (duty of saving others).”

“However you won’t care about my hunger. When the tastiest food I want is before me, you are asking me to ask for some other aharam (food).”

“Now if I die of hunger won’t you get the paapam (sin)? Raja! you don’t have daya (kindness).”

“For Tapas (penance), daya (kindness) is the basis. Nirdaya (ruthlessness) gives paapam (sin). Please save me, I am suffering from hunger. Leave the Vipra (Brahmin)”.

King Raghu then thought like this: “If I leave this Vipra (Brahmin), Rakshasa (demon) will eat him. If I don’t, Rakshasa (demon) may die of hunger. Without any doubt in either case I will get the paapam (sin). What do to?”. 

Then he remembered his Guru, Vasishtha Maharshi’s bodha (teachings) — “Hari naama smaranam (chanting of Lord Sri Vishnu’s name) is the only way in case of difficulties”.

So, King Raghu, with ‘nishchala chittam’ (firm mind), did Lord Sri Hari (Vishnu / Rama / Krishna) ‘dhyanam’ (chanting) and said “Paatu maam Bhagavaan Vishnuh”.

Just on hearing the ‘Hari naamam’ (Lord Sri Vishnu’s name), the Rakshasa (demon) got ‘Divya-aakruti’ (divine body) and said:

“I am a King by name Shatadyumna and got this ‘ghora-roopam’ (heinous form) because of Vashishtha Maharshi’s curse, for my wicked work.”

“Because of hearing to ‘Divya-Hari-naamam’ (divine Hari names), that too from a Dharmaatma (someone who follows Dharma), Tapasvi (a great follower of Dharma) like you, I got ‘Vimukti’ (freedom)”.

The Vipra (Brahmin) also reached home safely.

Seeing this, Lord Sri Brahma Deva appeared before King Raghu and said: “O Mahiipaala (The Kind of the world)! your Dharma-vartanam (Dharma behavior) impressed Me. Please aboard this Divya-vimaanam (divine airplane) and come to Satyalokam (Brahma’s planet)”.

This Divya-gaatha (divine story) was told by Maharishi Sri Bhrigu to Shaunaka Muni.

Few of the Lord Sri Krishna (Lord Sri Hari) (Lord Sri Vishnu) (Lord Sri Rama) naama smaranam / chanting of names is as given below (in Sanskrit, Kannada and English scripts):

श्री कृष्णाय नमः | श्री रामाय नमः | श्री गोविन्दाय नमः | श्री मुकुन्दाय नमः | श्री हरये नमः | ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय | श्री मत्स्याय नमः | श्री कुर्माय नमः |

श्री नरसिंहाय नमः | श्री वामनाय नमः | श्री परशुरामाय नमः | श्री बुद्धाय नमः | श्री कल्किये नमः | श्री वासुदेवाय नमः | श्री वेंकटेश्वराय नमः | श्री श्रीनिवासाय नमः | श्री विठलाय नमः | श्री रंगाय नमः

ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ಗೋವಿಂದಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ಮುಕುಂದಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ಹರಿಯೇ ನಮಃ | ಓಂ ನಮೋ ಭಗವತೇ ವಾಸುದೇವಾಯ | ಶ್ರೀ ಮತ್ಸ್ಯಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ಕೂರ್ಮಾಯ ನಮಃ |

ಶ್ರೀ ನರಸಿಂಹಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ವಾಮನಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ಪರಶುರಾಮಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ಬುದ್ಧಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ಕಲ್ಕಿಯೇ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ವಾಸುದೇವಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್ವರಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ವಿಠಲಾಯ ನಮಃ | ಶ್ರೀ ರಂಗಾಯ ನಮಃ

śrī kr̥ṣṇāya namaḥ | śrī rāmāya namaḥ | śrī gōvindāya namaḥ | śrī mukundāya namaḥ | śrī hariyē namaḥ | ōṁ namō bhagavatē vāsudēvāya | śrī matsyāya namaḥ | śrī kūrmāya namaḥ |

śrī narasinhāya namaḥ | śrī vāmanāya namaḥ | śrī paraśurāmāya namaḥ | śrī bud’dhāya namaḥ | śrī kalkiyē namaḥ | śrī vāsudēvāya namaḥ | śrī veṅkaṭēśvarāya namaḥ | śrī śrīnivāsāya namaḥ | śrī viṭhalāya namaḥ | śrī raṅgāya namaḥ

Few of the Lord Sri Krishna (Lord Sri Hari) (Lord Sri Vishnu) (Lord Sri Rama) mantras are as given below (in Sanskrit, Kannada and English scripts):

श्री राम राम रामेति रमे रामे मनोरमे | सहस्र नाम तत्-तुल्यम् राम नाम वरानने || ॐ नमो नारायणाय || || ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय || 

|| हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे | हरे राम हरे राम राम राम वरानने ||

ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮ ರಾಮ ರಾಮೇತಿ, ರಮೇ ರಾಮೇ ಮನೋರಮೇ । ಸಹಸ್ರ ನಾಮ ತತ್-ತುಲ್ಯಮ್ ರಾಮ ನಾಮ ವರಾನನೇ ।। ।। ಓಂ ನಮೋ ನಾರಾಯಣಾಯ ।। ಓಂ ನಮೋ ಭಾಗವತೇ ವಾಸುದೇವಾಯ

।। ಹರೇ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಹರೇ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಹರೇ ಹರೇ । ಹರೇ ರಾಮ ಹರೇ ರಾಮ ರಾಮ ರಾಮ ವರಾನನೇ ।।

śrī rāma rāma rāmēti, rāmē rāmē manōramē। sahasra nāma tat-tulyam rāma nāma varānanē।। ōṁ namō nārāyaṇāya।। ōṁ namō bhāgavatē vāsudēvāya।। 

|| harē kr̥ṣṇa harē kr̥ṣṇa kr̥ṣṇa kr̥ṣṇa harē harē। harē rāma harē rāma rāma rāma varānanē ||

There are unlimited number of names of Lord Sri Krishna (Lord Sri Vishnu) (Lord Sri Rama) (Lord Sri Hari). We can chant one or two or three or how much ever names we like, we can chant all the names.

We should remember that chanting Lord Sri Krishna (Lord Sri Rama) (Lord Sri Hari) (Lord Sri Vishnu) names regularly is highly beneficial to any kind of living beings.

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