A guru was teaching Vishnu Sahasra naamam to
a group of young boys. Guru chanted the slokam :


Sri Raama Raama Raamethi Rame Raame Manorame |
Sahasra naama Tathulyam Raama Naama Varaanane ||


Then he told the boys: "if you chant Raama naamam 3 times,
it is equivalent to chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranaamam
or chanting Lord's Naamam 1000 times."


One of the boys could not agree with the teacher.


He questioned the teacher "Guro, how can 3 times=1000 times?
I do not get the logic. How 3 naamams =1000 naamams?
The smart Guru, a great devotee of Lord Raama spontaneously
explained: Lord Shiva says that the name of Lord Rama is
the sweetest of all the words & chanting this name would be
equivalent to chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranama or
thousand names of Vishnu.


Here is the interesting calculation to prove that 3 times
chanting of Rama naamam = 1000 times chanting or
chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranaamam.


Take the name Rama. It has two Sanskrit letters RA& MA


RA (2nd consonant in Sanskrit : ya, RA, la, va, sa and sha)

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MA(5th consonant in Pa, Pha, Ba, Bha, MA).


Substitute the value of RA & MA as 2 & 5
to make RAMA : 2 X 5= 10. So Rama Rama Rama = in
nos: 2x5 x 2x5 x 2x5 = 10x10x10 = 1000.


Three times chanting Rama naamam is equivalent to
chanting it 1000 times.


The boy was happy with the answer and started learning
Vishnu Sahasra naamam with full concentration and devotion.
Let us thank the naughty boy and spread this to many friends
for their information and chanting Rama Namam at least
(1000) times both morning and evening atleast.


Sri Raama Raama Raamethi Rame Raame Manorame |
Sahasra naama Tathulyam Raama Naama Varaanane ||


Jai Shri Ram!