One of my very close friends has forwarded the following interesting puzzle.This may be of interest to you.

Rama Namam

Once a Guru or teacher was teaching Vishnu sahasra naamam
to a group of boys aged between 8 and 12 years.
Guru chanted the slokam :

Sri Raama Raama Raamethi Rame Raame Manorame
Sahasranaama Tathulyam Raama Naama Varaanane

and told the students, "if you chant Raama naamam three times,
it is equivalent to chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranaamam or
chanting Lord's Naamam 1000 times. One of the boys was very
naughty and always had questions about everything the teacher
said. Immediately he asked " Guro, how can three times become
equal to 1000 times? I do not get the logic. Please explain to us
how that equation of 3 naamams =1000 naamams works".

Guru was not only smart, but was a great devotee of Lord Raama.
In one moment, Guru knew how to explain the validity of the
unusual equation.
He said: 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 by which we can prove that
3 times chanting of Rama naamam becomes equivalent to 1000
times chanting or chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasra naamam.

Take the name Rama. It has two Sanskrit letters RA and MA.
When you take the consonants in Sanskrit alphabet,
RA is the second consonant in the group of five consonants
Ya, RA, La, Va, Sha and
MA is the fifth in the group of five consonants Pa, Pha, Ba, Bha, MA.
When you substitute the value of RA and MA as 2 and 5
RAMA is equivalent to 2x5 = 10. Then,
Sri Rama Rama Rama (iti) is equivalent to........................
2x5 x 2x5 x2x5 = 10x10x10 = 1000.
The boy was happy with the answer and started learning Vishnu
Sahasranaamam with full concentration and devotion.
Jai Shri Ram!

PC RAMABADRAN

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