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History of the mantra "Om namo Bhagavete Sri Ramanaya"
« on: November 15, 2011, 08:43:40 PM »
What is the history of this mantra? What is its origin? Did Bhagavan aware of its existence? When people has started using it?
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Re: History of the mantra "Om namo Bhagavete Sri Ramanaya"
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2011, 06:53:22 AM »
Dear ramana,

Once when a devotee wanted some upadesa from Sri Bhagavan, He wrote this
holy sentence on a paper and gave it to him, or her?

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Re: History of the mantra "Om namo Bhagavete Sri Ramanaya"
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2011, 09:56:16 AM »
Dear Ramana, Subramanian Sir,

Sri TK Sundaresa Iyer recollects in his book "At the Feet of Bhagavan" about how the mantra came about. I am reproducing the chapter here -

THE mantra “Om namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya” fascinated me greatly in my early days; it so delighted me that I had always a vision of Sri Krishna in my mind. I had a premonition that this body would pass away in its fortieth year, and I wanted to have a darshan of the Lord before that time. I fasted and practised devotion to Vasudeva incessantly; I read Sri Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam with great delight. Then when I read in the Gita “Jnani tu atmaiva me matam” (In my view, the Jnani is my own Self ) I was greatly delighted. This line of thought came to me: “While I have at hand Bhagavan Sri Ramana, who is Himself Vasudeva, why should I worship Vasudeva
separately?” Be it noted that all this was in my early days before settling with Bhagavan at His Ashram. So I wanted one single mantra, a single worship (devata), and a single scripture, so that there might be no conflict of loyalties. Sri Ramana Paramatman became easily the God to worship, His collected works easily became the gospel; as for the mantra, it struck me intuitively that “Om namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya” might be an exact parallel to “Om namo Bhagavate vasudevaya.”

I counted the letters in this new mantra, and was very happy to find it also contained twelve letters; I told this all to Sri Bhagavan, and He gave the mantra His approval.

Advanced practisers (sadhaks) and thinkers may laugh at this and say: “Why do you need a mantra while the Ocean of Bliss is there to be immersed into directly?” I confess that in this I was trying to conform to the traditional method of practice (upasana) which forms one of the main elements in bhakti (devotion). Bhagavan has revealed His true nature as the All-Witness; yet there is the explicit injunction that Advaita must be only in the attitude and never be interpreted in outer action. This is how the mantra first came out.

Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: History of the mantra "Om namo Bhagavete Sri Ramanaya"
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2011, 10:52:55 AM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Yes. I also recallthis story. I have also read that Sri Bhagavan wrote down this to
one devotee, when asked for upadesa.

Sri Muruganar says in Tiruchuzhial Padigam, Evev I forget You, Lord,
My tongue shall utter Your Name!

Arunachala Siva.