Interpretation of "Rama" and "Narayana"

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Interpretation of “Rama” and “Narayana”
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 September 25
Place Patna, India
Topic One should use only his Ista mantra and no other mantra
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2
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Interpretation of “Rama” and “Narayana” is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on 1978 September 25 in Patna, India. This discourse is the seventeenth chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2.[1]


Tathápi mama sarvasva Ráma kamalalocana.

So, all the propensities of the mind should be guided unto a singular entity with a singular name only using one’s own Iśt́a mantra and not any second mantra. That is why Hanumána says, “I always use the word Ráma and never Náráyańa. I don’t know who Náráyańa is.”

So every sádhaka should know that the only mantra in the universe is his Iśt́a mantra. He knows no other mantra.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by introducing a story in which Hanuman was asked why he uses only the name Rama and not the name Narayana, although they carry the same meaning. He then explains the various meanings of the words Narayana (the one who shelters the cognitive faculty) and Rama (the most glittering entity). They both mean the Supreme Consciousness. Anandamurti goes on explaining the following shloka: Tathápi mama sarvasva Ráma kamalalocana. (All propensities should be goaded towards the one singular entity, using only one name, only one's Ista mantra and not any other mantra, even if it carries the same meaning.)[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2 
Preceded by
Pratyahara Yoga and Paramagati
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 2
With: Interpretation of "Rama" and "Narayana"
Succeeded by
Krsna, the Nucleus of the Universe