Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Truth Behind Ram Nam Satya Hain

The Truth Behind Ram Nam Satya Hain/Source: Wikipedia
I always wonder why all these people carrying a dead chant “Ram Nam Satya Hain”. And why they don’t chant “Shiva Hi Satya Hain” or “Krishna Hi Aarmbha aur Anta Hain”. Simply, why they always chant “Ram Nam Satya Hain”.

I try to search for one good answer, that I could reason with. Discussed it with people, I believe they have the answer and scrolled all through the Quora. But haven’t found anything satisfactory. At one place, I read it is ominous to chant Ram Nam Satya Hain, as it could bring bad luck to you. But how could chanting god’s name bring bad luck to you. Is god that cruel that he forbids you from chanting his name? And especially when hymn simply means, “His name is the only truth.”

Coming back to the main question, there is no clear view on how this ritual was first started. I believe there could be two possible scenarios which can possibly explain about the beginning of ritual. First, the ritual was always there, inscribed in sacred texts of Hinduism. Second, the ritual was accidentally invented and evolved with time.

Though I don’t believe in the first scenario, because if you read about Pre-Vedic Hinduism or Earlier-Vedic Hinduism, dead were being buried, not cremated {read here}. The cremation ritual or Antima Sanskar in Hinduism popularised with the infusion of the concept of detachment of soul from the body.

I believe, same could be said about Ram Nam hymn. In a blog post, which I accidentally discovered, the author explains, In earlier times, there was no such ritual, people used to have cremation either in their backyard or at some distance. But with change in time and social structure, there were designated cremation sites being made at some distance. Someone who wants to utilize this time between the home and antyesti sthala, chanted the Rama Naam, and from then, it became a ritual.

Though I agree with above possible explanation, but this does not explain why they only chant Rama Nam hymn and not other hymn. In any case, if you know the answer, please enlighten us, or join the discussion to find the real answer.

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