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Shree Shree Ram Saranam Ashram - The Celestial Sound of Ram Naam

In Manualaya, the land of God and sages, lies Shree Shree Ram Saranam ashram. It stands amidst a tranquil environ of apple orchards that are laden with fruit throughout the year.

Swami Satyanand Saraswati was born in 1918 on Shukla Purnima (full noon day) in Rawalpindi (modern Pakistan). Before long, he lost his parents and he was brought up by his uncle. By the time he was 17, he got the opportunity to interact with Jain munis. Empowered with a sharp memory and dedication, he mastered the literary tradition of Jain philosophy. His oratory brought him name and fame. But, with the passage of time, he decided to move on and so he entered the Arya Samaj which preached the Vedas.

Thereafter he preached the philosophy of ‘Ram’, the eternal sound, so that the common man could get an attainable spiritual direction without dogmas or ritualistic worship. Today, this sacred name besmears millions around the world under the auspicious banner of ‘Shree Shree Ram Saranam’ which literally means ‘taking refuge in Ram’.

Swami Satyanand Saraswati propounds the theory of Naam Japa (reciting a name) on a scientific line of ‘sound’ phenomenon within and outside every human being. He looked into it more as a ‘research scientist’ of name theosophy where the end result remains a matter of ‘experiencing’ the bliss and living through it to attain enlightenment. There are no rituals or dogmas. The central theme is worshipping the name of Ram and the utterance is the method of attainment of enlightenment.

In the doctrine of Naam Yoga one has to install the celestial sound in one’s heart as the ‘sound idol’. Through the process of loud and silent chanting within it envelops the mind and body. Then it works as a system of ‘theosophical medication’ curing ailments caused by chaos within and restores peace and tranquility.

In the Shree Shree Ram Saranam school of thought the importance of chanting the name of Ram a certain number of times is not prescribed as 108 or 1001 which is prevalent in other systems. Rahter, one may chant the name as many times as possible even while working. And then there is the concept of Ajapa Jaap. This is a state of mind where internally the name continues to resound even when one is in deep sleep. Chanting the name an unlimited number of times leads to creation of ‘sacred space’ which throws away the ‘evil’ of the mind and body thus purifying the soul. This is a method of ‘sound’ bathing. The sound ‘Ram’ works as a creative sonic energy within and wipes out human weaknesses to strive for the attainment of enlightement.

Swami Satyanand attained parinirvana on November 13, 1960. Thereafter, a close disciple, Premji Maharaj, a homeopath and spiritual healer, took the lead to expand the philosophy of Naam Daan. After him, the Turst appointed Dr. Viswamitra, a renowned ocular micro-biologist who has 22 years of service at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.He now resides in Manali (Himachal Pradesh).

Explaining the mysticism of Shree Shree Ram Saranam, Swami dr. Viswamitra explained in an exclusive interview with Discover India at Manali that there are three primary Ss in Naam Japa: Simram – taking the name of the Lord ceaselessly. Through this process the attributes of Lord Rama besmear the soul. Thus Rama dwells in the heart of the devout.

The Second ‘S’ is samyam (self control) which develops ethical and moral refinement.

And the last ‘S’ is sewa (service). This service does not mean donation of money or offering one’s service but service to God by means of Japa (counting the beads) and praying for others. Thus Shree Shree Ram Saranam also propounds the theory of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is one family).