Why do some Hindus say "ram ram" twice?, why not only once like "ram" or thrice like "ram ram ram"? What is the actual reason behind that?

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    Before writing Ramayana Rishi Valmiki was a thief and pirate named as " Valiya lutera". Sage Narada suggested him to chant Mara Mara whose opposite is Rama Rama. Valmiki started and he became sage out of the pirate and Lord Rama blessed him to write Ramayana. It is truth that by chanting name of Rama everything can be accomplished. hinduismfacts.org/2012/03/why-do-hindus-say-ram-ram
    – CR241
    Aug 20 '17 at 1:39
  • Do you mean when they meet? Aug 23 '17 at 9:57
  • @CR241 was it Rama or Brahma who gave blessings to Valmiki? According to this that was Brahma link
    – Khanjan
    Aug 23 '17 at 13:58
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    There is no hard-and-fast rule behind this, and many people say 'hey ram', or 'jai sri ram', or 'sri ram jaya ram'.. Why do people say 'bye-bye' twice instead of bye ? or bye-bye-bye ?
    – mar
    Aug 24 '17 at 0:13
  • This is no hard rule for this. Many Hindus say this. Like, "Rama Rama", "Hari. Hari", "Shiva Shiva". Even Narada muni always says "Narayana Narayana twice".
    – The Destroyer
    Aug 25 '17 at 10:14

Certain sounds are associated with some vibrations which enhance the functioning of Chakras of body.

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For example, Ram is the mantra for manipura chakra (navel centre) and if it is chanted in kirtan or repeated in japa, it will stimulate the abdominal area benefiting complaints such as peptic ulcer, constipation, diarrhoea and other digestive disorders.

Mantras Chakra Physical location
Lam Mooladhara Perineum
Vam Swadhisthana Base of the spine
Ram Manipura Navel centre
Yam Anahata Heart centre
Ham Vishudhi Throat
Om Ajna Eyebrow centre

  • It is रं for Manipura Chakra not राम (Sanskit sounds not Hindi sounds).
    – The Destroyer
    Aug 24 '17 at 9:18
  • If Rama helps in peptic ulcer(following your theory), why not Ham or Yam because heart is also important. Heart is the most important organ of our body. Isn't it? Then why don't people say Yam Yam? Aug 24 '17 at 18:04
  • @Sinister That sound is ram not Rama. Since Hindi users speak Rama as Ram, Op thought it had connection to Rama Nama Japa.
    – The Destroyer
    Aug 25 '17 at 10:11
  • I do not see an answer to the question.
    – Wikash_
    Dec 7 '19 at 21:54

For marathi people "Ram Ram" was Started by Samartha Ramdas in 1600. You can find the discription of these things in Dasabodha which is written by Swami Ramdas.So Whenever two person meet they greet as "Ram Ram".

  • Yes the question why ram ram why not ram ram ram or only ram Dec 13 '19 at 5:50

Saying Ram Ram twice has same effects as counting beads 108 times. Saying Ram once has benefits of counting mala 54 times. Saying Ram Ram does not effect one chakra alone instead, it effects all the chakras including chitta which is outside the physical body.

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    Do you have any scriptual evidence for this?
    – Wikash_
    Dec 7 '19 at 21:55
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The question is

Why do some Hindus say "ram ram" twice?

There is a reason for saying ram, some may say twice.

The ultimate aim of any scripture related to the God is to goad the people towards the God/Spirituality/SELF REALISATION.

Achieving spirituality is easier said than done. Even persons with track record of doing austerities with sincerity and commitment often slip back due to the power of senses.

Then what about ordinary people?

Sri Krishna says

Those who relinquish the body while remembering Me at the moment of death will come to Me. There is certainly no doubt about this. (Bhagavad Gita 8.5).

Here, we should not confuse ourselves with the notion that it is the form/name of Sri Krishna alone that gives liberation.

At the time of uttering those words, the mind of Sri Krishna had merged into the BRAHMAN/GOD, and thus those were the generalised utterances, ie., any form/name of the God.

However, human nature/prArabdha will not allow one to remember the name of the God at the deathbed unless practised for long.

The sages/ancient of the earlier era, found some subtle techniques in goading people towards spirituality. The following are some of such simple but subtle techniques, which will make them remember the name of the God, at least occasionally.

  1. Doing bhajans on auspicious days like birth days of Krishna, Rama or Shiva Ratri or Dussehra, etc

  2. Fasting on ekAdasi or in the month of kArtika, simultaneously remembering the name of the God or doing pArAyana of a text of his/her choice

  3. Greeting other persons with the name of God. Easiest name of the God that can be used is Ram. Some may be saying Sri Rama.

  4. Even in funeral procession, the name of the Sri Ram will be chanted in some areas, in a different way, to indicate that only the God is the Ultimate/TRUTH, but not the mortal body - rAm nAm satya hai.

In many of the families in our area, including myself, people say whenever start doing something anew, we will write or utter the name of Sri Rama and start the listing of issues.

It is not restricted to Hinduism alone. Even Muslims say Wa alaykumu s-salam, indicating May the peace and mercy of Allah be with you too.

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    This does not make sense: one could argue that saying ram would be sufficient.
    – Wikash_
    Dec 8 '19 at 18:58

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