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This probably sounds like a dumb question, but I am unable to visit any temples as I don't live in India. That being said, any effort is probably better than none at all. Would Nama jap of Narayana (Vishnu) be helpful like that, even if I don't visit his temple?

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  • It's more like an opinion based questions. Maybe you can get some relevant verses. Just for example, Brahman manifests as per the worshippers tutelage, when the devotee is pure and devoted. Ex:- Markandeya saved by Shiva. & Gajendra, Prahlad, Dhruv, etc,. by Vishnu, et al. Ultimately, one has to realize the Supreme as the inner light of all mobile and immobile consciousness. – peace Mar 18 at 2:33
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Yes, even if you don't chant with devotion, Lord will listen to you because he is all pervading and gives knowledge to you in form of Paramatma residing in your heart.

When people properly glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead or simply hear about His power, the Lord personally enters their hearts and cleanses away every trace of misfortune, just as the sun removes the darkness or as a powerful wind drives away the clouds.(Srimad Bhagavata 12.12.48)

To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me. To show them special mercy, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.(Gita 10.11-12)

One who chants the holy name of the Lord is immediately freed from the reactions of unlimited sins, even if he chants indirectly [to indicate something else], jokingly, for musical entertainment, or even neglectfully. This is accepted by all the learned scholars of the scriptures.(Srimad Bhagavata 6.2.14)

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    Good answer. First sentence should read, "even if you don't chant with devotion.." Am I correct? Also, temple is a new concept. An elderly person may not be able to go to temple or public places of worship. – GIRIBLR Mar 18 at 10:48
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    Yes! @LearningHindu ! Any name of Lord ! All names are equally auspecious! – Sethu Srivatsa Koduru Mar 19 at 4:31
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    @Sethu Srivatsa Koduru Thank you sir. Actually, I have not read many of the books you have listed. I have read only the works of Shankaracharya and Madhusudhana Saraswati and Ramana Maharshi. See adishankaracharya.net/links. I like Amrut's web site you mention. Another site is by Dennis Waite. See advaita.org.uk/library/library.html – GIRIBLR Mar 19 at 4:55
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    Thanks a lot for the wonderful links @GIRIBLR Sir ! THe sites are so wonderful! Could you please tell works of Madhusudhana Saraswathi Ji and Ramana Maharshi works to be studied? I do have Madhusuhan Ji's Gita Bhasya... – Sethu Srivatsa Koduru Mar 19 at 5:09
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    @Sethu Srivatsa Koduru Advaita Siddhi and Siddhanta Bindu by Madhusudhana Saraswathi are available in adishankaracharya.net/links. Bhagavan books are available in archive.org/details/ramanamaharishiebooks/… – GIRIBLR Mar 19 at 5:55

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