Sometime back one revered person wrote a beautiful mail about chanting God’s names. I also thought of sharing my views on this and more. Yes, it is a very sacred form of prayer. Why is Naama Samkeerthanam (chanting God’s names) so important? There is a SlOkam (holy verse) that says: What one can obtain only by YoganishTa or Dhyaana (Concentrated meditation) in Krita Yuga, only by yagjna (severe penance) in TrEtaa Yuga, only by intense worship (archana) in Dvaapara Yuga, can be achieved by merely reciting the names of Bhagavaan (God) known as Naama Samkeerthanam in Kali Yuga. This is how God is also trying to accommodate us (human beings) according to the state of mind that we are reaching. There are several perspectives- In Krita Yuga, man was pure in every sense – hence man needed to be tested more as also man was capable of passing such test – or man was not so developed in understanding his own nearness to God and capabilities (in today’s terms problem solving, inventions etc) of what all he could do and hence the tough way – or man was capable of everything like walking on water etc and hence was closest to God just a step away, this may have led man owing to human tendencies not to realize how close he was to God and hence took to penance – also, man at that time had very long life span (hundreds of yrs), and man did not have any distractions in life like working for a company, earning luxuries, rivaling others, running for the world etc, one way was to spend just farming, eating, sleeping, doing some routine jobs, or just spend time understanding more of life and hence meditating and attaining God through penance, there was lot of open space, most of the others were considerate not to disturb, man was closer to self All the above aspects have been gradually changing as different time periods or yugas as we call, came in. When man can make a metal carry 1000’s of men and fly (aeroplane), when man can make a metal/wood carry others and float on water (ship), then man himself was have been definitely capable of doing so himself. Man was apparently “developing” by inventing car, plane etc but it’s just that man is realizing his own capabilities and not developing. Man was initially capable of flying in air, walk on water on his own. At some point in time man might have started questioning how this was happening and so he stepped out of himself to watch from outside how all these were happening. As evolution progressed, man himself forgot his capabilities or rather the ‘belief’ waned. (Unless you believe you can’t see it happen). And he became thrilled after inventing planes, trains, ships etc. Each and every invention is a discovery of man’s own capability and a reflection of man’s just one of the limitless ‘features’. However man’s confidence and self-belief has increased several-fold due to these inventions. We agree that what talents we get by birth are not so valued as the ones we develop on our own by working for them. This shows that man still internally respects hard work and doesn’t take anything for free. Man’s distance from self/nature has been increasing rapidly from the time he stepped out of himself. God is within all of us. Hence we are distancing from the God. At the same time we have the belief that we are somewhere very close to unraveling nature (e.g.the way we challenge that we want to clone humans). Mental faculties have expanded, man has become more questioning, even questioning God’s existence. Man has enough confidence of surviving with the thought that it’s ok even if is proved that there’s no God. With all the millions of distractions, space crunch, present attitude of man, it is not feasible to expect someone to do penance, also we have so many man-made problems that need to be solved first- pollution, poverty, nature imbalance etc. At the same time we need to unravel and understand life’s secrets. Due to all these man is in a position where if he gives ‘some’ time he can get closer to God. And hence simply reciting God’s names in Kaliyuga can help us. But reciting with full heart. That’s God’s understanding and consideration for us. Man believes that he ‘s much more smarter now and belief is what runs the things. Man is getting farther from himself but with the smartness, he can also be pulled closer to himself/ God as fast by chanting God’s names as rapidly as he can be dragged apart by not doing so. The pace has increased and hence whatever man does at this speed will affect drastically. Whatever has helped man’s survival so far in-spite of the mistakes is the past halo effect of man’s positive attitude and good actions. There’s always a spiraling effect of past on the future. Similarly even if man gets on to the right path now, the effect of all current/past misdeeds will carry into future. It doesn’t mean man is not getting good results in-spite of correcting himself. There will be long before this spiraling effect will end and the fruits of new seeds to bear. Finally, all purpose of human life is FIRST to REMEMBER that I am a HUMAN BEING i.e. close to God and nature, and not a MACHINE to make new things/inventions/discoveries.