Today is Lord Rama’s birthday. Gandhi’s personal mantra was “Rama.” As the story goes, when he was very little, he was very afraid of the dark, and a servant in his house told him to repeat the word “Rama, Rama, Rama” whenever he felt afraid. The mantra made him feel so much better, so he used it his entire life. In fact, after he was assassinated his last word was, “Rama.” Every time I think of him uttering the Lord’s name in his last breath I get the chills. So beautiful!
With the recent Boston disaster and the scary man-hunt that is going on today, maybe we can all chant Rama, Rama as we go about our day.