Naam Smaran, the ancient Hindu practice of chanting the name of the divine, has been found to have a profound positive effect on the human body and mind, according to a study conducted by researchers from Pune’s Ved Vidnyan Kendra and The Inamdar Heart. The focus of the study was to explore the benefits of Shri Vitthal Naam Smaran, a specific form of naam smaran.
What is Naam Smaran?
Naam Smaran, also known as Smaran, involves the repetition of the divine name as a form of devotion. In Hindu tradition, it is believed that God manifests in places where devotees remember Him and chant His name. The name of God is considered to be potent and powerful, encompassing all of His divine qualities and energies. Similar to how washing cleanses our clothes and bathing cleanses our bodies, naam smaran is said to cleanse the mind and heart, which are constantly exposed to various internal and external pollutants.
The Relaxing and Stress-Relieving Effects
Engaging in naam smaran helps relax the mind, thereby reducing stress and promoting a sense of inner peace. When the mind is calm and relaxed, it produces positive thoughts that can have a beneficial impact on the body. Naam jap, the repetition of God’s name, can be done silently or aloud during daily activities. While meditation and other yogic practices intensify the positive effects of naam smaran, they are not necessary for its practice. Naam smaran can be incorporated seamlessly into one’s daily routine.
The Positive Effects of Shri Vitthal Naam Smaran
For the study conducted by the researchers, a group of thirty individuals was selected. They were instructed to chant the name “Vitthal” for two minutes every day for ten consecutive days. The participants were advised to chant the name with concentration and heartfelt devotion. The results of the research showed that chanting Vitthal naam had a positive impact on the participants’ heart functions.
Medical tests, including ECG, blood pressure monitoring, and clinical examinations, were conducted before and after the chanting sessions. The findings revealed improvements in heart function, a decrease in blood pressure, and other positive effects. Dr. Avinash Inamdar, one of the researchers, shared that the emphasis on the syllable ‘ta’ in the name Vitthal had a direct influence on the heart.
In addition to the medical aspect, the researchers also explored the science behind the vibrations of sound (swara shastra). They discovered that the chanting of Vitthal naam had a significant impact on the overall well-being of individuals.
This study was inspired by the observation that devotees participating in the Wari, a pilgrimage in Maharashtra dedicated to Lord Vitthal, exhibited physical fitness beyond their medical conditions. This prompted the researchers to delve deeper into the positive effects of Shri Vitthal Naam Smaran.
The Bottom Line
The research conducted by Pune’s Ved Vidnyan Kendra and The Inamdar Heart highlights the profound impact of Shri Vitthal Naam Smaran on the human body and mind. By engaging in this powerful practice of chanting the divine name, individuals can experience improved heart function, reduced blood pressure, and other positive effects on their overall well-being. Incorporating Shri Vitthal Naam Smaran into daily life can be a transformative journey toward inner peace, spiritual growth, and better health.