Nam Myoho-Renge-Kyo is a chant that is becoming popular by the day and is already a sacred one for those following Nichiren's Buddhism. For a better understanding on the subject, here is a low down on what it really means, the right way to chant it and the health benefits of this chant.
To break down the true meaning of this chant, you must know that Myoho-Renge-Kyo is said to be the ultimate Law of life permeating the universe. It signifies the name of the True Buddha. The other interpretation of this chant is that it is the essence and core meaning of all sutras, and the most supreme law.
Meaning Of The Word
"Nam" comes from ancient Sanskrit. The closest translation we know of is "devotion of our mind and body." Next, the words "Myoho-Renge" mean the ultimate reality of the universe. It is said to be the universe to which Nichiren Daishonin is enlightened, and "Kyo" means the teaching of the significance of "Myoho-Renge."
Chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo began with Nichiren Daishonin, whose main motive was to help all living beings attain enlightenment. When you practice the same, you in a way hold yourself responsible for your fate which means that it is not just the destiny but also the fact that you can create your own fate.
According to Nichiren Daishonin, this chant is great for any reason for prayer. You can chant it just once a day, once a year, or once a decade or just once in a lifetime, ve many benefits. However, disciples chant in the morning and once in the evening.
The Buddha or Sakyamuni, is believed to have said that in the Lotus Sutra that the mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo is for all has no distinctions. So anyone and every one can chant Daimoku with a clear conscience and appreciate its benefits. People who practice this say that the chanting exudes spiritual vibrations which make the person look for a positive change. It is not just this chant but in fact, any chant helps in soothing the person.
Chanting is great for troubled minds and it helps in getting rid of grief, hardship and pain, bringing in the peace you really need. The words Nam Myoho Renge Kyo helps in finding the courage that you may need to meet challenges, instilling the determination you require for the purpose.
Those who practice the chanting to their Gohonzon, do so once in the morning and once in the evening. They practice Gongyo, where at first the Lotus Sutra is recited and then they chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. Many also sit together and chant, attend all the Buddhist ceremonies, learning Buddhist doctrines from their Chief Priest. Many members attend local meetings and share their experiences, which helps in deepening their bonds.
It is not just courage and peace but also the ability to be able to take charge of your karma which the chant helps in. You discard the negativity around you and the negative karmas that surround you and feel like that new shining penny.
Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more on chanting and the mantras that helps in attaining that peace of mind.