Gandhiji's favorite Prayer-Song
In prayer songs, we address the One God by many
RAGHUPATHI: The lord (pathi) of the solar (Raghu) dynasty.
God incarnated as
Rama to deliver the world from evil. He took his birth in the Raghu dynasty -
the Sun dynasty. The sun is the source of all energy; therefore, we all owe our
origin and existence to the Sun. In each one of us is lodged a spark of the
sun, a spark of the Divine Rama. The ultimate aim of any devout and informed
Hindu is to realize this truth: that divinity is within us. It is only
ignorance that stands in the way of our perceiving this truth and realizing it.
What better way to dispel this darkness in our mind than to allow the brilliant
light of Lord Rama of the Solar dynasty to show us the way and fill us with
light and true knowledge? Let us accept Rama as our Lord: our Pathi. He was the
pathi of the Raghus; we all belong to the Raghu Vamsha! Let us chant
incessantly `Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram' so that He is truly accepted by our
mind as our Lord, whom we shall follow in every respect and in whom we shall
Pathitha = the fallen ones, sinners; those on the spiritual
path who have fallen on the way;
Chanting this song repeatedly in a meditative mood helps the aspiring devotee to invoke the Grace of Rama and with His help and guidance, to reach the goal of spiritual journey. It was hence that Mahatma Gandhi always chanted this as the main song in his daily prayer meetings.