PUCL Bulletin, June 2002

The Importance of Rama In Arabian Culture
By CTR Wilson, Saidabad, Hyderabad 500 020


The words Ra and Ma signify spiritual and religious area of Arabian cultures. That is why many holy places and names of people start with either Ra or Ma. There is place called RAMALLAHA in Palestine, RaMa dan is also the name of persons and also the holy month in Arabian culture.

The word Ra is the sacred name of Sun by ancient Egyptians, Ma is taken from MAZDA, the 20th name of God. RAMA is a holy term in Indian and Sarabic lands, 'RAMAHA' is the name of girs in Arabic lands. The opinions expressed are impersonal and purely academic. I hope to give full details soon. 'RAMAH' is also found in bible (Mathew2, Para 18). Omnipotent, Omnipresence and Omniscience in English are from word 'OM' of Indian Culture.

THE VOWEL SOUNDS RA AND MA: the pituitary gland is quite sensitive to the intonation of two vocal sounds: Ra and MA (pronounced "rah", "mah"). As you know, Ra was the sacred name given to the Sun by the ancient Egyptians during the reign of Akhnaton, first Grand Master of the mystical traditions perpetuated in our times by our Order. For him it was the symbol of the One God he venerated. In fact, the name had not been arbitrarily so chosen, in that the intonation of the sound RA sets in motion and energy of positive predominance and solar nature. On the other hand, the sound of MA conveys the spirit of the Moon in its cyclical, reflective nature.

To illustrate this commonality, we share a short excerpt from what a Parsi member of the Order has written.

The most important manthras (mantras), according to Hormazd Yasht, are the name of God. Among them, the most powerful are AHURA, his twelfth name, and, Azda, his twentieth name. It seems that Rishi Vasistha extracted RA from AHURA and MA from MAZDA, and that by joining them, he formed a new and very fortunate name for the Avatar of God Himself. In other words, Vasistha extracted the name RAMA from the very heart of the name of God. (AHU) RAMA (ZDA). It is interesting to note that RAMA is also the name of a Yasata who presides over the twenty-first day of the Zoroastrian month. All the works of good omens, weddings, etc., begin with the recall of name, exactly as the Hindus generally recall the name of Shree Ganesha. RAMA signifies: Peace" "Divine Joy" or "Ananda" one aspect of God. In the prayer of the Gathas of Zoroaster, "Ramancha aish dadatoo" means "And may he grant (us) Profound Peace, Divine Joy, thanks to them (these verities)".

Incidentally, RAMA, in the capacity of Angel, also directs the electromagnetic Vital Force (Khastra) which emanates from the sun (Mitra) and which penetrates into the body with them air (Vaayu) as breath of life. Students of Yoga, of Theosophy, and of Rosicrucianism who regularly practice spiritual exercise, invariably including deep breathing and the intonation of certain mantras and of certain vocal sounds, will understand immediately the esoteric reason why the Angel RAMA is generally evoked alongwith Mithra in Zoroastrian prayers, and why the Angel Vaayu is like wise evoked when RAMA in involved. All this draws attention to the ancient belief according to which deep breathing and the intonation of vocal sounds, when practiced regularly, not only regenerate our bodies, but also elevate us both psychically and spiritually.

In the authors opinion a circular building dedicated to the planets and stars will be suitable to give to God. The name of the building is RAMALAH BHAVAN.

Yours sincerely,
CTR Wilson, Saidabad, Hyderabad 500 020


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