I want to ask y'all about something that I have been wondering about for quite some time now.
- There are no hard and fast rules for chanting.
- God has millions and zillions of names, all imbibed with all His potencies.
- Vocalizing these names means associating with Him directly.
- Vocalizing these names purifies the heart.
So what determines if a particular combination of sounds, in vocalized or written form, constitutes a name of God?
I noticed that every name of God is never just a name without a meaning, but always refers to a characteristic, quality or activity. Even the word "God" itself is derived from the ancient Germanic gudda, meaning "the good." So that would be a name, too. Does this indicate that it depends on language? Can I chant God God Gudda Gudda, Gudda Gudda God God and get the same result as chanting Hare Krishna?
As confirmed by Prabhupada, Jehova, Adonai, Jaweh, Allah, etc. are also all names of God that have equal power and can be chanted, as are literally a myriad of Sanskrit names and names in other Indian languages.
Again, what determines if a particular combination of sounds, in vocalized or written form, constitutes a name of God?
Does it depend on culture and language? Does it depend on the consciousness of the one who is vocalizing these names? Intent?
What if in some obscure Congolese dialect coca means "all" and cola means "attractive." Would coca cola then not be a bonafide chant, despite that it refers to a soda drink in most of the rest of the world? Would it work only for those who speak this dialect?
I wonder, because it happens that names of God in one language can have a completely different meaning in another language. For instance Rama (pronounced raam) means "window" in Dutch, and Om means "uncle." I was told many times that this is fortunate for Dutch people because in this way they chant God's names without knowing, and thus offenselessly. Uhm, is this because it happens to map to some Sanskrit word? But then what about Allah, Jehova, etc.???
Chanting coca cola wont purify your heart, but chanting window and uncle in Holland does.