Once a Guru or teacher was teaching Vishnu sahasra naamam to a group of boys aged between 8 and 12 years. Guru chanted the slokam.
Sri Raama Raama Raamethi Rame Raame Manorame
Sahasranaama Tathulyam Raama Naama Varaanane
and told the students " if you chant Raama naamam three times, it is equivalent to chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranaamam or chanting Lord's Naamam 1000 times.
One of the boys was very naughty and always had questions about everything the teacher said.
Immediately he asked " Guro, how can three times become equal to 1000 times, I do not get the logic. Please explain to us how that equation of 3 naamams =1000 naamams works".
Guru was not only smart, but was a great devotee of Lord Raama. In one moment, Guru knew how to explain the validity of the unusual equation. He said: Lord Shiva says that the name of Lord Rama is the sweetest of all the words & chanting this name would be equivalent to chanting the whole Vishnu Sahasranama or thousand names of Vishnu.
Here is the interesting calculation by which we can prove that 3 times chanting of Rama naamam becomes equivalent to 1000 times chanting or chanting the whole
Vishnu Sahasra naamam.
Take the name Rama. It has two letters RA and MA.
When you take the consonants in Sanskrit alphabet,
RA is the second consonant in the group of five consonants
Ya, RA, La, Va, Sha and
MA is the fifth in the group of five consonants Pa, Pha, Ba, Bha, MA.
When you substitute the value of RA and MA as 2 and 5
RAMA is equivalent to 2x5= 10. Then,
Sri Rama Rama Rama (iti) is equivalent to 2x5 x 2x5 x2x5= 10x10x10= 1000.
The boy was happy with the answer and started learning Vishun Sahasranaamam with full concentration and devotion.
Jai Shri Ram!
Sree Seetha Lakshmana Bharatha Shathrugna Hanumath
Sametha Sree Ramchandraswamine Namaha