Chanting God’s names transcends all sectarian boundaries. Scriptures the world over have revealed many of the Supreme’s names to humanity. Krishna, Jehovah, Christ, Yahweh, Allah, Narayana, Rama, Govinda : any revealed name from a genuine spiritual tradition is invested with grace, and chanting any or all of these names connects us with the Supreme.
The bhakti literature proclaims the chanting of the divine names to be “the prime benediction for all humanity” because, more than any other spiritual process, the chanting has the power to cleanse the mind and awaken the soul’s dormant love for God. Chanting is easy; anyone can do it. Much can be said about the power of spiritual sound vibration. An analogy explains how chanting revives our original conscious ness. When a raindrop falls from a cloud, it is pure water and you can see through it. However, when it mixes with the earth, it loses that natural transparency. When the impurities are removed through filtration, the raindrop returns to its original clear state. Chanting God’s names is compared to the filtering process; it purifies the consciousness, returning it to its original pure, transparent state.