Mantras are vibrational medicine for body, mind and soul. Many people have benefited from the power of mantra.
When you select a word or series of words to repeat in the form of a mantra, you are affirming the vibration to yourself and allowing its meaning to seep below the surface of your conscious, rational mind, into your subconscious, helping to shift your negative habits and patterns into positive ones.
Sanskrit is considered by some linguists to be the ‘perfect language.’ It has whole tones that have a healing and therapeutic effect on the person using the language, as well as everyone who listens. Its correct pronunciation evokes a unique vibration in the Universe, placing into motion whatever you are trying to manifest through your mantra. Yoga provides us access to Sanskrit, this ancient, highly mathematical, and sacred language. Why not engage it?
Here are some favorite Sanskrit mantras, with their ancient meanings and how we can adopt them into our lives today:
Translation: The sound of the universe. It is the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.
Chanting the sound Om brings about harmonic resonance with the universe. Om is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz, which is the natural musical pitch of the Universe, as opposed to 440 Hertz, which is the frequency of most modern music.
Decreasing your frequency to coincide with that of the Universe stills the fluctuations of the mind, allowing you to practice yoga through sound.
Om is an idyllic way to begin and end a yoga or mediation practice, and also when you need to ground yourself, centre or just chill out.
Om Namah Shivaya
Translation: I bow in the name of Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self.
The word “Shiva” means literally, “that which is not.” Today, modern science is proving to us that everything comes from nothing and goes back to nothing. The basis of existence and the fundamental quality of the cosmos is vast nothingness. The galaxies are just a small happening – a sprinkling. The rest is all vast empty space, which is referred to as Shiva. That is the womb from which everything is born, and that is the oblivion into which everything is sucked back. Everything comes from Shiva and goes back to Shiva. So Shiva is described as a non-being, not as a being. Shiva is not described as light, but as darkness. Human kind has gone about eulogising light only because of the nature of the visual apparatus that they carry. Otherwise, the only thing that is always present, is darkness. Light is a limited happening in the sense that any source of light, whether a light bulb or the sun, will eventually lose its ability to give out light. Light is not eternal. It is always a limited possibility because it happens and it ends. Darkness is a much bigger possibility than light. Nothing needs to burn, it is always – it is eternal. Darkness is everywhere. It is the only thing that is all pervading. On another level, “Shiva,” refers to the Adiyogi or the first yogi, and also the Adi Guru, the first guru, who is the basis of what is known as the yogic science today. Just to clarify, Yoga does not mean standing on your head or holding your breath. Yoga is the science and technology to know the essential nature of how life is created and how it can be taken to its ultimate possibility.
When we lovingly chant this mantra, we are invoking and honouring the amazing grace the divinity within everything, This is a great mantra to help build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves accordingly.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all
This mantra is a powerful way to dedicate yourself to living a life of non-harming and being of service to the greater good. Looking good is not important. Is life a great experience for you or not? This is what is important. This shift in values must happen.This mantra encourages cooperation, compassion and living in harmony with the environment, animals and our fellow human beings.
Om Saha naa-vavatu May we both (teacher and student) be protected.
Saha Nau Bhunaktu May we both be nourished.
Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai May we work together with energy and vigour (for the good of humanity).
Tejasvi nav-adhitam-astu May our study be enlightening and purposeful.
Maa Vidvishaavahai and not give rise to hostility.
Om shanti, shanti, shanti
Translation: May we both be protected. May we both be nourished. May we work together with energy and vigour (for the good of humanity). May our study be enlightening and purposeful and not give rise to hostility. Om peace, peace, peace.
A perfect mantra to start a yoga class, a new day, or even a new business with. It unites the participants and sets a tone of non-competitiveness, unity, and working together towards a common goal. There is no such thing as work life balance, its all life. The balance has to be within you.
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah
Translation: I bow to the elephant-faced deity, Ganesh, who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.”
In Hindu teachings, Ganesh is known as the god of wisdom and success and the destroyer of obstacles. This mantra, is one you can draw on when you are facing a challenge in life and when you are traveling.
Think of a challenge you are currently facing and hold it steady in your mind. Over the next hour, chant 108 rounds of Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah, a prayer to Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. By the end, you will feel fired up with a renewed sense of purpose and resolve that will spark up and come alive in you every time you hear this mantra.