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A Beginner's Guide to Spiritual Sanskrit Mantras

Why should one chant Sanskrit Mantras? 

Sanskrit Mantras are a way of communicating to the universe. When one chants a mantra multiple times in a day and then the mantra is somehow constantly always running in your sub conscious. Chanting Sanskrit mantras brings certain calmness and focus. It also helps in meditation and achieving a spiritual state.

Why do we recite mantras 108 times?

In Vedic culture, the Mathematicians saw the number 108 as the wholeness of existence. A scientific example is that the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth, and the distance from Earth to the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
 
By chanting a mantra 108 times, we are aligning ourselves with the will of the Universe and its creative energy.
 
Relating to the human body, there are 108 nadis, or main energy lines that are emitted from the Heart Chakra.

 

Sanskrit Mantras for Beginner's: 

1.Asatao ma sadgamaya

 Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya

 Mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

 Om shanti shanti shanti

This mantra comes from the Upanishads, one of the ancient philosophical yogic texts from India. It translates to “Lead me from the untruth to truth, lead me from darkness to light, lead me from death to immortality, Om peace, peace, peace.”

2.Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

This mantra summons the Hindu Deity GANESHA, the beloved elephant-headed trickster known as the remover of obstacles and master of knowledge. This mantra translates to “Salutations to Ganesha, the remover/breaker of obstacles, we call your name!” Call on Ganesha to clear your path when you feel stuck or creatively blocked, when you need a change of perspective, or when life feels especially challenging and you’re not sure why.

3.Tvameva Maata Cha Pitaa Tvameva
 Tvameva Bandhush Cha Sakhaa Tvameva
 Tvameva Vidya Dravinam Tvameva
 Tvameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva

This is a mantra to thank the divine and acknowledge his place and role in your life. It says to the divine,  you are my mother, father, relative and friend. You are only my knowledge and wealth. You are my everything. 

4. Om Namah shivaya:
The translation is ‘I bow to Shiva’. Shiva is the supreme God of transformation who represents the highest self.’ It is one of the most popular Hindu mantras. It is called the Shiva Panchakshara or simply Panchakshara. The five syllable mantra. (‘Om’ is excluded.)

The mantra originates in the Krishna Yajurveda, where it appears several times without its first syllable.

The five syllables – ‘’Na’ ‘Ma’ ‘Si’ ‘Va’ and ‘Ya’ are thought to represent five elements of the world – ‘Na’ represents ‘earth’. ‘Ma’ represents ‘water’. ‘Si’ represents ‘fire’. Va represents the ‘Pranic air’ and the ‘Ya sound represents the sky or ether.

5.OM Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya Namah

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the incarnation of Krishna. 

 The mantra is translated to “I bow to Lord Vasudeva (Lord Krishna)”. However, this mantra is recited as much for the benefits of the sacred sound vibrations as for any specific meaning.

This mantra is understood to be a moksha or mukti (liberation) mantra, recited as a way to achieve spiritual freedom from samsara, or the recurring cycle of death and reincarnation.

6. OM Mangalam bhagwan Vishnu

Mangalam Garudadhwaja

Mangalam Pundari Kaksha 

Magalaya Tanohari

This Mantra is translated to "May auspiciousness be unto Lord Vishnu, May all auspiciousness be unto the one who has the Garuda, the birds king in flag symbol, May all auspiciousness be unto the Lord with lotus like eyes, Lord Hari is the abode all auspiciousness.”

This mantra is also called the Mangalacharan and is chanted at the beginning of any good initiative we take in life. 

Vishnu is best known through his 10 avatars, which appear on Earth when there is a disorder (or chaos) in the world. Lord Krishna and Lord Rama, whose stories are told in the Epics and the Puranas, are the most popular incarnations of Vishnu by far.

7.Buddham Saranam Gacchami।
Dhammam Saranam Gacchami।
Sangham Saranam Gacchami।

This mantra can be translated to "I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma and I take refuge in the Sangha. This is mantra that is recited in buddhist meditation. This mantra explains the teachings of Gautama buddha.

 

8. OM Mani Padme Hum

This is a Buddhist mantra in the ancient Sanskrit language. It beckons you to honor your deepest truth and accept yourself with compassion.There are multiple translations, including I Bow to the Jewel at the Lotus Flower of the Heart.
The Dalai Lama has noted, “It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast.”
This mantra is said to purify the mind, calm fears, and cultivate inner wisdom.
Use the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra when you need clarity, calm, or a dose of intentional self-compassion.

 

 

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