Mantras are powerful sounds. Mantras are the ones that have when chanted produce great effects. These are chanted repeatedly and that is called Japa. Japa is a key part of Hindu prayer.
Mantras are very rich in their meaning. While doing japa one can meditate on the mantra and its meaning. As the mind dwell more and more into that, the mantra conditions the mind and takes up to the higher states and forms the path to the great liberation – eternal bliss !
What makes mantras so special as compared to the normal words ? Mantras are not human composed. One may wonder how can that be possible. Especially given that there are sages associated with the mantras ! The point to be noted is that these sages are not composers of these mantras, as we normaly compose the sentences; they are not the inventors, but they are the discoverers of the mantra. They get to know the mantras in a state in which these words do not emanate from their thoughts, but they are just passive audience to it. Those who go deep in meditation and realize God may be able to get a feel of this situation.
To be such a discoverer, even though they are just passive hearers, needs great amount of qualification. Only the perfect one can unchangedly reproduce the mantra heard. The only one that is absolutely perfect is God. All other discoverers reproduce that mantra only as pure as their closeness to perfection.
veda samhitAs are full of mantras and hence have been preserved for ages in their pure form by utilizing the various techniques like patha, krama, jaTa, gaNa pATas, that ensure that the chanter clearly gets the correct letters and even the correct level of sound for each letter (svara). The chanters are advised to chant the mantras only after getting the right pronunciation of it, so that the mantras are presered against deterioration with time. There would be gurus who initiate the disciple in a mantra. guru ensures that the disciple got the mantra right, so that the person can chant independently as well as initiate others in that mantra. Ensuring this preservation vedas were passed only through the tradition of guru and disciples and was never written down till very recent past. (It is really amazing to note that without being written down the vedas have been preserved in pure form across the land by these techniques. Though the texts are freely available now for anybody to read, it would be important to ensure that these mantras are properly learnt and then chanted. This way the treasure that as been preserved so carefully over multiple milleniums do not deteriorate due to indifference.)
It is to be noted that many of the hymns of thirumuRai are known to have great powers of mantras that are practiced even today.
While there are plenty of mantras available, there are a few that are chanted with high esteem by the shaivas. Definitely those are highly powerful ones that can lead the chanter on the great path to mukti (liberation). praNava, paNJchAkashra, gAyatri to name a few. For shaivites the Holy Five Syllables (paNJchAkshara) with or without combined with the praNava is the ultimate mantra.
Saying any word produces an actual physical vibration. Over time, if we know what the effect of that vibration is, then the word may come to have meaning associated with the effect of saying that vibration or word. This is one level of energy basis for words.
Another level is intent. If the actual physical vibration is coupled with a mental intention, the vibration then contains an additional mental component which influences the result of saying it. The sound is the carrier wave and the intent is overlaid upon the wave form, just as a colored gel influences the appearance and effect of a white light.
In either instance, the word is based upon energy. Nowhere is this idea more true than for Sanskrit mantra. For although there is a general meaning which comes to be associated with mantras, the only lasting definition is the result or effect of saying the mantra.
The human consciousness is really a collection of states of consciousness which distributively exist throughout the physical and subtle bodies. Each organ has a primitive consciousness of its own. That primitive consciousness allows it to perform functions specific to it. Then come the various systems. The cardio-vascular system, the reproductive system and other systems have various organs or body parts working at slightly different stages of a single process. Like the organs, there is a primitive consciousness also associated with each system. And these are just within the physical body. Similar functions and states of consciousness exist within the subtle body as well. So individual organ consciousness is overlaid by system consciousness, overlaid again by subtle body counterparts and consciousness, and so ad infinitum.
The ego with its self-defined "I" ness assumes a pre-eminent state among the subtle din of random, semi-conscious thoughts which pulse through our organism. And of course, our organism can "pick up" the vibration of other organisms nearby. The result is that there are myriad vibrations riding in and through the subconscious mind at any given time.
Mantras start a powerful vibration which corresponds to both a specific spiritual energy frequency and a state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the mantra process begins to override all of the other smaller vibrations, which eventually become absorbed by the mantra. After a length of time which varies from individual to individual, the great wave of the mantra stills all other vibrations. Ultimately, the mantra produces a state where the organism vibrates at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state represented by and contained within the mantra.
At this point, a change of state occurs in the organism. The organism becomes subtly different. Just as a laser is light which is coherent in a new way, the person who becomes one with the state produced by the mantra is also coherent in a way which did not exist prior to the conscious undertaking of repetition of the mantra.
They are formidable. They are ancient. They work. The word "mantra" is derived from two Sanskrit words. The first is "manas" or "mind," which provides the "man" syllable. The second syllable is drawn from the Sanskrit word "trai" meaning to "protect" or to "free from." Therefore, the word mantra in its most literal sense means "to free from the mind." Mantra is, at its core, a tool used by the mind which eventually frees one from the vagaries of the mind.
But the journey from mantra to freedom is a wondrous one. The mind expands, deepens and widens and eventually dips into the essence of cosmic existence. On its journey, the mind comes to understand much about the essence of the vibration of things. And knowledge, as we all know, is power. In the case of mantra, this power is tangible and wieldable.
Statements About Mantra
Mantras have close, approximate one-to-one direct language-based translation.
If we warn a young child that it should not touch a hot stove, we try to explain that it will burn the child. However, language is insufficient to convey the experience. Only the act of touching the stove and being burned will adequately define the words "hot" and "burn" in the context of "stove." Essentially, there is no real direct translation of the experience of being burned.
Similarly, there is no word which is the exact equivalent of the experience of sticking one’s finger into an electrical socket. When we stick our hand into the socket, only then do we have a context for the word "shock." But shock is really a definition of the result of the action of sticking our hand into the socket.
It is the same with mantras. The only true definition is the experience which it ultimately creates in the sayer. Over thousands of years, many sayers have had common experiences and passed them on to the next generation. Through this tradition, a context of experiential definition has been created.
Definitions of mantras are oriented toward either the results of repeating the mantra or of the intentions of the original framers and testers of the mantra.
In Sanskrit, sounds which have no direct translation but which contain great power which can be "grown" from it are called "seed mantras." Seed in Sanskrit is called "Bijam" in the singular and "Bija" in the plural form.
Let’s take an example. The mantra "Shrim" or Shreem is the seed sound for the principle of abundance (Lakshmi, in the Hindu Pantheon.) If one says "shrim" a hundred times, a certain increase in the potentiality of the sayer to accumulate abundance is achieved. If one says "shrim" a thousand times or a million, the result is correspondingly greater.
But abundance can take many forms. There is prosperity, to be sure, but there is also peace as abundance, health as wealth, friends as wealth, enough food to eat as wealth, and a host of other kinds and types of abundance which may vary from individual to individual and culture to culture. It is at this point that the intention of the sayer begins to influence the degree of the kind of capacity for accumulating wealth which may accrue.
Mantras have been tested and/or verified by their original framers or users.
Each mantra is associated with an actual sage or historical person who once lived. Although the oral tradition predates written speech by centuries, those earliest oral records annotated on palm leaves discussed earlier clearly designate a specific sage as the "seer" of the mantra. This means that the mantra was probably arrived at through some form of meditation or intuition and subsequently tested by the person who first encountered it.
Sanskrit mantras are composed of letters which correspond to certain petals or spokes of chakras in the subtle body.
As discussed earlier, there is a direct relationship between the mantra sound, either vocalized or subvocalized, and the chakras located throughout the body.
Mantras are energy which can be likened to fire.
You can use fire either to cook your lunch or to burn down the forest. It is the same fire. Similarly, mantra can bring a positive and beneficial result, or it can produce an energy meltdown when misused or practiced without some guidance. There are certain mantra formulas which are so exact, so specific and so powerful that they must be learned and practiced under careful supervision by a qualified guru.
Fortunately, most of the mantras widely used in our portal and certainly those contained in this chapter are perfectly safe to use on a daily basis, even with some intensity.
Mantra energizes prana.
"Prana" is a Sanskrit term for a form of life energy which can be transferred from individual to individual. Prana may or may not produce an instant dramatic effect upon transfer. There can be heat or coolness as a result of the transfer.
Some healers operate through transfer of prana. A massage therapist can transfer prana with beneficial effect. Even self-healing can be accomplished by concentrating prana in certain organs, the result of which can be a clearing of the difficulty or condition. For instance, by saying a certain mantra while visualizing an internal organ bathed in light, the specific power of the mantra can become concentrated there with great beneficial effect.
Mantras eventually quiet the mind.
At a deep level, subconscious mind is a collective consciousness of all the forms of primitive consciousnesses which exist throughout the physical and subtle bodies. The dedicated use of mantra can dig into subconscious crystallized thoughts stored in the organs and glands and transform these bodily parts into repositories of peace.
"AUM GUM GANAPATEYE NAMAH"
"AUM AND SALUTATIONS TO THE REMOVER OF OBSTACLES FOR WHICH GUM IS THE SEED." SEEN OR UNSEEN OBSTACLES WHICH SEEM TO BE STANDING IN THE WAY OF YOUR PROGRESS OR ACHIEVEMENT.
THE GANESH GAYATRI MANTRA:
AUM EKADANTAYA VIDMAHE
TANNO DANTI PRACHODAYAT.
"AUM NAMAH SHIVAYA". THIS RELATES TO THE FIRST SIX CHAKRAS ON THE SPINE….. EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR AND ETHER. THIS WILL LEAD YOU TO SIDDHA YOGA OR THE YOGA OF PERFECTION OF THE DIVINE VEHICLE.
THE GAYATRI MANTRA OF SHIVA:
AUM TATPUSHAYA VIDMAHE
SAHASRAKSHAYA MAHADEVAYA DEHEEMAHI
TANNO RUDRAH PRACHODAYAT
THE GAYATRI MANTRA OF LORD RAMA:
AUM DASARATHAYE VIDMAHE
TANNO RAMAH PRACHODAYAT.
GOOD FOR KETU
THE INCARNATION OF VISHNU:
"AUM NRING NRING NRING NARSINGHAYE (NRISIMAHYE) NAMAH AUM"
REPEAT THE ABOVE MANTRA 17,000 TIMES WITH IN THE ASCENDING CYCLE OF THE MOON
"AUM SHRI HANUMATE NAMAH"�
THE OTHER BEING "AUM NAMO HANUMATE HUNG AUM"
WHILE THE GAYATRI IS "AUM ANJANEYAYE VIDMAHE MAHABALAYE DHIMAHI TANNO HANUMAN PRACHODAYAT AUM" THERE IS NO FAVOR WHICH HE CANNOT BESTOW. HENCE HE IS FAVORITE OF MANY AS HE IS EASILY APPROACHABLE. HE IS AN EMBODIMENT OF LORD SHIVA AND VISHNU.
GURU’S GAYATRI MANTRA
AUM GURU DEVAYA VIDMAHE
TANNO GURUH PRACHODAYAT.
THE GAYATRI MANTRA OF COSMIC SHAKTI:
AUM SARVASAMMOHINYI VIDMAHE
TANNAH SHAKTIH PRACHODAYAT
AUM HRIM SRIM KLIM AIM MANSA DEVYAI SVAHA
POISON BECOMES NECTAR AND BECOMES FAMOUS LIKE DHANVANTARI
AUM HRIM SHRIM CHANDIKAYAI NAMAH
"AUM SHRI DUM DURGAYAI NAMAH"
FOR THE SALUTATION OF GODDESS DURGA ANOTHER FORM OF PARVATI WIFE OF LORD SHIVA.
THE GAYATRI MANTRA OF DURGA:
AUM KATYAYANYAI VIDMAHE
TANNO DURGA PARCHODAYAT.
"AUM EIM SARASVATYAI NAMAH"
FOR THE SALUTATION OF SARASVATI (GODDESS OF EDUCATION).
THE GAYATRI OF SARASWATI:
AUM VAGDEVYAI CHA VEDMAHE
TANNO DEVI PRACHODAYAT.
"AUM NAMO NARAYANAYA"
THIS MANTRA IS ALSO CALLED ASHTAKSHARA MANTRA – FOR THE SALUTATION OF LORD VISHNU IN THE FORM OF LORD NARAYANA.
THE GAYATRI MANTRA OF VISHNU:
AUM NARAYANANYA VIDMAHE
TANNO VISHNUH PRACHODAYAT
THE GAYATRI MANTRA:
AUM DEVAKINANDANAYA VIDMAHE
TANNAH KRISHNAH PRACHODAYAT
FOR THE SALUTATION OF LORD HARI.
HARI RAMA; HARI RAMA; RAMA; RAMA; HARI; HARI;
HARI KRISHNA; HARI KRISHNA; KRISHNA; KRISHNA; HARI; HARI.
"AUM SHRI MAHALAKSHMAYE NAMAH"
FOR THE SALUTATION OF LAKSHMI (GODDESS OF DHANA OR WEALTH AND WIFE OF LORD MAHA VISHNU).
"AUM MAHALAKSHMAYE VIDMAHE
VISHNU PRIYAYE DHI MAHI
TANNO LAKSHMI PRACHODAYAT"
"AUM SARAVANA BAVAYA NAMAH"
OM AND SALUTATIONS TO THE SON OF SHIVA, WHO BRINGS AUSPICIOUS NESS AND WHO IS CHIEF OF THE CELESTIAL ARMY.
"Aum Kamdevaye Vidmahe
Tanno Kamah Prachodayat "
Recite this mantra to increase sensuality, sexual satisfaction, vitality, vigour and stamina.
" AUM HREEM HREEM SURYAAYA NAMAH."
THESE MANTRAS SHOULD BE REPEATED AT LEAST 108 TIMES A WEEK, PREFERABLY ON A SUNDAY, DURING THE DAY (AT DAWN, NOON OR SUNSET).
Surya Gayatri Mantra: Aum Asva dhvajaya vidmahe
pasa hastaya dhimahi
tanno suryah prachodayat.
THE OTHER MANTRA: AUM BHASKARAYA VIDMAHE
TANNA ADITYAH PRACHODAYAT.
RECITE THE ABOVE MANTRA FOR 7000 TIMES WITHIN 30 DAYS. ONCE RECITATION IS STARTED THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY BREAK TILL THE RECITATION ARE COMPLETE. DO SURYA NAMASKAR EVERYDAY EARLY IN THE MORNING.
THE SUN RELATES TO THE DIVINE FATHER. IN THE HINDU RELIGION, THIS IS SHIVA, MAHA DEVA, THE GREAT GOD. THE SECOND GREAT HINDU FORM OF THE DIVINE, VISHNU, IS ALSO WORSHIPPED AS THE SUN, REPRESENTING MORE OF BENEFIC SIDE OF SOLAR ENERGY.
"AUM SOM SOMAYA NAMAH AUM".
THE OTHER BEING "AUM SHRIM KRIM CHAM CHANDRAYE NAMAH AUM"
THESE MANTRAS SHOULD BE REPEATED ON MONDAYS, OR IN THE EVENING, SPECIALLY AROUND THE TIME OF THE FULL MOON.
Gayatri Mantra: >AUM Nisakaraaya vidmahe
tanno Somah prachodayat.
AUM ATRI PUTRAYAI SAGRONDARYA DEHIMAHI, TANNO CHANDRA PRACHODAYAT
" AUM KUM KUJAAYA NAMAH." MANTRA FOR MARS TO BE CHANTED 11000 TIMES WITHIN 20 DAYS. PUJA PERFORMED WITH RED FLOWERS AND RED CHANDAN. THE SEED MANTRA IS KUM.
Gayatri Mantra: AUM Angarkaya vidmahe
tanno gujah prachodayat.
AUM CHITRI PUTRAYAI VIDMAHE, LOYHE TANGAI DEHIMAHE TANNO BHOOMA PRACHODAYAT
"AUM BUDHAAYA NAMAH". THIS MANTRA MAY BE RECITED 9000 TIMES WITHIN 21 DAYS AND PUJA PERFORMED WITH VARIOUS FLOWERS.
Gayatri Mantra:�AUM Budhagrahaya vidmahe, Indu putraya dhimahi, tanno somya prachodayat
AUM CHANDRA PUTRAYAI VIDMAHE ROHINI PRIYA DHIMAHI, TANNO BHUDA PRACHODAYAT
"AUM GURUVE NAMAH". THE OTHER BEING " AUM� HREEM KLEEM HOOM BRAHASPATAYE NAMAH� THIS MANTRA MAY BE RECITED FOR 19000 TIMES AND PUJA PERFORMED� WITH YELLOW FLOWERS.
Gayatri Mantra: AUM Suraachaarya Vidmahe, Surasreshtaya dhimahi, tanno guruh prachodayat.
"AUM SHUKRAYA NAMAH". THIS MANTRA MAY BE RECITED 16000 TIMES AND PUJA PERFORMED WITH WHITE CHANDAN AND WHITE FLOWERS. Gayatri Mantra: AUM Rajadabaaya vidmahe, Brigusuthaya dhimahi, tanno sukrah prachodayat
"AUM SHANAISCHARAYA NAMAH". THE OTHER TWO BEING "AUM SHANNO DEVI RABHISHTHAYE APO BHAVANTU PITAYE SHAN YO RABHISRA VANTU NAH: AUM"����
THIS MANTRA MAY BE RECITED FOR 24000 TIMES WITHIN 40 DAYS AND PUJA PERFORMED WITH BLUE FLOWERS AND CHANDAN. "AUM AING HRING SHRING SHUNG SHANAISHCHARAYE NAMAH: AUM"
Gayatri Mantra: Aum Sanaischaraya vidhamhe, Sooryaputraya dhimahi, tanno manda prachodayat.
"AUM RAHAVE NAMAH". THE OTHER BEING "AUM RANG RAHUVE NAMAH AUM" THIS MANTRA MAY BE RECITED FOR 18000 TIMES WITHIN 40 DAYS DURING NIGHT AND PUJA PERFORMED WITH BLUE FLOWERS AND CHANDAN.
Gayatri Mantra: AUM Sookdantaya vidmahe, Ugraroopaya dhimahi, tanno Rahu Prachodayat.
"AUM KETAVE NAMAH". THIS MANTRA MAY BE RECITED FOR 18000 TIMES AND PUJA PERFORMED WITH MIXED FLOWERS AND CHANDAN.
NARSHI AVATAR: THE INCARNATION OF VISHNU: "AUM NRING NRING NRING NARSINGHAYE (NRISIMAHYE) NAMAH AUM" REPEAT THE ABOVE MANTRA 17,000 TIMES WITH IN THE ASCENDING CYCLE OF THE MOON
Gayatri Mantra: AUM Chitravarnaya vidhmahe, sarparoopaya dhimahi, tanno ketu Prachodayat
Gayatri refers to a special three-line Vedic meter used in mantras for invoking and focusing consciousness on the Deity. The three gayatris below are intoned during pujas and yajnas. They may also be recited as powerful japa — repeated again and again, while gently regulating the breath according to systematic rhythms given by one’s guru to establish a deep inner connection with Lord Ganesha.
Aum ekadantaya vidmahe
tanno dantih prachodayat
We devote our thought to the one-tusked Lord.
We meditate upon Him who has a curved trunk.
May the tusked One guide us on the right path.
Aum tatpurushaya vidmahe
tanno dantih prachodayat
We devote our thought to that supreme person.
We meditate upon Him who has a curved trunk.
May the tusked One guide us on the right path.
Aum tat karataya vidmahe
hasti mukhaya dhimahi
tanno dantih prachodayat
We devote our thoughts to the mysterious Lord.
We meditate on His elephant face.
May the tusked One guide us on the right path.
Maitrayani Samhita 2.6-9
A Special Collection of Ganesha Mantras
Ganesha mantras are siddhi mantras . Each mantra contains certain specific powers of Lord Ganesha. When chanted with the proper pranayama (rhythmic breathing) and sincere devotion, they will yield good results. In general, Ganesha mantras will ward off all evil and bless the devotee with abundance, prudence and success. Evil spirits dare not enter the home or the mind of the devotee where Ganesha mantras are recited. Those so mystically inclined and knowledgeable of the seven chakras below the muladhara use these powerful incantantions under the direction of the guru to close off these regions of the mind one by one and free consciousness from deep depression, confusion, jealousy, rage, lingering anger and fear. Some such mantras are given below for the spiritual benefit of the readers.
One more point to remember is that one should bathe or wash the limbs before sitting for repetition of the mantra. Also, one should do three or more pranayama before beginning the mantra. The minimum repetition of the mantra should be one full mala, or 108 times. When this is done at a fixed hour and place regularly for 48 days, it becomes an upasana, which means intense meditation, that will yield siddhis, or spiritual powers. Another warning to bear in mind is that one should use those powers only for healing the sick and other such selfless actions for the benefit of mankind. These powers should not be misused. Misuse of power may bring the curse of the asuras.
Aum gam ganapataye namah
This is a mantra from Ganapati Upanishad. One may always use it before beginning a journey, a new course in school, new career or job, or before entering into any new contract or business so that impediments are removed and your endeavor may be crowned with success.
Aum shri ganeshaya namah
This mantra is usually taught to children for their good education. It increases their memory power, and they become successful in their examinations. Of course, people of any age may use this mantra when taking courses in a school or university, and for success in attaining their degree.
Aum vakratundaya hum
This is a very powerful mantra, as discussed in the Ganesha Purana. When something is not working properly, individually or universally, nationally or internationally, or when the minds of the people turn crooked, negative, depressed or discouraged, the attention of Ganesha may be drawn by this mantra to straighten their ways. The HUM symbolizes "Delay no more, my Lord, in straightening the paths of the crooked-minded ones." This mantra is used many times in the Ganesha Purana to curb the atrocities of cruel demons. In addition, this mantra could also be used for healing any spinal deficiency, such as curvature of the spine or curved limbs. Dedicate 1,008 repetitions of this holy word to straighten and heal such deficiencies.
Aum kshipra prasadaya namah
Kshipra means instantaneous. If some danger or negative energy is coming your way and you don’t know how to get rid of that trouble, with true devotion, practice this mantra for quick blessing and purification of one’s aura.
Aum shrim hrim klim glaum gam
ganapataye vara varada sarva
janamme vashamanaya svaha
There are several bija (seed) mantras in this mantra . Among other things, it signals, "Shower Your blessings, O Lord. I offer my ego as an oblation."
Aum sumukhaya namah
This mantra has a lot of meaning, but to make it simple, it means you will be always very beautiful in soul, in spirit, in face, everything. By meditating on this mantra, very pleasing manners and a beauty comes on you. Along with that comes peace, which constantly dances in your eyes; and the words you speak are all filled with that power of love.
Aum ekadantaya namah
Ekadanta refers to one tusk in the elephant face, which means God broke the duality and made you to have a one-pointed mind. Whoever has that oneness of mind and single-minded devotion will achieve everything.
Aum kapilaya namah
Kapila (red) means that you are able to give color therapy. You are able to create colors around yourself and around others, bathe them in that color and heal them. As per the mantra you create, so will you create the colors. Another meaning is "wish cow," the "cow of plenty." It means that whatever you wish, that comes true. There is a wish-cow inside you. Whatever you wish, especially for healing others, comes true immediately.
Aum gajakarnikaya namah
The ears of Ganesha, the elephant, are constant fanning, which means people may talk a lot, but you are not receiving inside anything other than that which is important. It also means that you can sit anywhere and tune this cosmic television (the body) with seven channels (chakras) and all 72,000 nadis, to any loka and be able to hear ancestors, angels, the voice of God or the voice of prophets. That kind of inner ear you will develop through this mantra.
Aum lambodaraya namah
This means you feel that you are this universe. It means that all the universes are within you. Like an entire tree is in the seed, the whole universe is in the sound of creation, which is Aum, and that Aum consciousness in you makes you feel that you are the universe. Therefore, if you say, realizing the oneness with the universe, "shanti to the world" every day, then the grace of God will come and there will be world peace, universal peace. It is the universes within Aum and Aum within you.
Aum vikataya namah
This means realizing this world as a dream or a drama. When you are in that high consciousness, this whole world looks like a dream. All of us have taken a role. We have to play our role in life as wife or husband or children or citizens, all consistent with the role we have taken. When an actor bitten by a sponge cobra that is brought on the stage falls, the entire audience cries; but that boy who has fallen knows it was not a real cobra and he is not dead. Life is a drama — definitely life in this material world, this physical world of ego, is a drama. But inside, like the boy on the stage who is quite happy knowing that he didn’t die by the bite of the sponge cobra, like that, the truth never dies in us; it is immortal. So everything else you consider as drama. That consciousness comes to you by knowing this mantra.
Aum vighna nashanaya namah
This mantra invokes the Lord Ganesha to remove every impediment in your life and in your works. By constant meditation on this mantra, all obstacles and blocked energy in your physical and astral bodies are released.
Aum vinayakaya namah
Vinayaka is the name of Ganesha in the golden age. So by realizing this mantra, your life will have a golden age. In your office, in your work, you’ll be the boss. Vinayaka means something under control. Vinayaka means the Lord of problems.
Aum dhumraketuve namah
Halley’s Comet is called Dhumraketu in the Vedas. Whenever Halley’s Comet appears, on the whole planet Earth, and in other places also, there will be fear and terror. The guiding masters and those who have the wisdom to face it will all withdraw to the higher worlds. Important people die during that time, and bloodshed and various other problems come. To overcome that, it’s important for us to remember this mantra for world peace.
Aum ganadhyakshaya namah
This mantra is so important. Suppose you have a group, a country, neighbors, or any kind of group therapy, group healing or a whole country needing healing, then you have to bring that entire group to your mind’s arena and say this mantra. A group healing takes place by this mantra.
Aum bhalachandraya namah
In Sanskrit, bhala means the forehead center. Chandra means the crescent moon. Bhalachandra means that chakra from where the nectar drips. That is the secret of all healing. It is to feel yourself as Siva, identifying yourself with the Truth and feeling constantly that you are carrying the crescent moon, the symbol of growth and nectar and peace.
The Gayatri Mantra
The vedic form of the famous Gayatri mantra:
Aum bhur-bhuvah-swah tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dheemahi dhiyo yo nah Prachodayat.
Summary of the Mantra:
May we meditate on the Glory of the Lord, the Remover of pains and sorrows, the Bestower of happiness, Who has created the universe, and Who is the embodiment of knowledge and light. May the Lord, enlighten our intellect in the right direction by destroying all our sins and ignorance.
Meaning of each letter in mantra:
OM = Almighty God
BHOOR = Embodiment of vital or spiritual energy
BHUVAHA = Destroyer of suffering
SWAHA = Embodiment of happiness
TAT = That (indicating God)
SAVITUR = Bright, luminous, like and sun
VARENIYAM = Supreme, best
BARGO = Destroyer of sins
DEVASYA = Divine
DHEEMAHI = May receive
DHIYO = Intellect
YO = Who
NAHA = Our
PRACHODAYAT = May inspire
Gayatri is a Mantra(vedic hymn) which inspires righteous wisdom its meaning is that the Almighty God may illuminate our intellect which may lead us to righteous path. This is most important teaching. All the problems of a person are solved if he is endowed with the gift of righteous wisdom. Having endowed with far sighted wisdom, a man is neither entangled in calamity nor does he tread wrong path. Righteous wisdom stars emerging as soon as a methodical recitation of this Mantra is performed.
"May we meditate on the Glory of the Lord, the Remover of pains and sorrows, the Bestower of happiness, Who has created the universe, and Who is the embodiment of knowledge and light. May the Lord, enlighten our intellect in the right direction by destroying all our sins and ignorance."
The Gayatri Mantra is the form of eternal truth. It is the heart of all beings and the eternal Ved Mantra. Gayatri destroys the sins of the world. All the four Vedas have originated from this mantra:
This can be translated: Aum. Let us contemplate the spirit of the divine of the earth, the atmosphere and heaven. May that inspire our minds. Savitri is the Sun and this mantra is recited at the three junctions or twilight of the day. Here is described how the mantra Aum hums in the base or Muladhara chakra, and moves through seven stages to the chakra above the head Sahasrara.
Maha Vishnu describes Aum as consisting of the following. Bhur is existence, Bhuvah is the elements, Svah is the Atma of everything, Maha is greatness and light, Tat is Brahman (the absolute). Tapah is all knowledge, Satyam is supremacy and internal wisdom. This tantra connects the three letters of Aum to the seven worlds.
Tat, refers to the first cause of all substance, as fire in the circle of the sun and is supreme Brahman. Savituhu is the source of all living beings. Varenyam is the excellent one who receives adoration.
Bharga destroys sin. Devasya means it is full of light, while Dheemahi refers to knowledge being golden and always within the sun. Dhiyo means Buddhi. Yo stands for energy (tejas).
The mantra is divided into three sections of eight letters and four sections of six letters.
A dhyana (meditation) – Gayatri as having four faces, which are white, yellow, red and black. Yet the tantrik tradition has different views of the Gayatri. For example, in the Matrikabhedatantra, there is a couplet, which says a person who knows the Brahman (the absolute) is a Brahmin.
Gayatri is mother of Vedas. Sadhana of Gayatri mantra is the essence of all Vedas. Even God like Brahma mediates on and performs Jap of Gayatri at the time of twi-light.
Gayatri Jap performed daily for three years realizes God and like air, acquires the power of going where the person wants to go. Merely by offering water to the Sun and performing Jap of three thousand Gayatri mantra at the time of twilight, a person becomes adorable by God.
By Gayatri Sadhana the person may get salvation, wealth, victory in battle, and freedom from disease. A man may know all the four Vedas very well but all his labour goes waste if he does not know Gayatri mantra. A person who worships mantra other than Gayatri cannot get success even if he takes millions of birth.
Rishis, Saints say that there is no other mantra like Gayatri mantra in all the Vedas. Ved, yagya, dan (donation, charity), tap are not equivalent even to a small fraction of Gayatri mantra. Whether a man is pure or impure, he is sitting or walking, in whatever condition a wise man may be, he should perform Gayatri Jap. A man gets rid of all sins by this Jap. Nothing is greater than GAYATRI MANTRA in this as well as other loks for the success of daily work; fulfilment of desires and for development of tapas.
The following guidelines are provided for the Sadhaka:
In Bhavanopanishad, one witness within oneself the effulgent figure of Divine Mother with the different phases of the waxing and waning Moon.
The Devi is to be meditated upon as of a ruddy complexion, with eyes expansive, as an ocean overflowing with waves of grace, with noose, goad, arrows of flowers and a twig of sugar- cane in her hand, surrounded by Anima and other deities and ultimately as one´s own self.
1. Complete faith unflinching loyalty backed by a clear heart towards the deity is required for Sadhana.
2. Do not start Mantra Shakti under any pressure. Trust in God, kindness and patience should be the virtues of a Sadhaka.
3. Avoid harsh speech, lust, anger, restless thoughts, evil company and egoism. Do not get emotional. Mantras on hearsay should be avoided, as they must be authentic.
4. Sadhana done without any specific aim bears fruits early. In case you see any miracle, do not fear. Keep your WILL POWER strong and continue your Sadhana. All troubles will vanish.
5. Brahmacharya or celibacy should be observed during Sadhana. In case of failure, do not lose heart. Try it again and again and you will be crowned with success.
HOW MANTRAS ARE USEFUL:
One´s subconscious mind can help to find the solution through meditation and recitation of Mantras.
1.Purity of thoughts, words and deeds, sincerity and deep seated. Belief in repeating Mantras systematically and without any stress or strain on the brain or body is the keynotes for the efficacy of Mantras.
2. Concentrate and Meditate without having any desires in mind. The Mantra should be recited softly so as to be audible only to be person concerned and not to others. Mantras should be recited in a pleasing musical tone, which will help in concentration.
3.Continuous Sadhana will enable the Sadhaka to find solutions to the problems, attaining peace of mind, reducing mental strain.
4.The Sadhaka should have a light meal, hot and well cooked and in small quantity, as over eating leads to the excitement of the sensory organs which aggravate passions. Onions, Garlic and Meat have stimulating effects on the sensory organs and will do harm to the body than good. Intoxicates and smoking of any kind should be avoided. Lack of control in the diet is a great obstacle to progress. Small quantities of wholesome food purify the mind and a pure mind retains the memory of God.
The Gayatri Mantra is the form of eternal truth. It is the heart of all beings and the eternal Ved Mantra. Gayatri destroys the sins of the world. All the four Vedas have originated from this mantra:
In addition rishis have created 24 other Gayatri mantras – Sakam Gayatri – ’’with desire’’ Gayatri. The 24 words of the Gayatri appear in the form of the 24 Divine Shaktis.
1. Ganesh Gayatri: The repetition of this mantra is done for the destruction of obstacles and to succeed in difficult tasks.
Om Eka Dandhaya Vidmahe
Tanno tantihi Prachodayat
2. Vishnu Gayatri: To develop sustaining power, this mantra is used.
Om Narayanaya Vidmahe
Tanno Vishunha Prachodayat
3. Shiv Gayatri: To invoke auspiciousness, That is to have pure thoughts and high spiritual feelings, this mantra is used.
Om Panchavaktraya Vidmahe
Tanno Rudraha Prachodayat
4. Brahma Gayatri: To increase productiveness, that is to increase the power of creative shakti, this mantra is used.
Om Chaturmukhaya Vidmahe
Hansa Rudraaya Dhimahi
Tanno Brahma Prachodayat
5. Rama Gayatri: This mantra is used to establish proper conduct and ethical behavior.
Om Daasharthaye Vidmahe
Sita Vallabhaya Dhimahi
Tanno Ramahi Prachodayat
6. Krishna Gayatri: To bring dynamic energy into one’s lify in order to be able to do anything, intense sadhana is done for this Divine power with this mantra.
Om Devaki Nandanaya Vidmahe
Tanno Krishna Prachodayat
7. Indra Gayatri: To ward off any form of attack, intense sadhana is done for this Divine shakti using this mantra.
Om Sahasranetraya Vidmahe
Tanno Indra Prachodayat
8. Hanuman Gayatri: When there is a lack of fulfilling one’s duty within oneself, then this mantra is used.
Om Anjanisutaya Vidmahe
Tanno Marutih Prachodayat
9. Surya Gayatri: Worship with this mantra is very beneficial for curing grievous diseases.
Om Bhaskaraya Vidmahe
Tanno Suryah Prachodayat
10. Chandra Gayatri: For the removal of suffering and to get peace from dejection and worries, this mantra has been used for the worship of this Divine Shakti.
Om Shirputraya Vidmahe
Amrit Tatvaya Dhimahi
Tanno Chandrah Prachodayat
11. Yum Gayatri: This is universal prayer to gain fearlessness from death.
Om Putryaya Vidmahe
Tanno Yumahah Prachodayat
12. Varun Gayatri: To develop sweetness and melodiousness at all levels, in speech, action, dealing with others, etc.., this mantra is used.
Om Jalbimbaya Vidmahe
Neel Purshaya Dhimahi
Tanno Varunah Prachodayat
13. Narayana Gayatri: In order to establish discipline and make people listen to orders, one concentrates on this mantra.
Om Narayanaya Vidmahe
Tanno Narayanah Prachodayat
14. Nrishinga Gayatri: This mantra is used in order to acquire this Divine Shakti, whic h has shown itself to be successful in increasing our efforts and in acquiring bravery.
Om Ugranrishinghaye Vidmahe
Tanno Nrishinghaha Prachodayat
15. Durga Gayatri: This mantra is used to acquire this Divine Shakti, which is used to gain victory over enemies, attackers and obstacles.
Om Girijayei Vidmahe
Shiva Priyayei Dhimahi
Tanno Durga Prachodayat
16. Laxmi Gayatri: This is the one Shakti believed to help in acquiring wealth, status, greatness, and fame; therefore, this mantra is used to invoke this Shakti.
Om Maha Laxmayei Vidmahe
Tanno Laxmi Prachodayat
17. Radha Gayatri: This is a unique Shakti to fill the activities with the feelings of Divine Love; therefore, this mantra is used to invoke this Shakti.
Om Vrishbhaanujayei Vidmahe
Tanno Radha Prachodayat
18. Sita Gayatri: To develop the Shakti of penance, it is very necessary to do worship with this mantra.
Om Janak Nandiniyei Vidmahe
Tanno Sita Prachodayat
19. Saraswati Gayatri: Learned scholars have said that the use of this mantra can help to increase the Shakti of the intellect and mental sharpness.
Om Saraswateyei Vidmahe
Tanno Devi Prachodayat
20. Agni Gayatri: This is a famous mantra used to bring effulgence into the life/force of the body and in every activity of love.
Om Mahajwalyei Vidmahe
Tanno Agnih Prachodayat
21. Prithvi Gayatri: This mantra is considered useful in strengthening one’s Shakti to remove wavering of resolve and in bringing steadfastness.
Om Prithvi Devayei Vidmahe
Tanno Prithvi Prachodayat
22. Tulsi Gayatri: To remove selfishness, increase selflessness, and make doing selfless service the goal of one’s life, this mantra is very helpful.
Om Tulsayei Vidmahe
Vishnu Priyayei Dhimahi
Tanno Vrinda Prachodayat
23. Hansa Gayatri: To awaken discrimination, this is a very powerful mantra.
Om Param Hansaye Vidmahe
Tanno Hansah Prachodayat
24. Hayegriva Gayatri: When one is surrounded by fear on all four sides and is in need of courage, then this mantra is used.
Om Vanishavaraye Vidmahe
Tanno Hayegrivah Prachodayat.
Om Dhum Durgayai Namaha !
Prayers Slokas on Sri Sakthi
Sarva Mangala Maangalye’ Sive’ Sarvaardha Saadhike,
Saranye’ Tryambake’ Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe’. ||11 – 10 ||
Salutations be toYou, O Naraayani, O You who are the
good of all good, O auspicious Devi, who accomplishes everything,
the giver of refuge, O three-eyed Gowri .
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane’
Sarvasyaarthi Hare’ Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe’. ||11 – 12 ||
Salutations be to You, O Naraayani, You who are the power of
creation, preservation and destruction and are eternal.
You are the substratum and embodiment of the three gunas.
Sarvaroope’ Sarve’se’ Sarvasakthi Samanvithe’,
Bhayebhyastrahi no Devi Durge’ Devi Namosthuthe’. || 11 – 24 ||
Salutations be to You, O Mother of the Universe, Durga,
who exists in all beings, and posses all power. Please protect us from all errors.
The Indian system of beliefs refers to the female aspect of divinity as Shakti – or the manifestation of energy. Parvati – the consort of Shiva or Lakshmi the consort of Vishnu are enshrined in temples and all over India. Some of these shrines are referred to as Shakti Peethams, (or the sites where the parts of Sati’s body fell as in the legend of Daksha’s yagna). Others are ancient shrines closely tied to local legends and beliefs.
Shakti, the mother Goddess, also known as Ambaa (mother), or Devi (Goddess) is considered to be the personification of Cosmic Energy in its dynamic form. It is believed that Shakti is the power and energy with which the Universe is created, preserved, destroyed and recreated (by the trinity of Hinduism Bhrahma, Vishnu and Shiva).
Shakti is worshipped in several forms. As Rajarajeswari or Kamakshi, she is the Universal mother. As Uma or Parvati, she is the gentle consort of Shiva. As Meenakshi – she is the queen of Shiva. As Durga, she rides the tiger, and bears weaponry. In the angry and terrifying form of Kaali, she destroys and devours all forms of evil. As Kaali, she is also the personification of time, her dark form being symbolic of future which is beyond our knowledge. Shakti is the mother of Skanda and Ganesha.
Shakthi Peethams are centers of Shakti worship, representing sites related to the legend of Daksha Yagna, Shiva and Sati his consort. Belief has it that Shiva performed the rudra tandava dance, carrying the dead body of his consort Sati. The Universe unable to bear the fury of the dance requested Vishnu to intervene, and Vishnu used is chakra to tear the body into several pieces, and bring down the fury of Shiva’s tandavam. The severed pieces of Sati’s body are believed to have landed in several spots across the region, and these are referred to as Shakti Peethams.
Belief in Shakti or the feminine aspect of Divinity is an integral (and popular) element of the religious fabric of the entire subcontinent. Female guardian deities are revered in all parts of India. The Shakta Agama deals with the worship protocol adhered to in Devi temples. There is a shrine to Shakti, or the consort of Shiva in virtually all Saivite temples throughout the subcontinent.
Tantric practices involving chants, gestures and yantras (geometric shapes) also govern the worship of Shakti. Local forms of Shakti, not conforming to Agamic or Tantric rules are also widely prevalent throughout the length and breadth of the region.
In the Tamil speaking region, Ambaal – Amman temples and shrines in Saivite temples as well as Maariamman temples are highly prevalent, as are the Bhagawati temples in Kerala. Kaali and Durga are popular deities in the state of Bengal. Kaali is also revered as an exponent of dance, defeated in the art only by Shiva at Tiruvaalangaadu (and in another legend at Chidambaram).
The Kamakhya Devi temple in Assam as well as the Ambaji temple in Gujarat have been popular centers of Shakti worship. The Vaishnao Devi temple in the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir as well as the Kanyakumari temple in the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent have both been centers of Shakti worship for centuries.
The Kalighat Kali temple in Calcutta in Bengal, is one of the most visited temples in Eastern India, and is regarded as one of the Shakti Peethams of the Indian subcontinent.
The Bhagawati temple at Kodungallur in Kerala is an ancient one, enshrining Kali – also believed to be a manifestation of Kannagi of the celebrated Tamil epic Silappadikaram.
Chamundeswari Temple built at Chamundi hills near Mysore enshrines Chamundeswari the tutelary deity of the Maharajahs of Mysore. The Kamakshiamman shrine at Maangaadu near Chennai is an ancient temple and a popularly visited one. Here is a collection of Shiva temples in Tamilnadu where the Amman (Ambaal or Devi) shrine is of significance.
The Maariamman shrine at Samayapuram near Tiruchirappalli in Tamilnadu is an ancient one, attracting thousands of pilgrims from all over the state.
Mangala Gowri temple at Gaya This Upa Shakti Peetha temple enshrining Devi at Gaya is a center of tantric worship. Mookambika – Kollur: Rich in legend and tradition, this temple at Kollur is closely associated with Adi Sankaracharya. Harashat mata Temple at Abhaneri: In the village of A bhaneri near Udaipur are several archeological remains from the yesteryears.
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