Om Namah Shivaya Mantra in Sanskrit
The Om Namah Shivaya mantra or chant consists of six syllables - om, na, mah, shi, vaa, ya. When chanted properly, each syllable activates certain energy centers within our bodies as we meditate upon the energy of Lord Shiva. Shiva is often referred to as the part of the Hindu trinity which has dominion over death and destruction. Shiva is also considered the greatest of the yogis, the lord of meditation, and the lord of all that is mystic and mysterious in hindu practices. Legend has it that the holy river Ganges (or Ganga) is in fact a representation of Lord Shiva's long hair.
Some texts refer to the five letters as the forms of Shiva - Na-gendra (one who wears a garland of snakes), Ma-ndakini Salila (one who is bathed by the water of the Ganges), Shi (the supreme Lord), Va-shishta (one who is praised by the sages like Vashishta), and Ya-ksha (one who takes the form of Yaksha).
ॐ नम: शिवाय:
Summary of the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra
Om or Aum is the pranava or seed mantra of all mantras. The two syllables na- and mah- can be translated as "I humbly bow to you". The three syllables shi-vaa-ya invoke Lord Shiva and all his energies to bless us and lead us to the highest state of peace and meditation. The mantra should ideally be chanted twice a day (morning and evening) for 108 times each. The two words, namah and shivaya, are also referred to as the panchakshara (five letter) chant. It is said that those who chant these five holy letters while meditating on Lord Shiva will be blessed by visions of Shiva - the Lord of the yogis.
- Listen to the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra (mp3 244K) by Pandit Jasraj
- This rendition of the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra is from the "MahaMantras" CD by Pandit Jasraj and other artists.
- Listen to the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra (mp3 205K) by Yogi Hari
- This rendition of the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra is from the "Om Namah Shivaya" CD by Yogi Hari.
SHIVA GAYATRI MANTRA
Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swaha
Aum Tadpurushaaya Vidvamahe,
Tanno Rudra Prachodayaat.
Shiva Gayatri Mantra in Sanskrit
The Shiva Gayatri is a variation of the Gayatri Mantra sung in praise of Lord Shiva, the hindu god of meditation, penance, and destruction. This particular form of the mantra follows the original 24 syllable syntax of the Gayatri mantra.
ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व:
ॐ तदपुरुषाय विद्वमहे ।
तन्नो रुद्र प्रचोदयात् ।।
Summary of the Rudra Gayatri Mantra
Aum. Let us invoke the three realms of earth (-bhur), wind (-bhuvah) and fire (-swaha). Aum. Let us invoke the superlative (-tad) male (-purusha) and omniscient lord (-vidvamahe). Let us meditate and focus upon (-dheemahi) the supreme (-maha) lord (-devaaya). Let us ask Shiva (-rudra) to provide us inspiration and guidance (-prachodayaat) in our spiritual journeys.
- Listen to the Rudra Gayatri Mantra (mp3 188K)
- This rendition of the Rudra Gayatri Mantra is from the "Sacred Morning Chants" CD by Times Music.