Swami Mantras


Every mantra has six identifications:

  • Rishi-a seer who was able to feel, experience and vision.
  • Metre.
  • Deity associated with the mantra.
  • Seed-root word or root syllable.
  • Energy-the type of energy associated with that mantra-deity.
  • Pillar or the plug.
By praying for the blessings of the seer, we get inspiration to repeat the mantra. By pronouncing properly each syllable we can get to the metre.  By understanding the meaning of the mantra we can visualize the deity associated with that mantra.  Seed syllable-this will be known while getting the initiation of the mantra.  Energy-this also will be known at the time of initiation. Pillar or plug-we can take this plug out by constant repetition of the mantra with devotion, dedication and determination. 

Mantra repetition should be done regularly with discipline. To repeat the mantra best suggested time will be in the morning, say around 6am or in the evenings around 6pm. select a place to sit around and use the same place and same time. While sitting it is advisable to face to the east or to the north, as this helps to give us natural inspiration. 

Regular constant repetition of the mantras is called japa. Mantras should be repeated loudly for some time till the mind gets calmed down and then repeat mentally. When on feels sleepy while repeating mentally start repeating loudly and again comes back to mental repetition.  This helps to give more energy mentally, physically and emotionally to deal with our day to day problems and eventually help us to have the experience and the vision. 

If it is not possible to get a teacher for initiation, listen to some of the mantras and whichever one attracts the attention and liking, one can use that mantra as their mantra.  it is always better to have a teacher to get the initiation for the mantra. 

Every mantra is recognized by the number of syllables in that mantra. The following are some of the regular common mantras usually used for japa. 

  • om namo narayanaya
    This mantra is associated with lord Vishnu-the god of protection. it is an eight syllables mantra.
  • om namah sivaya
    This mantra is associated with lord Siva.  This mantra brings in mental peace and hence happiness.  This mantra is six syllables mantra.
  • om sri ganeshaya namah
    This mantra is associated with lord Ganesha helps to give us wisdom and hence remove our obstacles.  This mantra is eight syllables mantra.
  • om sri ramaya namah
    This mantra is associated with lord sri Rama. This mantra helps us to help others and hence brings us mental happiness. This mantra is eight syllables mantra.
  • om sri durgayai namah
    This mantra is associated with the divine mother durga. This mantra helps us to remove all our practical difficulties and hence brings happiness. This mantra is eight syllables.
There are innumerable mantras and the mantras are always used for one’s own purposes.  Repeating a mantra creates wonderful energy around the person and also around the place. So, the place used for repetition of the mantra should be kept clean and sacred and holy. no unwanted practical gossips or talks should be allowed to happen in that place and around that place. as this vibration will cut the effect of positive and inspiring vibrations. 

Mantras literally means: protects with mental repetitions. This protection is three fold: mental, physical, and spiritual or emotional. 

Mantras are the energy in the form of sound vibrations.  Always the mantras are from Hindu religion and are in Sanskrit language.  Every mantra has some syllables. Every mantra is recognized by the number of syllables in that mantra.  Mantras are formed by great sages, ancient, who were able to see and feel and experience the effect of energy vibrations with their experiences and are passed on to us to day. They are like energy capsules.

Every mantra is associated with an energy pattern and this energy pattern is connected to a particular deity and the illustration of the deity explains the exact energy pattern. for example let us take the deity   “Ganesha” the picture represents  the deity with an elephant head, one of the two tusks broken, broken tusk in one hand, sweets in another hand, a snake around his pot belly, a mouse at the feet. And he is in sitting posture.

The elephant head represents wisdom as the elephant is the wisest animal, the broken tusk represents egoless ness, the snake around his belly represents the senses, and the mouse at the feet represents the mind.

When we are able to control our senses, our mind is controlled. The reducing of the ego or egoless ness helps us to control the senses and hence the mind. This will help us to think properly, act properly which brings happiness represented by the sweets in the hand. With this we can remove all the obstacles in our practical life and can become strong and successful. Hence the mantra “om sri ganeshaya namah” helps us to get this sort of strength or energy.

Hence every mantra is associated with a deity and energy pattern in the form of sound vibrations.

There are innumerable mantras and we can create a mantra unless we are able to see, feel, and experience the energy and energy patterns.  Hence the mantras are very ancient and eternal.

Francis Clement,
Apr 10, 2008, 7:29 AM
Francis Clement,
Apr 10, 2008, 7:30 AM
Francis Clement,
Apr 10, 2008, 7:30 AM