The Sanskrit language contains the most powerful and effective energy-based sound formulas. We have compiled a catalog of mantras and sutras to expand your mind. Come and learn how this ancient spiritual technology can benefit your life.
Advanced Tools of Consciousness
“The ancient rishis discovered these laws of sound alliance between nature and man. Because nature is an objectification of Aum, the Primal Sound or Vibratory Word, man can obtain control over all natural manifestations through the use of certain mantras or chants.” ― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
We don’t know exactly how mantras and sutras work. The metaphors and analogies found within the ancient Hindu texts are the only explanations we have about how they work. Medical science is still trying to determine how vibration affects us. All we know is they affect our physiology, consciousness, and awareness.
These are the most advanced tools of consciousness ever devised; they create and align energy. Some of these formulas are tools that open the door for exploring and altering consciousness. Mantras have some unique characteristics:
- They are language-independent, with pronunciation remaining the same in all languages.
- Most derive from Sanskrit but are not direct translations.
- The sounds are only coincidental with the meaning of language.
Expand Your Mind With Mantras and Sutras
“The mantra is music, which allows us to join the alchemy of the Universe.” — Guru Tua
Mantras pre-date written history; no one can say if they were created or discovered. Brahman Hindu priests were the first to document these formulas. The priests safeguarded and used them in their practice of maintaining cosmic order.
The priests began teaching these tools to raise the consciousness of humanity. People began to explore the rainbow of consciousness. They gained an understanding of the power of words to shape reality.
What matters is they produce a desired result and expand your mind. Mantras are similar to most medical treatments. No one knows how many medical therapies work. All we know is they do. All one can say for sure is that there is a result when done correctly. Sometimes the result is experiential, and sometimes it is also physical.
If you are starting your spiritual journey, these tools are a must. Find one that resonates and follow its guidelines for use. Learn the difference between an emotional state and a true change in consciousness. It’s the difference between enchantment and enlightenment. Please don’t get them confused.
How Mantras and Sutras Differ
Indian Sutras of Patanjali’s Siddhis combine sutras and mantras. The mantra connects you with the transcendent, and then the Sutra prompts a specific response at this deep, powerful level of awareness of the source of our being. Introducing the Sutra at this level is the most effective way to get a result. The term Sutra in Buddhism refers to the discourse of the Buddha, and this dialogue makes up the introductory texts of Buddhist scripture.
Patanjali used these tools to create the Siddhis. It is an advanced practice based on the 4th state of consciousness. One reaches this state of pure consciousness using Japa or Transcendental Meditation.
One attains this level of grounding and centering after about a year of daily practice, where you meditate twice daily, reaching the 4th state of the transcendent. Without this foundation, using sutras will be ineffectual, at the least. A qualified instructor will only teach advanced techniques like the Siddhis Yoga Sutras when the student is “ready to learn.” It is especially true for practices that can open the third eye.
The Catalog of Mantras
Here is a short collection of some of the most valuable mantras. We will spell them phonetically and then show a rough translation or use. Remember, Sanskrit Mantras are energy-based sounds, not language-based.
The simplest mantras are the “seed sounds,” which will expand your mind. These are the root sounds that form many longer mantras. Hindu tradition associates an anthropomorphic deity with each seed sound. It gives the seed sound a personification to help one visualize and remember the meaning “behind the sound.” It doesn’t matter what you call these beings “principles,” “ancestors,” or “gods and goddesses.” What is essential is the power they represent.
You can chant these seed sounds or repeat them mentally. The 40-day approach is common. This method prescribes using the mantra for 40 days straight. Many teachers recommend chanting the mantra at least 108 times. Some prefer doing it all day.
These short “seed” sounds are advanced tools of consciousness, a catalog of mantras unto themselves. Everyone can practice at one of these.
Dum pronounced “doom”: This is the seed for Durga’s feminine principle, which invokes protection from that which is feared.
Eim, pronounced “I’m”: This is the seed sound of the feminine deity Saraswati who prevails over artistic and scientific endeavors, music, and education. The same principle governs developing and manifesting spiritual knowledge, good education, memory and intelligence, and musical skills.
Gum is pronounced just like chewing “gum”: It is the seed sound of Ganapathi, son of Shiva and Parvati. Ganapathi is another name for the deity Ganesha. This deity removes obstacles and brings success to your endeavors. It is perfect for those just getting started with mantras and testing them.
Haum pronounced “how’m”: This is the seed sound for transcendental consciousness and the masculine principle associated with Shiva.
Klim pronounced “kleem”: This is the seed mantra for the principle of attraction. It is sometimes combined with other mantras to attract what you want. As you chant the mantra, Klim, focus your power upon the desired condition.
Krim pronounced “kreem”: This is the seed sound associated with Kali, the primordial feminine energy. Her power burns away the negative ego.
Om pronounced “oam”: It is a sound referring to our Soul, or rather the essence of reality, sometimes called Brahman. It encapsulates everything within the Universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit. The syllable is often at the beginning and the end of each chapter in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other Hindu texts. It is the introduction to many mantras to say, Hey, Universe; it’s me, a part of you.
Shrim pronounced “shreem,”: Is the feminine principle of abundance. It is associated with Lakshmi. People use this to attract abundance: financial wealth, good health, friends, enough food to eat, inner peace, the love of children and family, and so forth.
Catalog of Mantras for General or Physical Help:
Om Kshraum Narasimhaya Namaha:
It is pronounced om, throum, nara-ish myha, nam aha. It means I salute and manifest energy, destroying the seemingly indestructible. The seed sound Kshraum rhymes with “how’m”; the “ksh” is aspirated but not vocalized. As the seed mantra for Narasimha, this sound releases and unlocks things. It overcomes negative energies.
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha:
This mantra is pronounced om, gum, gana-pat-a-yeh, nam-a-ha, which translates greetings to the remover of obstacles. Ganesha is the elephant-headed god that removes inner and outer obstacles. Ganesha is the unity principle. His mantra helps to harmonize.
Om Shri Shanaishwaraya Swaha:
Pronounced om, Shri, Shana Ishwar-aya, swa-ha. This mantra roughly means “Om and salutations to the one who removes obstacles for which Gum is the seed.” Systemic disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome usually involve the spleen. As an added benefit, this mantra addresses issues of the skeletal system. Ganesh (or Ganapathi) is the supreme remover of obstacles. His mantra is, therefore, helpful for removing those blockages that cause illness. This mantra is one of the advanced tools of consciousness you hear in many cultures.
Mantras for Attracting Abundance:
Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha:
Pronounced om, shrim, ma-ha, laks-me-yah-he, swa-ha. It translates, “greetings to Her who provides great abundance.” Hinduism’s feminine trinity includes Lakshmi, Durga, and Saraswati are the three ways spiritual power manifests. Lakshmi leads this trio. If you are younger than twenty-eight, replace Swaha with Namaha at the end of the mantra.
Om Dum Durgayei Namaha:
Pronounced om, doom, dur-ga-he, nam-a-ha. This powerful mantra means, “Om and salutations to She who protects the pious.” This mantra always ends with Namaha, regardless of your age.
Om Eim Saraswatyei Swaha:
Pronounced, om, I’m ahara-swathe, swa-ha. It translates to “Om and salutations to She who presides over manifestations providing divine speech.”
Om Sri Dhanvantre Namaha:
This mantra is pronounced om, Shri, Dan-van-tree, nam-a-ha. It translates to “Salutations to the Celestial Physician.” Ancient Vedic records describe a healer called Dhanvantre, the Celestial Physician. His mantra helps us find an appropriate healing method for any health problem.
Om Ram Ramaya Namaha:
Pronounced om, ram, ram-eye-a, nam-a-ha. This mantra translates to “Om and salutations to the energy of Rama.” Rum (sometimes spoken as Ram) is the seed sound for our solar plexus chakra. It is home for healing energy. This mantra begins to awaken and activate all chakras.
The most potent healing mantra is a “freight train mantra” because of its length. Those who need healing learn it quickly, and many have experienced extraordinary results. It is outlined below in two stanzas. You can sound this one out using the cues above.
Om Apadamapa Hataram Dataram Sarva Sampadam
Loka Bhi Ramam Sri Ramam Bhuyo Bhuyo Namam-yaham
It roughly translates to “Om, most compassionate Rama! Please send your healing energy right here to earth, to earth (twice for emphasis). Salutations.”
Sutras are words or phrases which have a straightforward meaning. That means affirmations are sutras too. But don’t confuse affirmations with technologies like the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The Sutras of Patanjali use words with common meanings but within the transcendent. It makes all the difference.
Mantras and sutras are essential spiritual tools. They are vehicles enabling our awareness to traverse our subconscious mind. And they can connect us with pure consciousness and nature. They help us speed up healing and learning. The catalog of mantras in this article provides a foundation for inner work. Enjoy. Namaste.
“The mantra that you are given in Transcendental Meditation you keep to yourself. The reason being, true happiness is not out there, true happiness lies within.” ― David Lynch
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