Top 10 Little Mantras. With videos + lyrics.

Via on Jul 3, 2011

“Just by repeating the name that which can not be understood will be understood. Just by repeating the name 
that which can not be seen will be seen.”

Mantras are tools capable of creating transformation. A definition of mantra (Sanskrit) is “to free the mind”. As one journeys from mantra toward freedom, the mind begins to expand and widen. It starts to understand the essence of the vibration of things.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” New Testament, John 1:1

Mantras help the mind to focus (memorization via discipline) and become one-pointed. Where repression (avoid or escape) is not the intent, but a stabilization to help us work through what needs to be worked through (and healed). As with yoga, the use of mantras eventually evolves to a more subtle practice, leading our attention inward where as the conscious effort and increased awareness allows for the internal arising of the mantra (and for the transformation toward self-realization).

“Among rituals, I am the ritual of mantra repetition.” Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita

There are various definitions and translations of mantras, but the true definition, the true meaning is the experience and awakening that is ultimately created within the individual.

Here are my Top 10 personal faves:

1. Vakratunda Mahakaya

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Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvignam Kurume Deva Sarva kaala sarvada

The Lord with the curved trunk and a mighty body, who has the magnificence of a million suns, I pray to you oh Lord, to remove the obstacles from all the actions I intend to perform.

2. Gayatri Mantra

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Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha
 Tat Savitur Varenyam
 Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi 
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life, remover of pain and sorrow, the bestower of happiness,
 oh Creator of the Universe, 
may we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light, may Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

3. Mantra of Compassion

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Om Mani Padme Om

With varying definitions, this mantra is said to bring joy and peaceful vibrations, invoke wisdom and compassion and to free us from any negative emotions of the mind and speech.

4. Mahamrityunjay Mantra

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Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam Urva-rukamiva Bhandhanaat Mrityor-mukshiya Ma Amritat

We meditate on Shiva, the three-eyed one, of sweet fragrance, who helps us grow spiritually. Like the fully ripened cucumber (is easily snapped) from its stem, may I be free from the bondage of death. May I not be without the nectar of immortality. We offer our worship to the fragrant three-eyed Lord Shiva who confers ever-increasing prosperity. Please liberate us from the clutch of death as effortlessly as an Urvaruka fruit (watermelon) is separated from the vine; please do not let us turn away from liberation.

5. Om Asatoma

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Asatoma Sadgamaya Thamaso Maa Jyothir Gamaya Mrithyor Maa Amrutham Gamaya Aum Shanti Shanti Shantihi

Lead me from the unreal to the real.
 Lead me from darkness to light.
 Lead me from death to immortality.
 May there be peace everywhere.

6. Five Syllable Mantra

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Om Namah Shivaya

The five syllables of this mantra are said to represent the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) along with the first five chakras. The mantra is said to lead awareness in reverse order from manifestation back to the source from which it arose.

7. Peace Mantra

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Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Om, peace, peace, peace.

8. Medicine Buddha Mantra

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Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha

The Medicine Buddha Mantra is said to be used for healing our selves and our World from the Great Illness: ignorance.

9. Ganesh Mantra

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Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Om Salutations and Prostrations to Lord Ganesh – all obstacles and blocked energy in my physical and astral bodies please be released.

10. Om Mantra

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Om or Aum

Om is the sound that is considered to have created the Universe and the vibration to which all mantras are derived. This mantra is used for balancing, focusing, healing and clearing.

Do you have another version of any of the above? Any other favourites?

One love.

About Tanya Lee Markul

Yoga Editor, Elephant Journal. I yoga, write, take photos and I investigate existentially. I got a thing for those who have found expression through some form of mastery or artistic fashion, and sincerity. (You set me free I set you). I adore anything that is equally cute and creepy. The most special ingredient you can find, be and put into anything is: yourself. Remember, everything you want, you already have and are. Look within. The more you use it, the more it will grow. For more randomness and love, visit me at Rebelle Lotus and, you don't want to miss the creative rebellion at Rebelle Society. Join us.

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23 Responses to “Top 10 Little Mantras. With videos + lyrics.”

  1. Claudia Azula Altucher Claudia says:

    Loved, loved this! great post Tanya!

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  3. dan says:

    aum sivayanama yanavasima mavayanasi siyanamava vasimayana aum

    om aim hreem shreem chamundaye vicche

  4. Tanya Lee Markul tanya lee markul says:

    Thanks, Dan! Is this the correct one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcKT3si3LsQ

    • dan says:

      Yes, I’ve never heard it that slow before, thanks! I heard it in the major scale ~100bpm,
      C CdEdC DeFeD EfGfE FgAgF CdEdC C (where the lowercase is the up beat, the last set starts at has the same tones as the first, and when repeated, only one aum between). Not that that it started on C though…
      It seems I’ve been remembering the other one wrong, its
      Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundaye Viche
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwia1xCAdQA
      not the first time I’ve gotten those two confused :)

  5. Maria says:

    Lovely – listened during my lunch hour at work. Feel all the better for it now!

  6. beth says:

    great post tanya! i find mantras to be so powerful and so helpful. many of these are on my favorite's list! I also use:

    Om Aim Saraswatyai Namah
    http://www.amazon.com/Om-Aim-Saraswatyai-Namah/dp

    • Tanya Lee Markul tanya lee markul says:

      Thanks, Beth!! I agree with you – so powerful and such a great way to find surrender. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. shyamsingh says:

    mantra it self theyare powerful but gvn by a person sort of diksha they are muchmore powerful there are matras which include requirement easiest one is chant om when inhaling chant swaha when exhaling =+inhale-exhale all positive enterur body try it comment

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  11. David says:

    I prefer the smiplicity of "Rama, Rama" … also keep in mind that it's a counterproductive practice to switch between mantram. Pick one that resonates, and stick with it.

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  15. Michael says:

    Stumbled on to this article while researching my own mantram…so mine is obviously on your list! Just want to say having a mantram with me all the time has changed my life. Read Eknath Easwaran’s book on Passage Meditation and you will find the key!

  16. Tanya says:

    Traditional gayatri mantra chant

    Om Bhur om bhuvaha om svaha om maha om janaha om tapaha om satyam

    Om tat savitur varenyam

    Bhargo devasya dhimahi

    Dhiyo yonaha prachodayat.

    Ther version you have is the short version to use with malas. This one is traditionally used. Goes through the chakras and much more. This is my favorite one and I also chant this while my students are in savasana at yoga class. Here’s a link I found helpful. http://www.magicofgayatri.com/pages/magic-of-gaya

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