Mantras have formed the backbone of Indian spirituality for thousands of years.
They’re considered so important that often disciples wait for years in order to just receive one.
But there are lots of basic ones that we can pull from today, giving us lots of options.
So how do you tell which mantra is best for you?
With a quiz, of course!
1. Do you consider yourself to be more...
2. What's more important to you?
3. What motivates you more?
4. What's your deepest pain?
5. What do you worry about most?
Indian Mantra Quiz
Om Namah Shivaya
"I honor the divinity within myself."
Shiva is a supreme deity in Hinduism; but more than that, he represents the innate power each of us holds within ourselves. He is the unbreakable power of spirit we can all connect to, if we remember our own strength.
"Om and Salutations to that feminine energy which protects from all manner of negative influences."
Many of us are disconnected from our feminine side, and so we lose our power to resist certain influences. Durga is the personification of feminine intensity, something each of us holds within.
Om: Divine Reality
Shreem: for material prosperity
Hreem: for becoming a leader and fulfilling desires for power
Sarasvati: Sarasvati Mata
Namaha: we bow/ show reverence.
Saravati is the representation of learning and knowledge; but in this particular mantra, she represents the aspect within ourselves that connects with our own inner strength and forging ahead in the world. Use this mantra when you're looking to lead a group of people, or you're looking to increase your prosperity.
Om (ohm): This sound is the most important of all; but in the context of chanting and mantras, it is meant destroy attachments to ego and establish generosity.
Ma (mah): Removes the attachment to jealousy and establishes ethics.
Ni (nee): Removes the attachment to desire and establishes patience.
Pad (pahd): Removes the attachment to prejudice and establishes perseverance.
Me (meh): Removes the attachment to possessiveness and establishes concentration.
Hum (hum): Removes the attachment to hatred and establishes wisdom.
Om Mani Padme Hum is all about the removal of attachments. If you notice you're strongly swayed by outcomes in certain situations, this mantra will help you overcome that attachment. Not only that, but it's considered to be the entire essence of Buddha's teachings in one simple phrase.
"May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all ."
You strongly identify with helping others.
As a person who cares for others, you recognize that everyone deserves to have their own happiness and autonomy. But sometimes you can become disappointed when people don't live up to expectations. If and when you notice yourself feeling that, take a step back and remember this mantra. It will remind you that giving happiness to others is more important than expecting things in return.
Matt is the content manager of the Sivana blog, an enthusiastic Yoga teacher, and life voyager. He strives to inspire conscious living and conscious dialogue- not only for others but for himself. He's the founder of TheYogaBlog.com. You can find him on Facebook.