Received the following questions from a reader :
Could you please give me two very simple one to two word phrase mantras for:
Q1. Someone who is taking medication for thought processes. So this mantra would be for clarity of mind, increasing one’s own intelligence, ability to processes ones thoughts and feelings.
My reply to question one :
Thought, Intelligence, clarity of mind comes under Ma Saraswati’s domain. Since you have requested for only one or two word phrase mantra, I would suggest chanting:
Om Saraswati Namah
Alternatively, since I have already explained to you the power of the word ‘I Am’ and the fact that its vibration comes so close to ‘Aum’ just say, feel and visualise:
I Am Intelligence
I Am Clarity
I Am the right way of Thinking
Since you want simple quick methods, I would suggest that you become familiar with the power of ‘Touch Therapy’ i.e. ‘The Mudra Vigyan’. By touching or pressing ones fingers against each other, one performs different ‘mudras’. For achieving the above, I suggest the use of the ‘Gyan Mudra’ or the Mudra for wisdom. Let the tip of your thumb touch the tip of your index finger. You may perform this mudra anytime. They should preferably be performed with both hands. Exert only light pressure and keep the remaining fingers in a comfortable position.
Q 2. For a orthodox Jewish person to resonate with inner truths without judgments or moral obligations based on religious codes of behavior and expectations. In other words awakening the divine self and going beyond rules and regulations and also self-recognition and self-love.
My reply to question two :
I love the word ‘Namastey’ that Hindus generally use. It is derived from the 2 words: Namah meaning I pray, or I bow. The other word is ‘tey’ (pronounced as whey) which means ‘To you’
The word Namastey means that I bow to the divinity within you. Let your friend remember as he/she repeats the above to each and everyone that the same spark of divinity resides in everyone no matter what or who they Spiritually follow.
The same reader subsequently wrote :
Thank you for your advise on the the mantras. I would still like something just two words, since it is for a beginner. I would like a mantra that means ” I AM The DIVINE Self” or I AM GOD IN ACTION NOW. I AM CLARITY and CONFIDENCE. What mantra would you give to someone who finds crowds and being among lot of people very difficult and overwhelming. This person also takes medication for though processes. Once again could you suggest a one or two word mantra.
Also how would you pronounce “Aham Brahmaasmi”.
My reply :
I would suggest So-Hum meaning ‘That I Am’ The simplest and most powerful Mantra is Om.
Aham (pronounced ‘a hum’ (Hum rhymes with rum)
Brah ( ‘a’ like the ‘u’ in rum)
maa( aa pronounced like the ‘a’ in far)
smee (the ee pronounced like feel)
The Vajra Guru Mantra
“OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG.
It is believed that the Mantra gives yogic powers or siddhis.
Please enquire further details from a Buddhist Scholar before the chanting of the above Mantra.
From the Holy Quran
Al-Fatihah, or the Opening Chapter
Bismillah e errahman e erraheem
Al humdo lil-lahi rab-bil al ala-meen.
Arrahman i erraheem.
Maliki yaum i eddeen.
Iyyaka nabudu wa iyyaka nasta een.
Ihdina assirata al mustaqeem.
Sirata allazhina anamta alaihim, ghairil maghdubi alaihim, wa la adhdhaal leen. (Aameen)
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds
Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
Master of the Day of Judgment.
Thee do we worship, and whose aid we seek.
Show us the straight way, the way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.
A BUDDHIST MANTRA for TRAVELING
Peace & Purpose –
A Buddhist mantra for traveling protection is :
MAMA PUTAH PUTAH YEH SO HAR
OM MANI PADME HUM
-it literally means…The Jewel in the Lotus….om mani padme hum… the jewel in the lotus…
-if you go deeper …it means the fulfilled mind at complete rest in the fulfillment of being….completed consciousness …
-When you go deeper it means the conscious mind…at complete rest in the unconscious and therefore becoming the supra consciousness of om mani padme hum…
-When you go deeper… it is Shiva…resting in Shakti…
When you go deeper …it is consciousness going beyond itself…. resting in… what we have no words for…but ‘That’..
-layers within layers …within layers…yes…
For Vedic verses try the Gayatri Mantra – it is to keep you wise and alert so this will be of much help in protecting you in your travels.
To purify space, traditionally done before doing a puja or havan
Apavitraha pavitro vaa sarvaa vastham gatopi vaa
yah smaret pundarikaksham sah bahyaa bhayantaraha shuchihi
Which means: Whether pure or impure one becomes internally and externally purified by remembering the Lotus eyed One, Vishnu.
Mantra to charge the mala
This mantra has beeja letters. When you get a new mala say it 108 times. Once that is done you need to say it only once before chanting.
Om aim shreem akshamaalaayai namah
Mantra while taking bath
This shloka has been used for centuries to purify water while taking a bath
Gange cha Yamune chaiva Godaavari Saraswati
Narbade Sindhu Kaaveri jalesmin sannidhim kuru
May the sacred waters of the Ganga, Yamuna, Godaavari, Saraswati, Kaaveri, May all these sacred waters mingle with this water.
Mantramala by Rohini Gupta
Read: As old as the hills GLOSSARY (Pronunciation)
A Like in ‘but’
Aa Like in ‘Far’
Ai Like in ‘hair’
Ey Like in Whey
I Like in ‘Pin’
Oo Like in ‘Shoot’
Oon ‘n’ has got a nasal sound.
U Like in ‘Put’
Sanskrit believes that the sound of the word never gets ruined and that it has an everlasting value.
Words in Sanskrit open out from their seed (beej) form.
A root is always a single syllable that contains one of the basic sounds a, I, u, ri
The root or seed may create a word, yet the word will vibrate to its best, and gives it tremendous power.
The Vedic or the Sanskrit view gives more importance to the special sound it should produce, than to the meaning of the spoken word.