YOGA: “Yoga is not just an exercise. It is a process and system through which human beings can find their highest possible potential.”
Mantras are an important part of yogic practice. Properly spoken with correct awareness, they become truly divine sounds that are capable of awakening one's spiritual energy or what is known as Kundalini power.
Every mantra is associated with a particular vibration that helps one connect with different aspects of the divine. As per the Guru-Shishya (master-disciple) system, mantras are specifically given by the guru to the disciple to help him rise up the spiritual ladder. Each mantra, when recited properly with a precise awareness of its meaning and function, can help the student achieve great heights on his spiritual journey.
But there are plenty of mantras in the Hindu system, so which mantras should you learn? Or which mantras should every Yogi know? We have carefully prepared a list of useful mantras that each Yogi must recite almost on a daily basis or as much as he or she possibly can. There are also universal mantras that can be recited anytime and anywhere.
Here are the Top Five Yoga Mantras That Every Yogi Must Memorize –
This is the most universal mantra. It is the sound believed to have been made when the universe was created and it can still be heard today by the yogi who stills his or her mind, moreover, when chanting this mantra, the vibrations can be felt right from the pelvic floor to the crown of one's head! The OM mantra can unblock your throat chakra and help you achieve tremendous success in your spiritual journey. Every Sadhak or spiritual aspirant must recite this mantra on a daily basis at the beginning of his spiritual practice.
2.Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu :
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu. Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu. Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu.
This Shanti mantra calls for peace, happiness, fullness, and health for every being on this earth. In Hindu philosophy, there is a great emphasis on universal love and brotherhood as Hindu philosophy believes that all beings are essentially the same and we have the same source of origin. Hence, Yogic philosophy doesn’t differentiate on the basis of color, creed, religion, race, or country. "Vasudev Kutumbakam" which means- The whole world is one family, is also a manifestation of the same message. This mantra, if recited on a daily basis, can bring immense peace and tranquillity to one’s life.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Tat Savitur Varenyam. Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi. Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodyaat.
The Gayatri mantra is one of the oldest Sanskrit mantras that comes directly from the Vedas. It means:
– Earth, Heaven, The Whole Between. The excellent divine power of the Sun. May we contemplate the radiance of that God. May this inspire our understanding.
It is believed that this mantra helps us to connect with the energy of the Sun, and overcome all kinds of suffering.
4.Shanti (Peace) Mantra :
Sarveh Bhavatu Sukhinah. Sarve Santu Nirmayah. Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu. Ma Kashchit Dukh Bhagbhavet.
This is also one of the most popular Shanti Mantras and it's taken directly from the Vedas. This mantra is recited for peace, health, and happiness for all. As Hindu tradition believes in universal love and brotherhood, this Shanti mantra helps us to transcend the world and to realize the divine and increase our ultimate joy and peace in this life.
5.Asato Ma Sadh Gamaya. Tamso Ma Jyotir Gamayah. Mrityur Ma Amrutam Gamayah :
Translation – O Lord, from the unreal, please lead me towards the real. From darkness, lead me towards the light. From death, lead me towards immortality. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
This is one of the most popular mantras of Hindu tradition. This mantra is a prayer to God to show us light, reality, and immortality. This mantra gives one immense freedom and energy. It is believed to be an immensely liberating and peaceful mantra that one can recite. It is not a prayer for worldly things like food, shelter, health or relationships, etc. Rather this mantra is a prayer that depicts the seeker’s admission of his helplessness and limitedness and his heartfelt cry for assistance in transcendence. The seeker who says this prayer generally understands the finiteness of the objects of nature and he is asking his Guru to help him understand the real.
Every Yogi should remember these mantras always and chant them as much as he or she can. They must make these mantras a part of their spiritual practice. If a Yogi recites these mantras on a daily basis then he or she will achieve great heights on their spiritual journey.