Om Namah Shivaya is known as the great redeeming mantra of Shiva, also known as five-syllable mantra.
What it means:
It means “I bow to Shiva”. Shiva is the supreme reality, the Inner Self. It is the name given to consciousness that dwells in all. Shiva is the name of your true identity- your self.
According to Hindu mythology there are three Gods who run this creation. The Brahma-who creates the Universe, The Vishnu-who preserves the Universe and The Shiva-who in the end destroys the Universe. Among the three deities, Shiva, though considered as destroyer, also symbolizes the Inner Self which remains intact even after everything ends.
In this mantra, the chanter (the one who chants) bows to Shiva-his true self.
Om Namah Shivaya is a very powerful mantra. It has been said that if this mantra vibrates continually in your heart, then you have no need to perform austerities, to meditate or to practise yoga. To repeat this mantra you need no rituals or ceremonies, nor must you repeat it at an auspicious time or in a particular place. This mantra is free of all restrictions. It can be repeated by anyone, young or old, rich or poor and no matter what state a person is in, it will purify him.
Repeat “Om Namah Shivaya”, with the feeling that you are bowing to Shiva-your true Inner Self. Repeat this mantra with respect. The Inner Self is the form of God in you. So as you say “Om Namah Shivaya” – “I bow to Shiva”, you are actually bowing to God-the great almighty. The repetition of the name of God is equivalent to be merged in your very being. When you repeat God’s name in your mouth, in one way, you experience God itself. Just repeat this mantra with faith and it’s powerful phonetic vibrations will start doing miracles for you.
Thank you for chanting,
Love and Light,