How many times have you taken someone else’s negative personality or rude behavior? It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own worlds, our own issues and forget that other people are fighting their own battles. This week, commit to serving the overall happiness and freedom in your community to committing to the mantra. This week when other people get you down, instead of wishing negativity onto them, recite this mantra. By being a being of light, you are not only living in positivity, you are improving your karma and vibe. This is considered to be the mantra of Oneness.
“Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” roughly translates to:
“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.”
Let’s dissect the mantra:
Lokah: People or universe Samastah: All beings living in the same location Sukhino: Free from suffering, centered in happiness Bhav: The state of unified existence or the divine mood Antu: May it be so, it must be so
In the expansiveness of this mantra – we all become one. As we chant and our hearts expand, we contain and collapse into the heart of the Universe. One rhythm that is breathtaking in its simplicity.
This mantra also calls us to look mindfully at our thoughts, words and actions. Are we truly contributing to the happiness of all beings? What does that look like in our lives and how can we expand it with love?
“Like many other mantras this one starts with the word “Om. It is considered that Om is the the original sound, the sound of the Universe of which all sounds come from. We can see it as an equivalent to the white light, in which it can be found all the colors of the rainbow. In the Hindu tradition Om is word of solemn affirmation and respectful agreement.
The second part of the mantra, Shanti, means “Peace,” that simple. It has a beautiful meaning and also a beautiful sound. This is interpreted as peace in the body, speech and mind (our whole being) or as a desire for peace individually, collectively and universally.
“Om Shanti Om” it is one of the Vedic Mantra which has got religious and philosophical meaning. Om is believed to be a sound of the whole cosmic manifestation. And Shanti is the “Peace”. It means ‘Om Shanti’ means peace for the all human kind, peace for all living and non living beings, peace for the universe, peace for each and every things in this whole cosmic manifestation. Hindus not only pray for their group or for themselves, they pray for every one and every thing and that is what Vedas teach us to do. ”
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.