Find out how I got into Mantras, what their effects to me are and enjoy a list of my favourite ones.
I started using Mantras when I began with Yoga and Meditation. At first I didn’t exactly know what to do with them as the Sanskrit language is very different, so chanting along is not always easy. But some of the Mantras really had such a positive effect on me that I kept listening to them. Slowly, I learned the lyrics and started looking up their meanings. So when you read through the list and meaning below, I recommend not to be so focused on their meaning at first. Listen to them and see what happens, if you want to listen to them again. Later on you can still go deeper and do some research about the meaning, when to use them etc. Just allow yourself to experience the personal effects on you.
You could start listen to them while you are at home or in the car or if you practice Yoga you can use them for the final relaxation “Savasana”.
I use mantras almost on a daily base. Sometimes, as shown on the picture below, I enjoy to sing them with a group of people supported by instruments. In a group the mantras really become powerful.
Singing or listening to Mantras relaxes the mind. It eases symptoms of anxiety, negative thoughts or any other negative energy. I think, similar to mediation and yoga, the mind has a single point of focus and is able to leave behind the stressful thought patterns. On top the repetitive element and (depending on personal taste) beautiful melody and rhythm will show their effects as well. I can just say: have a try by yourself and continue listening to the Mantras you like most.
Here is the list of my favourite Mantras – at the end I also share my personal YouTube list, so you can listen to even more Mantras.
The Green Tara Mantra
This Mantra relates to the green tara, the mother of all buddhas. This is the buddha of compassion and action, a protector who comes to our aid to relieve us of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering. I am singing this Mantra on the bike during rainfall. It keeps me positive and stops my mind of creating negative thoughts and I can just keep going and going through the rain.
Om tare tuttare ture soha
“I prostrate to the Liberator, Mother of all the Victorious Ones.”
This is a healing mantra and also servers as a protection for all travellers. I am singing it every day on the bicycle to ask for protection and because I like the rhythm of it a lot.
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Urvaarukam Iva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat
Om, We Worship the Tryambaka (the Three-Eyed One),
Who is Fragrant (as the Spiritual Essence), Increasing the Nourishment (of our Spiritual Core);
From these many Bondages (of Samsara) similar to Cucumbers (tied to their Creepers),
May I be Liberated from Death (Attachment to Perishable Things), So that I am not separated from the perception of Immortality
Om Namah Shivaya
This mantra is quite short, very popular and important in the Hindu traditions.
Om Namah Shivaya
“O salutations to the auspicious one!”, or “adoration to Lord Shiva”
One of my absolute favourites due to its very relaxing effect. I love using this during the final relaxation in yoga or even meditation. It is a hymn to the divine mother.
As the lyrics are quite long I will just provide a link.
This is one of the first Mantras I ever came across, so it has a special meaning to me. Especially the version I am sharing below combines the lyrics with a beautiful music, that I am still listening to it quite frequently.
This Mantra is also called the root mantra, being the source of all other mantras, containing the essential truth of creation. They say its vibration is so powerful that it can change your fate and help you rewrite your destiny. 🙂
Ek Ong Kar
Hai Bhee Sach
Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach
One Creator, Creation
Truth is God’s Name
Doer of everything
It is by Guru’s Grace
Repeat and Meditate!
True in the beginning
True trough all the ages
True even now
Nanak says Truth shall ever be.
For many Hindus this Mantra is part of their daily routine. It refers to the spiritual sun of truth and its popularity has made many musicians interpreting it in many beautiful ways.
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.
Lastly, here is the list of Mantras that I regularly listen to – have fun listening to them and hopefully you liked this article and will find the Mantras fitting to you and your current situation.