SHIVA MANTRAS

OM NAMAH SHIVAYA

(pr. OM NAH-MAH SHI-VAH-YAH)


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This is the basic Shiva mantra. It means, roughly, "Om and salutations to Shiva." Shiva is here used as a name for God. It is generally most effective when synchronised with the breathing. I have found the most effective way to use it is to repeat OM on the inbreath and NAMAH SHIVAYA on the outbreath.

It is also possible to strengthen this mantra by adding the "seed sounds" Shrim and Klim. Shrim is the seed sound for the abundance of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. Klim is the seed sound for attracting something to yourself. The mantra then becomes:

OM SHRIM KLIM NAMAH SHIVAYA

This version has two advantages: it covers the material as well as the spiritual, and it acknowledges the feminine principle (represented by Lakshmi) as well as the masculine (represented by Shiva).

source: mantras& slokas