For the first time on this blog, I am making a post on mantras. As an Indian, they are nothing new for me. We've chanted mantras since we were children and studied Sanskrit in school.
It makes me grateful that the beautiful parts of our culture are leaping beyond oceans and enriching lives all over. In this post, I will share daily mantras that include the Sanskrit mantras and affirmations, as they are mantras too. Let me talk more about this.
What are mantras?
Mantras are ancient spiritual tools that have been used for centuries as a way of focusing the mind and cultivating a positive mindset.
The word "mantra" originates from Sanskrit, where "man" means "mind" and "tra" means "instrument" or "tool."
Mantras are powerful phrases, words, or sounds repeated either silently or aloud to aid in meditation, self-reflection, and personal growth. Mantras distinctly have a strong vibration sound that resonates through the whole body, creating a peaceful and lasting effect.
Affirmations are also a type of mantra as they help clear our minds, bring peace, and grow confidence. We repeat affirmations the same way we repeat mantras to let their meaning settle with us and become our reality.
How to practice mantras?
- Decide your purpose for practicing mantras and what you want to bring into your life through them.
- Choose the mantras that naturally connect with you and hold meaning in your life.
- Find a quiet, comfortable, and disturbance-free space to practice your mantras. It is essential to give dedicated time to them.
- Sit in a comfortable and attentive posture. Close your eyes and relax. Take long, deep breaths to let go of any tension in your body.
- Start chanting the mantras aloud or in your mind. I would recommend saying them out loud.
- Speak each word slowly and let its meaning sink in. Pay attention to the sounds and put your heart into speaking the mantras.
- Whenever your mind wanders, bring it back and continue chanting the mantras.
- After you are done, take a few seconds before you jump back into the world. Let the sensations sit with you.
- Practice this regularly at a time that feels right to you and you are sure to be free. Prefer mornings because that'll help you carry that positive feeling throughout the day.
And, with that, let's get to our daily mantras. I will share both Sanskrit mantras and positive affirmation mantras with you. You can choose the ones you prefer and incorporate them into your life.
Here is a list of powerful Sanskrit mantras and their meanings in English. It's okay if you don't memorize their meanings. What's important here is the vibration when you chant them. So, focus on how that sounds and makes you feel.
- Om Shanti (ॐ शान्ति)
Translation: "Om, peace" or "Peace be with you."
- Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya (ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय)
Translation: "I surrender to the divine within."
- Om Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu (ॐ सर्वेशां स्वस्तिर्भवतु)
Translation: "Om, may there be well-being for all" or "May everyone be blessed with peace and harmony."
- Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (ॐ लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु)
Translation: "Om, may all beings everywhere be happy and free"
- Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya (ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय)
Translation: "Om, lead me from the unreal to the real" or "Guide me from ignorance to enlightenment."
- Om Purnamadah Purnamidam (ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं)
Translation: "Om, this is full, that is full" or "That is whole, and this is whole."
- Om Namah Shivaya (ओं नमः शिवाय)
Translation: "I bow to Shiva" or "I honor the divine within me."
- Om Shanti Shanti Shanti (ओं शान्ति शान्ति शान्ति)
Translation: "Om, peace, peace, peace" or "May there be peace within and around me."
- Gayatri Mantra
(ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्॥)
"Om, Earth, Atmosphere, Heavens,
May we meditate on the most excellent light of the divine creator,
May that divine creator inspire our intellect and enlighten our minds."
- Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु)
Translation: "May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute to the happiness and freedom for all."
Here is a video with mantras like these that you can listen to and chant along with the audio. It's a really soothing experience.
With that, we now get to the more affirmation-like mantras that you can practice like the Sanskrit mantras, just the focus here will be more on their meaning than the vibrations.
Mantra of the Day
- I am grateful for the opportunities that this new day brings.
- Today, I choose to embrace joy and radiate positivity.
- I am filled with energy, vitality, and enthusiasm to tackle any challenges.
- I am confident in my abilities and trust in my inner wisdom.
- I welcome abundance and success into my life today and every day.
- I am open to receiving love, kindness, and support from the universe and those around me.
- I release all worries and doubts, knowing that everything is unfolding perfectly.
- I am worthy of happiness, love, and all the blessings life has to offer.
- I approach each moment with mindfulness and presence, savoring the beauty of life.
- I am the creator of my reality, and I choose to make today an amazing day.
- Today, I release all past limitations and embrace my infinite potential.
- I am grateful for the lessons of yesterday and the opportunities of today.
- I radiate love and compassion, touching the lives of those around me.
- I am the architect of my dreams, and today I take bold steps towards their realization.
- I trust in the journey of life, knowing that every experience serves my growth.
- I am a magnet for miracles, and I expect wonderful things to unfold in my life.
- I am grounded, centered, and connected to the wisdom of my inner self.
- I embrace change with grace and adaptability, knowing that it brings growth and new beginnings.
- I release the need to compare myself to others, recognizing my unique gifts and path.
- Today, I choose self-care and prioritize my physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
- My body is a sacred vessel, and I lovingly care for it each day.
- I am grateful for my vibrant health and the abundant energy I feel.
- I radiate peace, bringing calm and harmony to all that surrounds me.
- Love flows through me effortlessly, attracting loving relationships into my life.
- I let go of tension, inviting deep relaxation and inner peace.
- I am a source of healing energy, bringing comfort and well-being to myself and others.
- I find balance and serenity in each moment, aligned with the natural rhythms of life.
- Love and kindness guide my actions, creating a world filled with compassion.
- I am surrounded by love, joy, and laughter every day.
- My heart is open, embracing forgiveness and freeing myself from past resentments.
- Positive thoughts nurture my mind, bringing inner peace and clarity.
- Each day is a precious gift, and I cherish it with a grateful and open heart.
- Divine love flows through me, offering comfort and healing to those in need.
- Kindness and empathy radiate from me, spreading compassion throughout the world.
- My well-being and the well-being of others are at the forefront of my thoughts, words, and actions.
- I effortlessly attract health, peace, and love into my life, embracing positive experiences.
- I send love and healing to every cell of my body, nourishing it with vitality and strength.
- I honor my body as a sacred temple, making choices that support my overall well-being.
- Gratitude fills my heart, attracting more love and abundance into my life.
- I am a divine vessel of peace and love, contributing to the collective healing and upliftment of humanity.
- I am enough, just as I am.
- I choose love over fear.
- Peace begins within me.
- Every breath is a new beginning.
- I release what no longer serves me.
- Today, I embrace possibilities.
- I am a vessel of divine light.
- I trust in divine timing.
- Gratitude is my superpower.
- I am the creator of my reality.
- I radiate love and kindness.
- I am open to receiving abundance.
- I choose thoughts that uplift and empower me.
- I am a magnet for positive opportunities.
- I trust my intuition and follow its guidance.
- Today, I embrace self-care and self-love.
- I am the author of my own story.
- I release judgment and embrace acceptance.
- I am grateful for this moment and all it holds.
- I am a beacon of light in the world.
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