IntroductionWhat Is A Mantra?!A ‘mantra’ is a sacred word or phrase that we repeat with devotion to protect usfrom the ill-effects of this world.!It’s so much more than just a few syllables or a few words. It is a powerfulpattern of sound frequencies that is capable of bringing peace and calmness toour minds.!Most mantras were started in ancient times devout sages and saints during theirperiods of deep and extreme meditation. Chanting mantras helped clear theirminds, allowing them to receive revelations and achieve a higher mental power.!Chanting a mantra is the simplest way for you to face obstacles, achievecalmness, chi eve discipline and develop a greater understanding of the world.!Mantras can be single sounds, such as ‘Om’, or can be a few phrases together,such as Gayatri Mantra.!They form an important part of Hinduism and the world itself. It’s believed thatthe sound ‘Om’ created the universe, after all.!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!2WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

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Table Of Contents!!Gayatri Mantra5!Shiva Mantra6!Shiv Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra7!Ganesh Mantra8!Lakshmi Beej Mantra9!Durga Mantra10!Hanuman Mantra11!Moola Mantra12!Saraswati Vandana Mantra13!Om Mantra14!Soham Mantra11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS15!4WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

Gayatri MantraOne of the best known mantras, it is said to have the power topurify the soul and illuminate your day. That is why it is oftenuttered in the morning.!Original Version!Om bhur bhuvah svahtat-savitur varenyambhargo devasya dhimahidhiyo yo nah pracodayat!English Translation!O Divine mother, our hearts are filledwith darkness. Please make this darknessdistant from us and promote illuminationwithin ra/!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!5WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

Shiva MantraA mantra to awaken your inner consciousness!Original Version!Om Namah Shivaiya!English Translation!Adoration to Lord Shiva!Meaning!According to Sivaya Subramaniyaswami, this mantra has an incredibly deepmeaning.!Na is the Lord’s concealing grace, Ma is the world, Si represents Shiva, Va is hisrevealing grace and Ya is the soul.!It is also believed to represent the 5 elements.!Na is the earth, Ma is water, Si represents fire, Va is air and Ya is /!!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!6WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

Shiva Maha MrityunjayaMantraTo protect you against threats, a call for enlightenment and topurify your soul!Original Version!oṁ tryambakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam ǀurvārukam-iva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt ǁ!English Translation!OM!We worship Shiva, the Three-eyed Lord who is fragrant and who nourishes andnurtures all beings.!As is the ripened cucumber (with the intervention of the gardener) freed from itsbondage (to the creeper) May He liberate us from death for the sake hiva-maha-mrityunjaya-mantra/!!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!7WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

Ganesh MantraTo protect yourself and free you of obstacles!Original Version!vakratunda mahaakaaya suryakoti samaprabhaanirvighnam kurumedeva sarvakaaryeshu sarvadaa!English Translation!Salutations to the supreme Lord Ganesh, whose curved trunk (vakra-tunda) andmassive body (maha-kaayaa) shines like a million suns (surya-koti) and showershis blessings on everyone (sama-prabhaa).!Oh my lord of lords Ganesh (kurume-deva), kindly remove all obstacles (nirvighnam), always (sarva-) and forever (sarvadaa-) from all my activities andendeavors ganesh-mantra/!!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!8WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

Lakshmi Beej MantraTo ask for wealth and prosperity!Original Version!Om Hreem Sri Lakshmi Bhyo Namaha!English Translation!“Goddess Laxmi reside in me and bestow thy abundance on all aspects of hmi-beej-mantra/!!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!9WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

Durga MantraTo ask for protection. The goddess Durga is said to have thecombined powers of Lakshmi, Sarawati and Kali.!Original Version!Om Dum Durgayei Namaha!English Translation!“Om and Salutations to that feminine energy which protects from all manner ofnegative mantra/!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!10WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

!Hanuman MantraInvokes love, gives strength and reveals the power of the soulto triumph over adversity!Original Version!Marut Nandan Namo NamahKasht Bhanjan Namo NamahAsur Nikandan Namo NamahShri Ram Dhootam Namo Namah!English Translation!I pay my obedience to "the Son of Wind God", or Lord HanumanI pay my obedience to Lord Hanuman, who is the destroyer of all kinds of sorrowsI pay my obedience to Lord Hanuman, who is the destroyer of asuras, or demonsI pay my obedience to Lord Hanuman, who is the messenger of Lord a/!!!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!11WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

Moola MantraThis mantra calls on the divine to bring grace into your life,regardless of your faith, beliefs or culture!Original Version!OmSat Chit Ananda ParabrahmaPurashothama ParamatmaSri Bhagavathi SamethaSri Bhagavathe Namaha!English Translation!Om - We are calling on the highest energy, of all there isSat - The formlessChit - Consciousness of the universeAnanda- Pure love, bliss and joyPara brahma --The supreme creatorPurushothama -Who has incarnated in human form to help guide mankindParamatma -Who comes to me in my heart, and becomes my inner voice whenever IaskSri Bhagavati - The divine mother, the power aspect of creationSametha- Together withinSri Bhagavate -The Father of creation which is unchangeable and permanentNamaha- I thank you and acknowledge this presence in my life. I ask for yourguidance at all !!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!12WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

Saraswati Vandana MantraThis mantra is recited for higher knowledge, education andwisdom!Original Version!Yaa Kundendu tushaara haara-dhavalaa, Yaa shubhra-vastra'avritaaYaa veena-vara-danda-manditakara, Yaa shweta padma'asanaYaa brahma'achyuta shankara prabhritibhir Devai-sadaa VanditaaSaa Maam Paatu Saraswati Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadya'apahaa.Shuklaam Brahmavichaara Saara paramaam Aadhyaam Jagadvyapinim,Veena Pustaka Dhaarineem Abhayadaam Jaadya'andhakaara'apahaamHaste Sphaatika Maalikam Vidadhateem Padmasane SansthitaamVande taam Parmeshwareem Bhagavateem Buddhipradaam Shardam!English Translation!She, who is as fair as the Kunda flower, white as the moon, and a garland of Tushar flowers;and who is covered in white clothesShe, whose hands are adorned by the excellent veena, and whose seat is the pure white lotus;She, who is praised by Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh; and prayed to by the DevasO Mother Goddess, remove my mental vandana-mantra/!!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!13WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

OmThe sound that created the universe. Reciting this chantbrings you to peace with your surroundings.!Original Version!OM!It is believed that "OM" is the mother of all languages. Repetition of "OM"enables us to maintain mental and emotional calmness, overcome obstacles andenable antra/!!11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!14WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM

Soham MantraThis mantra is recited for higher knowledge, education andwisdom!Original Version!“Soham”!This is a universal mantra that is said at the same time as breathing. Inhalesaying “So” and exhale with “ham” (pronounced ‘hum’)!English Translation!“I am that I 11 MANTRAS & THEIR MEANINGS!15WWW.HINDSPIRATION.COM