Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mantras and Shlokas

Om Mantra

Om, Om, Om

Om is the original sound, the sound of Brahman, the supreme universal reality

Prayer for Education, Enlightenment and Success

Om Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu

Saha veeryam karavaavahai.

Tejasvi-navadhee-tamastu

Maa vidvishaavahai

Om, may the Lord protect us both (guru and disciple), may he cause us to enjoy (the supreme), May we exert together. May our studies be through and faithfull (to become brilliant). May we never quarrel/hate each other.

Ganesh Shloka

Vakratunda Mahakaya

Surya Koti Samaprabha

Neervigna Kurume Deva

Sarva Karyeshu Sarvada

O Lord Ganesha possessing a large body

curved trunk, with the brilliance

of a million suns, please make all

my work free of obstacles—always.

Gayatri Mantra

The Gayatri Mantra is the most sacred of the RigVeda Mantras. Gayatri means, “the savior of the singer.” Reciting this prayer protects one from harm, dispels the darkness of ignorance and illuminates the world.

Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

Mother who subsists as all three Kalas, in all three Lokas, and all three Gunas, I pray to you to illuminate my intellect and dispel my ignorance, just as the splendorous sunlight dispels all darkness. I pray to you to make my intellect serene and bright.

Kalas = Lapses of time: past, present and future

Lokas = Worlds or realms of experience

Gunas = Universal Attributes: harmony, agitation and inertia

Prayer to Saraswati

Yaa Kundendu Tushara Haara Dhawalaa

Yaa Shubhra Vastraavritra

Yaa Weena Wara Danda Mandita Karaa

Yaa Shweta Padmaasanaa

Yaa Brahmaachyuta Shankarah Prabhritibhih

Dewaih Sadaa Wanditaa

Saa Maarn Paatu Saraswatee Bhagawatee

Nisheshaa Jaadyaa Pahaa

May Goddess Saraswati,

who is bedecked with white kunda flowers, who has worn pure white clothes resembling snow and moon,

who is holding a veena as her danda or instrument to draw the attention of her devotees/students,

who is sitting on a white lotus and one who is worshipped at all times by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

May she remove my laziness and ignorance.

My salutations to such a Goddess of knowledge.

Prayer to the Teacher

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu,

Guru Devo Maheshwara;

Guru Sakshat Parabrahma

Tsmai Shri Guruve Namaha

The teacher is like

Lord Brahma as he fosters knowledge within us,

Lord Vishnu as he turns the knowledge in our mind to the right path,

Lord Shiva as he destroys the wrong concepts that come with knowledge, while helping us to the path of enlightenment.

Thus the teacher is like our ultimate God and we should pray and give respect to our teacher.

Universal Prayer for Enlightenment and Immortality

In this mantra the devotee prays to the Lord for freedom from ignorance and attainment of immortality.

Asato Maa Sad Gamaya

Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya

Mrityor Maa Amritam Gamaya

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Oh Lord,

lead me from untruth to truth,

from darkness to light,

from death to immortality.

Peace, Peace Peace.

Complete Surrender to God

This mantra is usually recited at the conclusion of a prayer session, meditation, or religious function. Here the devotee surrenders his or her individuality to the Lord for his Grace.

Twameva Mata, Chapita Twameva

Twameva Bandhu, Cha Sakha Twameva

Twameva Vidya, Dravinum Twameva

Twameva sarvam mama deva-deva

Oh Lord!

You alone are my mother, father, brother, friend, the knowledge and wealth.

You are everything to me and the God of all Gods.

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

Sarve Santu Niramayah

Sarve Bhadrani Pushyantu

Maa Kaschid Dukhabhaag Bhavet

Om Shaanti Shaanti Shaanti

Shubhamastu…Kalyaanamastu…

Aishwaryamastu… Udayostu… Udayostu

May everybody be happy.

May everybody be free from disease.

May everybody have good luck.

May none fall on evil days.

Peace, peace, peace.


Miscellaneous Mantras and Shlokas

Shanti Mantra

Om Shanti Antarikshagunda

Shanti Prithvi

Shanti Raapa

Shanti Roshadaya

Shanti Vanaspataya

Shanti Vishvayedeva

Shanti Brahma

Shanti Sarva Gunda

Shanti Shanti Reva

Shanti Saama

Shanti Redhi

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

May there be peace in the universe and the world.

May peace be on our earth.

May peace reside in nature and everything that is created.

Shree Ganesha Slokham

Pranamya sirasa devam gauri putram vinayakam
Bhaktavasam smarennityam-ayuh kamartha-siddhaye (1)

Prathamam vakra-tundam ca ekadantam dvitiyakam
Trtiyam krsna-pingaksam gaja-vaktram catuthakam (2)

Lambodaram pancamam ca sastham vikatam-eva ch
Saptamam vighna-rajam ca dhumra-varnam tathastamam (3)

Navamam bhala-candram ca dasamam tu vinayakam
Ekadasam ganapatim dvadasam tu gajananam (4)

Dvadasaitani namani tri-sandhyam yah pathen-narah
Na ca vighna-bhayam tasya sarva-siddhi-karam prabho (5)

I respectfully offer my daily prayers

to Lord Ganesa for a meaningful life and right guidance.

I invoke Sri Ganesa with the following description:

curved mouth, single tusk, black eyes, elephant face, big stomach, giant structure, savior of all, grey colored, moon like forehead, protector, ganapati, and Gajanana.

Morning Prayer

This mantra is recited as soon as one wakes up and is spoken while observing the right hand

Karagre vasate laxmi, kara-madhye saraswati,

Kara-mule tu govindam; prabhate kara darshnam.

Prayer to the Supreme

This prayer is the universal oneness of the Brahma through the many manifestations.

Akashat patitam toyam, yada gachchati sagram,

Sarva devo namaskaraha, keshavam pratigachchati.

Meal Time Prayer

This prayer is chanted before a meal and expresses a feeling of gratefulness for the food that one is about to benefit from.

Danaa detaa, paka karta, tahta bhogata, sukhi bhava.

Prayer for good fortune

This prayer is said in front of the deity when a diya (burning lamp) is lit.

Shubham karoti, kalyanam, arogyam, dhana sampada,

Shatru-buddhi vinashaya, deepat-jyoti namo-stute.

Peace Invocation

The following Upanishadic mantra affirms that this manifestation of Brahman

Om poornam-adah, poornam-idam,

poor-nath Poornam-udachyate;

Poor-nasya poornam-adaya,

Poornam-eva-vashishyate.

3 comments:

CrippLeD SaM said...

// Om Gayatriyeey Devyeey Namah: //

Thank You very much for these Mantras. It is important to learn Mnatras today.

You can download Gayatri and Hanuman Pictures, Aarti Shri Gayatri Ma Ki, Hanuman Chalisa (Text + Music) and other Mp3-Bhajans at:

http://hanumanji.wordpress.com

YouRs SinCereLy M!sTer CrippLeD SaM

Ma Chaitanyo Mahima and Swami Prem Dhan said...

Thank you for this.
LOVE

vikas said...

There's a mistake in "Prayer to Supreme".

"Akashat patitam toyam, yada gachchati sagram".
Sarva devo namaskaraha, keshavam pratigachchati.

It's not "yada" but "yatha", &
not "devo" it's deva.


Akashat patitam toyam, yatha gachchati sagram.
Sarva deva namaskaraha, keshavam pratigachchati.