The King of Mantras
The sacred syllables of the mantra Om Namah Shivaya have the power to purify, protect, and transform the one who repeats them. This mantra, given by the Siddha Yoga Guru, is enlivened by the power of the Guru’s attainment.
On the night of Mahashivaratri we honor Lord Shiva, the supreme Self of all, by chanting the mantra, Om Namah Shivaya. “Om” refers to the primordial sound from which all creation emanates; “Namah” expresses reverence, and “Shivaya” means “to Lord Shiva,” the divine Self within. With each repetition of the mantra we are guided ever more deeply within to the experience of our very own Self, pure and blissful. It is said that on Mahashivaratri, a single repetition of the mantra carries the power of a thousand repetitions.
For this celebration, Siddha Yogis all over the world will be chanting Om Namah Shivaya. Gurumayi composed the melody of this chant in the Bhairavi Raga. This raga evokes devotion and yearning for the Lord. When we chant Om Namah Shivaya in the Bhairavi Raga, we give voice to our love of the divine Self that is our very essence.
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Early this morning, I began chanting the mantra while still in the subtle state between waking and dreaming. In my mind's eye, I envisioned our planet from afar, floating deep in space. With each repetition, the letters of Om Namah Shivaya
joined a countless strand of repetitions of the mantra encircling the planet. I felt it as a unifying, loving force, surrounding and protecting all living things. I awoke with a feeling of deep peace and compassion towards the whole world. Later, I thought of all the Siddha Yogis repeating the mantra around the world today, and it brought me great calm.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
This powerful raga
is so deep, intense, and beautiful. I feel that it is cleansing and healing me, and it makes me feel strong. While chanting, I had a vision of myself sitting in Baba’s Samadhi Shrine in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. What great blessings!
a Siddha Yogi from Parana, Argentina
In my house last night, on Mahashivaratri, the Great Night of Shiva, I kept chanting my beloved mantra, Om Namah Shivaya
, until after midnight. As I chanted, I offered everything I am, everything I have to the divine Name, to Lord Shiva, and to my Guru, Gurumayi.
Tears of devotion and longing flowed, in gratitude to Gurumayi for making my life divine. Peace overwhelms my being, my body, my heart.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for guiding me to be in constant contact with my own Self. Shubh Mahashivaratri!
a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico
With the first sound of Gurumayi chanting the mantra I felt a sense of opening in my chest and tingling in my body. Soon I felt very expanded. Living in this expanded experience all the time is something I want to be able to do.
a Siddha Yogi from Maryland, USA
I am looking forward to celebrating Mahashivaratri
by chanting Om Namah Shivaya
in the Bhairavi Raga
. It is a special raga
for me because as I chant the deep sounds, I so quickly connect to and experience my own Self.
a Siddha Yogi from Madrid, Spain
How great it is that wherever we are and whenever time permits, we, members of this dear community, can sit eagerly together enjoying these purifying and uplifting sounds!
Thank you infinitely for this beautiful audio that we can listen to in a loop without having to restart it manually!
a Siddha Yogi from Algiers, Algeria
The first time I chanted the mantra Om Namah Shivaya
it was in the Bhairavi Raga,
a number of years ago. So this raga
is very meaningful for me.
As I recall this experience: I was alone, in a meditation posture, listening to a CD recording of this Om Namah Shivaya
chant. I was immediately drawn inside where a mysterious, profound, powerful atmosphere enveloped my entire being. Even though I was sitting, I felt that I was kneeling in a great temple, in the presence of a sense of the sacred so deep and so strong.
As I recall this experience now, I can feel that it is like the hand of my beloved Gurumayi leading me deep inside to honor the presence of the Guru there.
a Siddha Yogi from Macerata, Italy
As I chanted the mantra with Gurumayi in this beautiful recording, my mind became very clear and still. It felt as if the mantra had gently bathed my mind, cleansing it so that its inner light could shine forth with greater purity and clarity.
a Siddha Yogi from Burnaby, Canada
For a long time I have been interested in learning about the effects that a particular raga
has on our experience of a chant. After reading the introduction and listening to the chant, I closed my eyes and began to feel the mantra and started chanting it. I felt the vibrations inside me and became aware of the feelings evoked by chanting the mantra in the Bhairavi Raga
. I had a direct experience of the effect of a raga
a Siddha Yogi from Delhi, India
Chanting in this raga
brings me into a deep sense of peace and silence. It gives me the awareness to see all situations as they are, without judging or reacting in a way that causes stress or frustration.
a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA
Mahashivaratri has always inspired in me a sense of mystery, wonder, and reverence. Each February I look forward to immersing myself in the powerful vibrations of the mantra, especially on this holy day. When I read that for this year’s celebration Siddha Yogis would be chanting Om Namah Shivaya
in the Bhairavi Raga,
I just had to begin chanting right away!
I only had a few minutes before I had to leave my home, but I played the recording and just jumped into the ocean of the mantra and let it wash through my being. To my surprise, I immediately experienced myself sitting with thousands of other Siddha Yogis chanting the mantra with Gurumayi. I had been transported. My mind became still, and a light pulsation of joy arose in my heart as we sang in community.
a Siddha Yogi from Toronto, Canada
I chanted Om Namah Shivaya
with this audio clip, and I could see how my body very gently relaxed and my mind went into a state of absolute stillness. By just chanting the mantra for five minutes and listening to my beloved Guru, I was able to enter into a profound meditation.
Thank you for these divine gifts!
a Siddha Yogi from Veracruz, Mexico