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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