Om Namah Shivaya in Shuddha Bilaval Raga

Chanting with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

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Om Namah Shivaya

Introduction by Genevieve Joshi

Om Namah Shivaya is a sacred mantra. Each syllable of each word in this mantra is imbued with great power. When this mantra is repeated, it can lead a person right to their own heart and bring about a sense of inner and outer peace.

On the Siddha Yoga path, the mantra Om Namah Shivaya is a diksha mantra, or initiation mantra. The Siddha Yoga Gurus impart the mantra Om Namah Shivaya to seekers to awaken their Kundalini Shakti.

On the morning of August 15, 1947, Bhagavan Nityananda imparted this mantra, Om Namah Shivaya, to Baba Muktananda while giving Baba his own padukas.

The words Om Namah Shivaya mean “Om—the pulsating, primordial sound. I honor Shiva, the auspicious one, the supreme Self.” When Baba received this mantra from his Guru, Bhagavan Nityananda, he experienced the mantra’s true meaning and power. Baba received shaktipat initiation through this mantra, and thereafter he honored this day—August 15—as the date of his divya diksha, his divine initiation.

On the Siddha Yoga path, one way that Siddha Yogis honor Baba’s divya diksha is by chanting the sacred mantra Om Namah Shivaya. The audio recording on this page is from a Siddha Yoga satsang with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. You’ll hear Gurumayi and the Siddha Yoga music ensemble chant Om Namah Shivaya in the Shuddha Bilaval raga. This raga has a rasa that is full of joy and affection, that is simultaneously active and gentle. For ease of chanting, you may first listen and then respond, in a call-and-response fashion.