Bija Mantra or Primal Sounds
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Mantra in the Yoga tradition consists of the use of sacred sounds and intentions to transform the energy of the mind in a positive direction. Mantra is probably the most powerful and commonly used of all yogic meditation methods. All the main paths of Yoga – whether of knowledge, devotion or action, or whether Hatha, Raja or Kundalini Yoga – have their key mantras. Mantras can also be performed to help us with concentration, with our work, dealing with emotions, for health, prosperity or overall well-being.
Mantras are of many types. Some are longer prayers and intentions, like the famous Vedic Gayatri mantra to the solar Godhead. Others consist of the repetition of Divine names like the well-known mantra Om Nama Shivaya for Lord Shiva. Yet probably the most important and simplest of all mantras are the single syllable mantras called “bija” or seed mantras starting with Om. They can be used for meditation, worship of deities, energizing prana or for healing purposes – for all aspects of mantra practice. These main bija mantras are also called “Shakti mantras,” as they are commonly used in the worship of the Goddess, who Herself, is the power of sound and mantra.
Shakti bija mantras carry the great forces of Nature such as the energies of the Sun and Moon, electricity and magnetism, not simply as outer factors but as inner potentials of Divine light, love and wisdom. Shakti mantras hold, resonate, and propel the Kundalini force, the higher evolutionary power of consciousness, to flow within us. In this article, we will focus on the eight prime Shakti bija mantras, their energies and usage for Yoga, for health, and for improving our karmas in life.
Shakti mantras relate to the primary forms of the Goddess or Divine Mother. There are special Shakti mantras for each of the great Goddesses, through which we can commune with them and gain their grace. Shakti mantras are the primary mantras used in Tantric Yoga, in which they are combined in various ways to bring about different results. They have a great capacity for transformation that can extend to the deepest layers of our consciousness and prana. They should be approached with reverence and respect as the very life blood of the Goddess.
Most Shakti mantras contain the vowel–Ã, the vibratory ee-sound, which is the main primal sound of Shakti. Most contain the consonant-R, which is the seed of fire, heaven, light, order and dharma and has a stimulating and energizing effect. Some contain the consonant-L, which is the seed of earth, water, joy and bliss and has a calming and stabilizing effect. Many begin with either the letter-H, which indicates prana, light and the Sun, or the letters S or Sh, which indicate the Moon, the mind and water. Some like
Aum or Aim consist of vowels only.