OM is a mantra, or vibration, that it is said to be the sound of the universe. “Somehow the ancient yogis knew what scientists today are telling us, that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still. Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om. We may not always be aware of this sound in our daily lives, but we can hear it in the rustling of the autumn leaves, the waves on the shore, the inside of a seashell. Chanting Om allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves–the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Om, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing. “ (Cyndi Lee, Yoga Journal)
(A Mantra seeking illumination of the mind)
Om Bhur bhuvah svah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yo naha pracodayat
Translation of text:
Let us meditate upon the auspicious light of Divinity
represented by the Sun.
May that heavenly light illumine our minds.
(Since the Gayatri mantra does not invoke Patanjali or any gods or goddesses, but rather only invokes light, it shouldn't offend people with strong religious beliefs.)
Om Aim Hreem Shreem Shiva Rama Anagha Dattaya Namah
This Mantra is given to us for the Protection of mankind/for world peace by Sri Ganapati Swamiji. This is known as the Raksha Mantra and includes the most powerful bija (seed) mantras for Saraswati (Aim), Durga (Hreem), Lakshmi(Shreem) as well as for Shiva, Rama, Dattatreya and his consort AnaghaDevi.