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Mukti Mantra (Twelve Syllable Mantra)

Mukti Mantra (Twelve Syllable Mantra)

Mantra translation:

”Salutations to the Indweller who is omnipresent, omnipotent, immortal and divine.”


This mantra is also called The Great Liberation Mantra. This is the main mantra from Vedic scripture “Srimad Bhagavatam” and is also found in Vishnu Purana (religious Hindu text). It can be chanted as Bhajan (Hindu devotional song) or like Gayatri Mantra.

Mukti Mantra benefits:

Frees our mind and spirit from negative thoughts and behaviors in this life. It is a potent sadhana (spiritual practice) for attaining freedom from Samsara. If the mother chants this mantra during pregnancy, there is an increased chance of giving birth to an advanced spiritual soul.

“Everybody should recite this Mantra daily whenever possible so that I will stand by them. I respond to the call of the heart immediately and invariably. See me in your duties. I am committed to those who are committed to their duties. Believe in putting faith in me and make me your own” – Krishna`s quote.

Twelve Syllable meaning:

  • OM – refers to the Supreme Infinite Spirit.
  • NAMO – means salutation, worship.
  • BHAGAVATE – means God in Sanskrit.
  • VASUDEVAYA – another name of Krishna.

The meaning of this mantra, according to Bhagavad Gita (700-verse scripture): “Relinquishing everything else and all ideas of righteousness surrender unto me exclusively. I (Krishna) will deliver you from all sins, do not despair.“


“Many of you, as spiritual seekers, would be practicing japa sadhana. When you were initiated you would have been told that you should do japa, chanting of the Divine Name. As a matter of fact, japa, according to Patanjali, is not merely a mechanical chanting of the Name, although chanting is also Japa, but it is tadartha bhavana or the contemplation on the meaning of the mantra.

To give an instance, chanting Twelve Syllable Mantra is japa. Japa can be of two kinds: external verbal japa, as well as internal manasika japa, or mental japa. Japa is the repetition of a mantra, which is a mysterious group of letters or phrases so connected with one another that when the mantra is chanted a peculiar sensation or vibration is generated in the entire system.

That is the difference between ordinary words or sentences or groups of phrases and a mantra. A Sanskrit mantra is the result of a vision of a seer and it is the concrete manifestation of the deity or devata through the world of language, which is made to manifest in the mantra.

When you chant a mantra correctly and systematically with proper intonation, there is immediately set up a vibration in the nervous system in such a manner that a harmony is established in the whole world. Different mantras produce different vibrations and they invoke different devatas”.

This is a mantra of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. It literally means: “Prostration to Bhagavan Vasudeva.” ‘Surrender to Sri Vasudeva’ is implied therein. Now, the prostration, salutation, is an external symbol of the internal union.

When we do namaskara to a deity in the temple, to a friend or any person, we join both the palms and bend ourselves low. Moreover, this namaskara, and the joining of the palms are indicative of the feeling of­ union of oneself with the other. “I and you are one” – that is prostration, that is namaskara.

“Bhagavan Vasudeva, I am one with you” is a spirit of surrender, and here begins meditation on Bhagavan Vasudeva. When this mantra is chanted you have also created the requisite atmosphere in the mind for contemplation on Bhagavan Vasudeva, to begin meditation and to feel His presence. This rule applies to all other mantras, also.

Most of you will have this practical difficulty when the mantra is chanted and meditation begins. The mind ordinarily gets confused as to how to start, what to begin with, what to think, what to feel, etc. When you chant a mantra you may think of the letters of the mantra. Perhaps you may also feel that the meaning of the mantra is “prostration to Bhagavan”.

But how are you to proceed further? Mentally, feel that the Lord is seated or standing in front of you, and slowly, after an adequate length of time or period, you will begin to feel His omnipresence in front of you, to the right and to the left, above and below, and so on”.

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