Veda literally means knowledge. A Vedic mantra warms the soul, so to speak. As things thaw, life is felt more fully. The fine texture of Divine essence starts to be more fully felt from within. This naturally blossoms into reverence.
In Vedic practices, most sacred techniques, and classical Hinduism, mantras represent a necessity for spiritual advancement and high attainment.
Whenever you chant a Vedic mantra, even without knowing its meaning, that itself carries power. But when you know the meaning and chant the mantra with that feeling in your heart, then the energy will flow million times more energetic. Hence, it is important to know the meaning of the mantra when you recite it.
Start your day meditating on these soothing Vedic mantras, which will help you to feel energized, cleansed, fresh and relaxed.
List Of 10 Ancient Vedic Meditation Mantras:
This mantra is for Peace invocation or a Shanti mantra from the Upanishads.
The word “shanti” literally translates as “peace” and is a small and important step towards our true nature – inner peace.
The meaning of the mantra in English:
”May all be happy.
May all be healthy.
May all enjoy prosperity.
May none suffer.
OM Peace Peace Peace.”
#2 Gayatri Mantra
This mantra is actually a prayer that can well be spoken with yearning by women and men of all climes and creeds in all centuries.
The chant has all the 3 elements that figure in the adoration of God – meditation, praise, and prayer. It is considered to be the Essence of the Vedas knowledge.
”Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt.”
”We meditate upon the spiritual effulgence of that adorable supreme divine reality.
Who is the source of the physical, the astral and the heavenly spheres of existence.
May that supreme divine being enlighten our intellect so that we may realize the supreme truth.”
#3 Om Namah Shivaya Mantra
This mantra is considered to be the five-lettered mantra related to Lord Shiva. It is a peaceful chant and a great redeeming mantra.
If Om Namah Shivaya mantra vibrates continually in your heart, then you have no need to meditate, to perform austerities, or to practice yoga.
”Bowing to the supreme reality, Lord Shiva; the name which is given to the consciousness that dwells in all.”
#4 Mahamrityunjaya Mantra
Anybody can recite this mantra and attain good health, release from bondage and other problems. Also, it is said to be quite beneficial for emotional, mental, and physical health.
Mahamrityunjaya mantra is from the Rig-Veda and it is also known as Rudra mantra and Mrita-Sanjivini mantra.
”Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat”
”We Meditate on the Three-eyed reality
Which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance.
May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality,
Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeper.”
#5 Purusha Suktam
The Purusha Suktam is one of the Pancha Suktams of the Sri Vaishnava sampradaya or tradition.
This powerful Sukta is charged with a fivefold force potent enough to rouse God-experience in the seeker.
#6 Navagraha Mantra
This ancient mantra has the power to remove malefic and negative effects of all nine planets. ‘Nava’ translates as nine and ‘Graha’ as ”planet.” Hence, this chant is a mantra for the nine planets.
In addition, it is considered that chanting peaceful Vedic mantras or even listening to them helps to get rid of negativity and spreads positive healing energy.
Dakshinamurthy or Jnana Dakshinamurti is an aspect of the Hindu god Shiva as a guru of all types of knowledge. The Dakshinamurthy mantra gives a person the ability to attain fulfillment in life with the guidance of a proper Guru.
Besides that, headmasters, teachers, principals, authors, artists, journalists, publishers, and those involved in education, as well as the creative industry, can benefit from reciting this mantra on a daily basis.
#8 Mantra Pushpam
The Mantra Pushpam is given in the Yajurveda, Taittriya Aaranyakam.
The healing sounds of this mantra connect you to your inner being. It is normally sung in a chorus by all the priests together after performing any Yagna or Pooja.
#9 Sri Suktam
This mantra is a Vedic hymn addressed to Goddess Lakshmi.
She is the goddess of fortune, wealth, and prosperity of both spiritual and material worlds.
Lakshmi is also called Sri or Thirumagal because she is endowed with 6 auspicious and divine strength even to Lord Vishnu.
#10 Om Shamno Mitra Mantra
This soothing mantra is a beautiful and potent Vedic chant invoking peace and harmony for the whole creation.
”Shamno mitra, sham varuna
Shamno bhaved varyamam
Shamna indro bhrahaspati
Shamno vishnu uru kramah
Namo brahmane, namaste vayu
Tvameva pratyaksham brahmasi
Tvameva pratyaksham brahma vadisyami
Ritam vadisyami, satyam vadisyami
Tan mamavatu, tad vaktaram avatu
Avatu mam, avatu vaktaram
Om shanti shanti shantih”
”May the sun god Mitra, Varuna, Aryamaa, Indra, Brahaspati and the all pervading Maha Vishnu and all the devatas shower their blessings upon us.
Salutations to Brahma.
Salutations to Vaayu.
You are the personification of Brahma.
Salutations to Brahma.
I shall always abide by dharma (righteousness).
I shall always speak the truth.
May that protect us all.
Om peace, peace, peace.”