This powerful and revealing
prayer is a wonder-working medicine, a formula for good health, long life,
and freedom from accidents. But most of all it is a powerful means for
Swami Omkarananda says:
"Mantra-repetition is the most wonderful path to God-experience.
Meditation or Mantra-repetition is intensive divine concentration which
transforms the whole inner being, heart, mind and soul, and even the body.
Intensive Mantra-meditation makes the whole consciousness powerful and
awakens higher energies, elevates, sublimates, refines and transforms the
lower powers, by vibrating the whole inner being with divine
Consciousness. Thus every Mantra-repetition effectuates inner
transformation, inner changes creating better conditions to gain victory
over human limitations. It is a means and method to relate with what is
indestructible, imperishable and eternal. There is no path more wonderful
and secure, clear and wise than this, for, by every repetition of the
Mantra, day by day, hour by hour, the devotee makes the Divine take his
place, and replace all that is limited and human in him.
"The effects of the Mantra depend
upon the purity and faith, meekness and wisdom of a person. It is not just
sounds, as one may believe. These sounds bear in themselves a subtle
Key to Pronunciation
the Meaning of the Mantra
by Swami Omkarananda
is a great timeless Mantra revealed by the Heart of the Divine for the
welfare of all god-lovers.
is a mystical syllable. It releases sounds that are
inaudible to us but perceptible to the perfect inner Being within us. This
syllable bears in itself the whole supreme divine Consciousness, that
which has become manifest in the universe as well that which remains
unrevealed and unmanifest.
is indeed a universal revelation and expression of the divine Being, a
true name of the Divine. It bears in itself body, heart and soul of the
Within the sound-body of 'OM'
there is a body of energy and when you say 'OM', this energy
purifies the atmosphere around you. Within this energy-body there is a
light-body, and in this light-body there dwells the Consciousness of the
God is omnipotent, omniscient. He
is supreme Love, Light, Grace, Mercy and Peace. All these powers of the
infinite Being dwell in this word 'OM'. Thus by repeating 'OM'
you free the atmosphere from disharmony, you purify your whole inner
being, you effect changes in people around you.
means three eyes. The supreme Divinity has three eyes. The Third Eye is
the eye of Omniscience, the eye of infinite Knowledge, unending Knowledge,
knowledge of the supreme Truth, knowledge of every kind. It is an
overwhelming fullness of Knowledge, indescribable Knowledge, the fire of
infinite Knowledge. It sees everywhere at the same time, knows everything
For a human being it is
impossible to recognise two things within the same moment. Even if you
think you recognise two, three or more things at once, it is just an
illusion. Intelligence works at indescribable speed, jumping from one
object to the other. The Divinity however knows innumerable things at the
same time. For human reason this is a feat beyond imagination, exceeding
its capacity to grasp.
If you are in Zurich you can only
see Zurich, you cannot see at the same time what is going on in London, in
New York and in all invisible worlds. But God is the Witness of all things - everything at the same time. His eye is everywhere at once, while your
eyes are only at one place. His ear is everywhere, while your ears are
only at one place. This is the meaning of 'tryambakam', three eyes.
means, we meditate, we adore, we revere.
is composed of 'su' (good) and 'gandha' (fragrance, odour).
'Sugandhim' thus means that God is most precious fragrance, the
Divine is full of excellent odours, full of the fragrance of unlimited
Love, a love without distortion, a love free from egoism.
Human love is always coupled with
hate. It is limited because selfishness, pride and arrogance are contained
in it. Such love quickly changes or transmutes into its opposite and thus
is reprehensible love. The more selfless and divine, the less limited, the
more detached from human nature love is, the greater the fragrance it
spreads. Such Love of infinite Purity and Perfection we find in the
Divine. Thus, God is the source and expression of perfect Fragrance. All
that is of supreme value is of most precious odour.
'Pushti vardhanam' -
This wondrous, omniscient Godhead nourishes and
sustains all life-forms. There is no desire or need that cannot be
satiated. The omniscient, all-merciful, all-compassionate Divinity
immediately responds to every call of the devotee, increasing his inner
and outer wealth, providing all necessities to sustain his life. God is
your caretaker. He is the true sustainer. He alone nourishes all creation
and all life, for they have their source in Him.
As the cucumber is freed from its stem by plucking it when it is ripe ...
... thus, O Lord, deliver me from death, liberate me from all limitations,
from all darkness and unhappiness. Death is not only physical death,
spiritual ignorance is death, lack of devotion and love is death.
To a person who has no eyes to
perceive beauty the whole world is full of ugliness. To another person
everything appears doubtful, because his thoughts, feelings and
expressions are void of truth. The Divine who is the Truth of all truths
is inaccessible to him. Like that, there are all kinds of deaths. The
god-lover asks the Divine to free him of all forms of deaths.
'Amritat' - for immortality. 'Amrita' means immortality, deathlessness. God
nourishes us with the nectar of immortality - He bestows on us health,
strength and divine Qualities, divine Wisdom, eternal values that make us
ripe for the Experience of God. Great patience, power of endurance,
selflessness, purity and freedom from ego are essential preconditions for
God-realisation. Such qualities are the nectar of immortality.
Thus with this Mantra we say:
"O Omniscient Divinity, we adore you. O
Lord full of excellent fragrance, you are the nourisher, the sustainer of
all life. As the cucumber is freed from the stem, thus liberate us from
death and grant us the nectar of Immortality."
Meditate on the meaning of this
Mantra while you repeat it. Direct all your inner attention to the
wonderful, all-seeing and all-pervading Divinity. God is there right in
front of you, behind you, above you and below you, all around you. He is
there inside you. He is in your eyes. He is in your soul. Wherever you
look God is there before you. You can visualize Him as a picture, as the
radiant sun, as a flame, or as a beam of light. Let this sun come close to
you, concentrate on its light, become one with its all-pervading radiance.
If you repeat the Mantra in this
manner, great blessings will come to you. Your whole inner being will be
transformed. You will become an entirely new person. This Mantra will
grant you best health and preserve you from all kinds of misfortunes. Even
if there is an earthquake that tears the ground beneath you into pieces,
no danger can approach you. You will be protected wherever you are.
Benefits of Mantra Repetition
This Mantra is a great blessing.
So, repeat it unceasingly with great devotion and concentration. If
distractions come, immediately transform them into a means for
God-experience. Instead of thinking of God, you may suddenly see the
picture of a car, or of your mother, before you. At once transform this
picture into a beautiful fragrant flower and offer it to the feet of the
God is one, not two. The one
Truth, the eternal Godhead, the God of all religions, the one God
experienced by all saints and sages. Air is everywhere one and the same.
There is no such thing as Swiss air, German air or Indian air, etc. All
life on earth is sustained by the one air. In the same way, there is only
one God who sustains everything. Names may differ, but God is one. Whether
you say 'Luft' or 'air', it refers to the same thing. God is the Life of
life, the Life of all lives, the Life of all living beings. He is the Soul
When you get up from meditation,
don't engage in gossip and other worldly activities, keep up the inner
silence and meditativeness and continue your Mantra-repetition mentally,
even while busy with your daily routines and duties. Surrender every work
to the Divine. All the time let part of your attention remain fixed on the
Divine, even as a mother continuously keeps an eye on her toddler, in
spite of being busy with her household chores.
Mantra bears in itself enormous
energies. The greater your devotion and faith in God grow, the more
powerful of your Mantra-repetition becomes. Cultivate intimate relations
with the Divine. You may not be able to see or hear God. Yet great
devotion and continued prayer and meditation will make you receptive to
the inner perception of God's presence. The nameless, formless God, the
timeless, spaceless divine Consciousness can take any form to appear
before an earnest devotee, anywhere, and at any time. No power is as great
as that of the Mantra. Mantra is a mystical power. It is charged with
- Swami Omkarananda