A Mothers Day Offering:
I know it’s still April, and not Mothers Day yet, but I wanted to publish this Mothers Day Offering early! (Especially because I missed an episode last month 🙁 …don’t forget to try the “You Are Royalty” ~60 min Level 1 -2 flow I just published too!) This page explains all the sounds in the upcoming Mothers Day Mantra practice,and how they relate to mothers, Shakti, (the feminine aspect of divinity) offerings, and healing.) The mantra is:
OM SHRIM HRIM KRIM KLEEM MAHA MATAI-AYE NAMAHA
- These are all Shakti bija mantras
- Shakti (feminine, unmanifest or “potential” energy) bija (seed sounds) are probably the most important of all mantras:
- use of mantras goes back to Vedas
- bija or seed sounds are based on the tantric idea that any small thing can contain the whole universe.
- Chanting mantras is not just about speaking but also about opening “inner ears”
- Mantras can be used for meditation, worships, energizing and healing.
- Bija mantras carry “inner potential” via resonance meaning, the way sound waves move has the potential to embody an electric energy, a magnetic energy, or even the energy of a deity.
- Shakti mantras are related to the primary energy of the Goddess, or Mother
- Uniting the literal potential energy of Shakti, the Goddess, Mother, or female, with Shiva (who is the deity stand-in for the utter stillness of pure, transcendental spirit) is said to cause True Self Realization or Liberation or the end of suffering
- For example – the beauty of the Sunrise and Sunset is because of the MOVEMENT (Shakti) of our planets. Planets themselves are more masculine, but when the potential energy of Shakti is added in the form of movement we see the beautiful horizons – Shakti and Shiva dance to create beauty
- In this mantra practice, the focus is mostly on the the female but it has some male in it too.
OM SHRIM HRIM KRIM KLEEM MAHA MATAI-AYE NAMAHA
OM = sound of Atman or higher self, our true nature as luminous beings; transcendent spirits; Shivas; Buddhas; Jesuses; Lakshmis; not just meat sacks
SHRIM – thought to be the most beneficial of all bija mantras, drawing to us all that is good, helpful, and promoting of positive growth.
- It can be used to take refuge, or express or nourish faith in any deity or energy
- In Ayurvedic terms SHRIM in mainly Kapha (watery and earthy), promoting health and calmness of mind
- thought to have a soothing effect on the emotions
HRIM – most commonly used bija mantra
- Hrim is the prime mantra of the Goddess in ALL her three main powers: creation, sustaining, and destruction
- For example, think of planting and maintaining a garden
- Therefore, Hrim is the MAIN Shakti mantra – literally an aural manifestation of the Goddess Mother, in particular Parvati, wife of Shiva.
- Hrim can be used relative to any energy we wish to access at the level of the heart
- Brings joy, ecstacy, bliss
- This is a SPECIFIC bija mantra of the heart, both spiritual, emotional and physical – it energizes the heart, provides warmth and allows for both deep feeling AND thought (Hridaya = heart-mind in Sanskrit)
KREEM – begins with harder sounding K, indicating an initial phase of energy. For example, the push at the beginning of a project
- Creates light and intention, but in a more stimulating way than Hrim and Shrim – again, push at the beginning of a project
- Krim is related to “electrical energy” or what’s needed to get things done in the realm of space time and action
- Krim is the bija mantra of KALI, Goddess of time and transformation and destruction, and therefore a very active and energizing mantra
- It is a mantra of work, yoga and transformative energy, said to be the “seed syllable of yoga practice (1)” which itself is the work of transformation
- balanced by the other gentler mantras in this practice
KLEEM – softer, more watery and distinctly feminine.
- Opposing the harder KREEM which has a sense of electricity, KLEEM is thought to have a magnetic quality, drawing things to us as in the oft spouted “power of attraction.”
- Kleem is related to Krishna, who grants bliss, and to Sundari, the Goddess of love and beauty
- It is a bija (seed sound) of desire, in the sense that it’s thought to help us achieve our TRUE, wishes in life, the ones that have their impetus in the heart.
- Relative to Ayurveda, Klim is mainly Kapha (water) promoting and is particularly good for the reproductive system, plasma, skin, and digestive fluids of the stomach. It’s thought to assist us in the absorption of nutrients we take in.
- Most important, it is specific for Tarpaka Kapha, the Soma (nutritive nectar) of the brain that supports well-being, soothing the nerves and calming the heart. It is said to strengthen the immune system and bring contentment to the entire being.
- Maha = Great
- Mata = Mother
- Namaha – is found throughout Hindu tradition since Vedic times. There has been commonly reverberating chant of Namo or Namaha. We also find it in Buddhist, Jain and other traditions in India. “Perhaps no other term in the history of the world has served to promote so much devotion and honoring of higher consciousness.(1)” Namaste is a word most yoga students will have heard that has the same basis.
*Most of the information on this page comes from the book cited below:
(1)Frawley, D. (2010). Mantra yoga and primal sound: secret of seed (bija) mantras. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press.