Mantras for Blissful Living

1) Mantra for physical, emotional and spiritual well-being:Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Om, trayambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam

Urvaarukamiva bandhanaat mrityor muksheeya ma amritaat.

Om! We worship Lord Shiva, the three-eyed one, who is full of fragrance and who nourishes all beings;


English Translation:May He liberate me from death, bestow salvation and (lead me) towards Eternity (make me immortal) just

as the ripe cucumber is severed (from the creeper) of its bondage.


2) Mantra for knowledge: Prayer to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge

Saraswati namastubhyam, varade Kaamarupini

Vidyarambham karishyami, Siddhir bhavatu me sadaa

English Translation:My humble prostrations unto Thee, O Goddess Saraswati, fulfiller of all my wishes! I begin my learning, may I achieve perfection in it always.


3) Mantra for prosperity: Prayer to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth

Siddhi buddhiprade devi bhukti mukti pradaayini

Mantramurte sada devi mahalakshmi namostute”


English Translation:O divine goddess, bestower of success and intelligence, worldly pleasures as well as liberation

The mantras comprise your graceful form; propitious Mother, I surrender to you.


4) Mantra for auspicious beginnings: Prayer to Lord Ganesha, remover of impediments

om tatpurushaya vidmahe

vakratundaya dhimahi

tanno dantih prachodayat


English Translation:We devote our thought to that supreme person.

We meditate upon Him who has a curved trunk.

May the tusked One guide us on the right path.


5) Mantra for experiencing the Divine in everything: a prayer before meals which compares the act of eating to that of a holy sacrifice made to the inner fire.

Brahmaarpanam brahma havih

Brahmaagnau brahmanaahutam

Brahamaiva tena gantavyam

Brahma karma samadhinaa


English Translation:The Divine is the offering, the oblation, the fire and the fuel all

One who is absorbed (in the Divine) in every action will certainly attain to the Divine!


6) Mantra for gratitude: Prayer to Mother Earth

Samudra vasane devi, paravata stanamandale

Vishnu patni namastubhyam, paada sparsham kshamasva me


7) Mantra for surrender: Concluding prayer after worship

Kaayena vaacha manasendriyervaa

Buddyaatmanaavaa prakriter swabhaavaat

Karomi yat yat sakalam parasmai

Narayanayeti samarpayaami

English Translation:Whether through the body, through words, through the mind, through the senses,

Through the intellect, the self or due to one’s natural habits

Whatever I do, whether as prescribed by the scriptures or not

I offer all (these deeds) at the feet of the Lord!