Mantras for Devotion

Mantras are chants used to obtain the blessings of the Gods. When we chant, the invoke the presence of the god in us and the feeling of divinity. Mantra is Divine Power, Daiva Shakti, manifesting in a form of a sound. Constant repetition of the Mantra with faith, devotion and purity augments the Sakti or power of the aspirant, purifies and awakens the Mantra Chaitanya latent in the Mantra and bestows on the Sadhaka Mantra Siddhi, illumination, freedom, peace, eternal bliss, immortality.Here are a few mantras or chants that have a very powerful effect on anyone chanting them.

Mantra to invoke Lord Shiva : Om Namah Shivaya

(Om, salutations to Lord Shiva)

Mantra to invoke Lord Vishnu : Om Namo Narayanaya

(Om, salutations to Lord Narayana)

Mantra to invoke Lord Krishna : Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

Om, salutations to the Lord who is the son of Vasudeva)

Mantra to invoke Lord Rama : Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram

(Om, victory to SriRam)

Mantra to invoke Devi :

Sarva mangala maangalye, shive sarvaartha saadhike
Sharanye tryambake gauri, narayani namostute

O Mother, the auspiciousness of all that is auspicious; the consort of Shiva;
who grants every desire; I bow to you, who has given me refuge.

Mantra for Lord Dakshinamurti, the first-ever guru:

ishwaro gururaatmeti
Moortibheda vibhaagine
Vyomavad vyaapta dehaaaya
Dakshinamurtaye namah

Who manifests in three different forms as God, Guru and Self
Whose body is all- pervading like the sky ,To that Lord Dakshinamurti, I bow down.

Mantra invoking the Divine consciousness, the Light of lights: Prayer during aarati (the
ritual waving of lights)
Na tatra suryo bhaati, na chandra taarakam
Nema vidyuto bhaanti kuto’yam agnihi
Tameva bhaantam anubhaati sarvam
Tasya bhaasa sarvam idam vibhaati

(Without His light) Neither can the sun shine, nor the moon, nor lightning
What then to say of this little fire?
Everything shines after Him that shines.
By His light shines All this!