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List of Bija & Planetary Mantras
by Julene Packer-Louis

What is a Mantra?

Mantra is a Sanskrit word that means "to set free from the mind." Mantras are physical vibrations in the form of sound, which produce energizing effects in our physical and subtle bodies. Chanting mantras affects both our physical bodies and spiritual consciousness; it also energizes prana [breath of life]. Therefore we grow in body/mind/spirit. When we combine the sound energy with the energy of mental intention, we strengthen and direct the energy of the mantra. Mantras evoke powerful energy and should be used carefully and with respect. Mantras can cleanse negativity and spiritual impurities from the physical body, subtle energy centers, and burn off karma [mostly parabdha but adepts can burn off sanchita]. However, when used improperly they can burn you. So please be careful when using mantras. It is best to begin with just one mala or two until you know how the energy will affect you. Malas are prayer beads that consist of 108 beads representing the 108 astral channels that lead from the heart to the subtle body.

The mantras below are taken from Healing Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand. I highly recommend obtaining a copy of this book for more detailed information, along with the CD for the pronunciation, if you intend to begin a regular mantra yoga practice.


SHRIM [shreem]: feminine; Lakshmi; seed sound for abundance
EIM [I'm]: feminine; Saraswati; seed sound for success in spiritual, artistic and scientific endeavors, music and education
KLIM [kleem]: androgynous; seed sound for attraction; often combined with other mantras
DUM [doom]: feminine; seed sound for protection
KRIM [kreem]: feminine; Kali;seed sound of creation and destruction
GUM [gum]: masculine; Ganesha; seed sound to remove obstacles and bring success in endeavors
GLAUM [glah- owm]: masculine; Ganesha; seed sound to remove obstacles between throat and base of spine
HAUM [howm]: masculine; Shiva; seed sound for transcendental consciousness
KSHRAUM [ksh-roum]: masculine; Narasimha-Vishnu; seed sound to rid stubborn evil situations and release pent up energies
HRIM [hreem]: androgynous; seed sound for clarity and seeing through the illusions of reality


LAM [lahm]: seed sound for Muladhara, or root, chakra
VAM [vahm]: seed sound for Swadhisthana, or sacral, chakra
RAM [rahm]: seed sound for Manipura, or solar plexus chakra
YAM [yahm]: seed sound for Anahata, or heart, chakra
HUM [hoom]: seed sound for Vishuddha,or throat, chakra
OM [ohm]: seed sound for Ajna, or third-eye, chakra


Surya-Sun OM SRI SURYAYA NAMAHA [Ohm Shree Soor-yah-yah Nahm-ah-ha]
Chandra-Moon OM SRI CHANDRAYA NAMAHA [Ohm Shree Chahn-drah-yah Nahm-ah-ha]
Budha-Mercury OM SRI BUDHAYA NAMAHA [Ohm Shree Bood-hah-yah Nahm-ah-ha]
Sukra-Venus OM SRI SHUKRAYA NAMAHA [Ohm Shree Shoo-krah-yah Nahm-ah-ha]
Mangala-Mars OM SRI ANGARAKAYA NAMAHA [Ohm Shree Ahng-gah-rah-kah-ya Nahm-ah-ha]
Guru-Jupiter OM SRI GURAVE NAMAHA [Ohm Shree Goo-rah-vey Nahm-ah-ha]
Shani-Saturn OM SRI SHANAISHWARAYA NAMAHA [Ohm Shree Shahn-eish-chahr-eye-yah Nahm-ah-ha]
Rahu-North Node OM SRI RAHUVE NAMAHA [Ohm Shree Rah-hoo-vey Nahm-ah-ha]
Ketu-South Node OM SRI KETUVE NAMAHA [Ohm Shree Key-too-vey Nahm-ah-ha]


Abundance OM SRI MAHA LAKSHMIYEI SWAHA [Ohm Shree Mah-ha Laksh-mee-yei Swah-ha]
Breath Concentration SO HUM [So haum]
Clear Negativity and Bring Clarity to Situation HUNG VAJRA PEH [Hoong Vaj-ray Pay]
Good Luck OM SHARAVANA BHAVAYA NAMAHA [Ohm Shah-rah-vah-nah Bhah-vah-yah Nahm-ah-ha]
Healing OM RAM RAMAYA NAMAHA [Ohm Rahm Rahm-eye-yah Nahm-ah-ha
Peace OM SHANTI OM [Ohm Shahn-tee Ohm]
Protection OM DUM DURGAYEI NAMAHA [Ohm Doom Door-gah-yei Nahm-ah-ha]
Remove Obstacles OM GUM GANAPATAYEI NAMAHA [Ohm Gum Guh-nuh-puh-tuh-yei Nahm-ah-ha]
Spiritual Advancement of Humanity OM MANI PADME HUM [Ohm Mah-nee Pahd-mey Hoom]
Spiritual Growth OM NAMA SHIVAYA [Ohm Nah-mah Shee-vah-yah]
Spiritual Insight SAT CHID EKAM BRAHMA [Saht Cheed Eh-kahm Brah-mah]
Success in Education, Music, Art OM EIM SARASWATIYEI SWAHA [Ohm I'm Sah-rah-swah-tee-yei Swah-ha]
Universal Truth OM NAMO NARAYANAYA [Ohm Nah-moh Nah-rah-yan-nay-yah]