VIDEO: (7 min) Om Namah Shivaya Mantra: Yoga Meditation, Vedanta, Tantra
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OM NAMAH SHIVAYA MANTRA: YOGA MEDITATION, VEDANTA, TANTRA
By Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
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Om Namah Shivaya is a most potent and popular mantra, which is at the
heart of the Vedas and Tantra, and is widely used in this and other
variations in the Himalayan tradition, as well as by others. While
there are other descriptions of the mantra, the following focuses on
meanings for mantra meditation leading to Self-Realization.
OM/AUM: The three parts of Om (A-U-M) encompass the three states of
waking, dreaming, deep sleep, the three levels of gross, subtle,
causal, and the three levels of conscious, unconscious, subconscious,
as well as the three universal processes of coming, being, and going.
Absolute silence beyond the three levels is the silence after AUM. It
also refers to Tripura, the one who live in the "three cities" as in
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, as well as the light referred to in Gayatri
NAMAH/NAMAHA: Adoration, homage, respect. Nothing is mine (as an
individual person); everything is thine (as the Absolute Reality).
The three levels of Om, the three worlds of gross, subtle, and
causal, along with the three states of waking, dreaming, and deep
sleep states of consciousness, as well as the three levels of
conscious, unconscious, and subconscious themselves are "not mine" as
the true properties of who I really am. Truly, "nothing is mine."
Rather, everything, all of these triads is "thine" or the "other" as
the Absolute Reality.
SHIVAYA/SHIVA: That Absolute Reality that is the ground out of which
the others emerge. It is that "ink," so to speak, that is not
separate from the many forms which may appear to manifest or be
created from that ink. In the Realization of this, one comes to see
that he or she is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. The
Mahavakyas, the great utterances, are seen to be true. Shiva (the
static or ground) and Shakti (the active or creative) are seen to be
one and the same. She (Shakti), while one with Shiva is realized in
direct experience as the one in the three worlds (Tripura) outlined