Om Namaha Shivaya means “God is my refuge” or “I bow to Shiva”. Shri Babaji held this manta as the most powerful tool for change and deeper presence in the now. It can be used by anybody and can be given out to anybody.

 

 

To repeat Gods name or a prayer to God is an ancient method that has been practiced by all religions. The purpose is to strengthen the contact with God and purify the mind from unnecessary thought and is best performed in a devotional frame of mind with love for God. Therefore it is good to use the mantra to the form of god which lies closet to the heart.

 

 

Om Namaha Shivaya is also called the Panchakshara Mantra – the Mantra with five syllables. These five syllables Na Mah Shi Va Ya has a relation to the five elements – Earth, water, fire, air and ether. Na activates earth (Prithvi), Mah activates water, (Apas), Shi activates fire (Agni), Va activates air (Vayu) and Ya activates ether (Akasha).

 

Shiva is the motionless and absolute consciousness, the absolute reality that is the basis for all existence. Shiva is often seen in relation to Shakti- the creative principle that forms reality. When creation is manifested it proceeds from the subtle to heavier, so that ether is transformed to air, air is transformed to fire, fire transforms to water and water transforms to earth. When the mantra OM Namaha Shivaya is recited the consciousness is lead from the heavier towards the Absolute in the reverse order; From earth to water, from water to fire, from fire to air and so forth.