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Bija (Seed) Mantras - The single syllable sounds

The Vedic language is based upon an earlier more primordial language of seed (bija) mantras. These are single syllable sounds or roots like OM that have multiple meanings and indications depending upon their intonation and the intention with which they are used. Out of the bija or root language arises the language of the Vedic texts, which is already differentiated, though not fully, into nouns and verbs. These bijas are explained more in Tantra, which in its true sense (apart from current popular distortions) is also a science of the Divine Word. To introduce the site visitors to the Vedic mantric approach we will introduce a few important bija mantras and then the main Vedic chant, the Gayatri mantra, of twenty four syllables. This will also help the visitors understand the vision behind the Vedic Studies. It is all a manifestation of the mantra. The five Main "Bija" (Seed) Mantras
SHRIM (pronounced Shreem) is a mantra of love, devotion and beauty, relating to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Beauty and divine grace. Yet SHRIM works at a deeper level than merely to give us the good things of life, including health. It takes us to the heart and gives faith and steadiness to our emotional nature. SHRIM allows us to surrender to, take refuge in, or be immersed in whatever we offer the mantra to. It is the mantra of beauty and delight and has a pleasing lunar quality. It also relates to the head and can be used to flood the senses with divine beauty and delight. It promotes health and aids in fertility and rejuvenation. In Vedic terms SHRIM is a Soma mantra. It gives love, joy, bliss, beauty and delight. It has the light of the Moon and governs the mind and the realm between the atmosphere and heaven. It purifies and integrates the various aspects of our nature and renders them into ambrosia. These four mantras can be used together with OM: OM HRIM KRIM HUM SHRIM! This brings about an integral development of body, mind and soul in harmony with the Divine or inner Self. KRIM (pronounced Kreem) is the great mantra of Kali, the Goddess of energy and transformation. It governs over prana as lightning or electrical energy. KRIM grants all spiritual faculties and powers from the arousing of kundalini to opening the third eye. It has a special power relative to the lower chakras, which it can both stimulate and transform. It helps awaken and purify the subtle body. As a mantra of work and

transformation KRIM is the mantra of Kriya Yoga, the Yoga of practice. It is the main mantra of the Yoga Shakti. As it is a strong mantra it should be used with care. KRIM is a mantra of Indra, the supreme deity of the Vedas, the Divine as the cosmic lord and enlightenment force. KRIM is the thunderbolt or vajra that destroys the serpent of the ignorance and releases the light of absolute truth. It represents the force of the atmosphere (Atmic sphere) and carries the supreme life force. HUM HUM (pronounced Hoom) is a mantra of the inner fire or thermogenic force. It both calls the divine down into us and offers our soul upward to the Divine for transformation in the sacred fire of awareness. It is a Shiva mantra but also a mantra of Chandi, the fierce form of Kali. It is used to destroy negativity and creates great passion and vitality. As a powerful mantra it should also be used carefully. Yet it can be used in a more gentle manner to invoke divine grace and protection. Through it we can offer ourselves or our afflictions into the Divine for purification and transformation. HUM is a Vedic mantra of Agni or fire. It is the mantra used to make offerings into the sacred fire. It also is used to call or invoke the fire and to make it flame up more brilliantly. It represents the soul hidden the body, the Divine immanent in the world. It governs the earth and the material sphere in general. HRIM (pronounced Hreem) is the prime mantra of the Great Goddess and ruler of the worlds and holds all her creative and healing powers. HRIM governs over the cosmic magnetic energy and the power of the soul and causal body. It awakens us at a soul or heart level, connecting us to Divine forces of love and attraction. HRIM is the mantra of the Divine Maya that destroys the worldly maya. It has a solar quality to it but more of a dawnlike effect. It is charming and alluring, yet purifying . Through it we can control the illusion power of our own minds. In Vedic terms HRIM is a mantra of the Sun, particularly in terms of illumination. It increases our aspiration and receptivity to Divine light, wisdom and truth. It opens the lotus of the heart to the inner Sun of consciousness. It is a mantra of the region of heaven or the consciousness space in which all the worlds exist. The Four Great Goddess Mantras There are four great Goddess mantras that govern the prime forms of energy as magnetic force, electrical force, heat, and delight. This is a Tantric teaching that reflects the Vedic Word and the four main Vedic deities.

Bija Mantra
Mantras are Sanskrit-invocations of the Supreme Being. Reinforced and propelled by japa meditation, they pass from the verbal level through the mental and telepathic states, and on to pure thought energy. Of all languages, Sanskrit most closely approaches telepathic language because of its affinity to the fifty primeval sounds. It is the most direct way to approach the transcendental state. Mantras cannot be concocted or tailor-made for the individual, despite some current claims. They have always existed in a latent state as sound energies. Just as gravity was discovered but not invented by Newton, Mantras were revealed to the ancient masters. They have been codified in the scriptures and handed down from guru to disciple. Although it is customary for the guru when giving initiation to accept voluntary offerings of fruit, flowers or money, the selling of Mantras is strictly against all spiritual rules. Neither Mantra, deity nor guru, once chosen, should be changed. There are many paths up the mountain. Perseverance on one alone will bring the aspirant to the top faster than if he were to spread his energies in exploring all the alternative paths. BIJA MANTRAS, MYSTIC SEED

LETTERS
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HAUM In this Mantra, Ha is Siva and au is Sadasiva. The nada and bindu mean that which dispels sorrow. With this Mantra, Lord Siva should be worshipped. 2 DUM Here Da means Durga, and u means to protect. Nada means Mother of the universe, and bindu signifies action (worship or prayer). This is the bija Mantra of Durga.

KREEM With this Mantra Kalika should be worshipped. Ka is Kali, ra is Brahman, and ee is Mahamaya. Nada is the Mother of the universe, and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow. HREEM This is the Mantra of Mahamaya or Bhuvaneshwari. Ha means Siva, ra is prakriti, ee means Mahamaya. Nada is the Mother of the universe, and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow.

SHREEM This is the Mantra of Maha Lakshmi. Sha is Maha Lakshmi, ra means wealth, ee is satisfaction or contentment. Nada is the manifested Brahman, and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow. AIM This is the bija Mantra of Saraswati. Ai stands for Saraswati, and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow.

7 KLEEM This is the Kamabija. Ka means Kamadeva, the Lord of desire; it also means Lord Krishna. La means Indra, the ruler of Heaven, also lord of the senses. Ee means contentment or satisfaction. Nada and bindu mean those that bring happiness and sorrow. 8 HOOM In this Mantra Ha is Siva, and u is Bhairava. Nada is the Supreme, and bindu means dispeller of sorrow. 9 GAM This is the Gneasha bija. Ga means Ganesha, and bindu is

the dispeller of sorrow. 10 GLAUM This is also a Mantra of Ganesha. Ga means Ganesha, la means that which pervades, au means luster or brilliance, and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow. 11 KSHRAUM This is the bija of Narasimha, a very fierce half man half lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ksha is Narasimha, ra is Brahma, au means with teeth pointing upwards, and bindu means dispeller of sorrow.The science of Mantra is very complex. There are even Mantras for such specific purposes as curing snake bite and chronic disease, but these are of a lower order. In the modern world, the power of gross sound vibration is just beginning to be utilized in physical therapy, and its potential is being tapped in other fields. The ancient Indian sages had this sophistication thousands of years ago. They have used sound in its gross and subtle states to penetrate the planes of human consciousness and to reach the divine vibration that is the experience of God. Beginning in OM and dissolving in OM, the Mantra comes full cycle.

Chakra: Bija Mantra Crown OM

Pronounce it by inhaling audibly through your nostrils, and direct the stream of air to the point between your eyebrows. Pronounce the sound along with your exhalation as a subtly audible whisper, allowing the sound and breath to resonate in the cranial area.

Third eye SHAM

Pronounced shum , this sound is formed in the later part of the palate.

Throat HAM

Pronounce it by inhaling noiselessly through your mouth, and pronounce the sound like the word yum (as in yummy); allow the sound along with your breath to fill your mouth and throat cavity.

Heart YAM

Pronounce it by inhaling audibly through your mouth, and pronounce the word hum (as in humming); allow the breath to extend beyond the resolution of the consonant.

Navel RAM

Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of the front section of the upper palate, roll the r like in Spanish, and pronounce the mantra like the first part of the word rum-ble.

Sacral VAM

Place the upper set of teeth on the inner section of your lower lip and begin with a breathy consonant to imitate the sound of a fast car. Pronounce the mantra like "fvam"

Base LAM

Curve the tip of your tongue up and back, and place it on the rear section of the upper palate to pronounce a sound like the word alum without the initial a .

Bija Mantra have their root in the Hindu monist tradition, they are learned better with the help of a guru for initiation.

MANTRA(S) eng, em, enga, ema, aing, aim, ainga, aima

ASSOCIATED GOD OR GODDESS Saraswati, [goddess of learning. music, speech and fine arts]

LIFE STAGE Academic preparation from kindergarten to college, typically given for ages 5 to 24 Career development, gaining wealth to support a family, typically given for ages 18 to 32, when an individual is working Parenting, transmission of values and wisdom to the next generation, typically given to parents, ages 25 to 40 Integration of the experiences of life, fulfillment of remaining personal aspirations and desires, given for middle age and above when the children are grown, as early as age 40 Attraction of a life mate, may be typically given at any age from 18 to 36, when issues of loneliness or being single are paramount for the individual Personal mastery and overcoming obstacles in career or life, given as an alternate mantra for the same age groups as Shiring or Shrim when the individual is seeking achievement and success in their career as their

shiring, shirim

Mahalakshmi or Lakshmi, [goddess of wealth]

hring, hirim

Bhuvaneswari, or Mahamaya [goddess of wisdom]

kiring, kirim

Kalika [goddess of fulfillment of desires, destroyer of obstacles]

shyam, shyama

Krishna [the god of love, the allattractive one]

ram, shri ram

Agni [the god of fire]

primary objective; this mantra is associated with the achievement of leadership and personal power