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Prayers, Meditations & Chants 🙏 - Om Namah Shivaya

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Om Namah Shivaya - Hindu Kirtan Chant

Om Namah Shivaya," we chanted: 'Om', the primordial sound of the universe; 'Namah', to honor or bow to; and 'Shivaya', Divine consciousness: "The Divine in me honors the Divine in you."

Om Namah Shivaya
Shivaya namaha, Shivaya namah om
Shivaya namaha, namaha Shivaya
Shambhu Shankara namah Shivaya,
Girija Shankara namah Shivaya
(Arunachala Shiva namah Shivaya)

This chant is to Shiva and it basically translates as "I bow to Shiva."  Girija is a name of the Goddess in her form as Shiva's wife and indicates the union of male and female energy in the Oneness.

Arunachala is a sacred mountain in south India. The great saint Ramana Maharshi passed his whole life on or around this mountain and worshipped it as an actual manifestation of God, the Self of All.

"Om Namah Shivaya" is one of the most powerful of Sanskrit mantras - phrases designed to create a transformation in consciousness. This mantra begins with the primordial sound "OM". "Namah" means "to bow" or "to honor". In Hinduism, "Shiva" is that aspect of the Divine which breaks down or brings to a close the creative cycle of Creation, Destruction and Recreation. The mantra may be experienced as an appeal to God as the destroyer of our illusion and ignorance that stands in the way of perfect union and enlightenment.

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