by Julee Yew-Crijns

One of my favourite practice is reciting mantra’s (preferably with a group of people) or singing kirtan. Whilst I have sung at school choirs and plays, singing is not my forte. For this reason, I never ever thought I would enjoy kirtan but after my first experience, I was hooked!

I grew up reciting sutra’s. As a kid, I never questioned them. It was like a competition of who could remember more and recite it faster. One of the punishments my brother and I often received when we have been disobedient was reciting the mantra Om Mane Padme Hum. We would have to sit infront of the alter and finish a round of the mala beads if not more. Mala beads remind me of those days (fondly)

Why are mantra’s “powerful” or special? The vibration of these words and these composition of words is the reason. It is like ‘AUM’. If you chant AUM in class, you know that “feeling” and that is one (but very special) vibration. Everything vibrates – including all of our cells. All these sounds, they just enliven our vibration!

Here are some of the (yoga) one’s I have collected.

Peace Mantra’s

OM sahana vavatu sahana bhunattu
saha viryam karawavahai
maa vidvishavahai
om shanti shanti shanti

together may we be protected together may we be nourished
together may we work with great energy
may our journey together be brilliant and effective
may there be no bad feelings between us


sarveshaam svastir bhavatu,

sarveshaam shaantir bhavatu

sarveshaam poornam bhavatu,

sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu

sarve bhavantu sukhinah,

sarve santu niraamayaah

sarve bhadraani pashyantu,

maa kashchidh dukh bhaag-bhavet

om shanti shanti shanti

Let it be so ordained (bhavatu), that all the people (sarveshaam), experience well-being (svastir) ; let all the people experience peace or tranquility (shaantir). Let all the people experience wholeness and completeness (poornam) ; let them experience prosperity and auspiciousness (mangalam).

May it so happen (bhavantu) that everyone (sarve) receives happiness (sukhinah) ; let them all be saint-like (-santu) and be without disease and in good health (niraamayaah). Let them see with their own eyes (-pashyantu) the goodness of life (bhadaraani) ; And let them not (maa) contemplate in their conscious mind (kashchidh) any sorrow inducing (dukh) thoughts while they remain beneficiaries (bhavet) of good fortune (bhaag).

Lokah samastha sukhino bhavanthu

May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may my thoughts, words and actions, contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all

Other Mantra’s mostly for learning

Guru Satyam

Guru Jnanam

Guru Anandam

Guru Shanti

My or the teacher is truth

My teaher is knowledge

My teacher is bliss

My teacher is peace

Guru Brahma

Guru Vishnu

Guru Devo Maheshwarah

Guru Saakshaat Para-Brahma

Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah

Brahma = Supreme cosmic spirit. God of creation

Vishnu – Creator & destoyer of all existence. God of Sustenance

Eshwara – Lord of the heart

(brahma-vishnu-eshwara trinity- the 3 guna’- satva, rajas, tamas)

Guru is Shiva, Guru is the absolute Brahman incarnate.

My salutation to such a Guru who is verily the supreme one


Asatoma Sadgamaya Tamasoma jyothir gamaya

Mrutyorma amruthan gamaya            

Lead me from falsehood to truth

Lead me from darkness to light

Lead me from death to immortality


Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu

Saha Viryam Karawavahai 


Maa Vidvishaavahai

Om snati shanti shanti

May that protect us, both teacher & pupil

Together may we be nourished

Together may we work with great energy to find the truth

May we never quarrel 

OM Namah Shivāya Gurave

Satchidānanda Mūrtaye

Nishprapanchāya Shāntaya

Nirālambāya Tejase

I offer myself to the Light, the Auspicious One,

who is the True Teacher within and without,

Who assumes the forms of Reality, Consciousness, and Bliss,

Who is never absent and full of peace

Independent in existence, the vital essence of illumination

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

great death-conquering mantra

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe

Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam

Urvarukamiva Bandhanam

Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat

We meditate on you, third eyed one (Shiva) who is full of sweet fragrance and who nourishes human beings. Free us from disease, bondage and death

I once found this translation that made us all giggle:

May he liberate me from bondage, even as the cucumber is severed from the vine.


Surya Mantra’s

These are the 12 salutations to the sun

If i remember right, this interpretation is from Shiva Rea

Om mitraya namah                     Salutation to the friend of all

Om ravave namah                      Salutation to the shining one

Om suryaya namah                    Salutation to he who induces activity

Om bhabave namah                  Salutation to he who illumines

Om khagaya namah                  Salutation to the one who moves through the sky

Om pusne namah                      Salutation to the giver of strength and nourishment

Om hirayagarbhaya namah      Salutation to the golden cosmic self

Om marichaye namah              Salutation to the rays of the sun

Om adityaya namah                 Salutation to the cosmic mother

Om savitre namah                    Salutation to the stimulating power of the sun

Om arkaya namah                    Salutation to he who is fit to be praised

Om bhaskaraya namah           Salutation to the illuminator

Ashtanga Mantra

Vande Gurunam Charanavinde

Sandarashita Svatma Sukhava Bodhe

Nishrayasa Jamgalikaya Mane

Samsara Halahala Mohasantiye

Abahu Purusharkaram

Sanka Chakrasi Darinam

Sahasra Shirasam Swetnam

Paranamani Patanjalim

I bow to the two lotus feet of the Guru’s

which awaken insight into the happiness of pure being

which are the complete absoorption into joym the jungle pjysician

eliminating  the delusion caused by the poison of conditioned existence

I prostrate before the sage Patajali, who has thousands of radiant white heads

who has, as far as his arms, assumed a human form

holding a conch shell, a wheel and a sword

to him, i prostrate

Swasti Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam

Nya Yena Margena Mahi Mahishala

Go Brahmanebehyaha Shubhamastu Nityam

Lokhaa Samatha Sukhino Bhavanthu


May prosperity be glorified

May the world be ruled with law and justice

May divinity and knowledge be protected

May all beings everywhere be happy and free 


The spelling of the sanskrit words often vary. Translations vary a lot due to the beauty and complexity of the language (ie: it can seldom be translated directly, if at all) It is helpful as well to understand some philosophy, in order to understand some of the mantra’s. I am not yet the person to translate these and may never be, as I am not well learned in the subject so these translations here have been from various sources accumulated over the years <3


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