Mūla-Mantra – Meaning And Benefits Of Chanting Mūla-Mantra By Dr Kausthub Desikachar

oṁ namo nārāyaṇāya

||ॐ नमो नारायणाय ||

 Oṁ Namo Nārāyaṇāya, also known as the Mūla-mantra, is a Sanskrit mantra devoted to Lord Viṣṇu, one of Hinduism’s supreme deities. Mūla-mantra is considered the most powerful mantra in the Śrīvaiśnava tradition. This mantra is also referred to as Ashtakshara Mantra because it consists of an eight-syllable hymn in Sanskrit.

Meaning Of Oṁ Namo Nārāyaṇāya

‘ Oṁ Namo Nārāyaṇāya has many translations and versions. Dr Kausthub Desikachar says it is universally recognized as a tool for attaining self-realization and unity with the Divine.

  • Om is considered the most powerful mantra in the Vedic tradition and is believed to be the first mantra appearing from the creator’s throat.
  • Namaḥ is a Sanskrit word, meaning Namaste or Namaskār (Indian Greeting). It precisely means ‘Salutations’ or ‘bowing down’, a symbol of showing humility to someone.
  • Nārāyaṇā means the one we come from, and the one we will eventually merge into. So it depicts the divine consciousness or the highest principle.

Lord Viṣṇu is also known as Nārāyaṇā, who took upon himself the responsibility of safeguarding and ensuring a peaceful existence to all his devotees. The mantra Oṁ Namo Nārāyaṇā simply means ‘I bow to Lord Narayana’.

Benefits Of Chanting The Mula Mantra

  • It helps you to endure constant peace, sacredness, and mindfulness.
  • Chanting this mantra is effective in eradicating negative emotions, anger and ego.
  • Removes barriers in life and creates harmony and love.
  • Generates effectual positive vibrations.
  • This mantra also brings joy and good health.

How Many Times Should One Chant ‘ Oṁ Namo Nārāyaṇāya?

Dr Kausthub Desikachar recommends following the Vedic culture, which suggests listening and chanting ‘Om Namo Narayanaya’ 8-18 times every day, followed by silent meditation for ten minutes.


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Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is the successor and current lineage holder of the classical Viniyoga tradition of T Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar. He is an acclaimed yoga teacher, yoga therapist, healer and spiritual adviser. He is also an avid photographer, inspirational writer and poet.

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