A beej mantra, sometimes spelt as bij mantra, is also referred to as a seed mantra. This is essentially a mantra with a one-syllable sound. It is often used in yoga practice or meditation and can be chanted alone or along with another mantra.
It is believed that the beej mantra represents the sound generated when the universe was formed during the cosmic revolution. There are various beej mantras with different frequency patterns associated with the deities they relate to. On a broad level, these mantras are categorised as follows:
- Yoga beej mantra
- Shanti beej mantra
- Tejo beej mantra
- Raksha beej mantra
Let us now look at a list of some beej mantras and learn something about them.
The Om mantra is associated with the Trinity comprising Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu. It represents the entire universe and helps to maintain the inner equilibrium of the chanter.
It is also spelled as Aum. It is believed that the origin of all other beej mantras roots back to this basic primordial mantra.
The Kreem mantra is associated with Goddess Kali, one of the several forms of Parvati. The goddess blesses the reciter with success, strength and health while protecting him/her from negative powers. Chanting the mantra helps to keep sorrow at bay and inculcates confidence in the person.
The Hroum mantra is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Destroyer among the Trinity. This mantra helps the chanter attain liberation. He/she is also protected against despair, diseases, fear and death.
The Haum mantra is another often chanted Shiva beej mantra. ‘Ha’ represents Shiva while ‘Au’ indicates Sadashiva.
The Shreem mantra is recited in honour of Goddess Lakshmi. Reciting the mantra assists the reciter in achieving social status, wealth, prosperity and power. The person is also blessed with success in his/her business ventures.
‘Sha’ denotes Mahalakshmi while ‘ra’ and ‘ee’ represent wealth and contentment respectively.
The Hreem mantra is associated with Goddess Bhuvaneswari. Chanting the mantra removes sorrow from the minds of the chanter. He/she is bestowed with the blessings of both Lord Shiva and his consort Maa Shakti at the same time.
‘Ha’ denotes Shiva, ‘ra’ highlights nature and ‘ee’ indicates Mahamaya.
The Ayeim mantra is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The reciter is blessed with knowledge and wisdom. He/she is also showered with good speech, communication skills, confidence and courage in life.
The term ‘Ayei’ denotes Saraswati. This mantra is usually said along with her other mantras.
The Dam mantra is chanted in honour of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver in the Trimurti. Reciting the mantra guides the chanter towards leading a quality life and blesses him with happiness, wealth and health. He/she is also protected against enemies and danger.
The Gam mantra is associated with Lord Ganapathi. Chanting the mantra helps the devotee gain happiness, wisdom, knowledge and fortune. It also has the power to change a person’s bad times into good times.
The Glam mantra is another commonly recited Ganapati beej mantra. ‘Ga’ represents Ganesha while ‘la’ means that which pervades and ‘au’ denotes brilliance.
The Ham mantra is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The reciter is blessed with strength, protection, all round success and courage. He/she also gets rid of his/her fears and miseries in his/her life.
The Fraum mantra is another popular Hanuman beej mantra.
The Doom mantra is recited in honour of Goddess Durga. The chanter is bestowed with fulfilment of desires and protection from enemies. He/she is also blessed with strength.
The Bhram mantra is associated with Lord Bhairav. The reciter is blessed with fame and victory in all his/her ventures. He/she is also granted wealth, health and a dignified social status.
The Hoom mantra is another commonly chanted Bhairav beej mantra.
The above set is just a partial list of the most popular mantras. There are several other beej mantras like Kshraum, Kleem and Dhaam; dedicated to other gods and goddesses. Chanting each mantra has its own benefits for the reciter.
Reciting the beej mantra regularly with utmost devotion offers the chanter several benefits. Its monosyllabic sound maintains the stability of the chakras in the body, thereby balancing the soul and the body. The mantras keep the reciter blessed with strength, good health and wisdom. They also help the chanter to attain salvation. Last but not the least, these mantras keep negativity at bay and safeguards the individual against evil powers.