|Om Namah Shivaya|
A few months ago I had this crazy dream where I was in a field with a bunch of people that were carrying on with all kinds of antics and shenanigans, hooligans I think I called them. All of a sudden I sat down in sukhasana (easy seated pose) and started meditating and chanting this month’s mantra of the month–Om Namah Shivaya. As I did, everything around me started to change color and sparkle. And as the chanting got louder, the colors got more vibrant; the whole dream world was vibrating!
I’ve had some crazy dreams before, but this one topped the charts! Curious, I asked a good yogi friend what she thought of my dream. She wasn’t quite sure but thought perhaps that’s what I needed to be; the calm amidst all the chaos and the craziness.
Whether the dream meant anything at all is another story, but in the meantime, it’s worth discussing this powerful mantra. Om Namah Shivaya is a five syllable mantra or Panchakshara Mantra, with each of the five syllables relating to earth, water, fire, air and space. Roughly, it means “I bow to Shiva.” Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self and the name of your true identity. Chanting this mantra is said to take you back to the source–your Self.
Listen and sing!
There are a ton of great resources for this mantra. What are some of your favorites?