Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, also known as 12 syllable mantra, is considered a powerful Mukti mantra since it grants release from Samsara (the state of continuous reincarnation, in which all living beings are ensnared) for the practitioner who chants it with true faith and devotion.
Furthermore, it is acknowledged as the Supreme Mantra of Lord Vishnu (along with Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu is regarded as a member of the holy trinity of Hinduism) and is also used for one of Lord Vishnu’s avatars, Krishna.
This Sanskrit mantra can be found in Vishnu Purana (one of the eighteen Mahapuranas) and is also the central mantra of the Vedic scripture “Srimad Bhagavatam”. The 12 syllable mantra can be practiced in a similar way as Gayatri Mantra.
Translation according to Swami Vivekananda:
“You are not your body, not your mind, you are spiritual beings blessed and eternal”
The meaning of Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya mantra on syllables:
Note – the sense of every Sanskrit mantra is infinity. A mantra is a sound vibration beyond the cognition of the mind. When the mind is unable to cognize, it simply dissolves and moves into a meditative space.
Om – this syllable (also written as AUM) is a combination of all sounds when in its diversified form gives rise to all words used in language. Om is also a bija mantra which relates to the crown (Sahasrara) chakra, which symbolizes one’s connection to the Source.
Namo – this word can be translated as a ”salutation” or ”invocation with profound respect.”
Bhagavate – it can be translated as opulence or who has the following 6 opulence in full amounts – kirti (fame), shri (wealth), jnana (knowledge, wisdom), shakti (strength), vairagya (renunciation), and lavanya (beauty). However, despite having all these characteristics or traits, He is never attached to them.
Vasudevaya – the last word of the mantra is a name for Lord Krishna, whose father was Vasudeva.
Note – although knowing the significance of this Sanskrit mantra is not necessary, it can be quite helpful in deepening into the experience of mantra meditation when we bring intention to the practice.
Benefits of reciting this Sanskrit bhajan:
A consistent and regular practice of this powerful mantra gives you a complete spiritual freedom: it frees you from the cycle of rebirth (samsara) as well as it helps you realize yourself as a complete manifestation of the transcendent divinity.
This mantra invokes the God within. It can also be practiced during pregnancy to bring in a spiritual child. By reciting this mantra, we permeate our entire mental and physical bodies with healing vibrations of light.
Lord Krishna also said that “Everybody should recite Sanskrit bhajan every day whenever possible so that I will stand by them. I respond to the call of the heart immediately and invariably.”
How to use this liberation mantra in a meditation:
#1 It is preferable to practice mantra meditation at a designated time, especially in the morning or before going to sleep.
#2 There are a few classical seated poses; however, Sukhasana (also known as easy cross-legged pose) is the most basic and comfortable. For more flexible and advanced meditators, it is recommended Padmasana (better known as Lotus Pose). Sitting in a chair also works for a mantra meditation session. It’s no less efficient and no less spiritual, and it’s usually the preferred choice for beginners.
#3 Close your eyes and scan your physical body, relaxing each body part one at a time. You should start with your toes, feet, ankles, and continue to move up your entire physical body.
#4 Gently close your eyes and start by taking some deep breaths. Taking a few “cleansing breaths” by inhaling slowly and profoundly through your nose and then exhaling out your mouth.
#5 Start repeating the mantra in your mind or in a whisper for 108 times. When you finish the mantra recitation, sit quietly for five minutes, at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes opened, and just observe your breath.
- During the meditation practice, you will notice thoughts and stream of thoughts. That is fine and perfectly normal. You just need to let them go without minding them. After, you gently restart the mantra practice.
- Using this mantra in a meditation is a pleasure which is beyond the senses and can take you beyond time and space, bringing a calming effect on your mind. Actually, it is considered that reciting this mantra can merge your identity into infinity, leading you away from the mundane world in a spiritual space.