Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha

Definition - What does Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha mean?

Om shreem maha Lakshmiyei namaha is a mantra that calls upon the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, to grant both worldly and spiritual prosperity. In yoga, mantras are chanted to calm the mind in preparation for and during meditation. Like most mantras, this Lakshmi mantra typically begins with the cosmic vibration of the seed mantra, Om.

Yogapedia explains Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha

Sanskrit mantras often have no literal translation, but are valued for the energy of the sound vibrations and their symbolic meanings. Translations represent the essence of the intended meaning. For this mantra, two common translations are:

  • “Salutations to the great Goddess Lakshmi, personification of the sustaining energy.”
  • “Salutations to she who manifests every kind of abundance.”

Each word in the mantra has significance, if not a literal meaning:

  • Shreem is the sound of Lakshmi energy or abundance.
  • Maha is a Sanskirt word meaning "great."
  • Lakshmiyei is the formal name of the goddess.
  • Namaha is a salutation that means “not mine,” but is usually translated as “I bow to you.”

Sometimes the mantra ends with swaha rather than namaha. The difference is subtle, but swaha is a salutation that means “I testify.”

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