Om Namo Shri

Definition - What does Om Namo Shri mean?

Om namo shri is the beginning of a mantra that can be used to appreciate and honor any beloved being. The name of the deity, god or even guru to be honored is placed at the end of the mantra.

It is considered a very powerful mantra because it reveres the qualities of the being that it honors and as such, shows a giving and a surrendering of the individual self. Some may consider this a mantra of letting go.

Yogapedia explains Om Namo Shri

The words of the mantra, om namo shri, are Sanskrit and individually can be translated as:

Om — the mystic syllable, considered the most sacred mantra, symbolizing the infinite, supreme wisdom and immortality.

Namo — literally meaning ”to bow” or “bow to,” this is used as a salutation or greeting of reverence to whatever or whomever comes next.

Shri — a title of respect, used before a revered person or deity.

As such, the whole mantra invokes and reveres the god or guru it is used for. Examples of ways in which this mantra can be used are, “Om namo shri Gajanana” or “Om namo shri Balaji.” It may be used for japa, or repetition, with the 108 beads of a mala.

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