Pavamana Mantra

Definition - What does Pavamana Mantra mean?

Pavamana Mantra is the name of a Hindu mantra that is included in the Brhadaranyaka Upanishads, an ancient yogic text. Its name comes from the Sanskrit pavamana, which means “being purified or strained” and is historically a name for Soma, the moon deity or the essence of realization and immortality.

The mantra was originally intended to be chanted by the patron of the sacrifice as part of the introductory praise for the Soma sacrifice. It is now considered a valuable mantra for spiritual awakening.

Yogapedia explains Pavamana Mantra

The Pavamana Mantra is in Sanskrit, but can be translated as:

“Om, from falsehood lead me to truth,
From darkness lead me to the light,
From death lead me to immortality,
Om peace peace peace.”

The three lines before the peace mantra are sometimes known as the three Pavamana Mantras. According to the passage after the mantra, the unreal and darkness are both associated with death, while the real and light are associated with immortality, and as such all three mantras can be interpreted as meaning “make me immortal.”

Swami Krishnananda explained that this mantra rejects the material world as being unreal and invokes a concept of a reality that can transcend mortality.

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