Hari Om

Last Updated: April 21, 2020

Definition - What does Hari Om mean?

Hari Om is a famous Sanskrit mantra thought to erase all suffering. It allows the individual speaking it to remove their personal suffering and reconnect with the universal consciousness.

Hari means "the remover" and refers to the one who removes troubles, blockages, pain and bondages. Hari is also a name given in Hindu mythology to the god, Vishnu, who was himself the remover of bondages. It is said that repeating this name will erase sins, bad karma and suffering.

Om, on the other hand, is the primordial sacred syllable which encapsulates the whole of the universe and all of creation. Om is said to be the only mantra that has the potential to effortlessly bring the seeker into a state of samadhi.

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Yogapedia explains Hari Om

Repetition of Hari Om forms a type of meditation in itself, referred to simply as Hari Om meditation. To meditate on Hari Om is said to activate the chakras. In doing so, kundalini energy, which is stored at the base of the spine, can move upward through the nadis. Hari Om meditation also allows prana to move from one energy center to the next.

Some say that the Hari Om mantra is a shortened version of the mantra, Hari Om Tat Sat. Om Tat Sat can be considered as three words for God, and translated as “Supreme Absolute Truth” or “all that is.” Hari prefaces this mantra as it is the name of God in the physical form. This is said to allow the speaker of the mantra to explore the sat, or the truth, from their physical form.

Hari Om meditation is reputed to be particularly helpful for those suffering from depression as it improves the mental condition, finding happiness through one's connection with the universal energy.

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