Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevay

Definition - What does Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevay mean?

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevay is a moksha or mukti (liberation) mantra that is recited as a way to achieve spiritual freedom from samsara, or the recurring cycle of death and reincarnation. It is the main mantra of Vishnu, who is the supreme god in the Hindu tradition of Vaishnavism, and is also chanted for Krishna, one of Vishnu's incarnations; although, some traditions consider Krishna to be the supreme being in his own right.

Found in the ancient Hindu text, "Vishnu Purana," this mantra is recited as much for the benefits of the sound vibrations as for any specific meaning.

Yogapedia explains Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevay

Because of the nature and multiple meanings of Sanskrit words, translations of the Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevay mantra vary, but all indicate praise for the supreme god. It is, therefore, considered a maha mantra, or "great" mantra. A couple of translations include:

  • “Om and salutations to the divine One who dwells in all.”
  • “Om, I bow to Lord Vasudeva/Lord Krishna.”

The meaning of the individual words are as follows:

  • Om – the primordial and sacred sound vibration of the universe
  • Namo – a word used as a salutation that represents spiritual surrender
  • Bhagavate – refers to one who is divine or blessed
  • Vasudevay – can mean Krishna, the god (devaya) of light (vasu), or the infinite and formless Brahman
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