Definition - What does Koham mean?

Koham, is a Sanskrit mantra. The mantra literally translates as Koh, which means "who," and Am, which means "I." Together, the mantra becomes the question "who am I?" Used as a mantra in meditation, this question is used by yogis seeking solace. The question of "who am I?" is what needs to be analyzed and realized in order to transcend physical and material reality.

Yogapedia explains Koham

Meditating on the mantra koham, is an contemplative way to manifest an inner realization on the nature of the self. The nature of koham is intellectual and allows for the realization of one’s true nature and the settling of the mind into serenity and silence.

Koham meditation can take many forms, as the yogi can explore and analyze the many aspects of existence like:

  • Am I thoughts?
  • Am I the physical body or something less tangible?
  • Who am I?
  • What is my purpose?
  • Am I my mind?

As the yogi sheds labels, they are able to connect with the divine energy.

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