Last Updated: May 30, 2018

Definition - What does Vam mean?

Vam is the bija, or seed, sound of the sacral chakra. When chanting the mantra, vam, the power of the sound vibrations is believed to cleanse this chakra, which is the energy center of creativity, pleasure and sexuality.

Yogis chant vam to heal the sacral center physically, emotionally and spiritually. Mantras, particularly single-syllable bija mantras, are usually chanted for their healing sound vibrations, rather than any specific meaning. Chakra mantras like vam are thought to clear the subtle energy pathways in the body in order to create positive change.

Yogapedia explains Vam

Mantras also assist in meditation. With vam, the focus of meditation is the navel center near the sacrum. Each bija mantra is also believed to be the sound form of a Hindu deity, which in turn is an aspect of the Brahman, or the Absolute. Vam is the sound form of Varun, god of the oceans and creation.

Other chakra bija mantras inlcude:

  • Lam (root chakra)
  • Ram (solar plexus chakra)
  • Yam (heart chakra)
  • Ham (throat chakra)
  • Aum, or Om (third eye chakra)
  • Om or ah (crown chakra)
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