Durga mantras are an instrument to
focus the mind on the power represented by Durga to strengthen and
transform the yogi mentally and physically, providing protection
during his/her earthly journey.
One of the simplest of the Durga
mantras is “Om Dum Durgayei Namaha,” which requests protection
from harm. The translation from the Sanskrit is: “Salutations to
the feminine energy that protects from all negative influences.”
More specifically, each word in the mantra has significance:
- Om is a spiritual sound
representing the universe, or Brahman, that is the essence of all creation.
It is typically recited at the beginning and end of all Hindu
prayers and is frequently chanted during yoga practice.
- Dum is the sound representing the
energy of Durga herself.
- Durgayei is the formal Sanskrit
pronunciation of the goddess' name.
- Namaha is difficult to translate
literally, but its meanings include “it is not mine” and “in
your essence, we bow to you.”