Definition - What does Shreem Mantra mean?
The shreem mantra is a one-syllable sound known as a bija, or "seed," mantra. It is the bija mantra of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of abundance and prosperity. Shreem is also associated with the third-eye chakra and the head.
In yoga, shreem may be chanted to still and focus the mind during meditation.
Yogapedia explains Shreem Mantra
Although bija mantras typically are not translatable, the letters of shreem have symbolic significance. The real power of the mantra, though, is the sound vibrations created by the chanting, either aloud or silently. The letters represent:
- Sha - signifies Goddess Lakshmi
- Ra - is symbolic of wealth
- Ee - represents contentment and satisfaction
- Mmm - is Brahman, or the Absolute
Lakshmi represents both material and spiritual prosperity, so her shreem mantra is one of the most popular of all mantras. It is also chanted for a successful married life, success in business, healing and for harmony and happiness.
Like all bija mantras, shreem can be chanted alone or as part of another mantra. One such mantra is Om shreem brzee namaha, which is chanted for its ability to enhance blessings. It is believed by some to be a miracle mantra.