Definition - What does Shreem mean?

Shreem is the most powerful bija ("seed") mantra of the Hindu goddess, Lakshmi, and is believed to invoke creativity, blessings and peace. As Lakshmi is considered a force of abundance and prosperity, it is also thought that repeating the Shreem mantra brings the yogi blessings of abundance, wealth and/or divine powers.

Shreem is also connected with lunar energy and, as such, is associated with femininity, receptivity and surrender.

Yogapedia explains Shreem

Also considered a sacred Shakti mantra, shreem can be added to a yogi’s own personal mantra to enhance its effects. It is said to help increase prana, boost concentration and develop positive personal qualities. The Shreem mantra is considered particularly beneficial for women, due to its links with Lakshmi, though it can be used by anyone who would like to bring more feminine energy and power into their lives.

In Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, the Shreem mantra is recommended for those with an excess of vata or pitta dosha in their body and mind because it helps to calm heat and movement, and bring about softening, nurturing qualities instead.

Some say repeating shreem as a mantra is ideal for evening practice because of its relaxing and releasing effects. It is said to help promote better, more restful sleep and may even encourage conscious dreaming.

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