Definition - What does Ram mean?
Ram is the bija (seed sound) mantra of the manipura (navel or solar plexus) chakra — the source of personal power. The chakras are concentrated centers of energy at locations along the spine. Each has a specific bija mantra that is thought to vibrate with energy that activates and opens its associated chakra.
Mantras, which can be phrases or longer chants in addition to single syllables, are typically chanted by yogis for their healing vibrations rather than any particular meaning that the individual words may have. Chakra bija mantras, like ram, clear the body's subtle energy pathways and may be recited as part of a longer mantra.
Yogapedia explains Ram
The manipura chakra is the third of the seven major chakras and is believed to boost self-confidence, reduce anxiety and control negative impulses. Manipura is associated with transformational power and inner strength, both of which are unleashed when the yogi chants ram.
The other major chakras and their bija mantras include:
- Muladhara (root) chakra – lam
- Svadhisthana (sacral) chakra – vam
- Anahata (heart) chakra – yam
- Vishuddhi (throat) chakra – ham or hum
- Ajna (third eye) chakra – om
- Sahasrara (crown) chakra – om (expressed silently)
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