Definition - What does Surya Mantra mean?
Surya mantra is a phrase or series of phrases chanted to invoke the power and blessings of the sun god Surya. In yoga, mantras are used to calm and focus the mind in preparation for, and during, meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises). One such surya mantra is chanted during the sun salutation (surya namaskara).
Surya is the giver of energy, and reciting a surya mantra is believed to have healing powers, particularly the power to cure eye diseases and improve the yogi's eyesight.
Yogapedia explains Surya Mantra
Although there are many surya mantras, one of the most significant is the surya bija, or seed, mantra: Om hraam hreem hraum sah Suryay namaha
It roughly translates as “salutations to the great sun god for his divine grace.” Reciting this Surya mantra is believed to bring abundance and prosperity and heal diseases.
The surya namaskara mantra invokes 12 different names of the sun god while the yogi faces the sun and practices the 12 sun salutation asanas, thereby opening the chakras:
- Om Mitraya namaha
- Om Ravayre namaha
- Om Suryaya namaha
- Om Bhanave namaha
- Om Khagaya namaha
- Om Pushne namaha
- Om Hiranyagarbhaya namaha
- Om Marichaye namaha
- Om Adityaya namaha
- Om Savitre namaha
- Om Arkaya namaha
- Om Bhaskaraya namaha