Om Aim Hreem Shreem

Definition - What does Om Aim Hreem Shreem mean?

Om aim hreem shreem is a mantra composed of four bija, or seed, mantras that represent divine energy. While mantras in general can be short phrases or longer recitations, bija mantras are single-syllable sounds that often have no specific meaning but are chanted for the transforming power of their sound vibrations and symbolic significance. The sounds are believed to affect the flow of prana (life-force) energy throughout the body. These sounds are called "cosmic vibrations."

As a combination of bija mantras, om aim hreem shreem is a particularly powerful mantra. Although there is no direct translation, one interpretation is: “Oh merciful Lord. Please bestow wealth, health and prosperity. I seek asylum from you.”

Yogapedia explains Om Aim Hreem Shreem

The significance of each syllable in the mantra is as follows:

  • Om (aum) – This is a primordial sound associated with the creation of the universe, the creator Divine, Brahman and the higher Self. It is the most common and recognizable bija mantra. Om opens, clears and focuses the mind for meditation, and so is typically chanted at the beginning of mantras.
  • Aim – This is a feminine counterpart of om. It is the bija mantra associated with Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and speech. It is believed to open the yogi's consciousness to higher knowledge.
  • Hreem – This is the sound of the Great Goddess representing her powers creation, preservation and destruction. It is often associated with her form as Parvati or Shakti, symbolizing divine feminine energy.
  • Shreem – This sound evokes the power of love, devotion and abundance, on both a physical and spiritual level. It is associated with Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and divine grace.
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