Definition - What does Saguna Mantra mean?
Saguna mantra is one of three categories of mantras used in yoga practice, meditation and worship in Hinduism and other religions that have their origins in India. Saguna is a Sanskrit word meaning “with attributes” or “having qualities." Saguna mantras are sometimes called deity mantras because they often focus on some form of the divine.
In general, mantras are single-syllable sounds, phrases or words recited to calm and focus the mind and to achieve a specific result. In yoga, saguna mantras are repeated as part of meditation, pranayama breathing exercises and even some asana practices.
Yogapedia explains Saguna Mantra
The other two main categories of mantras are nirguna mantras, which are recited “without attributes,” and seed or bija mantras, single-syllable sounds associated with specific deities or chakras. Bija mantras are often used in saguna mantras. Nirguna mantras, on the other hand, are more esoteric with the goal being union with the Divine or higher Self.
The Saguna mantras that invoke specific deities or aspects of God or Brahman are thought by some to manifest both the divine power and the actual form of the deity.
Some examples of saguna mantras are:
- Om Namo Narayanaya, which means “salutations to Lord Narayana,” an avatar of Vishnu.
- Om Dum Durgayai Namaha, which honors the goddess Durga and seeks her protection from negative forces.
- Om Sri Maha Ganapataye Namah, which honors Ganesha and his power to remove obstacles to success.