Bija Mantra - An Enchanted Tool to Overcome all Difficulties

Has it ever happened to you, that you are chanting Mantras, following the rules and still not getting results? 

Don’t lose faith just yet. There are some things associated with those Mantras which you should know. And one of them is the Bija Mantra.

What are Bija Mantras?

The meaning of the word ‘Bija’is seed. They have power to enhance the strength of any Mantra. And these are not just some random group of words.

It is the resonance of the sound is generated while chanting. There are five elements of atmosphere i.e. Ether, Air, Water, Fire, and Earth. 

These elements are also present in our body. They are responsible for synchronising these elements in the body and the surroundings respectively.

Bija – The Origin of All Things

As mentioned before, Bija means seed. A seed is a container for the particular plant to which it belongs. It determines the characteristics of that plant.

Similarly, they represent the origin of the Mantras of the specific deity to which they are associated with. But the difference here, is that this Bija Mantra determines the aspects of that particular deity to which it belongs; not the Mantras themselves.

Every deity has its own Bija Mantras. And to awaken that deity, a particular sound has to be emitted. These are normally associated with the Mantras of deities which correspond to salutation.

Where Do These Come From?

It is either one alphabet or a group of alphabets. The primary Bija Aksharas are as follows-

mantra list
mantra-list

Do you see the pattern here? 

All these words are made of singular alphabets or a singular word composed of multiple alphabets joined together, with a vowel in tow. And they all end in ‘M’ sound, which is the Anuswar (the dot on top).

‘M’ is the Rudra Bija. Rudra is another name for Lord Shiv, who can eliminate negative energies like sorrow. 

Similarly, there are other Bija chants, which are constructed from the letters of the Sanskrit Alphabet with a ‘Anuswar’ on top.

Okay, so how do I use them?

These Bija Mantras are like prefixes. You add them before the actual Mantra. Consider it like a form of preparation.

These Mantras help you concentrate or focus on yourdevotion which then multiplies the effects of your actual prayer. So they kind of act like catalysts.

For example, to gain knowledge and remove obstacles, we pray to Lord Ganesh by chanting “ॐ गणपतये नमः”(Om Ganapataye Namah).

If we add ‘गं’(Gum – Not chewing gum!), before “गणपतये नमः”(Ganapataye Namah), it enhances the overall effect. Your worship becomes more effective and you are more likely to get the desired result.

Similarly, you chant:

  •  ॐ र्हीं दूं दुर्गायै नमः – for well-being
  •  ॐ क्रीम कालिकायै नमः – for destruction of evil spirits
  •  ॐ ऐं सरस्वत्यै नमः – for knowledge.

OM - The special case(ॐ):

OM is a unique Bija Mantra. All other Mantras start with OM. It is the eternal sound of the universe.

Why? 

If you consider A-U-M as the preferred spelling, the three letters ‘A’, ‘U’ and ‘M’ represent the deities Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh respectively. 

These deities originate from one Supreme Being– Adimaya or Shakti (energy, which cannot be created, or destroyed). 

Now if you observe the pattern of all the Bija Mantras, you will notice that atleast one of these three alphabetsis present in all of them. 

That is why OM (or AUM) is the ultimate Bija, or the Supreme Bij of all the other Mantras, whether they are other Bij Mantras or not.

They need to be learnt from devoted Gurus only, because they wield immense power. And as with any powerful artefact, they need to be handled with care. Otherwise the adverse effects are disastrous.

Remember their importance well, because we are going to use them in our forthcoming articles.

They will contain powerful solutions to specific problems in your life. And these Bija chants will make those solutions even more effective!



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