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The Mantras of Surya Namaskar

I had a great question from Moon of I am (she has a great blog, you should check it out) but the answer is quite detailed so I thought I would write it in a post instead. The question relates to my earlier post today which shows the mantras associated with Surya Namaskar (sun salutations).  Namaha simply means salutation and Om has no direct meaning, but is a root sound, sometimes referred to as the sound of creation. Surya is the sun god and each part of the sun salutation has a separate mantra that gives thanks to some aspect of the sun god.They are:
Om Mitraya Namaha ~ Light of universal friendship
Om Ravaya Namaha ~ Light of compelling radiance
Om Suryaya Namaha ~ Dispeller of darkness and ignorance
Om Bhanave Namaha ~ Shining principle
Om Kaghaya Namaha ~ All pervading light
Om Pushne Namaha ~ Light of mystic fire
On Hiranyagarabhaya Namaha ~ Golden colored one, healing gold
Om Marichaye Namaha ~ Light obvious and subtle as at dusk and dawn
Om Aditaya Namaha ~ Light of the sage, an aspect of Vishnu (Vishnu is a deity)
Om Savitre Namaha ~ Light of enlightenment
Om Arkaya Namaha ~ Light that removes afflictions
Om Baskaraya Namaha ~ Brilliance, the light of intelligence
The Sanskrit mantras are typically very beautiful. They somehow get into your soul even when you don’t know what they mean. The language is very poetic when translated too, although I can’t say that the translations that we hear are accurate. You usually find several interpretations for the same Sanskrit phrase. Likely they all come close though.

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4 Comments on “The Mantras of Surya Namaskar

  1. Thank you kindly for the mention and the post! Those are beautiful. I once saw a video with mantras, it sounded so angelic and calming!

  2. This weekend I learned a new one “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha”
    We chanted it over a fire with drums. It was beautiful! Never experienced that before.

    • That’s great! Chanting in a group is a really moving experience. The one you did is a chant to Ganesha, the remover of obstacles (and one of my favorite deities)

  3. Pingback: Sun Salutes are back In my life! | My Human Experience

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