Maha Ganapati Mantra

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Mahā-Gaṇapati means “Ganesha, the Great”1Subramuniyaswami p. 71 and mūla means “root”. This mantra contains many bīja (single-syllable) mantras.


Mahā-Gaṇapati Mūla Mantra Translation: Sanskrit and English

MantraOm Shrim Hrim Klim Glaum Gam Ganapataye Vara Varada Sarva Jana Me Vashamanaya Swaha
SayOom Shreem Hreem Kleem Gloum Gum Gun-up-ut-uh-ye Vuh-ruh Vuh-ruh-duh Sur-vuh Juh-nuh Me Vush-uh-maan-uh-yuh Swaa-haa
MeaningMay Ganesha bring all things that concern me under my control.2Stephen Sturgess (2015:169) The Supreme Art and Science of Raja and Kriya Yoga
Sanskrit IASToṃ śrīṃ hrīṃ klīṃ glauṃ gaṃ gaṇapataye varavarada sarvajanaṃ me vaśamānaya svāhā
Sanskrit Devanāgarīॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ग्लौं गं गणपतये वर वरद सर्वजनं मे वशमानय स्वाहा

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Bija Mantras Explained: Om, Shreem, Hreem, Kleem, Glaum, Gam

A detailed explanation for the bīja mantras oṃ, śrīṃ, hrīṃ, klīṃ, glauṃ and gaṃ.


Om Mantra

Oṃ bīja mantra (pranic energy)

  • Oṃ is the sound of the universe
  • Say: “oom”
  • The sound of: Īśvara (Ishvara)
  • Purpose: opening and clearing your mind for meditation. 3Frawley p. 82

Shreem Mantra

Śrīṃ bīja mantra (lunar energy)

  • Śrīṃ is the mantra of faith, devotion, refuge and surrender
  • Say: “shreem”
  • The sound of: Goddess Lakṣhmī (Lakshmi)
  • Second name: “Rāma Bīja”, it is also worshipping Lord Rāma.
  • It’s about: the feeling aspect of your heart.4Frawley p. 90

Hreem Mantra

Hrīṃ bīja mantra (electric energy)

  • Hrīṃ energizes and directs the power of prāṇa. It is the main Śakti mantra.
  • Say: “hreem”
  • The sound of: Śakti, Goddess Durgā
  • Purpose: energizing your heart and providing warmth.
  • It’s about: magical force, captivation and empowerment.
  • Body part: your heart (spiritual heart, heart chakra, emotional heart and the physical organ).

Kleem Mantra

Klīṃ bīja mantra (magnetic energy)

  • Klīṁ is the softer, watery, more feminine aspect of Krīṁ
  • Say: “kleem”
  • The sound of: Kṛṣṇa and Sundarī (Krishna and Sundari)
  • It’s about: love and devotion
  • Purpose: helps you to achieve our true wishes in life.5Frawley p. 92

Glaum Mantra

Glauṃ is a bīja mantra for Gaṇeśa.

  • Glauṃ combines the sounds G and L with the mantra Auṃ.
  • G-sound: the power of movement and accomplishment.
  • L-sound: stabilizing and harmonizing energy.
  • Purpose: removing obstacles and clearing your path.6Frawley p. 92
  • Say: “Gloum”

Gam Mantra

Gaṃ is a bīja mantra for Gaṇeśa.

Ganapataye Meaning

Gaṇapataye means “to Gaṇapati”, another name for Gaṇeśa.

Sources:
Frawley, David (2010): Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound. Secret of Seed (Bija) Mantras

Subramuniyaswami, Satguru Sivaya (2000): Loving Ganesha

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