Using Sanskrit mantras in our meditation practice can help connect us to the vibrations of the universe — placing into motion whatever we are trying to focus on through our mantras. In addition, mantras provide us with a valuable tool to still the mind and improve concentration during meditation. As we tap into the ancient wisdom of Sanskrit mantras, we can go deeper into our meditation practice.

5 Sanskrit Mantras for Meditation

Using the powerful sound vibrations of Sanskrit mantras is meant to transform your spiritual vibration as you repeat them, allowing you to take your meditation practice to new levels. Your mantras can become deeply personal as you use them over time. As you connect with the sound, feel, and meaning of them, you can find new ways to tap into your inner wisdom. Here are five Sanskrit mantras you might want to try during meditation so you can take notice of your experience.

1.  Aham Prema

Meaning: I am divine love.

This simple mantra helps us connect to the divine love within. Recognizing ourselves as pure love can have a calming effect on our mind, body, and soul. As we embrace the divine love within, we learn to be more compassionate with ourselves and others. This mantra can bring a sense of peace and joy to your meditation, and it’s a wonderful way to start the day or calm yourself during stressful times.

2. Sat-Chit-Ananda

Meaning: truth-consciousness-bliss or existence-consciousness-bliss

Also known as the moola mantra, the individual parts of this mantra are as follows:

  • Sat: truth, absolute being, or existence
  • Chit: consciousness and understanding
  • Ananda: bliss, a state of pure happiness

As a meditation mantra, sat-chit-ananda is useful for seeking truth and enlightenment. It can expand your awareness and raise your level of consciousness.

3. Om Mani Padme Hum

Meaning: The jewel is in the lotus, or praise to the jewel in the lotus.

The lotus symbolizes transformation as it emerges clean and pure out of the mud. A deeper translation of this mantra is that the six syllables represent achieving perfection in the six practices of Buddhism: generosity, morality, patience, energy, meditation, and wisdom. According to the Dalai Lama, the six syllables as a whole teach us that by the “practice of a path that is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.”

4. Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

Meaning: I bow to the divine and creative wisdom, I bow to the divine teacher within.

This mantra opens the communication channel to the divine wisdom within and helps the practitioner tune into their self-knowledge. Popular in kundalini yoga, it is chanted at least three times at the start of each class. As you meditate, this mantra reminds you to believe in your own internal wisdom and trust and listen to your inner guidance.

5. Samprati Hum

Meaning: The present moment is my true self.

A common challenge in meditation is quieting the mind and tuning out the distractions of the day. This mantra helps us stay grounded in the present and serves as a reminder that we are whole in each moment. We are able to look within at any time for what we seek, and we can feel fully alive in each moment.

These Sanskrit mantras for meditation can help you uncover new layers in your meditation practice as you work with them consistently. 

Want to begin a meditation practice? Try our guided meditation videos on Alo Moves.

Cindy Duke

Cindy is a freelance writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two pets. After completing her undergraduate studies in English education at Chico State University, and her graduate studies in middle level education at Walden University, she spent eleven years as a middle school English teacher and instructional coach. When she began to struggle with her physical and mental health, she became passionate about learning how to take care of her body and mind. Eight years since starting that journey, she has studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, become certified in both PiYo and CIZE formats, left the teaching profession, pursued her dream of writing, and developed a deep love of yoga. When she’s not reading, writing, cooking, or watching the San Francisco Giants play, you can find her rolling out her mat to practice her favorite style of yoga: yin.

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