Om Namah Shivaya é um mantra que significa: “Om, inclino-me perante Shiva” ou “Om, inclino-me perante o meu divino Ser interior”. É utilizado na meditação ióguica e os seus praticantes afirmam que o seu japa induz um profundo relaxamento físico e mental, além possuir eventuais efeitos curativos.
Aum NamahŚivāya is among the foremost mantras. Its general translation is “adoration (namas) to Śiva”, preceded by the mystical syllable Aum. It is called Panchakshara, or “having five syllables”. Śaivite mystics hold that within its celestial tones and hues resides all of the intuitive knowledge of Śaivism. The Aum namah Śivāya mantra appears for the first time, yet without the Aum, in a traditional Vedic prayer to Rudra called Śri Rudram (Rudra is considered an earlier aspect and name of Lord Śiva). In this context, śiva retainsits original meaning as an adjective meaning “auspicious, benign, friendly”, a euphemistic epitheton of Rudra. The meaning of the NamahŚivāya mantra was explained by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami: The Aum namah Śivāya mantra written in Devanagari “Namah Śivāya is the most holy name of God Śiva, recorded at the very center of the Vedas and elaborated in the Śaiva Agamas. Na is the Lord’s concealing grace, Ma is the world,Śi stands for Śiva, Va is His revealing grace, Ya is the soul. The five elements, too, are embodied in this ancient formula for invocation. Na is earth, Ma is water, Śi is fire, Vā is air, and Ya is ether, or akasha. Many are its meanings. Namah Śivaya has such power, the mere intonation of these syllables reaps its own reward in salvaging the soul from bondages of the treacherous instinctive mind and the steel bands of a perfected externalized intellect. Namah Śivāya quells the instinct, cuts through the steel bands and… (2264)