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Mantras was originally conceived in the great Hindu scriptures, known as the Vedas. Within practically all Hindu scriptures, the writing is formed in painstakingly crafted two line ‘shlokas’ and most Mantras follow this pattern, although Mantras are often found in single line or even single word combinations.

The basic Mantra is ॐ, or ‘Aum’, which in Hinduism is known as the ‘pranava Mantra, ’ the source of all Mantras. The idea behind this is the Hindu philosophy of nama-rupa (name-form), which supposes that all ideas or entities in existence, within the phenomenological cosmos, have name and form. The basic name and form is the primordial vibration of Aum, as it is the first manifested nama-rupa of Brahman.

Before existence and beyond existence, there is only One reality, Brahman, and the first manifestation of Brahman in existence is Aum. For this very reason, Aum is considered to be the most fundamental and powerful Mantra, and thus is prefixed and suffixed to all Hindu prayers. While some Mantras may invoke individual Gods, the fundamental Mantras, like 'Aum, ' the 'Shanti Mantra, ' the 'Gayatri Mantra' and others, all focus on the One reality.

In the Hindu Tantras the universe is sound. The supreme (para) brings forth existence through the Word (Shabda). Creation consists of vibrations at various frequencies and amplitudes giving rise to the phenomena of the world. The purest vibrations are the var.na, the imperishable letters which are revealed to us, imperfectly as the audible sounds and visible forms.

Var.nas are the atoms of sound. A symbolic association was built up between letters and the elements, gods, signs of zodiac, parts of the body – letters became rich in these associations. For example in the Aitrareya-aranya-Upanishad we find: "Mute consonants represent the earth, the sibilants the sky, the vowels heaven. The mute consonants represent fire, the sibilants air, the vowels the sun… The mute consonants represent the eye, the sibilants the ear, the vowels the mind"

In effect each letter became a Mantra and the language of the Vedas, Sanskrit, corresponds greatly to the nature of things. Thus Vedas come to represent reality itself. The syllable 'Om', represents the underlying unity of reality, which is Brahman

The most representative Mantra of all the Hindu Mantras is the famed ‘Gayatri Mantra’:

ॐ भूर्भुवस्व: | तत् सवितूर्वरेण्यम् | भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि | धियो यो न: प्रचोदयात्

Om / Bhūr Buvaḥ Svaḥ / Tat Savitur Vareṇyaṃ / Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi / Dhiyo Yo Naḥ Pracodayāt

Gayatri Mantra is the most universal Hindu Mantra and invokes the Brahman as the principle of knowledge and the illumination of the primordial Sun. Many Brahmins till today, in a tradition that has continued for at least 5, 000 years, perform morning ablutions at the bank of a river and while holding the sacred thread given to them at adolescence, repeat the Gayatri Mantra.

Lead me from Ignorance to Truth

āsato ṃā Sadhgamayā / tamaso ṃā jyothir-Gamayā / ṃrityor-ṃā āmritham Gamayā / Om śānti śānti śāntiḥ
"Aum Asato ma sad gamaya, tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, mrityor ma aamritaam gamaya"
"Aum Lead me from ignorance to truth, from darkness to light, from death to immortality."

Hare Krishna Mantra

A very famous Mantra is that created by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a great Vaishnava bhakta (loving devotee) of the Hindu Lord Vishnu in the 15th century. It is beloved by most Hindus as very powerful, Vaishnavs and Shaivaites alike:

"Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare"

When A.C. Bhaktivedanta brought his ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) brand of Hindu Vaishnavism to the West, he framed the “Hare Krishna” Mantra as the sole Mantra for moksha/liberation and his sect is now commonly known in the West by the name ‘Hare Krishna’

Shanti Mantra : The Mantra of Peace

Aum Saha Navavatu / Saha Nau Bhunaktu / Saha Viryam Karvavahe / Tejaswi Navadhi Tamastu / Ma Vidvishavahe / Aum Shanti Shanti Shantihi / Hari Hi Aum

(Om, May the Lord protect us, May the Lord allow us to enjoy, May we work together. May our studies be thorough and faithful. May we never misunderstand each other. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace!)

Universal prayer

Sarveśāam Svastir Bhavatu / Sarveśām Sāntir Bhavatu / Sarveśām Pūrṇam Bhavatu / Sarveśām ṃangalam Bhavatu (May good befall all, May there be peace for all, May all be fit for perfection, and May all experience that which is auspicious.)

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinaha / Sarve Santu ṇirāmayaha / Sarve Badrāṇi Pasyantu / ṃā Kascidh-dhuhkha Bhāga-Bhavet (Om, May all be happy. May all be healthy. May we all experience what is good and let no one suffer. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace!)

Thou Are That
Tat Twam Asi

To list most of the main Hindu Mantras would take reams of paper. Indeed, simple two-lined shlokas from holy Hindu texts like the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutra, even the Mahabharata and Ramayana, are considered powerful and finely honed enough to be repeated to great effect.

A very common Mantra is formed by taking a deity's name and saluting it with in such a manner: Aum namah ------ or Aum Jai (Hail!) ------ or several such permutations. Common examples are Aum namah Shivaya? (Aum to Lord Shiva),  Om Jai Jagadish Hare (Salutations to the Universal God Vishnu),  Aum Shri Ganeshaya Namah? (Aum to Shree Ganesh) and Jai Ma Kali. Needless to say, there are more Mantras of this sort than names of the Hindu deities. Another example of Hindu Mantras is seen in the Surya Namaskar, whose practice is found recorded as far back as in the Hindu scripture of the Ramayana. As each of the twelve postures is performed, a salutatory Mantra is recited to the Lord Surya, the Sun.

Some more Mantras:
Govind Mantra
|| Om Shreem Kleem Krishnnaay Govindaay Hreem Om Swaahaa. ||

Madhusoodan Mantra
|| Om Shree Krishnnaay Asuraakraant Bhaarhaarinne Namah. ||

Mahabaahu Mantra
|| Om Nrim Narsinghaay Bal Pradaay Mahaabaahave Hreem Om Phat. ||

Lord Kartikeya Mantra
|| Om Kam Ksham Kam Kaartikeyaay Phat ||

Mantra to Remove Obstacles
|| Om Kleem Kaleshnaashay Kleem Phat ||

Mantra for Honourable Social Status
|| Om Hreem Ayeim Vighna Nashaaya Phat ||

Mantra for Realisation of God
|| Om Brahmatmane Ishta Darshaya Darshaya Hoom ||

Mantra to Conquer Enemy
|| Om Kreem Kreem Kreem Hleem Hleem 'Amuk' Shatru Maraya Maraya Hleem Kreem Kreem Kreem Phat ||