The fourth in the series of Mystic Chants is “Aum Namah Shivaya”. Sadhguru tells us that it is the basic mantra that purifies our system and helps bring meditativeness into those who are otherwise unable to hold it. 


Repeating a mantra with the right kind of awareness has always been the basic type of sadhana in most of the spiritual paths in the world.  Most people are incapable of rising to the right levels of energy within themselves without the use of a mantra. I find more than ninety percent of the people always need a mantra to activate themselves. Without it, they are not able to sustain.

So the basic mantra, which is held as the Mahamantra in certain cultures, is Aum Namah Shivaya.  ‘Aum Namah Shivaya’ can be practiced in different dimensions.  These are known as panchaksharas; there are five mantras in this. These panchaksharas represent the five elements in nature or they also represent the five main centers in the system – they are ways of activating these five centers.  They are also a very powerful purifying system.

There are many different dimensions in which we can look at this mantra. Right now, we want to use this mantra as a purificatory process, and at the same time as a foundation, as a base for all meditativeness that we may attain to. Aum Namah Shivaya is not a bad word. You can utter it. The question is just, ‘Are you ready for it?’  It is not about somebody. You’re not calling somebody. You want to dissolve yourself, because Shiva is a destroyer. If you call a destroyer and then you’re hoping that he will save you, it’s a mistake, isn’t it?

As a part of the Mystic Chants series, we will be releasing the rest of the Vairagya chants, one every week, for free. To support our efforts, you could also purchase the entire album online here.

To read about the significance of mantras, visit Sadhguru Spot on Becoming A Mantra.

To find the other Mystic Chants:

Vairagya – Bonding with Beyond

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  • Puspavanu

    Thanks a lot

  • shreya

    So how can i know if i am ready or not?and should we just listen it or we can also chant along? Please help…

    • Swami Kevala
      • Chetan Balwe

        I don’t really see how to “just listen” to a chant without actually chanting along. If you listen with genuine involvement, you end up chanting along at least internally if not orally. Besides, in this post, Sadhguru says “you can utter it”… so this is extremely confusing.

        • disqus_GWjpjNPCFE

          I agree, I’m confused if it’s okay to start chanting along because after awhile it just feels natural to do so. Even when the chanting stops, it is with me throughout the day and I would like to continue, but I am afraid to do so.

        • Avinash Bachate

          One can create “confusion” in anything simple.

          In Varigya album Sadghuru says “listen” and also somewhere he says “utter”. Its ok. But if you read all the description below each mantra on the blog, except “Aum….” he never said “don’t”.

      • shreya

        Thanks a lot…

    • Avinash Bachate

      Whether you are ready or not, only you will be able to know that, not even Sadhguru.

      Its your choice you can just listen to all 5 or chant all 5. But here Sadhguru has explicitily said “listen”.

  • Vivek Sundar

    I have a serious doubt. Last year Sadhguru said in Maha Shivrathri that one should not chant “Aum Namah Shivaya” on any other day. But in Vairagya album, this is also present. So can someone or sadhguru clarify on how to use this album, whether we can listen to it without chanting it ourself, or can we also chant it during all days of the year. I would be glad if the editors can forward this doubt to Sadhguru.

    • Avinash Bachate

      Namaskaram, Sadhguru has clarifed enough times that “those who are capable” of chanting this mantra, can do so. Even in above discription he has given you the “choice”.

      As far as Vairagya album, Sadhguru says you just listen to all these 5 mantras thruout the day …….days…….just listen without any choosing. Later on we will be given an choice to pick the “ONE” which is part of us (or become part of our life after repeatedly hearing all 5).


    • Isha Blog Moderator

      It was generally advised not to chant “Aum Namah Shivaya” because of its impact on a person. Shiva is known as the destroyer, so calling Him through this mantra is beneficial for those who have dedicated themselves to the spiritual path, as a way of destroying their limitations. It may not be conducive for those in family situations who are involved in certain aspects of life. However, one can listen to the mantra.

      • Vivek Sundar

        Thank you for your reply.

  • Ranjani

    To me, If my master made me see this page today, it means he thinks I am ready for it, for if not, I would have missed seeing this page . :) Nothing that is happening or will happen is without a reason…without my Master’s grace, there is no way anything can happen…no time to ask questions…for I dont know if there is enough time left at all in the first place..Namaskarams Sadhguru…

  • Chetan Balwe

    I wouldn’t be so sure of that. Sadhguru has been quite explicit in the past about not chanting the Mahamantra. So I really wish there could be some clarification about this.

  • kskumaran

    Namaskaram Sadhguru,
    For a Grihastha yogi or for those trying to become one , wouldnt he be able to balance “Aum nama shivaya” and family equally. Kindly pardon my ignorance. This is a deep rooted doubt, humbly request your guidance.

  • Garluaan Kaur

    Namaskaram, can l chat this mantra, l had been doing shambhavi Mahamudra for the last 8 months,

  • alex

    get out of you head do some yoga asanas and relax a lot, be the breath and enjoy the chanting, no need to worry no ned to hurry be the breath.

  • Premal

    There are really many traditions where Aum Namah Shivaya is being chanted all day long to the great benefit of those who do it.
    From my experience, it is such a beautiful mantra and it DOES invoke Shiva who is soooo exquisitely beautiful that it is better to be ‘destroyed’ by Shiva than to be ‘saved’ by false beliefs and values.
    Love is the only thing needed…
    God bless you.