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Query from: vijay kumar, India, 01/03/09
Topic: RELIGION      Submitted on:
Subject: Way of chanting Om Namah sivaya ?

can any one please tell me while chanting Om Namah sivaya, how to spell,pronounce or chant Namaha? Do we need to spell it as Nama or Namaha everytime?I feel that saying Ha in namaha is a lenghty process.Can anyone tell me which is the right way? Harekrishna....

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Response from: Bond 007 James,   
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Om Namah Shivaya Mantra in Sanskrit

The Om Namah Shivaya mantra or chant consists of six syllables - om, na, mah, shi, vaa, ya. When chanted properly, each syllable activates certain energy centers within our bodies as we meditate upon the energy of Lord Shiva. Shiva is often referred to as the part of the Hindu trinity which has dominion over death and destruction. Shiva is also considered the greatest of the yogis, the lord of meditation, and the lord of all that is mystic and mysterious in hindu practices. Legend has it that the holy river Ganges (or Ganga) is in fact a representation of Lord Shiva's long hair.

Some texts refer to the five letters as the forms of Shiva - Na-gendra (one who wears a garland of snakes), Ma-ndakini Salila (one who is bathed by the water of the Ganges), Shi (the supreme Lord), Va-shishta (one who is praised by the sages like Vashishta), and Ya-ksha (one who takes the form of Yaksha).

Summary of the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra

Om or Aum is the pranava or seed mantra of all mantras. The two syllables na- and mah- can be translated as "I humbly bow to you". The three syllables shi-vaa-ya invoke Lord Shiva and all his energies to bless us and lead us to the highest state of peace and meditation. The mantra should ideally be chanted twice a day (morning and evening) for 108 times each. The two words, namah and shivaya, are also referred to as the panchakshara (five letter) chant. It is said that those who chant these five holy letters while meditating on Lord Shiva will be blessed by visions of Shiva - the Lord of the yogis.

Listen to the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra (mp3 244K) by Pandit Jasraj This rendition of the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra is from the "MahaMantras" CD by Pandit Jasraj and other artists.…

check mp3 format in above site for accurate pronounciation

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Response from: somayajulu sistla bhavani,   
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Dear Friend

U have to Chant Om Namah Sivayah These are the Syllabals om Na Maha Si Va Yaha

so while continiously chanting this panchakshari masntra there is a possibility that u may be chanting as nama sivaya so that doees not matter much as long as u have devotion and feel that u r prostrating to lord siva.

with best wishes

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Response from: @ KaRtiKa,   
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"h" in "námah") may be pronounced in two different ways according to its position in a sentence. When it is "at the end" of a sentence, Visargá is to be uttered by adding the same vowel preceding it but in a very short form. For example, if "námah" were to be at the end of the Mántra (Om shivaaya namah), it is to be pronounced "námaha" (pronounce "h" as normally in English), where the last "a" is much shorter that the second one. However, when Visargá is "in the middle" of a sentence, it is to be uttered without adding anything. For instance, "námah" in "Om namah shivaaya" is to pronounced "námah" (pronounce "h" as normally in English). Thus, when the Mántra is written in its original form as "Om námah shivaaya", Visargá sounds like "h" (námah) and not like "ha" (námaha). Whether you have to use one way to utter Visargá or the other, it is "always" pronounced, i.e. it should never be omitted. Therefore, to pronounce only "náma" is not correct. Of course, most people pronounce "náma" and omit the Visargá sound. That is why I took the trouble to explain this topic in detail. There are no "mute" letters in Sanskrit. Understand this and stop pronouncing "náma" if you are doing so, please.

A last thing: This Mántra may be used while you carry out your daily tasks as well as in meditation. Repeat it at the same speed as a person speaks normally, neither too fast nor too slow. It is one of the most powerful Mántra-s and the effect it produces may be increased if you coordinate the Mántra with your breathing process: once while you breathe in, once while you breathe out. Obviously, this may be only practiced when you are meditating, as it is very difficult to accomplish when you are working, speaking and the like. Some people might experience that the Mántra is too long to be repeated once when breathing in and once when breathing out. Well, if you are one of them, just do not coordinate it with your breath. Sometimes, when this problem occurs, people may use shorter Mántra-s alternatively only for meditation.

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Response from: Sumathi Muthukrishnan,   
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As long as you chant OMNAMASHIVAYA,that itself will give peace of mind.Nama,or Namaha is not very important.Anyhow namaha is correct.

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Response from: Sheila Das,   
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But why do u want to say it as OM NAMAHA SHIVAAYA. . .?

it is om nama shivaaya

The sandhi rule for this :

Namaha + Shivaaya = nama Shivaaya .

namaha+ namaha + namo-namaha

And anyway even if u pronounce it as namaha Shivaaya , it wont matter. If u mean what u say it , it means namastae to Shiva .

Shiva in Sanskrit = mangala = eveything that is pure Goodness = God.

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Response from: M Parvati,   
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Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
The spelling and pronunciation is commonly "Namah".

Link for proper pronunciation is on:…

"Om Namah Shivaya" is one of the most powerful of Sanskrit mantras - phrases designed to create a transformation in consciousness. This mantra begins with the primordial sound "OM". "Namah" means "to bow" or "to honor". In Hinduism, "Shiva" is that aspect of the Divine which breaks down or brings to a close the creative cycle of Creation, Destruction and Recreation. The mantra may be experienced as an appeal to God as the destroyer of our illusion and ignorance that stands in the way of perfect union and enlightenment.

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Response from: madhavan parthasarathy,   
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Namaha is visarga- is a ending note. If it comes in between it adds grammatical sabtha to accommodate easy pronounciation. Thus Ohm Nama Shivaya is a right one.

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