Shiva Shambo Mantra

Shiva Shambo Mantra

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One of the standout memories from when I was undergoing my teacher training in Mysore was our group mantra singing sessions in the studio on sumptuous warm evenings as the sun set along with the other students.

We often sang this mantra and I felt it gave us so much energy and an increase in our dedication to the learning and practice of yoga. Since leaving India I have often found myself whispering it just to myself or singing aloud to others in different circumstances and I find it always brings a sense of peace and calm.

Looking at this mantra we can decipher the Sanskrit meaning behind the words to understand the intention better.  'Jaya' in Sanskrit means 'victorious' and the repetition of 'Shiva' represents Lord Shiva who is one of the main Hindu deities along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu; and he is often represented as reflecting nature by being Lord of creation and destruction along with preservation - so this translates literally as 'victorius Lord Shiva'.

This mantra when repeated fosters devotion to Lord Shiva and an acceptance and enjoyment of life with the many changes we undergo in every moment. No moment is ever quite the same and in embracing this we learn to live in the here and now and to trust in what we meet in life.

'Shambo' means 'the auspicious one' and is a representation not only of the qualities of Lord Shiva but it also represents us as we journey into spirituality and our great fortune in understanding Lord Shiva's intention.

'Maha Deva' is another name for Lord Shiva and it is considered that by learning and reciting the different names for Lord Shiva with focus and attention that we will receive his divine blessings and in turn the sounds that we create and the vibration of our voice during the recital of the mantra can dispel the build up of negative energy in our being and help us to disconnect from all the complexities and difficulties that life can present.

The full mantra is as follows:

Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambo

Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambo

Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambo

Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambo

Maha Deva Shambo 

Maha Deva Shambo

Maha Deva Shambo

Maha Deva Shambo

Shiva Shiva Shiva Shambo

Shiva Shiva Shiva Shambo

Shiva Shiva Shiva Shambo

Shiva Shiva Shiva Shambo

Maha Deva Shambo

Maha Deva Shambo

Maha Deva Shambo

Maha Deva Shambo

We will be practicing this in class along with other mantras but if you would like to learn the tune of the mantra I recommend this on YouTube - follow this link...

https://youtu.be/2aB1BqTbWxs

Enjoy your practice!