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Moola Mantra: Om Sat-Chit-Ananda Parabrahma

Discussion in 'Hinduism DIR' started by Sirona, May 28, 2020.

  1. Sirona

    Sirona Hindu Wannabe

    May 1, 2014

    I was looking up the lyrics of a song I was listening to, entitled Moola Mantra. I found two prayers named "Moola Mantra". The first one comprises the opening words of the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib. The other one, which I am primarily interested in, goes like this:

    Om Sat-Chit-Ananda Parabrahma

    Purushothama Paramatma

    Sri Bhagavathi Sametha

    Sri Bhagavathe Namaha

    I tried to find some information about the second mantra, but most websites seem to be about the Sikh Moola Mantra. Therefore, I am searching for some information about the Moola Mantra I quoted above. Thanks for your help!
  2. ameyAtmA

    ameyAtmA SacchidAnanda
    Premium Member

    Dec 25, 2013
    VAsudev-KRshNa's disciple

    The essence is explained very well in the Mool Mantra video below.

    Here is an attempt to translate the words :
    I venerate / bow down to / salute and glorify the Highest Bramha' (ParaBramha, not BramhAA),
    the Best Being (Uttam Purush - Purushottam )
    who can be described as pure existence, consciousness and bliss,
    Who also happens to be the Highest Self (ParamAtmA) [pervading all existence]
    along with (sameta) Mother Nature -- the Goddess and His Prakruti (Bhagavati)

    Om = the Primordial Sound form of Bramha -- Shabda-Bramha
    Sat = eternal truth and pure existence, being
    Chit = pure conciousness
    Ananda = pure bliss and joy
    Para = Higher, highest
    Bramha' = the vast infinite truth (I know most write Brahman' but there is no n)
    Purushottam = the Best Being, the Most Beautiful Soul -- uttam purush
    (See BG chapters 7 and 15 -- there are 2 categories, para and apara prakruti (chapter 7), kshar (perishable -- jad) and akshar (imperishable -- chetan) purush (chapter 15) , while in BG KRshNa says I am Purushottam who is beyond both these contrasts of jad and chetan - in both chapters. While this is explicitly stated in Chapter 15, in Chap 7 He says (paraphrased) -- All beings are strung on Me like pearls of the same thread...). This is because the chetan purush has a tendency of getting entangled in the jadness of mAyA, so there is something deeper and higher and all-pure which is the Source and Purushottam

    ParamAtmA = Highest (param) AtmA = Self, 'sva', innermost Being. (Incidentally -- the nyAs for BG says "Shri KRshNa ParamAtmA DevatA" i.e. the Dev of BG is Shri-KRshNa-ParamAtmA all in one breath)

    Shri Bhagavati Sameta sameta = with, in presence of ; Bhagavati = Devi = the Goddess with inherent bhaga, and BhagavAn's shakti hence Bhagavati

    Shri Shri = oppulence of divine qualities & goodness, ---
    Bhagavate (grammar: vocative of ) --> BhagavAn = one who perfectly posesses the 6 oppulences completely i.e. is ShaDaishwarya-sampanna
    1. Shri = spiritual-material radiance/wealth ,
    2. kIrti = fame,
    3. shakti = power,
    4. vairAgya = renunciation and dispassion,
    5. lAvaNya = radiant inner-outer beauty,
    6. jnAna = Wisdom and omniscience

    namah: namah: stems from "idam na mama" in old Sanskrit Vaidic hymns which means none of this (idam) that I am apparently offering, is mine - it belongs to ParamAtmA. This 'idam na mama' got shortened over time to namah: = na mama (not mine). The purpose is to avoid ahaMkAra or egoistic endeavours, and simultaneously venerate the Divine

    Harih: Om tat sat -- another chant/mantra in the bhajan in video -- that calls Hari (VishNu - one of His forms that is known to save and drive away misery as well as material indulgence)
    tat = THAT - refers to ParaBramha'
    sat -- has been explained above
    om tat and sat are mentioned by BhagvAn in BG chapter 18 as the words of Truth describing or used to invoking Bramha'

    #2 ameyAtmA, Jun 27, 2020
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  3. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

    May 5, 2007
    Atheist, Advaita (Non-duality), Orthodox Hindu
    Nice uncontroversial 'mool mantra'. The poet has kept a blank space for the devotee to insert the name of the God or Goddess according to his choice. Bahagawati/ Bhagawate can be applied to any deity couple. Lord Vishnu and Mother Laxmi. Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati, Lord Brahma and Mother Saraswati. Even Lord Rama and Mother Sita, and Lord Krishna and his first spouse (Patta-rani, Patta-mahishi), Mother Rukmani or Sri Radha Rani. :D
  4. Sirona

    Sirona Hindu Wannabe

    May 1, 2014