Sūrya Namaskāra Mantras (Sun Salutation Mantras) | Article

Traditionally, the sun salutation is an act of full devotion to the Lord Sun himself – the one that is the permanent source of wisdom and light that dispels the darkness of night, and the darkness of our ignorance. Each of the 12 movements of the sun salutation are done with recitation of the mantra, and each mantra is a representation of an aspect of the sun. The next time you do a sun salutation, bring into your mind and heart the meaning of what you are doing and why – that the practice is not just a ‘warm up’, but an expression of the highest devotion to non-duality itself. The mantras below are shortened versions of the surya mantras. Even if you do not recite the mantras while your practice, consider their meaning as you worship with breath and movement.

MANTRAS

Om Mitrāya Namaha – salutations to the universal friend

Om Ravaye Namaha – salutations to the shining one 

Om Sūryāya Namaha – salutations to the one who induces activity 

Om Bhānave Namaha – salutations to the one who illumines 

Om Khagāya Namaha – salutations to the one who moves thru space

Om Pūshne Namaha – salutations to the giver of strength and nourishment 

Om Hiranya Garbhāya Namaha – salutations to the golden cosmic self 

Om Marīchaye Namaha – salutations to the bringer of the dawn 

Om Ādityāya Namaha – salutations to the son of Aditi, the cosmic mother 

Om Savitre Namaha – salutations to the stimulating power of the sun 

Om Arkāya Namaha – salutations to the one who is fit to be praised 

 Om Bhāskarāya Namaha – salutations to the one who leads to enlightenment 

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