Tantra Mantra or Tantric Mantra are words or sounds repeated to help in concentration while meditating. These have a direct effect on resolving particular problems and almost instantaneous results.
Sounds in Tantra Mantra
Bija sounds which are sounds without any meaning are used in Tantra Mantra. These sounds represent a particular deity or divine energy. These sounds can be used alone or combined with other bijas or words while chanting. Tantra Mantra offers salutations to the divine seeking for strength and fulfillment of their real self.
It is believed that Tantra Mantras have four layers or koshas. These include the words and its meaning, the feeling of the mantra, the awareness and a state of soundless sound. This is when the mantra is no longer repeated but is fully understood.
Tantra Mantras and Meanings
Here are a couple of Tantra Mantras with their meanings.
ॐ त्रियम्बकं यजामहे, सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनं उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मोक्षिय मामृतात्
Aum Trayambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam; Urva Rukamiva Bandhanaan, Mrityor Mokshiye Maamritat.
OM.We worship the Three-eyed Lord who is fragrant and who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As is the ripened cucumber (with the intervention of the gardener) is freed from its bondage (to the creeper), may he liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.
ॐ द्यौः शान्तिरन्तरिक्षं शान्तिः पृथिवी शान्तिरापः शान्तिरोषधयःशान्तिः । वनस्पतयः शान्तिर्विश्वेदेवाःशान्तिर्ब्रह्म शान्तिः सर्वं शान्तिः शान्तिरेव शान्तिः सा माशान्तिरेधि ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Dyauh Shaantir-Antarikssam Shaantih Prthivii Shaantir-Aapah Shaantir-Ossadhayah Shaantih | Vanaspatayah Shaantir-Vishve-Devaah Shaantir-Brahma Shaantih Sarvam Shaantih Shaantireva Shaantih Saa Maa Shaantir-Edhi | Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
Om, May there be Peace in Heaven, May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth, May there be Peace in the Water, May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees, May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds, May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All, May there be Peace Indeed within Peace, Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me, Peace, Peace, Peace.
ॐ सह नाववतु ।
सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Saha Nau-Avatu |
Saha Nau Bhunaktu |
Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai |
Tejasvi Nau-Adhiitam-Astu Maa Vidvissaavahai |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
Om, May God Protect us Both (the Teacher and the Student),
May God Nourish us Both,
May we Work Together with Energy and Vigour,
May our Study be Enlightening and not give rise to Hostility,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.
ॐ पृथ्वि त्वया धृता लोका
देवि त्वं विष्णुना धृता ।
त्वं च धारय मां देवि
पवित्रं कुरु चासनम् ॥
Om Prthvi Tvayaa Dhrtaa Lokaa
Devi Tvam Vissnnunaa Dhrtaa |
Tvam Ca Dhaaraya Maam Devi
Pavitram Kuru Ca-[A]asanam ||
Om, O Prithivi Devi, by You gave birth to the entire Loka (World); And Devi, You in turn are born by Sri Vishnu.
Please hold me (in your lap), O Devi, and make this Asana (seat of the worshipper) Pure.