In tantra, there exists an entire science that makes use of sound energy in spiritual practice. Mantras are sonic vehicles that encapsulate mystical energy and direct it towards specific aims.
Beej MantraMeditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnu-Devananda explains the significance of the following beej mantras:
• Haum: In this mantra, Ha is Shiva and Au is Sadashiva. The nada and bindu mean that which dispels sorrow. This is the beej mantra for worshipping Shiva.
• Dum: Here, Da means Durga, and U means to protect. This is the beej mantra for Durga.
• Kreem: Ka is Kali, Ra is Brahman, and Ee is Mahamaya. This is the beej mantra for Kalika.
• Hreem: Ha means Siva, Ra is prakriti, Ee means Mahamaya. This is the beej mantra for Mahamaya.
• Shreem: Sha means Maha Lakshmi, Ra means wealth, Ee is contentment. Beej Mantra for Maha Lakshmi.
• Kleem: This is the Kamabija. Ka means Kamadeva, the lord of desire; it also means Lord Krishna. La means Indra and Ee means contentment or satisfaction.
• Hoom: Ha is Siva and U is Bhairava.
• Gam: This is the Ganesh beej. Ga means Ganesh and bindu is the dispeller of sorrow.
• Kshraum: This is the beej of Narasimha, a fierce half-man-half-lion incarnation of Vishnu. Ksha is Narasimha, Ra is Brahma, Au means with teeth pointing upwards.
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