Every temple in East, either Buddhist or Hindu resonates beautiful sound of bells, instruments, and mantras in their Poojas (worship by priest or people). Mantras have various purpose and meaning; they are employed to invoke God, praise God, fulfilling wishes and so on. Mantras can be put to personal use as well and we can chant them for meditation, good health, fulfilling wishes, gaining wealth, staying away from fear and so forth.
10 Powerful Mantras to Overcome Fear and Anxiety
Fear and anxiety affect every soul in the universe, we have compiled a list of mantras which alleviate people from fear and mantras.
1. Ganesha Mantra
ऊँ गतत्रासाय नमः
Om gahta-traah-saaya namaha
The Literal meaning of this mantra in English is “O Lord Ganesha, Please remove the anxiety caused to us”. The mantra is inclusive of word Trahasa, which means anxiety. One can use this mantra to reduce anxiety or trahasa by chanting it and calling upon Lord Ganesha to remove it.
2. Hanuman Mantra
ॐ हनुमते नमः
Om Hanumate Namah
Fear and anxiety stem from lack of willpower and courage aswell. In periods of fear and anxiety, we can use ‘Om Hanumate Namah’ to call upon Lord Hanuman to give us courage and w. The mantra translates, Om and salutations to Lord Hanuman.
3. Durga Mantra
ॐ सर्व स्वरूपे सर्वेशे, सर्व शक्ति समन्विते
भये भ्यस्त्राहि नो देवी, दुर्गे देवी नमोस्तुते
Om Sarva Swarupe Sarveshe, Sarva Shakti Samanvite
Bhaye Bhyastraahi No Devi, Durge Devi Namostute
Maa Durga is a highly revered goddess in Hindu Dharma. She is a form of Shakti who displays great combat skills while overcoming evil. We can use the mantra of this fierce warrior goddess to get rid of our fears. The mantra states, ‘Om Sarva Swarupe Sarveshe, Sarva Shakti Samanvite
Bhaye Bhyastraahi No Devi, Durge Devi Namostute’; “Goddess who lives in everything and possess infinite powers. O goddess, please protect us from all fears, we pray to you, O Durga Devi”.
4. Shiva Mantra
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanath Mrityormukshiya Mamritat
The greatest fear in life stems from death itself. The freedom from fear of death itself can alleviate us from many hurdles in our lives. The above mantra invokes three-eyed lord, Shiva who possess fragrant smell and nourishes all beings to liberate one from bondage of life like cucumber. Furthermore, it invokes lord to remove fear from death.
5. Vishnu Mantra
ऊँ उर्जिताय नमः
Om oohrjitaaya namaha
This mantra is a prayer to Lord Vishnu; it means, “I bow to Lord Vishnu of infinite strength and vitality”. When life gives us difficult period and fear grips us over, one can build up the courage to become fearless and gain strength to fight back through the use of current mantra.
6. Avalokitesvara Mantra
ॐ मणिपद्मे हुम्
Om mani padme hum
Anxiety is a state of emotion where a feeling of burden, nervousness, and uneasiness covers the mind. The mantra from the Buddhist god of Compassion, Avalokitesvara can prove helpful. The mantra which means, “Praise the jewel in the lotus”; is the base mantra for spiritual enlightenment in Buddhist philosophy. Modern researchers have found mantras like this to decrease heart rate, slow breathe and stimulate the nervous system to calm one in states of high anxiety.
7. Pavamana Mantra
ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
Fear and anxiety originate from something unreal, our mind often keeps us in the dark in such periods. This particular mantra reads, “O supreme lord, free me from unreal and lead me to reality, keep me away from darkness and lead me to light, lead me away from fear death to immortality (enlightenment), om may there be peace, peace, peace”. Thus, this mantra helps us realize things which are real, takes us away from mental fear which is unreal and brings peace to us.
8. Shanti Mantra
ॐ शान्तिः ॐ
Om Shanti Om
All our lives, we tend to make our problems larger than life. If we comfort other people in a problem, it helps us realize the scope of our problems. While shanti mantra helps us appreciate it by wishing peace for everyone, it can be used to bring peace to every being in the universe along with ourselves in the period of fear and anxiety.
9. Ganesha Mantra
ऊँ गतभिये नमः
Om gahta-bhiyæ namaha
A person can suffer from fear in either emotional or physical form; our primal instinct is to flee or challenge physical fear but emotional fear is more psychological in nature. The primary purpose of this mantra is to make a person fearless and feel rejuvenated in a difficult situation. This mantra means, “O Lord, please remove fear from me”.
10. Uma Devi mantra
ऊँ उं उमादेविभ्यां नमः
Om um umaadevibhyaam namaha
Fear and anxiety are the main cause of sluggishness; negative attitude germinating from fear and anxiety ultimately causes people to be close-minded. In order to prevent fear and anxiety from directing one to sloth, one must recite this uma devi mantra. The mantra means, “I pray to Uma Devi who purified the creator”.