How to choose a Mantra

Every tradition has a range of sounds and phrases that have been passed down for generations that are used as mantram. Some of the examples of mantram are listed below:

Mantras Meaning


  • Om Mani Padme Hum
  • All pervasive Jewel (Self) in the Lotus of the Heart


  • My God and My All
  • Maranatha
  • Kyrie Eleison
  • Christe Eleison
  • Jesus or Load Jesus Christ
  • Hail Mary or Ave Maria
  • St Francis of Assisi ’s Mantra
  • Lord of the Heart (Aramaic)
  • Lord have mercy or lord has risen
  • Christ have mercy or Christ has risen
  • Jesus Christ
  • Mary Mother of Jesus


  • Rama
  • Ram Ram Sri Ram
  • Hare Rama Hare Krishna
  • Om Namah Shivaya
  • Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
  • Om Prema
  • So hum
  • Eternally pervasive joy
  • Eternally pervasive joy
  • Eternally pervasive joy ever present
  • Invocation to beauty and fearlessness
  • Invocation to eternal peace
  • Invocation to unconditional love
  • I am that Self within


  • Barukh Atah Adonoi
  • Ribono Shel Olam
  • Shalom
  • Sheehena
  • Blessed are Thou O lord
  • Lord of the Universe
  • Peace
  • Feminine aspect of God


  • Allah Hoo
  • Name of God

Native America

  • O Wakan Tanka
  • Oh, Great Spirit


  • Ik Oankaar
  • Oankaar
  • Satnaam
  • VaheGuru
  • Har
  • Sohum
  • One Unfolding Presence
  • Unfolding Presence
  • Unchanging Truth
  • Wonder Inspiring Enlightener
  • Ever Present
  • I am in Thou, Thou is in me

Guidelines in choosing a Mantra

Take your time and care in choosing a Mantra.

Avoid any words that may have negative connotation for you or evoke negative emotions.

Choose a Mantra that “feels” right or intuitive for you. Something that offers your support and strength.

Choose a Mantra that is compatible with your religious background or beliefs.

You may choose and try out a mantra for a short period of time, say, week or so.

Try the mantra by repeating it silently and see how it makes you feel.