Om Namah Shivay: A Call To The Divine Dwelling Within
What does Om Namah Shivay mean?
In simple words, it means ‘I bow to Shiva’ as we all know. However, demystifying the mantra reveals a thought-provoking meaning. Namah used in middle means “I am not ego” but only Shiva. In self-realization, it means I am none other than Shiva.
Further Namah in simple words refers to salutation or worshipping. But when you divide the word Namaha as Na and Maha, it denotes “not mine”. In simple words, I am not mine. I am submissive to the Lord; I belong to the Lord (Shiva). Nothing is mine. I am in Shiva and Shiva is in me.
Going deeper, this mystical mantra esoterically puts forth its complex composition. It is a panchaskara mantra, excluding OM, composed of five cosmic syllables; na – mah – shi – vaa – ya. These five cosmic vowels are the seed reverberations of the Five Elements of—Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. Every phenomenal material element like human body, mountains, tree etc. is made of these Five Elements.
By chanting Om Namah Shivay in meditation at a calm place, the worshipper experiences peace, spiritual bliss and all the impurities fading away.
At higher stage attained by regular chanting throughout the life, after all the misgivings, sins, guilt are rooted out the worshipper feels he is the inseparable element of Shiva, the Purest Consciousness.5