Repeating Sanskrit mantras is an ancient practice that we can apply to the modern world for more peace, purpose, and happiness.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melodie Beattie
Sanskrit & Mantras
Mantras have been composed for more than 3,000 years and have strong undertones of human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge and action. In other words, mantras are typically repeated–as words, sentences, sounds, syllables, or symbols–with deep meaning that we wish to give to our lives.
Sanskrit is an ancient, sacred language of Hinduism and is often used in Buddhist hymns and chants. Dubbed as the “perfect language” by some linguists, Sanskrit lies at the heart of many mantras used for meditation.
In Sanskrit, “mantra” means “a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power.”
Mantras can be present in our thoughts, speech, or vision, and they’re meant to reinforce meaningful action.
7 Meaningful Sanskrit Mantras
In a 21-day meditation experience offered by Chopra Center Meditation, called Manifesting Grace through Gratitude, several beautiful Sanskrit mantras were shared, and they helped me tap into the wellspring of peace within myself.
The purpose of these Sanskrit mantras is to align your energy with your grateful intentions for the day.
Here are seven of my favorite Sanskrit mantras from this meditation series. Choose whichever mantra feels right for you, and contemplate how you can apply it to your day. How can you not only be grateful, but become gratitude, in this situation?
1. Dhanya Vad: I feel gratitude.
When I am grateful, I find grace. By looking for the blessings in my life, I open up a space of light in every experience; I open up the path for grace to flow. I make room in the middle of everything for gratitude.
2. Ananda Hum: I am bliss.
When I gladden my heart, I awaken the energy of gratitude. It is an energy that elevates and expands, and brings me to a deeper place in my heart. By opening my heart, I can feel gratitude deeply. Gratitude shifts the moment by shifting me. Nothing around me changes; I change.
Things do not create gratitude; the energy of joy inside of me creates gratitude.
3. Kritajna Hum: I am gratitude.
My true self is always grateful. I am connected with everything else in the universe. I am like an ocean–the deeper I go within, the more profoundly I become one with the stillness that is my true self.
Gratitude is the beacon that guides me to that place where meaning, dreams, truth, and love exists, no matter what or who I must be today in the world.
4. Samprati Hum: The present moment is my true self.
Gratitude is in the present moment, and each moment is filled with grace. When I am not fully immersed in the here and now, nothing is ever enough. I do not need more to be complete; I am whole right now. I can trust myself by looking within for what I seek.
By being here, and being grateful now, I realize that I feel truly alive as I am in the present moment. I can appreciate the joy of simply being here.
5. Prani Dhana: My individuality expands to universality.
Grace dissolves the resistance and obstacles in my life.
We have all struggled. Outer resistance is usually a signal, a gentle whisper from our true self that there is still inner resistance, which stems from a limiting belief that we are a separate self.
I practice gratitude so I can remove what blocks the natural flow of happiness. This practice expands my perspective because I realize I am not isolated at all. I am reminded to step back, to gently think again, to take a fresh look at the situation which I am struggling with. All will be well. All is well.
6. Namaste: I recognize my true essence in every soul I meet.
Gratitude flows in a loving relationship, and it expands that relationship. When I forgive petty differences, I am receiving the love that I am giving. When I thank or appreciate another, I experience the same biochemical changes and healing effects as the person I’m thanking.
Rather than try to change anything about a person, I will be grateful for who they are, as they are. I will accept and thus dissolve the differences that separate us.
7. Karuna Hum: I am compassion.
When I have no judgment, I see everyone with kindness. Compassion is the knowing that because you are human and I am human that we are really more alike than we could ever be different. I choose compassion over judgment, and by doing this, I become a conduit for peace, understanding, and happiness.
If I judge another, I create a gulf of separation. I will instead find reasons to be thankful for that person’s presence in my life. I will not condemn, but I will love.
- What are you grateful for today?
- Do you meditate or use mantras (words, phrases, or symbols) for peace in times of chaos, and happiness in times of sorrow?
Please share your thoughts, gratitude practices, favorite Sanskrit mantras, and any inspiring stories with me in the comments.
Share these Sanskrit mantras with someone who might appreciate them.
“My gratitude dissolves suffering and offers me a new way to live in the world, which is everything.”