Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya (in devanagari: ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय) is a Hindu mahamantra. ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय is a mantra of Krishna or Vishnu. This twelve syllable mahamantra is known as a Mukti (liberation) mantra and a spiritual formula for attaining freedom from the birth/death cycles. This can be chanted like Gayatri Mantra. There is no restriction of time, ritual or tedious penance so anyone belonging to the irrespective dharm/adharm without any knowledge of Sanatan Dharm can see Bhagwan Krishn himself just by continuously chanting ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय. This is the principal mahamantra of the Vedic scripture “Srimad Bhagavatam”. This mahamantra can also be found in Vishnu Purana. Some people chant this as a Kirtan or a Bhajan, as well.
- 1 How You Can Meet Bhagwan Krishn ?
- 1.1 The Meaning and Powerful Strength of ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
- 1.2 How Mahamantra Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya Helped Dhruv Meet Bhagwan Krishn
- 1.3 Bhakt Prahlad Met Bhagwan Krishn Chanting Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya
- 1.4 Holi is Celebarted as a Victory of The Great Bhakti of Prahlad and His Protection by Bhagwan Vishnu Himself
- 1.5 ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय Mahamantra Gave Prahlad Blessing of Defying Death
- 1.6 Even In Modern Time Kaliyug, In 20th Century Swami Vivekanand Experienced Power of Mahamantra
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How You Can Meet Bhagwan Krishn ?
The Meaning and Powerful Strength of ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय (Sanskrit)
ॐ નમો ભગ્વતે વાસુદેવાય (Gujarati)
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya means “Om, I bow to Lord Vasudeva or Lord Krishna”
“ सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज ।
अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः ॥१८- ६६॥”
Relinquishing everything else and all ideas of righteousness surrender unto me (Krishna) exclusively.
I (Krishna) will deliver you from all sins (sinful reactions), do not despair. [Gita 18/66]
Krishna said “Everybody should recite Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya mantra daily whenever possible so that I will stand by them. I respond to the call of the heart immediately and invariably. See me in your duties. I am committed to those who are committed to their duties. Believe in putting faith in me and make me your own”.
How Mahamantra Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya Helped Dhruv Meet Bhagwan Krishn
Dhruv was born a son of the King Uttānapāda (the son of Svayambhuva Manu) and his wife Suniti (or Sunrita, the daughter of Dharma). The king also had another son Uttama, born to his second queen Suruchi, who was the preferred object of his affection. Once, when Dhruv was a child of five years of age, the two princes playfully raced towards their father’s lap. But, the headstrong Suruchi chided Dhruv and insulted him for trying to woo the attention of his father, when he did not deserve it because “he was not born to her.” She further mocked at his plight, by asking him to redeem himself by seeking Vishnu’s blessings.
Suniti consoled the distraught child, by asking him to take Suruchi’s words seriously and to observe penance in meditation of the Lord. She bid him farewell as he set out on a lonely journey to the forest. Dhruv was determined to seek for himself his rightful place, and noticing this resolve, the divine sage Narad appeared before him and tried to desist him from assuming a severe austerity upon himself at such a tender age. But, Dhruv’s fierce determination knew no bounds, and the astonished sage guided him towards his goal by teaching him the rituals and mantras. Sage Narad then gave mahamantra which helped Dhruv meet Bhagwan Krishn. The one mantra which Narad taught and which was effectively used by Dhruv was Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय. After being advised, Dhruv started his penance, and went without food and water for six months, his mind fixed on the Bhagwan. The austerity of his penance shook the heavens and the Bhagwan appeared before him, but the child would not open his eyes because he was still immersed in his inner vision of Vishnu’s form described to him by Narad. Bhagwan Vishnu had to adopt a strategy of causing that inner vision of himself to disappear. Immediately Dhruv opened his eyes, and, seeing outside what he had been seeing all along in his mental vision, prostrated himself before the Bhagwan. But he could not utter a single word. Bhagwan Vishnu (Krishn) touched his right cheek by his divine conch and that sparked off his speech. Out poured forth a beautiful poem of praise of the Lord in 12 powerful verses, which together are called Dhruv-stuti.
According to Vishnu Purana, when Vishnu was pleased with Dhruv’s tapasya and asked him to ask for a varadāna (grant of wishes), Dhruv said that he (being an uneducated child) did not know how to sing the praise of Bhagwan Vishnu, and therefore asked the varadāna of a knowledge of stuti (hymn in the praise of Vishnu). Other persons would have asked for worldly or heavenly pleasures, or for moksha at most, but Dhruv had no personal desire. Renunciation of all desires is regarded to be essential for eternal peace in Hinduism: this is the meaning of Dhruv-pada. That was the reason why the Saptarshis decided to give Dhruv the most revered seat of a Star.
Bhakt Prahlad Met Bhagwan Krishn Chanting Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya
Bhaktha Prahalad was born as a son to Mother Leelavathi and Father Hiranyakashyapu. He had been initiated by his mother in the spiritual path. At the tender age of 3 years, Sage Narad became his Guru and blessed him with the Mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”. Narad Muni told him to remember strongly about Bhagwan Krishn while chanting the mantra.
He had been taught by the Sage, “God indeed is to be worshipped all the time with all ones feelings without a care”. “Sarvada Sarvabhaavena Nishchintaihi Bhagavaaneva Bhajaneeyaha” – Narad Sutra-No.79.
Narad gave him the determination i.e. “Sarvada” that is all the time without any end, whether in conscious state or semi-conscious state; if a person remembers god in these two states then only can he be in the state of remembrance even during the unconscious state. How can one remember during the unconscious state?
In the unconscious state a person dies bodily to some extent (deep sleep state) but his sense organs are active. The prayer a person has done in the former two states continues in this third state. That is why it is said “Sarvada”- at all times, one should contemplate on god.
[ Gita in Hindi – Click on the link for Complete Srimad Bhagwad Geeta in Hindi ]
“Sarvabhaavena”– which means with all ones feelings and in all manners. By feeling is meant that by thought, word and deed (Trikarana) one should completely contemplate on god; all manners refer to the state of Duality. One should never feel high or low, success or defeat, whatever comes on the way is to be accepted and one should continue with one notion of “Devotion”.
“Nishchintaihi”– literally meaning without a worry, but in the context of the sutra it means without any care or restraint. It means pursue your Bhakti with abandon and fully immersed in your worship.
Generally people do penance with some expectation. The term expectation always leads to fear, failure and frustration. It is a known fact that everyone is manifested out of the Divine and finally has to merge in the Divine. Therefore in following Bhakti one should not expect something as a fruit. What one sows (the seed) accordingly one reaps. But because of expectation one fails to have perfection and concentration for the Bhagwan and this results in failure, frustration etc.
“Bhagavaaneva Bhajaneeyaha”-Without any second thought if one continues with penance on the Bhagwan, one no doubt attains salvation.
In this manner, Sage Narad encouraged Prahalad in the Bhakti Marga, who (Prahladh) had already stopped accepting any mortal being (his father Hiranyakashyapa) as Supreme. As a result his father sent him to Gurukul to make him learn to worship him (his father) as Supreme Lord of the 3 Lokas, where Hiranyakashyapa was being adored as God. As directed by Hiranyakashyapa, the Guru of the Gurukul taught Prahalad to worship his father but the attempt of the Guru turned futile, since the initiation of Narad Muni made Prahalad so strong he could not have a second thought to adore any mortal as Supreme.
Thus, his actions provoked Hiranyakashyapa and he made Prahalad undergo many trials. Each time he (Prahladh) escaped from the impending danger created by his father. But he strongly believed in the Veda Vakya of Narad Muni “Sarvada Sarvabhaavena Nishchintaihi Bhagavaaneva Bhajaneeyaha”, and followed contemplating and adoring the Supreme. This was like adding fuel to fire and made Hirayankashyapa seek the help of his sister Holika.
Holi is Celebarted as a Victory of The Great Bhakti of Prahlad and His Protection by Bhagwan Vishnu Himself
Who was Holika and how she got this name?
The term Holika is derived from the Sanskrit world Hola meaning grains. From Holika the word Holi is derived and this festival is celebrated in the month of Phalgun (Sanskrit word Phagwah) heralding the Hindu New Year. Holika was the aunt of Prahlad, who had been given a boon (which made her immune to the effects of fire) by the Supreme for her nine types of devotion (Nava-Vida Bhakti). Prahalad’s resistance angered his despot father who ordered that Prahald be placed on the lap of his aunt. Holika sat in the middle of burning fire taking Bhakt Prahlad with her. But miraculously he escaped unscathed and the fire consumed Holika. Since then Holi is celebrated in India as victory of pious Bhakt of Shree Krishn over his enemies.
‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय Mahamantra Gave Prahlad Blessing of Defying Death
After death of his sister Holika, Hirayankashyapa lost his temper and tortured his son in many ways and finally he ordered that Prahalad be thrown into the river. As per the direction, Prahalad was flung into the river. Three days passed but this time Prahalad did not return, due to which Hirayankashyapa felt pain that he had lost his son forever. Hirayankashyapa was still displeased and was worrying within his mind as to why his son had failed to accept him as Lord. Because of Prahalad’s resistance the son died at the hands of the father. Hirayankashyapa was deeply affected by his action against his son because of his true love and affection for the son and waited with hope for his son’s return to the palace. Fortunately when Hirayankashyap (Hiranyakashipu) found his son returning home, his joy knew no bounds and hugged his son on arrival and asked how he felt.
But he still asked, “Do you accept me as the Lord of the Universe?”
Prahalad answered with bliss “O father I saw no difference earlier and none now and I had accepted the parents as the prime God. But the Supreme is the highest God to whom all should surrender. So I request you to surrender to Sri Hari and forego your ego”.
Hirayankashyapa agitated by his son’s answer questioned further. What experience did you have? What Knowledge did you attain?
Prahalad answered that the experience which one gains would be lost with one’s death. That which has been gained by one out of experience will not be called as Knowledge. Knowledge is the one, which is eternal, imperishable, and indestructible. It is that Supreme which exists in all atoms. It is formless and one with form. It cannot be gained out of experience but can be achieved out of interest and effort. To attain this one must have the equanimity of thought, word and deed. One should always cultivate love for others in action, should have compassion in words and a right notion by thought. Only such a person attains that Knowledge.
Hirayankashyapa finally questioned, “Does that Knowledge or Supreme exist here and in this pillar and can you show that Supreme?
Prahalad replied, “Yes father” and Hirayankashyapa struck the pillar with his mace and Nari Hari appeared from that and took away the life of Hirayankashyapa and enthroned Prahalad as Ruler of the kingdom. Finally Prahalad made a revelation, ‘My Knowledge ends with my salvation in the form of oneness (Nirguna).
So from the katha of Bhakt Prahalad one can learn how powerful the recitement of mahamantra Om Namo Bhagawate Vasudevaya is and how it is the simplest medium to reach Brahma-Padam with unity in thought, word and deed as well as to have Unity-Purity-Divinity. The only easy condition being surrender self to Bhagwan Krishn and forget everything without any iota of doubt or materialistic greed.
In a nutshell, the Jiva, which overcomes the body consciousness, will attain liberation; the Jiva, which learns from experiences in life, realizes God is the Knowledge and the Jiva, which finally merges in God, attains Salvation that is Oneness. The state of oneness is Brahma Padam, after which no Knowledge exists. And Mahamantra Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय facilitates in meet Bhagwan himself.
Even In Modern Time Kaliyug, In 20th Century Swami Vivekanand Experienced Power of Mahamantra
Swami Vivekanand Letter and Mahamantra Impact on His Life
Swami Vivekanand wrote a letter, the excerpt of the letter is given here:
“…. When we first saw him, the fellow was almost ferocious. He said that some Europeans came to see [him] with the Dewan of Mysore and that since then through their ‘Dristee Dosham’ he had got fever and that he could not give us a seance then and only if we paid him 10 Rs., he would consent to tell us our ‘prasnas’. The young men with me of course were ready to pay down his fees. But he goes to his private room and immediately comes back and says to me that if I gave him some ashes to cure him of his fever he would consent to give us a seance. Of course I told him that I do not boast of any power of curing diseases but he said, ‘That does not matter, only I want [the ash]’. So, I consented and he took us to the private room and, taking a sheet of paper, wrote something upon it and gave it over to one of us and made me sign it and keep it into the pocket of one of my companions.
Then he told me point blank, ‘Why you, a Sannyasi, are thinking upon your mother?’
I answered that even the great Shankaracharya would take care of his mother; and he said ‘She is all right and I have written her name in that paper in the possession of your friend’ and then went on saying, ‘Your Guru is dead. Whatever he has told you, you must believe, for he was a very very great man,’ and went on giving me a description of my Guru which was most wonderful and then he said ‘What more you want to know about your Guru?’ I told him ‘If you can give me his name I would be satisfied’, and he said, ‘Which name? A Sannyasi gets different sorts of names’.
I answered, ‘The name by which he was known to the public’, and says, ‘The wonderful name, I have already written that. And you wanted to know about a mantra in Tibetan, that is also written in that paper.’ And, he then told me to think of anything in any language and tell him, I told him ‘Om Namo BhagavateVasudevaya’, and he said, ‘That is also written in the paper in possession of your friend. Now take it out and see’. And Lo! Wonder! They were all there as he said and even my mother’s name was there!! It began thus—your mother of such and such name is all right. She is very holy and good, but she is feeling your separation like death and within two years she shall die; so if you want to see her, it must be within two years.”
“… Next it was written—your Guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is dead but he lives in Sukshma, i.e., ethereal body, and is watching over you, etc. and then it was written ‘Lamala capsechua’, in Tibetan, and then at last was written ‘In conformation to what I have written, I give you also this mantra which you would give me after one hour after my writing; ‘Om Namo Bhagavate’ and other mantras and so he was equally successful with my friends. Then I saw people coming from distant villages and as soon as he sees them he says—‘Your name is such and such and you come from such and such village for this purpose’. By the time he was reading me, he toned down very much and said—‘I won’t take money from you. On the other hand, you must take some “seva” from me’. And I took some milk at his house and he brought over his whole family to bow down to me and I touched some ‘vibhutee’ brought by him and then I asked him the source of his wonderful powers. First he would not say, but after a while he came to me [and] said—‘Maharaj, it is “siddhi of mantras” through the “sahaya” of “Devi”.’ Verily, there are more things on heaven and earth Horatio than your philosophy ever dreamt of—Shakespeare.”
The paper siddh by the Mahamantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate’ magnified the predictive vision to see that happened with Swami Vivakanand Ji.