Recommended by Eknath Easwaran


These mantrams were carefully chosen by Easwaran and are to be used just as they are written here. They are short, simple, and powerful, and come out of a long, established tradition.

The mantrams are in blue, under each faith tradition. The meaning/background and pronunciation follow the mantram. Please see our mantram FAQs if you have questions about choosing or using a mantram.


Om mani padme hum

Meaning: “The jewel in the lotus of the heart”
Pronounced: ohm maa-nee paad-may hoom

Namu Amidabutsu 

Meaning: “I put my faith in the Buddha of infinite light”
Pronounced: nah-moo a-meed-a-boot-soo



Meaning: The name of Jesus

Ave Maria or Hail Mary

Background: “Ave Maria” means "Hail Mary," a mantram in honor of Mother Mary
Pronounced: aa-vay maa-ree-aa

My God and my all or Deus meus et omnia

Background: "Deus meus et omnia" means "My God and my all," a phrase that was used by Saint Francis in his prayers
Pronounced: day-oos may-oos et ohm-nee-ah

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us

Background: The Jesus prayer

Kyrie eleison or Gospodi pomilui

Meaning: “Lord, have mercy”
Pronounced: kee-ree-yay aye-lay-saan or goh-spoh-dee poh-mee-loy

Om Yesu Christu or Yesu Christu

Meaning: (Om) Jesus Christ
Background: A mantram used by Christians in Kerala, India
Pronounced: (ohm) yay-soo kris-too



Meaning: “The Lord as the source of abiding joy”
Pronounced: rah-ma

Haré Rama, Haré Rama, Rama Rama, Haré Haré, Haré Krishna, Haré Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Haré Haré

Background: This was the mantram used by Easwaran and his spiritual teacher, his Granny.
Meaning: All are names of Vishnu: “The Lord who steals our hearts, who is the source of joy, who draws us.”
Pronounced: ha-ray raa-ma, ha-ray raa-ma, raa-ma raa-ma, ha-ray ha-ray, ha-ray kri-shna, ha-ray kri-shna, kri-shna kri-shna, ha-ray ha-ray

Om Sri Ram jai Ram jai jai Ram

Meaning: “May joy prevail”
Pronounced: ohm shree raam jay raam jay jay raam

Om namah Shivaya

Meaning: “I bow to Lord Shiva”
Pronounced: ohm naa-ma shi-vaa-ya

Om Bhavani

Background: A mantram in honor of the Divine Mother
Pronounced: ohm baa-vaa-nee


Barukh attah Adonai

Meaning: “Blessed art thou, O Lord”
Pronounced: baa-rook aa-taa aa-doh-nai

Ribono shel olam

Meaning: “Lord of the universe”
Pronounced: rib-on-oh shell oh-lam


Allahu akbar

Meaning: “God is great”
Pronounced: aa-laa-hoo ak-bar


Meaning: The name of God
Pronounced: aa-lah

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim

Meaning: “In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate”
Pronounced: bis-mi-lah eer-rah-maan eer-rah-eem
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