I used to find myself avoiding the ancient Sanskrit words and mantras, seeing them as a potential distraction from directly discovering the effortless wonder that we always already are.
However, over the last few years that has changed; and when I first heard this mantra I really fell in love with it. So I put it in a song which you can hear me sing with my new Ukulele here . . .
P.S. I was later delighted to discover that ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ is a love song to ourselves—to our innate wonder. Each of the 6 different sounds: Om-Na-Ma-Shi-Va-Ya, chart a course of resonation, starting from the highest energy centre, the brow chakra (Om: clear seeing), then down to the root, between the anus and genitals (Na: survival and the right to exist), and back up through the body—from below the navel (Ma: sexuality and creativity), to the solar plexus (Shi: personal power), then the heart (Va: love and sensitivity), the throat (Ya: expression and the right to be heard), back up to the brow and round again.