List of Mantras

4 tips for selecting a powerful word or phrase to ground you during meditation

From ancient tongues to contemporary English, a list of mantras is available in many languages. However, this list of mantras will include mostly English, with a few ancient chants.

According to Thomas Ashley-Farrand, an authority on Sanskrit mantra, both the ancient Indian Vedas and the Christian Bible place an amount of importance on the spoken word. In addition to creating physical energy through vibrating vocal cords, speaking is also a powerful way for you to channel your positive thinking and manifest it into reality. The famous mantras on this list come from various traditions, but all are words of power to speak during meditative chant. For words that are difficult to say, mantra audio is widely available online.


One of the most ancient Hindu and Buddhist mantras on this list, Om is the sound that Eastern lore holds was made at the time of creation, when the Brahman, a universal consciousness, split from one to many, according to the Om Sakthi spiritual movement. Om Sakthi holds that the repetition of Om in meditation today causes vibrations similar to those that occurred during creation, making the mantra sacred. However, for those who to chant mantras for personal relaxation and concentration rather than spiritual significance, Om is a calming and simple syllable for a cleansing meditation.


Called the natural mantra, Soham is the sound that you make when you breathe, according to Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati. Take a few moments to breathe deeply, listening to the sounds you make as air comes into and out of your body. It sounds like two syllables “so” and “ham”! This is the easiest mantra for beginners on this list, and a great way to become aware of your breathing and practice focusing on it because Soham requires no chanting, just deep, conscious breathing.

"I am"

For those who would rather chant in English, a powerful mantra on this list is “I am.” According to Kaedrich Olsen, a spiritual hypnotist, this is the simplest way to chant a sacred English mantra. It’s also a way to practice your affirmations. Instead of simply saying “I am,” which is powerful in itself, you can say, “I am strong,” or choose another positive attribute. This way, you concentrate on the characteristics you seek to develop.

A positive word of your choice

According to the Meditation Society of America, the goal of meditation is simply to force your mind into a meditative state by picking something to focus on. In this sense, it is up to you to decide what you want to focus on. A name, an attribute you would like to have or a positive word are all acceptable and can all go on your mantras list. People of many religions meditate, and some choose to do so by repeating a religious word or phrase. For example, Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati recommends “Maranatha,” which means “come Lord” for Christians.

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