Om Namah Shivaya Song

By August 26, 2018April 21st, 2020Workshop Clips, Watch

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.


  • Vikky Minette says:

    I love this so much James, truly beautiful💗🙏

  • Kate says:

    Beautiful James, thank you. Heartfelt.
    I have long chanted in Sanskrit as my daily practice so I’m curious to hear more sbout your shift from feeling this to be a distraction, to what you feel now. x

    • james eaton says:

      Good question Kate! When I first started seeking proper (that is knowing I was seeking!) it was pretty intellectual . . . I wasn’t a very Bhakti type. I wanted to understand it all with my mind, which is helpful of course but ultimately a limited way of operating. Getting into the Indian presentation seemed like the ‘scenic route’ and I wanted the short cut (the direct cut!). It was when it all broke open that I realised that, of course, it’s all Bhakti in the end. Then all these songs and mantras took on a new significance for me. I could hear the love and beauty, I could hear the sheer celebration 🙂 xxx

  • Jane says:

    Thank you James. Beautiful! I had briefly chanted this a few years ago but hadn’t really focused. It arrived yesterday from you with perfect timing. X

  • Pauline says:

    My dear James. I love it. You sing with such feeling it is truly beautiful. Thank you. xx

  • Harry says:

    The Heart Sings. So much love and gratitude for the divine calling us home. Thank you James. Much love

  • Thomas Strauss says:

    Powerful and moving…thanks for sharing it !!!!!

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