Durga Mantra Instructions

:: Practice ~ Durga Mantra

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
[Om Doom Door-gah-yea Nahm-ah-hah]

Salutation to the force that brings us liberation through challenges

Make it a daily practice to chant this mantra. You can chant it 3 times, 9 times, or maybe you want to go for the whole 108 times.

As you chant the mantra out loud or silently, let a softening happen inside as if you would fall back inside yourself. Feel the mantra like a red thread you hold onto no matter what; let the sounds take you.

It may be easier at first to close your eyes, but when you get a feeling for it, you can experiment with hanging onto the mantra thread also with your eyes open, and even when you are in the midst of activities. Whenever you find yourself spinning in “spaghetti mind”, find the thread of the mantra, and see how quickly the very same energy that caught you in loops now brings you into deeper connection.

Here are the instructions from the video:

Mantra is a bridge between the unseen and the seen world. Sounds can so easily move between different dimensions of manifestation. We can ride on the sound into a more expanded and resourceful sense of self.

Om is the primordial sound that starts and sparks everything into motion.
Dum is the bija mantra, the “seed” mantra of Durga. It is her Shakti—her quality—condensed into sound.

Durgayai means “victory to Durga”, victory to that Durga Shakti, that place of integrity, leadership and clarity of vision within us. Victory to that place of love in our hearts, and to the willingness to take a stand and not compromise that which we are here to lead.
Yai means victory to That.
Namaha means “I offer it to you, I give it to you and so it is”.

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha

This is the message of the words, but the real meaning of the mantra is actually in the rhythms and patterns of it, which brings us into alignment with the essential qualities of reality.

You can use a mala for this practice. If you don’t have a mala, that is totally fine.
The mala has 108 beads, to guide us in chanting a mantra 108 times. Or if you prefer, you can also time or count your chanting.

In the beginning, it may feel like you’re repeating words that you don’t understand or relate to. For some, mantra is not appealing and that is fine. But if you feel some stirring in the heart—some attraction—and you still don’t really get it or don’t feel anything, don’t worry about that.  Just give it some time, because it takes time before mantra activates in you.

Keep repeating the mantra, and it becomes like a tuning fork inside your energetic body. You keep repeating it and slowly, slowly, your being begins to tune into it. Keep feeding the mantra, and then the magic happens when the mantra begins to feed you.

When we repeat Om Dum Durgayei Namaha, what we are really saying is something like this:

Victory to that place in me that knows why I’m here.
Yay, I celebrate Durga Shakti within me.
Yay, I celebrate Durga in the world.

Oh, hooray, glorious Durga Ma.

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
I know why I’m here. I know what I’m here to lead.

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
I feed that flame within my heart.

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
I offer everything that is not in alignment to her bonfire of truth.

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
I’m nurturing the roots.

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
The roots are growing deeper.

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
I am tending the garden.

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
I prostate before the altar of my heart.

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha

And on it goes.
Feeding your commitment, feeding that Durga Shakti within you.
Every day.

Jai Durga Ma!