Om Namo Bhagavate Vāsudevāya

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Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya is a Hindu mantra. This twelve syllable mantra is known as a Mukti (liberation) mantra and a spiritual formula for attaining freedom....

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Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya (in devanagari: ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय) is a Hindu mantra. ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ is a mantra of Krishna, or Vishnu. This twelve syllable mantra is known as a Mukti (liberation) mantra and a spiritual formula for attaining freedom. This can be chanted like Gayatri Mantra. This is the principal mantra of the Vedic scripture "Srimad Bhagavatam". This mantra can also be found in Vishnu Purana. Some people chant this a as Kirtan  or a Bhajan, as well.

 

Meaning:

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya means

"Om, I bow to Lord Vasudeva or Lord Krishna".

Term Devnagari Meaning
Om
Refers to the Supreme Infinite Spirit or Person. Om represents the Shabda Brahman.
Namo
नमः (namah)
Salutation, worship, a common spoken valediction or salutation originating from the Indian subcontinent.
Bhagavate
भगवते
1. God in Sanskrit, someone who is considered God (or equally powerful, merciful)
2. Bhagavate is one who is becoming divine.
Vasudevaya
वासुदेवाय
Name of Krishna, Krishna is also known as Vaasudeva (Krishna), because he was the son of Vasudeva. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Arjuna called Krishna by the name Vaasudeva multiple times.


Importance:

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya means "prostration to Krishna" or "surrender to Krishna." Krishna himself asked his devotees to completely surrender to him:

सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज ।
अहं त्वां सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः ॥१८- ६६॥

(Translation)

“Relinquishing everything else and all ideas of righteousness surrender unto me (Krishna) exclusively.
I (Krishna) will deliver you from all sins (sinful reactions), do not despair. [Gita 18/66]”

Krishna also proclaimed

"Everybody should recite "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya" mantra daily whenever possible so that I will stand by them. I respond to the call of the heart immediately and invariably. See me in your duties. I am committed to those who are committed to their duties. Believe in putting faith in me and make me your own".

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