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Bîja-mantra

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bija-mantra The word bîja literally means "seed". In the context of mantras, a bija is a syllable. All mantras, and in fact all words, are built up from bijas. Usually, a bîjamantra is a mantra composed of only a single syllable. There are many such mantras, a few of which are given below with a brief note to their significance.

Ha, Ya, Ra, La and Va

These are the five seed-mantras of the elemental tattvas, also called the five bhûtas. They respectively represent âkâsha, air, fire, water and earth.Every letter of the Sanskrit alphabet is effectively a bîja-mantra with connections to various forces, deities, etc. Every letter of the Sanskrit alphabet is effectively a bîja-mantra with connections to various forces, deities, etc.

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