।। ॐ नमः शिवाय ।।

Shiva (Sanskrit: शिव Śhiva; meaning “the auspicious one”)

।। ॐ नमः शिवाय ।। Om Namah Shivay ।।

‘Om and salutations to that which I am capable of becoming.’

The book The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony: Volume I by Thomas Ashley-Farrand defines Om Namah Shivaya as:

“This mantra has no direct translation. The sounds relate directly to the principles which govern each of the first five chakras on the spine… Earth, water, fire, air, ether. Notice that this does not refer to the chakras themselves which have a different set of seed sounds, but rather, the principles which govern those chakras in their place. A very rough, non-literal translation could be something like, ‘Om and salutations to that which I am capable of becoming.’ This mantra will start one out on the path of subtle development of spiritual attainments. It is the beginning on the path of Siddha Yoga, or the Yoga of Perfection of the Divine Vehicle.”