(Questions and Answers are from Bhavani’s workshop “A Simple How-To and Who's Who Introduction to Sanskrit Mantra” part of the Feb 2012 Annual Yoga Hub Virtual Conference.)

Question: Is there any difference between "nama" vs "namo"? Like masculine vs feminine?

Answer: Namah and namo basically mean "name". Om namah Shivaya on one level is I am calling out the name of Shiva. Often it's translated as well as Salutations to Lord Shiva or in the old language I bow to Lord Shiva. There are rules in Sanskrit governing whether the form is namo or namah. When namah is in the middle of the mantra, there is a slight aspiration of the "h"; when it comes at the end of the mantra, the "h" is even more aspirated, becoming namaha, as in Om Shri Lakshmiye namaha. Good questions. Keep exploring. And enjoying.

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September 19, 2013 @12:51 am
Judith
How wonderful to hear your voice and see you on the video, too. You are an iraoinstipn to all of us. Thank you so much for your book, too: Truth, simple and to the point.Love and namaste from Sarani

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