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Wealth Mantra: SHRIM Bija Seed Syllable

SHRIM is one of the most powerful and commonly used of the biji mantras, also known as Sanskrit seed syllables. Seed syllables are the sounds believed to be most closely associated with the fundamental energies of creation. Seed syllables are often used in mantras for a particular purpose. SHRIM means “splendor” and is associated with wealth of all kinds.

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The character for SHRIM in Devanagari script.


This article includes the history of mantra yoga, the role of the five elements, the meaning of the seed syllable SHRIM, the connection between SHRIM and the Goddess Lakshmi and examples of mantras using the seed syllable SHRIM. 

SHRIM and the History of Mantra Yoga

SHRIM is one of the eight primary seed syllables mentioned in the ancient text called the Mantra Yoga Samhita, translated and edited by Ram Kumar Rai. This text defines Mantra Yoga as one of the four basic forms of yoga: Hatha, Laya, Raja and Mantra.

  • Hatha Yoga is dedicated to physical techniques to preserve and direct life energy in the body.
  • Laya Yoga is a form of meditation with concentration on the chakras or energy centers.
  • Raja Yoga consists of eight stages of mind and body control.
  • Mantra Yoga utilizes sound and emotion in the form of devotional singing and mantras.
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The eight primary bija mantras focus the energy of creation in specific ways. This is the shakti energy, a term for the unformed energy of creation. This energy is usually viewed as feminine. The eight syllables are OM, AIM, HRIM, KLIM, KRIM, SHRIM, TRIM and STRIM.

Mantra Yoga can also be divided into five predominant categories based on the five elements: water, fire, earth, wind and ether or space. The five elements are categories of energy transformation. Individuals and all phenomena in nature can be assigned to one of these categories based on their affinity with these elements.

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SHRIM and the Five Elements

SHRIM is mainly related to the earth and water elements, with some fire qualities. SHRIM is a gentle light, closer to the light of the moon than the light of the sun. This energy is like luster or glow rather than a blazing fire. The water and earth elements help to soothe the mind and improve health and fertility. SHRIM assists in reproductive health, especially for women.

SHRIM is related to the feeling nature of the heart rather than the functional nature. In contrast with this, the seed syllable HRIM is for the physical aspects of the heart. The bija seed syllables as a whole are viewed as feminine energy. They are sometimes referred to as shakti mantras. Shakti refers to the unformed energy of the universe waiting to be solidified in physical form.

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SHRIM Meaning: Abundance and Creativity

SHRIM brings positive growth and development. This shakti mantra attracts energy, situations and people who are beneficial for our lives. This is the syllable of surrender and devotion. SHRIM includes the concept of faith and refuge in a chosen aspect of God.

Shrim is alternately spelled shreem or srim. The letters in bija syllables are combined to direct either a sustaining or dissolving energy. For example, the letters “S” and “SH” are a soft energy, therefore often associated with water and goddess energy. The “R” in SHRIM connects to fire and light. The “IM” or “EEM” is the sound of intention, energy, focus and motivation.

The “M” is indicative of transformation and connects to source or creation as the Divine Mother. “M” is used in many words and languages to indicate a mother: ma, mamma, mommy, mom, mother, mum, mummy, madre, mere, mam, amma, mutter, matka and more.

The combination of sounds in SHRIM carry the frequencies of career, financial gain, success and the fulfillment of one’s mission or deepest longing. In the realm of astrology, SHRIM can strengthen positive aspects of Venus and Jupiter as well as the moon. Learn more in the Astrology Mantras article.

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Bija Mantras and the Goddess Lakshmi

SHRIM is the bija mantra most associated with the goddess Lakshmi, the personification of all that is good, helpful and beneficial. Learn about other powerful One Word Mantras. Lakshmi is the consort of Vishnu, one of the three deities in the Hindu trinity.

Vishnu has the role of the preserver, whereas Brahma is the creator and Shiva is the force of dissolution. Vishnu has many incarnations, including Ram or Rama. SHRIM is also viewed as a bija seed syllable for Rama. Learn more about Lakshmi and listen to one of her mantras below.

Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is usually shown seated or standing on a lotus. The lotus symbolizes creation, beauty, harmony, diversity, stability, and support. Lakshmi also holds lotus flowers in each hand. She dispenses gold coins from one of her other four hands.

Sometimes Lakshmi dispenses rice from her other hand, symbolizing an abundance of food. The rice lands in a bowl of gold coins set just in front of her. In addition to being the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi also appears in Jainism and Buddhism. The name Lakshmi is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning goal, aim or sign.

For more information about other Hindu gods and goddesses and videos of their mantras, see Hindu Deities & Mantras.

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SHRIM Mantras and Meaning

As the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is understandably an extraordinarily popular goddess. Some mantra practitioners recommended doing a set of 108 repetitions of a mantra, possibly repeated for 10 days or a month. A few of the more well-known mantras to Lakshmi utilizing the SHRIM shakti syllable are listed below.

OM HRIM SHRIM (Lakshmi Mantra for Abundance)

The lyrics for this mantra are “OM HRIM SHRIM Lakshmi Bhayo Namaha. ” This mantra clears out unwanted energy in your life to create room for abundance. This mantra is useful for opening the heart to new possibilities and experiences. “Bhayo” means “blessings.” The full mantra means “Lakshmi, reside in me and bestow thy abundance on all aspects of my existence.”

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OM YAM SHRIM Namah (Mantra for the Heart)

The Mantra for the Heart is “OM YAM SHRIM Namah.” Like the other SHRIM mantras, this mantra begins with OM. The Sanskrit word OM is familiar to most people. OM is the sound of the universe, the sound from which all other sounds are formed.

After OM, Vedic mantras for the chakras focus on the seed syllable for the intended chakra. In this case, YAM is the seed syllable for the heart chakra. SHRIM follows after that, adding the vibration of abundance, expansiveness and joy.

The mantra closes with the word “namah.” This word is usually translated as “I bow,” “I give reverence,” “salutations” or “I honor.” A full translation would be something like: “I give honor to the abundance of the heart.”

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Mahalakshmi Mantra (Goddess Kamala Mantra)

This mantra is a powerful combination of seed syllables (OM, SHRIM and HRIM) with variations on the names of Lakshmi. The tile “Mahalakshmi” combines the word “maha” meaning “highest” with Lakshmi’s name. The mantra also uses two additional names for Lakshmi. These names are Kamala and Preseeda.

The practice of mantras or kirtan is sometimes defined as the chanting of the names of God. Mantras which include multiple names for a god or goddess are common. In this case, Kamala means the lotus or pale red and “Preseeda” means the one who is kind, benevolent, happy and elated. Thus, this mantra honors Lakshmi as the Goddess Kamala. As a result, it is often called the Goddess Kamala Mantra.

Lyrics: Om Shrim Hrim Shrim; Kamale Kamalale Om; Namaha Praseeda, Preseeda; Shrim Hrim Shrim Om; Mahalakshmiyei Namaha 

The Importance of Lakshmi and SHRIM Mantras

Other mantras also include variations on the name of Lakshmi combined with the seed syllable SHRIM. The importance of this seed syllable and of Lakshmi is evident in Hinduism. Lakshmi is part of the Tridevi, a trinity of goddesses. These three goddesses parallel the male trinity of Vishna, Brahma and Shiva.

Along with Lakshmi, the Tridevi includes Saraswati (consort of Brahma) and Parvati (consort of Shiva). The seed syllables for Saraswati (AIM) and Parvati (HRIM) combine with Lakshmi’s to create a trinity of shakti (goddess) one word mantras: AIM, HRIM and SHRIM.

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SHRIM Article Summary

This article covers the seed syllable SHRIM. SHRIM is one of the most powerful and commonly used of the biji mantras or one word mantras. Seed syllables are the sounds believed to be most closely associated with the fundamental energies of creation. This article includes a discussion of the role of mantra yoga, the relationship between the five elements and SHRIM, the connection to the goddess Lakshmi and selected mantras featuring the word SHRIM.

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