Om Namo


Below is the traditional chant, called the “Om Namo’, that a thai therapist says, either quietly or aloud, before starting a session. It is part of the practice of paying respect (a practice known in Thailand as wai khru), to our family, to our teachers and to this ancient tradition of healing. It is written in the Pali language, a language of India spoken during the time of the Buddha. One version of an English translation follows. This is the most common chant taught to thai massage students, but there are a number of additional chants which can be learned, particularly in a setting that focuses on the influence of Buddhist medicine in thai massage.

 

OM NAMO SHIVAGO SILASA AHANG

KARUNIKO SAPASATANANG  OSATHA TIPA-MANTANG

PAPASO SURIYA JANTANG.  GOMALAPATO PAKA-SESI

WANTAMI BANTITO SUMETHASSO AROKHA SUMANA-HOMI

(to be said 3 times)

 

PIYO-TEWA MANUSSANANG PIYO-PROMA NAMUTTAMO

PIYO-NAKHA SUPANANANG PININSIANG  NAMA-MIHANG

NAMO PUTTAYA  NAVON-NAVIEN NASATIT-NASATIEN

EHI-MAMA NAVIEN-NAWE NAPAI-TANG-VIEN

NAVIEN MAHAKU EHI-MAMA PIYONG-MAMA

NAMO-PUTTAYA
(to be said 1 time)

 

NA-A NA-WA  ROKHA  PAYATI  VINA-SANTI
(to be said 3 times)


Translation

"We invite the spirit of our Founder, the Father Doctor Shivago, who comes to us though his saintly life. Please bring to us the knowledge of all nature, that this prayer will show us the true medicine of the universe. In the name of this mantra, we respect your help and pray that through our bodies you will bring wholeness and health to the body of the one whom we touch.

The Goddess of Healing dwells in the heavens high, while mankind lives in the world below. In the name of the Founder, may the heavens be reflected in the earth below so that this healing medicine may encircle the world.

We pray for the one whom we touch, that illness will be released and happiness will follow."