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7 Sanskrit Mantras for Meditation and Gratitude

7 Sanskrit Mantras for Meditation and Gratitude

Repeat these Sanskrit mantras for more peace inside and out. Use them in your meditations or whenever you need them.

You don’t need to be grateful for why or how you hurt, but you can learn to be grateful for the paths you choose to walk down now.

Sanskrit & Mantras

Mantras are words or sounds with deep meaning.

Sanskrit is an ancient, sacred language of Hinduism and is often used in Buddhist hymns and chants. Dubbed as the perfect language by some linguists, Sanskrit lies at the heart of many mantras used for meditation.

In Sanskrit, mantra means a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, or a syllable, word, or group of words believed to have psychological and spiritual power.

Repeat these Sanskrit mantras, out loud or silently to yourself in your meditation or whenever you need them.

(Please note that my pronunciations are listed out to the best of my ability. I hope they help.)

Repeat these Sanskrit mantras for more peace inside and out. Use them in your meditation or whenever you need them. You don’t need to be grateful for why or how you hurt, but you can learn to be grateful for the paths you choose to walk down now.

7 Meaningful Sanskrit Mantras to Inspire Gratitude

1. Dhanya Vad: I feel gratitude.

{dahn-yah vahd}

When I'm grateful, I find grace. By looking for the blessings in my life, I open up a space of light in every experience; I open up the path for grace to flow. I make room in the middle of everything for gratitude.

When you feel stressed, practice breathing into your blessings until you're so full of gratitude that there's no room for anything else.

2. Ananda Hum: I am bliss.

{ah-nahn-dah hum}

When I gladden my heart, I awaken the energy of gratitude. This energy uplifts and expands me. By opening my heart, I can feel gratitude deeply. Gratitude shifts the moment by shifting me. Nothing around me changes; I change.

True gratitude comes from knowing that you belong in the infinite dance of life.

3. Kritajna Hum: I am gratitude.

{krit-ah-nah hum}

My true self is always grateful. I am connected with everything else in the universe. I am like an ocean -- the deeper I go within, the more I connect with the stillness of my true self.

Gratitude is the beacon that guides me to that place where meaning, truth, and love exists.

Gratitude connects you to the joy that's hidden in plain view, patiently waiting to be seen.

4. Samprati Hum: The present moment is my true self.

{sahm-prah-tee hum}

I don't need more to be complete; I am whole right now. I don't need this moment to be anything other than what it is; it is enough right now. I can trust myself by looking within for what I seek.

By being here, and being grateful now, I feel truly alive in the present moment. I can appreciate the joy of simply being here.

If something feels missing in your life, it might be YOU. Your presence is your power.

5. Prani Dhana: My individuality expands to universality.

{prah-nee dah-nah}

Grace dissolves the resistance and obstacles in my life.

I practice gratitude so I can remove the blocks to joy. This practice expands my perspective because I realize I am not an island. I'm reminded to step back, to gently think again, and to take a fresh look at the situation I’m struggling with.

6. Namaste: I recognize my true essence in every soul I meet.


Gratitude flows in a loving relationship, and it expands that relationship. When I forgive petty differences, I am receiving the love that I am giving. When I thank or appreciate another, I experience the same biochemical changes and healing effects as the person I’m thanking.

Rather than try to change anything about a person, I'm grateful for who they are, as they are. I accept and dissolve the differences that separate us.

What unites us is more important and more real than what divides us.

7. Karuna Hum: I am compassion.

{kah-roo-nah hum}

When I have no judgment, I see everyone with kindness. I choose compassion over judgment, and by doing this, I become a conduit for peace, understanding, and happiness. I don't condemn. I do love.

. . .

Tell me:

Which of these Sanskrit mantras do you need in your life right now?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know!

With love,


P.S. Strengthen your gratitude and nurture your heart. Every single night. Get my book Sleep Affirmations: 200 Phrases for a Deep and Peaceful Sleep. You’ll fall asleep feeling connected to everything. It’s… soul soothing.

Comments on this post (33)

  • Jun 07, 2023

    Hello Jen,
    Thank you for sharing. All of the mantras are wonderful, the one I that I am choosing for today is Samprati Hum, knowing I am complete now is important. Having difficulty with depression, this resonates with me . thank you again!


    — Joanne

  • Jun 07, 2023

    Today, I am only using the Namaste mantra and it feels REALLY GOOD. Thank you for inspiring me to always be my best self and remain resilient through dramatic and radical changes that I am facing in life.

    — Gregory

  • Jun 07, 2023

    Love your site! Do you know what the closest mantra would be for “I am because you were”

    Thank you!

    — Sapna

  • Feb 15, 2023

    I am GRATITUDE! I am experiencing an attitude of gratitude that runs deep. I am grateful for sleep, fresh hot and cold running water, electricity the gives light, heat or airconditioning and charges this phone I thumb type on. I am grateful for thumbs and my ability to read and write, to see these words, to hear these chants, to taste great and healthy food and to speak. I am grateful to feel the tingle after a soak in a hot tub and to smell the wonderful herbs in my bath. I am grateful for my car that starts day after day without complaint and earns me so much money.

    I am so filled with gratitude it makes me want to cry tears for all the abundance I experience.

    Kritajna hum…that is me in this and every moment. I can not express all my gratitude and joy.

    I am gratitude in the deepest parts of me. It is overwhelming this feeling even when something isn’t exactly right. I may or may not feel bliss all the time but I feel gratitude in spite of everything always. It is amazing.

    Kritajna Hum!!

    — Mary Patton

  • Jan 07, 2023

    Number 4. I always struggled with myself. In the present. Figuring out the past using it to forecast the future never concentrating on my present that is truly the most difficult in the one that I’m driven towards.

    — Daniel Lee Prado

  • Jul 06, 2022

    Thank you!! I am resonating so much with these mantras.

    — Bernadette Donohur

  • Jun 05, 2022

    I was looking for a prayer. These are just perfect.
    Hard to pick one.

    — Rekha

  • Oct 24, 2021

    I love love love this “ Rather than try to change anything about a person, I’m grateful for who they are, as they are. I accept and dissolve the differences that separate us.”
    It gave a whole new meaning to Namaste, which I used to perceive it as a greeting.

    — CC

  • May 07, 2021

    Adessh Adseh !!!
    i am very clear theses are not Mantra dear thes are just words fro GREETINGs, which are used to acknowledge the supreme in every soul, also to nature and devine energy.
    like i said ADESH, its a greeting by Nath yogis of Sanatana Padhati, its means (atam parmatama and body reside in one, and i bow)…still thanks for sharing.
    Prof and YogiVinod Nath (Yogi Ram k 18)

    — Vinod Nath

  • Dec 17, 2020

    Jerilyn, thank you! I’m glad these mantras and sentiments could inspire and support you right now, whatever your life looks like. I hope you love Sleep Affirmations whenever you do get it! A lot of love went into the book. May you feel it, and may it give you exactly what you need. <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Dec 13, 2020

    Fantastic day! I took a lot of time to read your post. I actually studied it, and took notes (retired school teacher, can’t help myself). I learned just what I was looking for! Thank you!
    And, there are two I can use most right now, they are: “I am Grateful” and “The Present Moment is My True Self”.
    I also spotted your book on “Sleep Affirmations” and I can’t waite to get it! I’ve had sleep issues all my life, that therapist have not been able to help
    me with. From what I’ve learned from you today, I’m thinking this may be the path for me.
    Namaste -

    — Jerilyn DeJonge

  • Dec 09, 2020

    Kritajna Hum: I am gratitude. This seems to be the best of all 7 mantras.

    I am grateful to you and God for being able to get this message today


  • Nov 23, 2020

    Thank you for your clear and simple interpretations. I was feeling my heart full of gratitude and wondered what the Sanskrit was for that feeling.

    — Lynda

  • Oct 01, 2020

    This is so beautiful the way you put em together and expalined. Dhanyawaad🤗🙏

    — Ram Tiwari

  • Oct 01, 2020


    — Praveen Rajan

  • Aug 02, 2020

    I’d also like to add
    Namaste 🙏

    — Cristina

  • Jul 06, 2020

    I Ama blessed
    How is it I’m Sanskrit

    — Alan

  • May 18, 2020

    Thank you. These are beautiful

    — Robin

  • Apr 14, 2020


    — Jani

  • Mar 15, 2020

    Kritajna Hum

    — sajith puliyashery

  • Feb 04, 2020

    Angela, I listed out the pronunciations to the best of my ability, under each mantra. Hope this helps!

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Feb 04, 2020

    These are great. Namaste spoke to me. I wonder if you could include pronunciation for the sayings? It’s hard to know just from how they are written. I know the sounds are as important as the meanings. Thanks.

    — Angela

  • Dec 01, 2019

    RoxAnnA, you’re very welcome. Thank you for being here <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Dec 01, 2019

    Beautiful. Thank You with a heart of Gratitude.

    Kritajna Hum

    — RoxAnnA

  • Nov 05, 2019

    I chose two words for my gratitude prayer. Namaste and Kritajna hum. I hope it works out for me. Highly thankful and grateful.

    — Madhavan

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