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Choosing your correct Sanskrit (Spiritual) Yoga Name

on May 13, 2012

Dear readers,

As promised the next few posts will provide some deeper information and links on the topic of mantras. Hopefully, the last post gave a basic framework to consider, for the purposes of further research and experimentation, the possible role of mantras in language.

I’d also like to add that beyond the simplistic, intellectual categorisation of language presented in the last post, it is already assumed in Yoga and Vedanta that the Spiritual Heart is the real source of the power behind the word and mantras; and that the seed of all mantras is the “I” within one’s own consciousness. Prayer and the reciprocal power of Grace to this consciousness as one’s most loving Self or God; immanent and transcendent; is ultimately more important by its integrating power of earnestness, or “Shradda”, than any mechanical repetition of words; whether using the metaphysically constructed sounds of mantras or not. Rather a heart full of devotion, or “bhakti shakti”, is the real “tantric” force that uses the means of mantra through the geometric vehicle of the yantric human body to effect a transformation on consciousness;  transmuting the 5 elemental gross material levels to become a micro-cosmic, etheric vessel for a fuller blown consciousness. Thus, the power of love with the power and understanding of the mantra is the ideal yogic mantra practice.


So the question might be where does one start with practicing a mantra, which is the one to start experimenting with, and how do we find the mantra appropriate to us through which we can feel affinity and develop this love of oneself as consciousness.

After all, our first love is ourselves. Not simply as the body we have, but for the life and consciousness through which this love and life is experienced. We ultimately love others  for our self  in order to realise others as ourselves; when identity is experienced as pure  consciousness; a unity in the apparent diversity.

This love for oneself and identification of the appropriate mantra happens through the recognition and acceptance of higher attributes and archetypes within ourselves and our nature (or Prakriti), represented in Hinduism or other different mythological religions as cosmic forces, deities or Gods.

In Yoga, the man-tra is a sound vibration to help know and unlock these attributes. It harmonises the mind, or manas, with its inherent patterns of thought determined by ones constitutional nature or prakriti. This brings alignment, control, confidence and ultimately the development of the mind along its inherent strengths; ultimately leading towards its ripeness, introversion, mergence with, and expansion into a more universal consciousness. As mentioned in the earlier post,  this universal consciousness has been revealed through the deification of the milky way forces as the 27 Nakshatras or constellations.

So perhaps the most important thing for choosing your first mantra might be to identify your archetypical mantra based on your Jyotish chart and make this your yoga name based on the vibrational language of sanskrit! After all, it is your name that people call you by, and it is your name that without any practice on your part is going to be passively received through other people’s repetition and imbibded vibrationally to bring out the best in you and your individually unique yoga path and goals.


So this post is about determining your Yoga Name. You can use these simple guidelines and adapt it here or there to find what suites you. You just need to make sure that you keep within the limits of some rules. These 3 basic rules are outlined below,  followed by relevant informational links, and clarified with an example – ie.  my name (JiVa Suren for Yoga Metaphysics) that I used for this blog .

Rule 1: First rule is to calculate your birth chart and determine which signs and stars your natal planet falls in. Notably, find the Nakshatra Pada (constellation) position of your natal Moon, Ascendant, Sun, Ascendant lord and Dasa Lord and extract the beeja mantras for these positions. Also read up about the Nakshatras to understand the powers and forces you are invoking by using the sounds related to it.

Rule 2: Find out your favorite deity (Ishta Devata) or attribute of any mythological figure you adore, considering the cosmic attributes it represents, and then choose one of its many names that fits with rule 1.

Rule 3: Work out the numerological value of the name according to Pythagorus numerology and determine whether the value of the name (including vowels and consonants) harmonises with your intention (ie. the above 2 points).  Note that I find that the Pythagorus system is usually one of the easiest systems for an English phonetic translation of the value of a letter, but of course, sometimes conflicts arise to do with subtle phonetic variations between Sanskrit and English.

Also remember to keep it simple to start with; as the more options you bring in the harder it is going to be to find a harmonious name on all 3 levels or rules. Of course, different adaptations of the name can be used for fulfilling different purposes. ie. I used Jiva Suren for the purpose of this blog.

Here are the links for the relevant information for the 3 rules to get yourself grounded with (followed by an example at the bottom):-

RULE 1: Information on Nakshtras (

Link to a simple , on line, Vedic Astrology program to determine your basic vedic (sidereal) planetary positions:- (FREE VEDIC CHART CALCULATOR – simple)

Links to learn more about the forces that the 27 Nakshatras represent and invoke through their respective sounds:-


Note that each Nakshatra star (constellational band) spreads for 13 1/3 degrees. Within each Nakshatra there are 4 sub parts called “padas” which cover 3 1/3 degrees.  Within the 360 degree milky way band of stars, there are a total of 27 nakshatras, each with 4 parts. Therefore, in total there are 108 parts or padas, each with a respective beeja mantra sound. Below is the sequence of the 108 beeja sounds. By finding the degree of your planets and Ascendants in the Vedic chart, you can determine which Pada and beeja sound they correspond to:-

Ashvini Nakshatra (0 degrees Aries to 13 & 1/3rd degrees Aries)
Chu (as in Fu-Manchu) – 0 degrees Aries to 3 & 1/3rd degrees Aries
Che (as in chase) – 3 & 1/3rd degrees Aries to 6 & 2/3rd degrees Aries
Cho (as in choke) – 6 & 2/3rd degrees Aries to 10 degrees Aries
La (as in lava) – 10 degrees Aries to 13 & 1/3rd degrees Aries … etc..
Bharani Nakshatra (13 & 1/3rd degrees Aries to 26 & 2/3rd degrees Aries)
Li (as in lilt)
Lu (as in lute)
Le as in leg)
Lo (as in local)
Krittika Nakshatra (26 & 2/3rd degrees Aries to 10 degrees Taurus)
A (as in ananda)
I (as in iridescent)
U (as in uvula)
E (as in egg)
Rohini Nakshatra (10 degrees Taurus to 23 & 1/3 Taurus)
O (as in odor)
Va (as in vanilla)
Vi (as in Vina)
Vo (as in vote)
Mrigashira Nakshatra (23 & 1/3 Taurus to 6 &2/3rd degrees Gemini)
Ve (as in Veda)
Vo (as in votary)
Ka (as in Kanji)
Ke (as in Kenya)
Ardra Nakshatra (6 &2/3rd degrees Gemini to 20 degrees Gemini)
Ku (as in Kuwait)
Gha (as in Ghana)
Ng (pronounced “ng”)
Chha (as in Churchill)
Punarvasu Nakshatra (20 degrees Gemini to 3 & 1/3rd degrees Cancer)
Ke (as in Kenya)
Ko (as in kodiac)
Ha (as in hardy)
Hi (as in hither)
Pushya Nakshatra (3 & 1/3rd degrees Cancer to 16 & 2/3rd degrees Cancer)
Hu (as in hurrah)
He (as in heyday)
Ho (as in homogenous)
Da (no English equiv.)
Ashlesha Nakshatra (16 & 2/3rd degrees Cancer to 0 degrees Leo)
Di (no English equiv.)
Du (no English equiv.)
De (no English equiv.)
Do (no English equiv.)
Magha Nakshatra (0 degrees Leo to 13 & 1/3rd degrees Leo)
Ma (as in maya)
Mi (as in miracle)
Mu (as in mudra)
Me (as in megabyte)
Purvaphalguni Nakshatra (13 & 1/3rd Leo to 26 & 2/3rd Leo)
Mo (as in motion)
Ta (no English equiv.)
Ti (no English equiv.)
Tu (no English equiv.)
Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra (26 & 2/3rd Leo to 10 degrees Virgo)
Te (no English equiv.)
To (no English equiv.)
Pa (no English equiv.)
Pi (no English equiv.)
Hasta Nakshatra (10 degrees Virgo to 23 & 1/3rd Virgo)
Pu (as in purusha)
Sha (as in shanti)
Na (no English equiv.)
Tha (no English equiv.)
Chitra Nakshatra (23 & 1/3rd Virgo to 6 & 2/3rd degrees Libra)
Pe (as in Peru)
Po (as in pole)
Ra (as in Rama)
Ri (as in Rio de Janeiro)
Svati Nakshatra (6 & 2/3rd Libra to 20 degrees Libra)
Ru (as in rumor)
Re (as in regulate)
Ra (as in Rama)
Ta (as in Tahiti)
Vishakha Nakshatra (20 degrees Libra to 3 & 1/3rd degrees Scorpio)
Ti (as in East Timor
Tu (as in tune)
Te (as in terrace)
To (as in total)
Anuradha Nakshatra (3 & 1/3rd degrees Scorpio to 16 & 2/3rd degrees Scorpio)
Na (as in Nagasaki)
Ni (as in Nicaragua)
Nu (as in numeral)
Ne (as in Nepal)
Jyeshta Nakshatra (16 & 2/3rd degrees Scorpio to 0 degrees Sagittarius)
No (as in noble)
Ya (as in Yama)
Yi (as in yield)
Yu (as in Yukon)
Mula Nakshatra (0 degree Sagittarius to 13 & 1/3rd degrees Sagittarius)
Ye (as in Yemen)
Yo (as in yo-yo)
Ba (as in ball)
Bi (as in Bini)
Purvashadha Nakshatra (13 & 1/3rd Sagittarius degrees to 26 & 2/3rd degrees Sagittarius)
Bu (as in Buddha)
Dha (as in dharma)
Bha (as in bhakti)
Dha (no English equiv.)
Uttarashadha Nakshatra (26 & 2/3rd degrees Sagittarius to 10 degrees Capricorn)
Be (as in beta)
Bo (as in Bohemian)
Ja (as in jar)
Ji (as in jiva) – also called Abhijit Nakshatra (making 28 Nakshatras in some systems)
Shravana Nakshatra (10 degrees Capricorn to 23 & 1/3rd Capricorn)
Ju (as in Jupiter)
Je (ay as in hay)
Jo (as in joke)
Gha (as in Ghana)
Dhanishta Nakshatra (23 & 1/3rd degrees Capricorn to 6 & 2/3rd degrees Aquarius)
Ga (as in garden)
Gi (ee as in keep)
Gu (as in guru)
Ge (as in Gestault)
Shatabhisha Nakshatra (6 & 2/3rd degrees Aquarius to 20 degrees Aquarius)
Go (as in go)
Sa (as in Sahara)
Si (as in Sita)
Su (as in Surya)
Purvabhadhrapada Nakshatra (20 degrees Aquarius to 3 & 1/3rd degrees Pisces)
Se (as in Seoul)
So (as in sonar)
Da (as in Dante)
Di (as in dipa)
Uttarabhadhrapada Nakshatra (3 & 1/3rd degrees Pisces to 16 & 2/3rd degrees Pisces)
Du (as in duty)
Tha (as in Thar Desert)
JNa (as in Jnana)
Da (as in Tahiti)
Revati Nakshatra (16 & 2/3rd degrees Pisces to 0 degrees Aries)
De (as in deva)
Do (as in donut)
Cha (as in chakra)
Chi (as in chief)

RULE 2 – Some example links for finding your archetype, mythological figure, or deity that you adore:-

RULE 3 – Some example links to learning Pythagorus numerology:- (free numerology calculator)

In summary, pythagorus numerology is used for the 26 letter alphabet with each letter given a numerological value between 1 to 9.

The value is sequential – ie. letters “a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i” corresponds to 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. This repeats itself with letters running from “j to r” (1 to 9 again). The last (3rd) sequence runs from letters “s to z” (1 to 8), making the 26 letters in total.

Thus, each letter has a value between 1 to 9.

To find the value of any name, just add up the value of the letters that make up the name and reduce the compound number to a single digit. This becomes the numerological value of the name.

In addition, sub values of the names can be worked out by adding up, separately, the value of the vowel and consonants making up the same name. This reveal added information on the name:-

Vowel number = the heart (soul intention) of the name

Consonants number =  the outer persona of the name.

Lastly, the numbers/letters  can be arranged into groups to determine how they are operating on physical, emotional, mental and intuitive levels.

And, it should be noted that the first two letters; the first consonant and vowel (as revealed by Rule 1 on Nakshatras); are vitally important in forming the “cornerstone” of the name.

It is probably easier if I clarify the above 3 rules by using an example.

MY EXAMPLE using the name JiVa Suren

Firstly, I will go through why I chose this name as my blog name using the 3 rules; based on i) my natal positions ii) the Sanskrit related meaning iii) the numerological value.

Note that it is not my yoga name as I am a Hindu by birth, and was already given a name based on my Jyotish chart. However, you can apply the same rules for finding your yoga name, business name or any name your want to serve your purpose or goals.

Rule 1 for JiVa Suren (remember to use the astro software link to calculate your positions)

Using my natal chart I will explain why I chose the 2 names JiVa & Suren:-


According to my Jyotish natal astrological chart, my Moon is in Aquarius 16 degrees. By checking the Nakshatra Pada list above, you will find that the first 2 letters for this star is “Su”. In addition, my natal Ascendant lord Venus (for Taurus) is with Jupiter in the 2nd Pada of Swati Nakshatra with the beeja mantra “re”. Therefore, I have kept the name Suren; which is actually a shortened version of my actual name Surendra.


Secondly, I chose the name “JiVa” because it is the name of my company “JiVa 5 Lotus – the Metaphysical House”. But, more significantly, it has the letters “Ji” and “Va”. The sound “Va” is related to my Ascendant in Taurus, Rohini Nakshatra. However, it is one pada off to be exact; it should be the 3rd pada sound “Vi”.  But, I decided that the word JiVa has the “Vi” sound in reverse anyway, and therefore, still has influence on the Ascendant and the Nakshatra, Rohini, that covers the Ascendant.

The bija sound “Ji” on the other hand is not related to my natal positions, but falls in a special Nakshatra called Abhijit, and is related to the Godhead in Hinduism as well as grants the power of victory!

So, the words “JiVa Suren” seemed like a lucky name, and by having the Ascendant’s beeja sound added to the name, Suren, fortifies the personality (ie. Ascendant).

Lastly, you can look up the powers or “shaktis” related to the  Nakshtras:- Satabishaj – Moon (healing), Swati – Venus & Jupiter(scattering), Rohini – Ascendant (growth) and Abhijt (victory)

Rule 2 for JiVa Suren

The Name JiVa Suren was chosen because the word “JiVa” means Soul, and “Suren”, which can be derived from the sanskrit word “Sura”  means  good, noble,  divine, spiritual liquor! Food of the Gods! ie. the desire to share knowledge that heals the Soul. (Greek or Latin form of Suren)

Rule 3 for JiVa Suren – numerology of the name

1    22/4 (5)        +    1  9  5 (6)      =  5 + 6 = 11   (Consonants)

J i V a (33/6)    +    S u r e n (5)  = 6 + 5 = 11

9     1  (1)            +       3   5  (8)      = 1 + 8 = 9 (Vowels)

The name JiVa Suren adds up to 11 in numerology which is a very good number for inspiration and sharing knowledge.

Thus, the 3 rules are quite well co-ordinated to create a name that fulfills the purpose of the blog – to share metaphysical knowledge about Yoga.

Ok, hope this is enough information to get you intigued and started in finding yourself a suitiable Yoga name. I will touch the post up over the next few days to make it a little clearer with a couple more examples.

Good luck

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