We all are becoming. The question is: Becoming WHAT?


I like tattoos.  I REALLY like tattoos.  I have several and they all have meaning to me.  This is my most recent one (I got in February) and it is Om Namah Shivaya OM.  There is no direct translation of this mantra, but it roughly means “Om and salutations to all that I am capable of becoming.”  Pretty groovy, eh?

For very long time, I saw this and chanted the mantra honoring and acknowledging all the GOOD I am capable of becoming.  After all, my future is in my hands.  I can be whomever I choose to be.  It was a celebration, and it still is.  The longer I sit with it, however, the more it encompasses.  I am capable of becoming light, but I am also capable of becoming darkness.  I am capable of freeing myself, but I am also capable of enslaving myself.  I am capable of being love, but I am also capable of being judgmental.  Every moment of every day, I choose who I am becoming by choosing my thoughts, my actions, my words.  It is a celebration, for certain, but it is also a warning.  While there are no wasted steps on a yogic journey, there is a cause for mindfulness in every breath.

I am reminded of an old Cherokee legend:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

What will you choose to become? Which wolf are you feeding right now?

Om Namah Shivaya Om. The choice is ours.


3 responses »

  1. Hi my name is john!!! While looking for ideas for om tattoos i came across and like it very much!! I recently got one that says Sannhet which means truth in norwegian and i think om will fit very well with my first!!! So thanks for posting a pic of yours and writing what you wrote with it b/c after reading your page i know my second tat will be perfect for me!!! i know you may think im some crazy person i just wanted to say hi and love you tattoo!!! Hope you have a good day!!! ME

  2. Hello 🙂 I found inspiration to my tattoo from yours 🙂 My plan was really just to get the OM, as a tribute to David Gahan in Depeche Mode (he has the OM tattoo on his chest). DM is my all time favorite band, and I have followed them since early 80s. While googling graphics of the OM sign, I came across your tattoo. I really liked the looks of it and can totally relate to the mantra. Did I get the get the tattoo? … yes… allthough mine is shortened to “OM Nama Shivaya” …. want to see it? I can email a pic to you if you want to.
    (I am Norwegian too)
    John: Sannhet var stilig som tattoo …. har du laget et symbol eller brukt tekst?

  3. Om Namah Shivaya Om

    I’ve wanted this tattoo for a VERY long time! I like your interpretation of the meaning. I also chant it often. For Lord Shiva. Om begins all mantras, Namah means obeisance. Shivaya approaching Shiva.

    I give obeisance to approaching Shiva. It is a mantra that asks Shiva to come closer to you.

    When the Mantra works for you, and you are fulfilled and realize that you are that which is then maybe you’d like this as a tattoo :
    “Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham”
    which means: I am the embodiment of consciousness and bliss, I am Shiva I am Shiva.

    Om Namah Shivaya (:

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