When herbs are mixed or prepared, a bíj (seed) mantra is often recited to empower the herb’s prop- erties by enlivening all five elements : ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Bíj are the essence of all other mantras. Thus of all the mantras they have the most power. One such mantra is
Aum Íng Hríng Çhríng
Klíng Sanga Çhamboah Namah
This mantra can be repeated once, seven, 31, or 108 times. It may also be repeated in intervals of 108 times. The number 108 is a mystical num- ber in the Vedic sciences. Thus, chanting 108 times further empowers the herbs.