Is “ma” a nama-mantra?
Ma:, is a nama of goddess Lakshmi. If it is short “ma” then it refers to the soul. This is ‘jeeva’. The meaning is one who is an embodiment of knowledge or one who possesses knowledge as his nature. It is not a manthra. Usually manthra needs to have o:m at the begining, then there should be ‘namaha’ either in the middle or at the end of that name. Then only it will be called as manthra. If you want to make ‘ma’ as a manthra then it will like ” o:m ma:thre: namaha”. or “o:m namo: ma:thre:”