The sloka is to be found here.

मंत्राणां पल्‍लवो वासो । मंत्राणां प्रणव: शिर: । शिर: पल्‍लव संयुक्तो । कामधुक्‌ भवेत्‌ ।।

The meaning: The letters or words in a mantra constitute its body and the Om at its beginning, is the head. If both the head and the body are present then with that mantra one’s aspirations are fulfilled.

By origin i mean scriptural origin.

Also, as one can see this info is related to my this question .Because this sloka clearly states that a mantra if recited without OM at its start bears no fruit.

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    I found the verse in a Shaivite work called the Diksha Prakasha: tinyurl.com/dikshaprakasha "atha viśeṣamāha - mantrāṇāṃ pallavo vāso mantrāṇāṃ pallavaḥ śiraḥ । śiraḥpallavasaṃyukto mantraḥ puṣṭādisādhakaḥ ॥ huṃkārapallavopeto māraṇe brāhmaṇaṃ vinā । yantrabhañjanakāryeṣu sughorabhayanāśane ॥ vaṣaḍantaḥ prakalpayastu grahavādhāvināśakaḥ । uccāṭane tu samprokto mantraḥ phaṭpallavānvitaḥ ॥ ete pallavāstu tattatkarmaṇi caṇḍīpāṭhepi ślokādau yojyāḥ । tathā" It seems to be quoting something called Visheshama, but I'm not sure what that is. Sep 6, 2016 at 15:18
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    And I found a close variant of the verse in a work called the Srividyarnava Tantra: tinyurl.com/srividyarnavatantra "iti | trailokyaḍāmaratantre - mantrāṇāṃ pallavo nyāso mantrāṇāṃ praṇavaḥ śiraḥ | śiraḥpallavasaṃyukto mantraḥ kāmadughāphalaḥ || nyāsaṃ vinā bhavenmūkaḥ suptaḥ syādāsanaṃ vinā | pallavena vina mantro nagnaḥ sa parikīrtitaḥ || śirohīno mṛtaḥ prokto vṛthā mantro guruṃ vinā | hato duṣṭāya datto yo nirvīryaścādhikākṣaraḥ ||" It seems to be quoting a Shaiva or Shakta Agama called the Trailokyadamara Tantra. Sep 6, 2016 at 15:32
  • Thanks.I was of the opinion that Kularnava Tantra is the source of this sloka.
    – Rickross
    Sep 7, 2016 at 6:22
  • @KeshavSrinivasan post an answer.
    – Pandya
    Oct 17, 2018 at 11:36


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