Yoga Times – Magical Yogic Mantras
No. 10 and final in a cut-out-and-keep series.
Magical Yogic Mantras â€“ for Harmony, Wellbeing
These Sanskrit mantras from Kundalini yoga are to help you to focus, feel calm, gain clarity and manifest your desires.
Sanskrit is an ancient language, the foundation of both Latin and Greek. Similarly to the use of Latin in Europe, Sanskrit classically has been used for learned and liturgical texts in India since 600BC. These mantras are from Kundalini yoga, the esoteric knowledge of the Sikhs, which remained secret until it was brought to the West in 1969.
Mantras are mottoes with a spiritual meaning, chanted to invoke positive energies, call on help and wisdom of gurus, or request assistance in manifesting desires. Although the words, sound and even the movement of the tongue invoke certain things, most important is the intention you hold while chanting. This is because, as you mentally state your desire or intention, while physically doing something (in this case, making a sound) you invoke the Law of Attraction, which powerfully instructs the universe to deliver your aim. Think of it as The Secret in motion. Visualize the words forming, and visualize what you desire to create, to make it even more powerful. Bear in mind that any gurus or masters you call on are aspects of yourself and your own wisdom.
To chant, sit comfortably in Easy Pose (cross-legged with straight spine, chin tucked slightly, body relaxed, first finger and thumb pinched together resting on the knees), take a deep breath in through the nose and chant rhythmically for three, seven, or 11 minutes, with eyes closed, focusing at the third eye (2.5 centimeters above the bridge of the nose). Sniff a breath in through the nose any time you need to. All â€œRsâ€ (as in har, siri etc.) are trilled on the roof of the mouth as in Indonesian.
This is the Seed or Bij Mantra most widely used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It means â€œTruth is my nameâ€ or â€œTruth is my identityâ€ and is a good one to repeat mentally during general meditation, or while doing yoga. It features in Sat Kriya from the previous article on the navel chakra. For clarity, calmness.
Sa Ta Na Ma
This is the Panj Shabad expressing the five primal sounds of the universe. “S” is Infinity, “T” is life, “N” means death and “M” is rebirth. (The 5th sound is “A.”) This one is frequently used in Kundalini Yoga, and as a greeting. For wholeness.
Ad Guray Nameh, Jugad Guray Nameh,
Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru De-Vay Nameh
This is the Mangala Charn Mantra, which surrounds the magnetic field with protective light, and means “I bow to the primal wisdom; I bow to wisdom through the ages; I bow to the true wisdom; I bow to the great, unseen wisdom.” For protection and overcoming fears.
Akal, Maha Kal
This means “Undying, Great death.” Can be chanted as loudly and powerfully as possible four times when there has been a death, to release the soul of the deceased. A powerful life-giving chant. For removing fear and relaxing the mind.
Ek Ong Kar, Sat Nam, Karta Purkh, Nirbhao, Nirvair,
Akal Moort, Ajuni, Sai Bhang, Gur Prasad, Jap!
Ad Such, Jugad Such, Heb-E Such, Nanak Hosi Bhee Such
This is the Mul Mantra, the root of all mantras. It means, “The creator of all is One. Truth is His Name. He does everything, fearless, without anger, undying, unborn, self-realized, realized through Godâ€™s Grace, Meditate: He was true in the beginning, true through all the ages, true even now. Nanak shall ever be true.” Chant â€œJap!â€ as an exclamation. ThisÂ evokes the wisdom of Nanak, an early Kundalini guru. For wisdom and wholeness.
Ek Ong Kar, Sat Nam, Siri Wha-Hay Guru
This is the Adi Shakti Mantra. Ek means “One, the essence of all”; Ong is the primal vibration from which all creativity flows; Kar is “creation,” Sat “truth”, Nam “name,” Siri “great,” Wha “ecstasy” and Guru “wisdom”. Taken together it means, “There is one Creator whose name is Truth. Great is the ecstasy of that Supreme Wisdom”. For awakening Kundalini and creating bliss.
Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
This calls upon Guru Ram Das in praise of his spiritual guiding light and protective grace. Sing in a sing-song voice. You can also call on Ram Dasâ€™s name four times any time you need help. Invokes the wisdom of guru Ram Das.
Har, Hara, Hari
Har means Creative Infinity, a name of God.
Hara is another form.
Hari is the active form of Creation.
(Trill the â€œrâ€ on the roof of your mouth). For manifestation and cash.
Hari Nam, Sat Nam, Hari Nam, Hari
Hari Nam, Sat Nam, Sat Nam, Hari
The name of God is the True Name. For manifestation and prosperity.
Ong So Hung is “Creator, I am Thou!” Chant â€œHung!â€ as if it had an exclamation mark. Opens the heart. For love and empowerment.
Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung
This is the Siri Gaitri Mantra. Ra is the sun; Ma is the Moon; Da is the earth; and Sa is Infinity. Say is the totality of Infinity, and So Hung is “I am Thou.” “Ra Ma Da Sa” is the Earth Mantra and “Sa Say So Hung” is the Ether Mantra. Think of it as meaning â€œwholenessâ€ â€“ to use for healing â€“ stand in a circle around the healee and chant it as a group with the intention of healing. For healing.
Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo
This is the Adi Mantra. Ong is “the Active aspect of God.” Namo is “reverent greetingsâ€; Guru means “teacher /wisdom”; Dev means “Divine or of God”; and Namo reaffirms humility and reverence. In all it means “Creative Divine Wisdom I call on you; Divine Wisdom within I call on you.” This last mantra is sung before every Kundalini Yoga practice. For tuning you in to your Higher Self, wisdom.
I hope you have enjoyed this cut-out-and-keep introduction to The Chakras and Kundalini Yoga. Please visit www.thebalitimes.com for the entire series.