HJ: Mantras have many modes of action in the mind-body-spirit triad. On a mental level, they work as affirmations of ones own higher consciousness and divinity, which can work to replace limiting beliefs that do not serve ones highest good. On a physical level, the repetition of mantras has multiple effects — the actual movements ones tongue makes activates specific meridian points on the roof of the mouth creating energetic patterns in the body that stimulate the chakras, meridians and higher spiritual and energetic centers. The vibration of the words and sounds also affects the body in similar ways.
On a spiritual level, the repetition of sacred mantras helps one to remember and strengthen their connection to the divine within. It soothes the mind and body, allowing for a greater expression of spirit. Mantras can tame and disarm the ego, which frequently impedes us from accessing our true spiritual nature at any given moment.
Mantras have been used for thousands and thousands of years because they are extremely powerful and effective. They utilize the sacred quality of vibration, which connects all things in this universe into one massive living matrix. The mantras listed below have been developed and refined over millennia into the extremely powerful forms in which they appear.
I AM. The Mantra
I AM BOUNTIFUL, BLISSFUL AND BEAUTIFUL
I am bountiful, blissful and beautiful; bountiful, blissful and beautiful I am (kundalini yoga mantra). .I am. is one of, if not, the most powerful mantras a yoga or spiritual practitioner can repeat. The mantra can be in Sanskrit or other Indian dialects. The power of hearing a mantra in ones. own language creates a vibration of affirmation. The word, sound or what is called Naad in yoga is one of the most powerful tools we have for self-healing and self-growth.
One can do every yoga pose in the book, take many types of yoga, and yet, if they are not exposed to the concept of the power of the word, their experience of bliss thru yoga practice will be short changed. While we can certainly achieve a feeling of accomplishment, strength and flexibility from our practice of physical asanas, it is often time the experience of meditation which brings us to bliss, though not always. To quote the book Everyday Zen, real meditation is by no means a flowery, blissful process but if we really do it, in time, we begin to know what it is we are after; we begin to see who we are.
Gopi Krishna was a government worker in India in the early 1900.s who meditated for long hours every morning before going to his job. He was not an enlightened yoga master, but simply a highly disciplined meditator. When his practice resulted in the extreme reaction of a .kundalini rising experience,. where he lost physical, social and sexual appetite, he was unprepared for this reaction and the discomfort it brought. His story is an interesting and amazing one of a humble man who went much further in his experience than most of us.
As a kundalini yoga teacher sometimes people ask me if they too will experience their .kundalini rising.. Because kundalini yoga focuses so much on breath, sound and meditation, one certainly can experience energy movement and unique experiences in the mind and body. This is not, however, a .kundalini rising. experience, but rather, a shift of consciousness.
What is a shift of consciousness? Can it bring us bliss? A shift in consciousness is a shift in awareness. Our mind has many layers, including the powerful subconscious. Some people utilize drugs in an effort to experience bliss. Our teacher Yogi Bhajan teaches that meditation can bring similar results or experiences as drugs produce, but the mind is altered by our own efforts at consciousness shift utilizing poses, breath and sound rather than chemical and synthetic means that harm the brain.
Music is another aspect of sound or vibration that can affect our feelings of bliss. Krishna Das has a huge following of yoga practitioners who know his music and mantras. When in a room packed with these people, chanting from their hearts, one can easily be transformed into a feeling of bliss. Krishna Das has become the musical father of the yoga movement.
And since bliss is not always our everyday experience what can we do to elevate our physical energy into the ethereal? The body offers us the experience of earth, water, and air energy within us, but above us is the energy of bliss and joy. The ethers.
To help alleviate depression and release our energy to join the ethers, sit cross legged (or in a chair), raise the arms straight up, palms forward, fingers stretching wide and draw little circles inward as you breathe long, slow and deeply through the nostrils. Do this for up to 5 minutes. Let your physical body, your arms and shoulders be challenged. Let your rectum, the earth energy, be massaged with the movement and feel the energy move upward. Go beyond the physical. Soar into the ethers. Feel light.
Be Bountiful, Blissful and Beautiful. Remember I Am, I Am, I Am.
Mantra’s & Meanings
There are two things you can do to make the use of a mantra more powerful, regardless of how you recite. One is to see the mantra, as if it is being written as you say it, and the other is to actively listen to it as you say it, perhaps, in this case, when using the first two languages.
Some of the most frequently used mantras are given below:
AD GURAY NAMEH, JUGAD GURAY NAMEH, SAT GURAY NAMEH, SIRI GURU DEVAY NAMEH
Is the Mangala Charn Mantra, and is chanted for protection. It surroundsthe magnetic field with protective light, and means “I bow to the primal Guru (guiding consciousness who takes us to God-Realization), I bow to wisdom through the ages, I bow to True Wisdom, I bow to the great, unseen wisdom.”
ADI SHAKTI, ADI SHAKTI, ADI SHAKTI, NAMO NAMO, SARAB SHAKTI, SARAB SHAKTI, SARAB SHAKTI, NAMO NAMO, PRITHUM BHAGAWATI, PRITHUM BHAGAWATI, PRITHUM BHAGAWATI, NAMO NAMO, KUNDALINI, MATA SHAKTI, MATA SHAKTI, NAMO, NAMO.
The First Shakti Mantra tunes into the frequency of the Divine Mother, and to primal protective, generating energy. Chanting it eliminates fears and fulfils desires. Adi Shakti means the “Primal Power,” Sarab Shakti means “All Power”, and Prithum Bhagawati means “which creates through God.”
AKAL, MAHA KAL:
Means “Undying, Great death” is a powerful life-giving chant removing fear and relaxing the mind.
AP SAHAEE HOA SACHE DA SACHE DHOA, HAR, HAR, HAR:
Means “The Lord Himself has become our protector, the Truest of True has taken care of us, God, God, God”, or “The Lord Himself is my refuge, true is the support of the True Lord”. Chanted for prosperity.
ARDAS PAYE, AMAR DAS GURU, AMAR DAS GURU, ARDAS PAYE, RAM DAS GURU, RAM DAS GURU, RAM DAS GURU, SUCHE SAHE:
Guarantees by the grace of Guru Amar Das, who is hope for the hopeless, and Guru Ram Das, who is King of the Yogis and Bestower of Blessings, past, present and future, that the prayer will be answered, and that all one’s needs are provided for, signed, sealed and delivered!
DHARTI HAI, AKASH HAI, GURU RAM DAS HAI.
Dharti means “earth” and Akash is Ether, and Guru Ram Das is the venerated 4th Sikh Guru. This is the 1st Sodhung Mantra.
EK ONG KAR, SAT GUR PRASAD, SAT GUR PRASAD, EK ONG KAR,
Is the Magic Mantra so named for its power and sacredness. It is usually chanted in reverse (Ek Ong Kar, Sat Gur Prasad, Sat Gur Prasad, Ek Ong Kar). Many pages are devoted to the explanation of this mantra and we are warned to chant it in reverence. It means, “There is one Creator – Truth revealed through Guru’s grace”.
EK ONG KAR, SAT NAM, KARTA PURKH, NIRBHAO, NIRVAIR, AKAL MOORT, AJUNI, SAI BHANG, GUR PRASAD, JAP, AD SUCH, JUGAD SUCHIHE SUCH, NANAK HOSI BHEE SUCH
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 thru Guru’s Grace, Meditate: He was true in the beginning, true thru all the ages, true even now. Nanak shall ever be true.”
EK ONG KAR, SAT NAM, SIRI WHA (HE) GURU
Is the Adi Shakti Mantra, and it is very powerful for awakening Kundalini and suspending the mind in bliss. 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 is “wisdom”. Taken together it means, “There is one Creator whose name is Truth. Great is the ecstasy of that Supreme Wisdom”!
GOBINDE, MUKUNDE, UDARE, APARE, HARING, KARING, NIRNAME, AKAME
Is the Guru Gaitri Mantra which means “Sustainer, liberator, enlightener, infinite, destroyer, creator, nameless, desireless”. It brings stability to the hemispheres of the brain and works on the Heart Center to develop compassion, patience and tolerance, uniting one with the Infinite.
GURU GURU WAHE GURU, GURU RAM DAS GURU:
Calls upon Guru Ram Das in praise of his spiritual guiding light and protective grace.
HAR means Creative Infinity, a name of God.
HARA is another form.
HARI is the active form of Creation.
HARI NAM, SAT NAM, HARI NAM, HARI.
HARI NAM, SAT NAM, SAT NAM, HARI.
The name of God is the True Name.
HUM DUM HAR HAR.
This mantra opens the Heart Chakra and means “We the universe, God, God.”
Means Creator – the Primal Vibration from which all creativity flows.
ONG NAMO, GURU DEV NAMO
Is the Adi Mantra that precedes Kundalini Yoga practice, tuning one in to the higher self. Ong is “Infinite Creative energy in manifestation and activity”. (“Om” or Aum is God absolute and unmanifested), Namo is “reverent greetings’ implying humility, Guru means “teacher or wisdom”, Dev means “Divine or of God” and Namo reaffirms humility and reverence. In all it means, “I call upon Divine Wisdom”.
ONG SO HUNG
Is “Creator, I am Thou!”, a heart-opening and empowering mantra.
PRANA, APANA, SUSHUMNA. HARI.
HARI HAR, HARI HAR, HARI HAR, HARI.
Prana is the life force, Apana the eliminating force, and Sushumna is the Central channel for that force. This helps draw energy up the spine for healing. Hari and Har are names of God.
PRITVI HAI, AKASH HAI, GURU RAM DAS HAI.
Pritvi means earth – calling on the venerated Guru Ram Das is very powerful.
RA MA DA SA, SA SAY SO HUNG
Is the Siri Gaitri Mantra, and is chanted for healing. 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.
SA TA NA MA
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 is one of the most frequently used mantras in Kundalini Yoga.
Is the Seed Mantra or Bij Mantra and it is the most widely used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Sat means the Truth; Nam means to call upon, name or identify with. Sat Nam means Truth is my identity and I call upon the eternal Truth that resides in all of us. Chanting this mantra awakens the Soul, and more simply means “really”. It is pronounced to rhyme with “But Mom!”
SAT NARAYAN, WHA HE GURU, HARI NARAYAN, SAT NAM.
Narayan is the aspect of Infinity that relates to water, and Hari Narayan is Creative sustenance, which makes the one who chants it intuitively clear or healing. Sat Narayan is True Sustainer, Wahe Guru, indescribable Wisdom and Sat Nam, True Identity. This is the ancient Chotay Pad Mantra.
Is the Guru Mantra, the mantra of ecstasy. It is not translatable but chanting it elevates the spirit.
WAHE GURU, WAHE GURU, WAHE GURU, WAHE JEEO:
“The ecstasy of consciousness is my beloved.”