Kundalini Yoga and Mantras
Kundalini Yoga Mantras
The power of the mantra is amazing.
A central aspect Kundalini Yoga, the conscious application of ancient mantras and modern positive affirmations.
Mantras are typically in Gurmukhi, a sacred Indian language, and occasionally, in English. These mantras contain the vibrations of peace, prosperity, connection, and many other qualities and are understood by their impact, even if the meaning of each word is not known. Pronunciation comes with repetition and by example. Many mantras are available to listen to on the KYTT website. Understanding the meaning of the words adds another layer of effectiveness to chanting.
Below are some of the mantras used in Kundalini Yoga. There are many more.
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo (the Adi Mantra)
I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine Teacher within.
This mantra is used for "tuning in" to the divine flow and self-knowledge within each of us and linking us to Aneg Singh and the Golden Chain of teachers. It is chanted at least three times at the start of each Kundalini Yoga class.
Truth is my identity.
This mantra reinforces the divine consciousness in everyone. It is used as a greeting as well as the mantra for Kundalini Yoga exercises, inhaling Sat (truth), exhaling Nam (name, identity).
Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru
Wise, wise is the one who serves Infinity.
This mantra invokes the fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, known for his humility and grace. It is a mantra of humility, relaxation, self-healing, and emotional relief.
Wow! The divine inner teacher, the dispeller of darkness is beyond description!
This mantra expresses the indescribable experience of going from darkness to light. It is a mantra of infinite ecstasy.
Ad Guray Nameh
This mantra (also known as the Mangala Charan Mantra) clears the clouds of doubt and opens us to guidance and protection.
Bountiful, Blissful, Beautiful
This mantra is for self-esteem and confidence.
Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung
This mantra stimulates the kundalini energy for healing and activates the neutral mind.
Sa Re Sa Sa
Adversity melts before this mantra. This mantra takes away negativity from within oneself awakening the Infinite Creative energy to burn away obstacles to achieving higher consciousness.
Ang Sang Wahe Guru
This mantra eliminates haunting thoughts.
Chattar Chakkar Varti
Removes fear, anxiety, depression, insecurity, and phobias. It instills courage, fearlessness, and brings victory.
The Guru Gaitri mantra (Gobinday Mukanday) eliminates karmic blocks and past errors, balances brain hemispheres, purifies the magnetic field, and brings compassion and patience.
Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad
This mantra stops anything negative and removes all obstacles. It brings great intuition.
Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur
This is the mantra for miracles where the impossible becomes possible.
3.5 Cycle Ek Ong Kar
Develops creativity and the ability to focus on your priorities and sacrifice what is needed to accomplish them.
Har Har Har Har Gobinday
It fixes the mind to prosperity and gives the power to break down barriers of the past. It converts fear to determination and invokes guidance.
The Aquarian Sadhana Mantras
The seven mantras of the Aquarian Sadhana are chanted each day in the ambrosial hours, the two and half hours before dawn, as part of the Aquarian Sadhana.
Mantra means a sound, a certain utterance, or a syllable. Today, modern science sees the whole existence as reverberations of energy, different levels of vibrations. Where there is a vibration, there is bound to be a sound. So, that means, the whole existence is a kind of sound or a complex amalgamation of sounds - the whole existence is an amalgamation of multiple mantras. Of these, a few mantras or a few sounds have been identified, which could be like keys. If you use them in a certain way, they become a key to open up a different dimension of life and experience within you.
So a mantra is not something that you utter. It is something that you strive to become because unless you become the key, existence will not open up for you. Becoming the mantra means you are becoming the key. Only if you are the key can you open the lock? Otherwise, someone else has to open it for you and you have to listen to him. Mantras could be an extremely good preparatory step. Just one mantra can do such tremendous things to people. They can be an effective force in creating something but only if they come from that kind of a source where there is a complete understanding of all that is sound. When we say "all that is sound," we are talking about the creation itself. If a mantra comes from that kind of source, with that level of understanding and when the transmission is pure, then mantras can be an effective force.
There are different types of mantras. Every mantra activates a particular kind of energy in a different part of the body. Without that necessary awareness, just repeating the sound only brings dullness to the mind. Any repetition of the sound always makes your mind dull. But when it is done with proper awareness, with an exact understanding of what it is, a mantra could be a very powerful means. As a science, it is a very powerful dimension, but if it is imparted without the necessary basis and without creating the necessary situations, it can cause lots of damage because this is a subjective science. We know of people who have caused damage to themselves by the improper utterance of something as common as the Gayatri mantra.
Mantra and Sanskrit - What's the Relationship?
Mantras always come from a Sanskrit basis, and the basic aspects of the Sanskrit language are so sound sensitive. But when different people speak, each one says it in their own way. If the Bengalis say a mantra, they will say it in their own way. If the Tamil people say it, they say it in another way. If the Americans say it, they will say it in a completely different way. Like this, different people who speak different languages, according to what language they have been used to, tend to distort various mantras, unless real training is imparted. Such training is too exhaustive and people do not have that kind of patience or dedication nowadays because it needs an enormous amount of time and involvement.
Nada Yoga - The Link Between Sound and Form
The Sanskrit language is a device, not necessarily a medium of communication. Most of the other languages were made up because we had to refer to something. Initially, they started with just a handful of words and then multiplied them into complex forms. But Sanskrit is a discovered language because today we know that if you feed any sound into an oscilloscope, every sound has a form attached to it. Similarly, every form has a sound attached to it. Every form in the existence is reverberating in a certain way and creates a certain sound.
When you utter a sound, a form is being created. There is a whole science of using sounds in a particular way so that it creates the right kind of form. We can create powerful forms by uttering sounds in certain arrangements. This is known as the Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound. If you have mastery over the sound you also have mastery over the form that is attached to it.
Sanskrit is one language where form and sound are connected. In English for example, if you say "sun" or "son," in utterance it is the same, only in spelling, it is different. What you write is not the criteria. The sound is the criteria. When you realize what sound is attached to a particular form, you give this sound the name for that form. Now the sound and the form are connected. If you utter the sound, you are relating to the form - not just psychologically, but existentially, you are connecting with the form. Sanskrit is like a blueprint of existence. What is in form, we converted into sound. A lot of distortions have happened. How to preserve it in its right form has become a challenge even today since the necessary knowledge, understanding, and awareness are largely missing.
Sound is More Important than Meaning
That is the reason why when Sanskrit is taught, it has to be learned by rote. People just chant the language endlessly. It does not matter whether you know the meaning or not. The sound is important, not the meaning. Meanings are made up in your mind. It is the sound and the form which are connecting. Are you connecting or not? - That is the question. That is why it has become the mother of almost all Indian and European languages, except Tamil. Tamil did not come from Sanskrit. It developed independently. All the other Indian languages and almost all the European languages have their origin in Sanskrit.
Mantras - How to Benefit From Them
Music is an arrangement of sounds to generate certain sweetness. Music is a fine arrangement, but still, it is like the water flowing. A mantra is not that beautiful aesthetically but it is much more effective. I want you to try this out: Sounds of Isha has released a CD called Vairagya, which has five mantras: Nirvana Shatakam, Guru Paduka Stotram, Brahmananda Swarupa, Aum Namah Shivaya, and Shambho ("the auspicious one"). This was released with a specific purpose. Listen to the CD over and over a few times, listening to each one of the mantras - each one runs for ten minutes. Figure out which mantra really draws you. This isn't about choosing a mantra like: "Oh, I enjoy this mantra. What have you chosen? Okay, let me also choose that." It is not done like that. Just listen and listen. When you feel that one of them is really grabbing you, you just go by that. Keep it going all the time - in your car, in your home, on your iPad, iPod, phone, everywhere. There are one-hour versions of each of these also. Simply keep them going on and on for some time.
After some time it will become so much a part of your system and it will set a certain ambiance for you. Mantra is not consciousness but the mantra sets the right kind of ambiance. Sound will set the right kind of ambiance within this physiological, psychological framework and also in the atmosphere. One can make use of this.
AUM - The Fundamental Sound
If you utter these three sounds together, what do you get? AUM. AUM is not some religion's trademark. It is the fundamental sound in existence. It is said that Shiva can create a whole new existence just by uttering three AUMs. This is not a fact, but it is a truth. What is the difference between a fact and a truth? Let us say you are a woman. Does that mean your father made no contribution towards you? Does that mean your father does not exist within you? No. So the fact is, you are either a man or a woman. The truth is you are both. It is not that Shiva is sitting somewhere and uttering AUMs. That is not the point. What is being said is that everything is just a vibration.
It is very difficult to put this into words, but after some time, everything turned into sound in my experience. My body, the mountain, the lake in front of me, everything had become sound. It had taken on sound form and was just going on in me in a completely different way. My mouth was closed - I am very clear about that - but my own voice was going on loudly, as if it was on a microphone, singing a song, and it was in Sanskrit.
Nada Brahma Vishwaswaroopa
Nada Hi Sakala Jeevaroopa
Nada Hi Karma Nada Hi Dharma
Nada Hi Bandhana Nada Hi Mukti
Nada Hi Shankara Nada Hi Shakti
Nadam Nadam Sarvam Nadam
Nadam Nadam Nadam Nadam
Translation: Sound is Brahman, the manifestation of the universe, sound manifests itself in the form of all life, the sound is bondage, the sound is the means for liberation, the sound is that which binds, the sound is that which liberates, the sound is the bestower of all, the sound is the power behind everything, the sound is everything.If you just give yourself to that song, there is a kind of power to it. It has the power to dissolve a person if you really throw yourself into it.
Mantra is the power of the word. Prayer of the man through the power of the word is a manifestation of the Divine Itself. It is the rhythm which creates the vibration. It is the vibration which moves the universe. If you positively move the vibration, the world is yours. There's nothing standing between you and You."