To be completely honest, I used to think chanting mantras was an odd thing to do. People sitting around and making noises? I didn’t get it. It wasn’t until the beautiful world of yoga was opened up to me that I experienced the pleasure of a soul-touching mantra. To this day my recollection of that moment still ignites feelings of deep emotional connection within me; that thrill of the resonating Om as it vibrated through my body and meshed with the energy of those around me.
At first I thought Kundalini Yoga mantras were a small part of your ‘on-mat’ yoga practice. How wrong I was. Read on to discover how you can use the most common Kundalini Yoga Mantras to enhance all aspects of your life.
Mantras, Mudras and More
There is A LOT of in-depth information behind Kundalini Yoga mantras that is steeped in ancient wisdom and customs. Just considering all there is to learn about each mantra can leave you feeling overwhelmed! Embracing a traditional kundalini practice will require you to learn the specific Kundalini Yoga Kriyas. This includes understanding how many times to repeat a mantra, the duration of the chant, the correct postures in which to sit and mudras you need to use in association with each mantra.
Now I’m a busy guy, and although I am excited to delve into the world of Kundalini Yoga mantras I also don’t want to bite off more than I can chew. I believe it is important to embrace something new in a way that compliments your life.
I was encouraged by many modern day Kundalini yogis who blog about how they embrace mantras throughout their busy daily lives. This can take the form of writing mantras in a journal at night, reciting a particular mantra upon waking in the morning, singing along to mantra music in the car or bringing a mantra to mind when waiting in line at the grocery store.
The following list of Kundalini mantras are some of the most commonly used in Kundalini Yoga . To experience their full potential, incorporate these mantras into your everyday life in meaningful ways. Always bring a deep connection and positivity to mind when reciting their words
Sat Nam is a seed mantra. It is named as such because it acts just like any seed would. A seed contains the knowledge of how to produce a fully grown tree. Planting the seed of a mantra into your consciousness, and watering it regularly with your awareness, allows it to flourish and awaken your soul.
‘Sat’ translates to truth. ‘Nam’ translates to identity. When chanted, spoken or brought into the mind this mantra makes you aware of your ultimate truth; your soul identify.
This mantra is perfect for people feeling lost in life or those experiencing a crisis of identity. Sat Nam helps to keep us grounded by clearing our mind and bringing our focus to the simple beauty of life’s energy within us.
Sa Ta Na Ma
Sa Ta Na Ma
Sa Ta Na Ma is an important Kundalini Yoga mantra that consists of the five primal sounds; ‘Sa’ meaning infinity, ‘Ta’ life, ‘Na’ death, and ‘Ma’ rebirth. ‘A’ is the fifth primal sound.
Are you trapped in a cycle of destructive behaviour? The Sa Ta Na Ma mantra can help because it accesses and realigns your subconscious mind. A Sa Ta Na Ma meditation helps you break damaging habits and deep seated addictions.
Ad Guray Nameh, Jugad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru Devay Nameh
This Kundalini Yoga mantra means "I bow to the primal Guru, I bow to wisdom through the ages, I bow to True Wisdom, I bow to the great, unseen wisdom."
The Mangala Charn mantra calls upon light to filter into your surrounding magnetic field to offer you protection. It helps to clear your clouded vision and remove obstacles in your path.
Many people use the Mangala Charn mantra everyday when getting into their car, before driving off. I felt it’s frequent use throughout my day brought clarity of mind to whatever task I was completing at the time. And hey, a little added protection on the road is definitely a plus
Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo, Kundalini, Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo, Namo
Don’t be fooled by the use of the term ‘The Goddess (‘Adi Shakti’) in this mantra. Although commonly recited by women when pregnant or during childbirth, this mantra is not only for females.
Males and females both have the Divine Mother energy within them, also called the Primal Power. The Bhakti mantra summons the Primal Power to provide you with greater physical, emotional and mental strength. This motivating mantra eradicates your fears and gives you the willpower to act on your creative desires
Kal Akal Siri Kal, Maha Akal, Akal Moorat
We are faced with animosity in many forms throughout life. Whether it be hate, hostility, friction, spite or pure loathing your are experiencing, the Kal Akal Kundalini Yoga mantra will protect you from those nastier moments.
Many call upon the Kal Akal mantra to help remove the fear overshadowing death. In addition to easing the emotional stress, this mantra helps to lessen any physical pains associated with such experiences including stomachaches, headaches, tension and fatigue.
This beautiful blog post by Mantras And Miracles opened my eyes to the ways Kundalini mantras can be such powerful shared experiences. Chanting the Kal Akal mantra together is a positive way to support friends or family who are grieving or going through hard times.
Aap Sahaee Hoa
Aap Sahaee Hoa Sache Da Sache Dhoa, Har Har Har
The Aap Sahaee Hoa mantra translates to "The Lord Himself has become our protector, the Truest of True has taken care of us, God, God, God".
If you’re feeling unsure of yourself and battling with mental clutter, this is the mantra for you. The Aap Sahaee Hoa mantra provides the gift of prosperity from The Creator, God. This mantra brings balance and clarity to your mind.
Whether you're looking for help getting through your study, navigating a massive workload or ticking items off a never ending to do list, this mantra allows you to prioritize and move forward with greater confidence to achieve your goals.
The Ardas Bhaee mantra connects you with the energy of two Sikh Gurus Masters who lived in the 1500’s. Guru Amar Das personifies generosity and equality among all. His son-in law Guru Ram Das personifies love, giving and compassion for others. Together they offer you the hope and blessings that you need, nothing more and nothing less.
This humble mantra puts things into perspective. When your ego mind gets too inflated, use the Ardas Bhaee mantra for a reality check.
Dharti Hai, Akash Hai, Guru Ram Das Hai
Also called ‘The First Sodhung Mantra’ and ‘Isht Sodhanna Mantra,’ these words instil a deep sense of connection within the chanter.
The Dharti Hai Mantra calls upon the presence of the divine surrounding you. Most powerful when combined with visualisation, this mantra brings you into the present moment and connects your heart and higher spirit with the surrounding earth and ether.
Chant, write or sing the Dharti Hai mantra to calm your frazzled mind. Recite it regularly to keep yourself humble and to remind you to keep your eyes open to the opportunities that will allow you to prosper in life.
Prithvi Hai, Akash Hai, Guru Ram Das Hai
This mantra is another version of the Dharti Hai mantra. It too seeks power from the earth, ether and Guru Ram Das.
‘Prithvi’ means earth. ‘Akash’ means the heavens. The Prithvi Hai Akash Hai mantra seeks to find balance between the two. After chanting this mantra you come away feeling more level headed.
The Prithvi Hai Akash Hai mantra supports you when you’re experiencing conflict. If you're in the middle of an argument of opposing views or feeling confused when making a big decision, use this mantra to assess your thoughts with a neutral mind.
The Magic Mantra
Ek Ong Kar, Sat Gur Prasad, Sat Gur Prasad, Ek Ong Kar
Have you ever wished you could undo damage you’ve done? Chanting the Magic mantra five times stops and reverses your negative or polluted thought patterns. This mantra connects directly to The Creator, therefore it is advised to only chant it with pure intention and positive energy. Adhering to this warning will ensure nothing bad happens to you.
The Magic mantra brings about transformation and uncovers your intuition. With this mantra the ability to change the negative into the positive is in your hands.
Gobinday, Mukunday, Udaaray, Apaaray, Hariang, Kariang, Nirnamay, Akamay
Literally meaning "sustainer, liberator, enlightener, infinite, destroyer, creator, nameless, desireless" the Guru Gaitri mantra balances the hemispheres of the brain. Establishing mental stability promotes greater development of your compassion, patience and tolerance in life.
The Guru Gaitri mantra helps to unblock and cleanse your subconscious mind. When free of these mental obstacle you are able to connect deeply with others and experience the pleasure of feeling united as one.
Har Har Har Har Har
Har is God, The Creative Infinity.
This Kundalini Yoga mantra appears to be simple, however the power you experience from its repetition is quite profound. This mantra will bring you great prosperity and abundance.
If you’re willpower is in need of a good boost, chant the Har mantra for 3 -11 mins continuously and enjoy the renewed confidence and commitment it generates from within.
Hari Nam, Sat Nam
Hari Nam, Sat Nam, Hari Nam, Hari. Hari Nam, Sat Nam, Hari Nam, Hari
The message of this mantra is that the name of god is the True name. ‘Hari’ refers to creation as an active process. Combined with ‘Sat Nam’ this mantra guides you in aligning yourself with the vibration of the universe to find your set path.
At times we can feel at a stand still, burdened by the pressures of making choices and taking action. Fnd direction and ease your frustrations with the Hari Nam Sat Nam mantra.
Hum Dum Har Har Har Har Hum Dum
‘Hum’ refers to the creative essence inside us all. ‘Dum’ represents the life force Prana. Combined with ‘Har’, this mantra translates as "We the universe, God, God."
The Hum Dum mantra opens the heart chakra and therefore promotes the flow and exchange of prana energy between us and the universe. This enhances our internal connection with the experience of Being and brings us into a higher state of consciousness.
Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo
This mantra can be used as a tool to withdrawal your focus from the external world and bring your awareness inwards. Meaning “I bow to the divine teacher within,” the Adi mantra is chanted prior to your Kundalini practice. It directly connects you with your ‘Guru Dev’; the higher self within the heart.
When things get out of hand and a little bit crazy, the Adi mantra can calm you down. Its grounding nature brings you back into the real existence of yourself and reduces the distractions of the outside world.
Ong So Hung
Ong So Hung
‘Ong’ is the creative consciousness. ‘So Hung’ literally translates as “I am that”. Therefore, this mantra expresses the recognition humans experience of being the highest consciousness.
The primal vibration ‘Ong’ makes experiencing this resonating mantra very powerful. Chanting or even just listening to it ignites the universal energy that exists in every cell in your body.
Chanting the Ong So Hung mantra will leave you feeling greatly empowered. You realise there is no difference between The Spirit and yourself. The knowledge that you embody the spirituality of the universe is uplifting and exhilarating. A perfect antidote for those days you feel particularly down on yourself.
Prana, Apana, Sushumna, Hari
Prana, Apana, Sushumna, Hari. Hari Har, Hari Har, Hari Har, Hari
‘Prana’ is our life force. ‘‘Apana’ is Prana’s opposing energy. This mantra represents the cleansing of our energy channel called ‘Sushumna’. It is in the Sushumna that ‘Har’, the Creative Infinity, flows.
The balanced flow of energy throughout this system has a healing effect throughout the body. The Prana, Apana, Sushumna, Hari mantra encourages this flow of energy. Its ultimate aim is to send Prana up and out of the crown chakra at the top of the head to connect with God.
A detox for the system, this Kundalini Yoga mantra gives that fresh spring clean feeling. It is can provide a lot of benefits in those times where you need to end something that is just not working out, no matter how hard you try. Shedding the old and inviting in the new will invigorate you to start afresh and pursue something more worthwhile.
Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung
The Siri Gaitri mantra taps into the energies of the sun (‘Ra’), Moon (‘Ma’), Earth (‘Da’) and Impersonal and Total Infinity (‘Sa’ and ‘So Say’) to bring about deep healing.
Chanting this mantra allows ‘Hung’ the infinite and real vibrating energy to merge with your identify (‘So’). By raising the vibrational frequency within you, the Siri Gaitri mantra helps you tune in and become balanced with the universe.
Feel free to spread the love! This mantra is popular when wishing to gift healing effects onto others. Simply visualize your chosen person in a positive light whilst you chant silently or out loud.
Chotay Pad Mantra
Sat Narayan Wahe Guru Hari Narayan Sat Nam
If you're feeling highly strung or close to breaking point, the Chotay Pad mantra can help you to relax. This mantra calls upon the “True Sustainer”, “indescribable Wisdom” and “The Self’s True Identity” to help you find inner peace.
Chanting this mantra encourages you to view and experience life from a point of non-resistance. Once you discover peace within, positivity and peacefulness flow from you like water. In return you receive profound happiness and experience greater success on your life’s journey.
Ang San Wahe Guru
‘Ang’ translates to a part. ‘Sang’ translates to in/with every. ‘Wahe’ is the ecstasy of Being and ‘Guru’ the essence of pure knowledge within us. Thus the meaning brought forth from the Ang Sang Wahe Guru mantra is one of connecting everyone, including God, on a deeper level.
Kundalini yogis recognise that God is in each and every human, therefore connecting with God unites you with everyone. The Ang Sang Wahe Guru mantra allows the spirit of all beings to run within your veins.
It’s easy to feel alone in our modern society, even when surrounded by millions of people. Using this mantra removes feelings of loneliness. It offers the support of all people. You are able to rise above negative self talk to restore clarity in your mind and faith in yourself.
Ek Ong Kar, Sat Nam, Siri Wahe Guru
Also named the Adi Shakti mantra and The Morning Call, this mantra is chanted in the morning to awaken the Kundalini energy within. Its message explains that “God, the Creator and the Creation are as One. This is our True Identity. The experience of this ecstasy beyond anything we can describe.”
The Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam mantra opens all the chakras in the body, moving you into a state of bliss. It is the perfect mantra to begin your day. You will feel fully energised and ready to engage in all that life has instore for you.
Ek Ong Kar, Sat Nam, Karta Purkh, Nirbhao, Nirvair, Akal Moort, Ajuni, Sai Bhang, Gur Prasan, Jap, Ad Such, Jugad Such, Habe Such, Nanak Hosi Bhee Such
The Mul mantra translates as "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."
All other mantras of Sikhism stem from the Mul mantra. It lays the foundations on which your spiritual Self is built. These foundations are found in your heart. Chanting this mantra brings energy into your heart centre and helps you establish a balanced relationships with your true inner Self.
Let the Mul mantra be your compass when your identify is lost. In trying times when you are rediscovering who you really are, this mantra can be the guide to uncovering the truth.
Wahe Guru, Wahe Guru, Wahe Guru, Wahe Jio
The Wahe Guru, Wahe Jio mantra translates as “great beyond description is the experience of God’s Wisdom, great beyond description is the experience of God Blessing the Soul.” It is the mantra for ecstasy.
‘Wahe Guru’, the experience of the divine, brings you from darkness into the light. This mantra helps you to cast new eyes upon issues in your life. God’s wisdom is unlocked with in you and allows you to seek the happiness you desire. The Wahe Guru Wahe Jio mantra lets you experience the simplicity of great joy and elation!
Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
Guru Ram Das’ sweet nature and comforting energy is summoned through this mantra. The words actively seek the guidance and protection of the fourth Sikh Guru.
The ego mind has a way of telling us stories and taking us down false paths. The Guru Guru Wahe Guru mantra helps you to remain humble. It brings you back to reality and promotes emotional healing along the way.
Self healing is more important than ever in today's modern world. With a plethora of problems evident from a personal level to a global scale, it is easy to rely on external sources to ease your worries. The Guru Guru Wahe Guru mantra gifts you with the power to heal yourself. As they say, ‘you can't pour from an empty cup’, so sometimes the best way to help others is to first help yourself.
I believe personal growth never ends. Kundalini Yoga mantras provide such amazing opportunities to find that deeper connection with our true Selves. The importance of learning and growing is not only relevant to us personally, but together as a global population. Discovering that peace and happiness we seek is beneficial to us all as a community.
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