The Most Powerful Mantra in Kundalini Yoga (?)
The job of a Preacher is to remind you that there is a God.
The job of a Teacher is to remind you that you are God.
Your job is to remind yourself.
Fortunately, there is a mantra for that.
Most of the mantras we use in Kundalini Yoga originate from Sanskrit and as presented in Gurmukhi. While the linguistic meaning of these mantras can be helpful to set an intention, their power comes not from a literal translation but from a sound current, a vibration, that is sometimes referred to as the Naad.
In this respect, mantras can come from any language, as long as the inherent vibration, or Naad, is present to change consciousness.
Consequently, we have several mantras in Kundalini Yoga that are chanted in English that possess both the meaning and the vibration to alter how we hold ourselves.
Perhaps the most powerful English mantra in Kundalini Yoga is an ashtang mantra, or a mantra that consists of eight sounds or parts (ashtang),
Ashtang mantras are chanted in eight beats (the word ashtang traslates as “eight”) and are common in many spiritual traditions, referring to the octave of the eight basic sounds of vibrations.
These are examples of ashtang Kundalini mantras in Gurmukhi or Sanskrit:
- Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
- Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru
- Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung
And the most powerful ashtang mantra in English is:
God and Me, Me and God, Are One
This is the mantra that goes beyond preachers and teachers to remind yourself about the true relationship between you and infinity, between the self and the Self, between you and God.
It is a very difficult mantra to chant correctly because it will reveal the separation you feel, or have been taught, that exists between you and the Infinite.
You may feel ashamed, unsure, hypocritical, blasphemous, unworthy, egotistical, or resistant to this chant because it requires you to listen to the truth as you yourself speak it out loud. You have to listen to yourself reminding you who you are.
There is no intermediary between you and God. Can you handle it?
This mantra may be chanted in any position and using any mudra. Perhaps try it with hands folded across the heart center. Notice what changes occur as you chant for 11 minutes or more.
Make a rhythm and cadence with these words, a very light pause between the three phrases of the mantra, and a slight extension of the word at the end of each phrase:
God and ME —- Me and GOD — Are ONE —
Try it on one breath, 4 to 6 times a minute.
And when you accept this into your heart, you may agree that this is the most powerful mantra in Kundalini Yoga.
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