in the universe is made up of energy. All energy vibrates. Differentiation
happens because energy vibrates at difference frequencies. Each
frequency has a sound. (Actually every frequency IS a sound.)
Everything in the universe has a sound which vibrates at its particular
are the sounds of the language of the universe. Mantras are tuning
instruments. If we want to tune into and access a particular universal
frequency, we chant the mantra that vibrates that frequency. For
instance, chanting MAAAAAAAAAA tunes us into the frequency of
the Divine Mother and Feminine. If we want to tune into the frequency
of the sun, we chant RAAAAAAAAAA.
we chant a particular sound, our body and energy field resonate
with that frequency. The connection is established and maintained
through resonance. Our energy matches and synchronizes with the
energy of the sounds we make and the thoughts we think. It is
the nature of our energy that attracts to us and creates events,
circumstances and environments around us.
of what we create and attract is produced by our subconscious
automatic-pilot programming. Mantras are a powerful tool to "de-program"
ourselves, to create new programs and to influence our thought
patterns. Mantras are also ACCESS CODES to different channels
in our mind. Mantras help us open channels that we often cannot
access consciously or reach by rational thoughts, or even intent,
i.e. our higher consciousness and higher spiritual connections.
NA MO GURU DEV NA MO is the mantra we use in Kundalini yoga to
tune us to the frequency of our higher self or inner master. We
begin each practice of Kundalini yoga with this mantra. This sacred
mantra opens us to our spiritual channel. It also links us to
all the spiritual masters who perfected this sacred science. By
establishing a link with the Masters of Kundalini yoga, we are
protected as we practice this sacred technology, as well as guided
in our practice. The transmission of information and consciousness
to students from Master teachers who have preceded us is referred
to as the GOLDEN CHAIN. Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga,
who is the first to openly share this technology with the world,
is a living connection to the golden chain.
with the Master is of additional importance to those of you who
are learning and practicing Kundalini yoga on your own. By chanting
ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO, you can be guided in your practice.
Actually once you chant the mantra you are guided. The more you
are willing to receive and pay attention, the more you will be
aware of this guidance.
the way, if you ever dream of Yogi Bhajan, it is not a mere dream.
You have tuned into him and his subtle body is coming to assist
you in some way. Years ago at a Winter Solstice White Tantric
course, a student was very ill from food poisoning. He desperately
needed help and tried many ways to get Yogi Bhajan's attention
through calling his various names and prayer. He finally chanted
Ong Na Mo Guru Dev Na Mo. Five minutes later another student approached
him with a bowl of rice and told him "Yogi Bhajan told me
to tell you to eat this and you will be better." And sure
enough, he ate it and started feeling better almost immediately.
How to Tune
in opens the channel in our mind that receives the highest spiritual
frequencies. The mantra that we use is ONG
NA MO GURU DEV NA MO. Although this mantra is used
specifically for tuning in before practicing Kundalini yoga, it
can be chanted at other times. You can chant it during the day,
simply to reconnect with your higher self. You can do it alone
as a preparation for silent meditation. Or you can chant it as
a meditation for as long as you like.
I taught history and philosophy at International University in
San Diego, I also taught a Kundalini yoga class. The students
made up their own harmonic version of this mantra and chanted
it walking around the campus.
with a straight spine, either in a comfortable cross-legged position
on the floor or in a chair with both feet on the ground. A pillow
under buttocks prevents slumping and helps keep the spine straight.
Sit on natural fabric.
are in prayer pose. Lightly press the palms together flat at the
center of the chest, under the breasts, thumbs resting on the
sternum. Fingers are pointing up, at a slight angle outward. The
pressure on the sternum stimulates the "mind nerve"
that connects to the brain. Pressing the palms together balances
the two hemispheres of the brain. Both help us concentrate and
stay focused. l.
CHIN is slightly down and pulled back, which straightens the spine,
expands the chest and opens the heart center. This is called NECK
OF THE MANTRA
- the active, creative aspect of the universe NA
MO - to call upon GURU
DEV - divine wisdom
mantra is optimally chanted all on one long deep breath. It is
OK to take a short sip of air through the mouth between the first
NA MO and GURU DEV. But it is not permissible to take a long breath
through the nose.
prepare, center yourself with your hands in prayer pose and take
several long deep breaths. When you are present to your breath
in your body and fairly relaxed, you are ready to begin.
- Vibrate the sound in the nasal passages, upper palate, back
of throat and in the center of the head. Ong is extended and forceful.
It is a nasal sound incorporating o, n and g, not oooooong. If
properly vibrated it stimulates the pineal and pituitary glands
to secrete, which actually opens us up to our higher channels.
MO - Na is short and Moooo is extended. (Rhymes with
NO. Not the sound of a cow.) :+)
DEV - Gu is short almost G. Roo (as in Runes) is also
short. Deeeeeeeev is extended. Pronounced like the E in Evan.
MO - the same as the first.
This audio clip is from the CD Mantras of the Master by Santokh Singh Khalsa, which contains examples of 63 other mantras. This CD is available from Yoga Technology.
at least 3 times, inhaling deeply through the nose before each
sequence. The purpose of chanting is to "Tune In." So
do it as many times as it takes for you to feel that you are connected
to the place and frequency that you need to be in to practice
Kundalini yoga. Chanting this mantra is not a ritual. It creates
a specific effect when done properly.
chanting, inhale deeply and hold the breath as long as you can
do so comfortably. While holding the breath, go inside and focus
on your inner space. This is a powerful moment to be savored.
Then exhale. Repeat several times if you wish and then sit silently
and turn your senses inward, i.e. look and listen inside.
with the Breath
chanting ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO,
connect with your breath and experience the breath in the body.
There are two basic ways to do this.
is to simply be with your breath as it breathes in your body.
You do not consciously try to change the breath in any way. You
are simply with it. After tuning in and after doing each exercise
it is best to simply be with your breath. The breath is in sync
with the energy in your body and will equalize your energy, come
back to your normal breathing pattern or establish a new one.
the breath has stabilized, which often means that it has slowed
down, it is appropriate to control or direct the breath. Directing
the breath is the second way to use the breath. We modify the
natural flow in intensity and duration.
tuning in, is a good time to consciously slow down the breath
and deepen it to move it through all parts of your body. Breathing
in the abdomen and kidneys is are particularly beneficial.
mind follows the breath. The slower the breath, the more the mind
calms down. If we are breathing more than 10 times a minute we
are creating stress. (Not true of breath of fire. To be discussed
later.) When we slow our breath down to 4 or less breaths per
minute, we enter a calm, meditative state.
with your Body
breath is the perfect tool to help us connect with our bodies.
Use the breath to consciously open up energy in your body, to
feel the different parts of the body and to stimulate activity.
As a culture we are too often in our minds and not in our bodies.
One of our goals is to use Kundalini yoga and meditation to help
us re-establish a vital connection with our bodies. We are often
"out of our bodies" because it is uncomfortable to be
in them. We are going to use Kundalini yoga to cultivate feeling
comfortable in our bodies. Our end goal is to enjoy being in our
- Seed Mantra
of the features of Kundalini yoga that makes it so powerful is
that we do several things simultaneously. We (1) breathe, (2)
internally chant and (3) move (4) in a particular posture or Asana.
internal chant that we mentally vibrate is SAT
NAM. As we breathe, we mentally inhale SAT.
As we exhale we mentally vibrate NAM.
Listen to the sound Saaaaaat
and Naaaam in your mind.
NAM is a Bij Mantra or a "seed sound." Chanting
Sat Nam is like planting a grain of sand in an oyster. Our truth
gathers around the grain. Over time, as we accumulate our gifts
and gather our true essence into our consciousness, we become
the pearl of Self.
means Truth, unchanging universal truth. It is the vibration that
means name, identity, to name, to call upon, to identify with.
NAM means "Truth is my identity."
When we chant
Sat Nam (out loud or internally), we resonate with our true identity,
with our own truth.
with the salutation Sat Nam, we acknowledge the other's true identity
and our mutual divine identities. 3
Nam is a potent affirmation and a powerful way to cleanse the
mind of negative programming. Over time our minds tune into and
resonate with who we really are and believe our soul instead of
our limited ego. Sat Nam is inner psychology at work.
yoga is the yoga of awareness. Our goal is to cultivate greater
and greater awareness of our own identity and our relationship
with our body, others, our environment and the universe. The
practice of Kundalini yoga opens our consciousness so we are able
to receive more information and be more present and alert. Simply
doing Kundalini yoga facilitates greater awareness. Optimal practice
includes silent, "doing nothing" (passive) periods between
exercises, and after tuning in (active) where we pay attention.
We sit and sometimes lie down and bring our attention to what
is happening without trying to influence it in any way. For maximum
benefit, we cultivate awareness by monitoring our energy, how
we feel, the sensations in our body and subtle changes that are
our second lesson on Silence
we talked about the importance and power of silence. We gave several
exercises to cultivate the art of silence. In our next lesson
we will discuss Meditation and Choice. The point is that when
we learn to be silent, we can actually hear our intuition and
make choices that lead us to peace and freedom.
you have practiced (or tried to practice) silent meditation without
preceding it with any tune in techniques. Now try it again but
precede it with "tuning in" as subscribed above.
11 minutes total do the following sequence.
yourself in your body with your breath.
in with the mantra Ong Na Mo Guru Dev Na Mo.
be with your breath.
slow down your breath to 4 or less per minute.
calmly and be silent. Look and listen within.
end-Anchor and consolidate yourself in your body by feeling all
your sensations simultaneously, especially places that feel calm.
any differences in you ability to focus. It is valuable to monitor
the effects of the different techniques, to keep track of what
works for you and how you can get the maximum benefits from your
if you want to meditate with another powerful mantra, do the meditation
I recommended for the Eclipse. Here it is again.
addition to morning sadhana, as a part of it, or as an evening
meditation here is a meditation that can be done for 11, 22 or
31-minutes. This is a very blissful meditation that keeps you
in your body. When you need help chant this mantra. Vibrating
with this mantra produces healing, magic and miracles. Now that
is a handy channel to tune into! Enjoy!
in easy pose, with hands on the lap, right on top of left. Sit
absolutely still for this meditation for the full effects. Chant
very quietly, in monotone, almost, but not a whisper, with the
lips, so you feel a vibration in the lips: GURU, GURU, WA HE GURU, GURU RAM
the words in each of the chakras. Bring your attention to the
specific chakra, but do not move your body. (Tip-Guru is vibrated
in every chakra except 3rd and 6th.)