If you are unfamiliar with the shabad Jai Te Gung by Guru Gobind Singh, it can feel like a daunting task to memorize and wrap your mouth around all the words. When beginning to learn, note that chanting the three words “Jai Te Gung” alone can emancipate you from the pull of depression.
If you ever find yourself with a mantra stuck in your head, or wake up with one circling your psyche, it is not a mere coincidence. Each mantra is a highly nuanced and prescriptive current of energy that seeks us out when we need it most. So, on a beautiful afternoon in Australia while leading a retreat, when Thapia Na Jai came to my mind, I went looking for its meaning and the power that it bestows.
When I first encountered the Sobagh Kriya (aka Subagh Kriya) to “invoke the wealth of the universe,” I was intrigued. It sounded like a tall order, especially when I read that Yogi Bhajan described it as “the most sacred and absolutely most powerful kriya for Kundalini Yoga.” But I believe in the power of mantra and meditation, so I decided to try it as a 40-day practice. What did I have to lose? (Especially since our checkbook had been dwindling away to nothing, and bills were piling up.) The idea of a little wealth was enticing!