Let's say you're having a bad day. You yelled at your spouse before work because they didn't pick up your dry cleaning (they never support you!) and because you were late, you didn't kiss your kid goodbye. It's not an unforgivable offense, but you feel like a jerk. Going to work, there's tons of traffic and you honk repeatedly at the "idiot" in front of you who doesn't know how to drive. Maybe, just maybe, you flipped them off. You got to work late and your boss gave you a nasty look. You sat down at your desk and there are hundreds of emails to deal with, phone messages that must be returned, and frankly you don't like what you do anyway. The office coffee is cold, you woke up with a stiff neck, and your spouse is texting your cell upset because you yelled at them. And that's the good part of your day. By the time you settle down to sleep that night, after a day of snapping at everyone in your path, your whole body hurts under the weight of your negativity. You wonder why you can't get a break, why the world has to be so hard, and why you'll never be able to afford to retire. You fall asleep grumbling to yourself, wishing you felt better about your life. Sound like you or someone you know?
Even for the most spiritually aware among us, there are times when bad thoughts creep into our minds. Many sages and great masters have taught us that the goal of our personal development isn't to remove the bad thoughts and isn't to never have the moments when we think everything is stupid or that we just aren't good at anything and never will be. In fact, the masters say, what we must strive to do is not to remove the thought, but to remove the negative reaction to the thought.
It can be difficult to control the mind once it gets on a downward spiral. One negative thought, like a virus, spreads and creates hundreds more in its wake. Affirmations are useful to try to throw in a positive thought and trip up the mechanism of thinking, but for the big jobs, for the times when your negativity is spinning out of control and the weight of your own karma fells like rocks tied to your ankles, you pull out the big guns. Or the big sword, rather.
The mantra "Jai Te Gang", written by the Sikh Warrior Saint Guru Gobind Singh, is an incredibly powerful tool to cut through the darkness around you, whether created by your own mind or created by the minds of those around you. It channels the power of the cosmic sword, like the Sword of Archangel Michael in Judeo-Christian belief, the energy of which slices through negativity and darkness, leaving only light in its path. The mantra speaks of a great sword which will remove all demons from our mind and body.
Yogi Bhajan said that this mantra was to be experienced. He recommended a person chant it while lying down, chant it while sitting, and then chant it while standing, to experience the power of this mantra in different ways. Once this mantra becomes a part of you, Yogi Bhajan also said it would echo in your ears when negativity crept into your life, making a sort of failsafe against the darkness within. If you feel your home has a negative energy within it, play this mantra to stop it in its tracks and bring in the light of the Divine.
(Editor's Note: There are two incredible versions of Jai Te Gang, both with very different energies, but extremely powerful. I recommend having them both and keeping them playing in your home when you are out to remove negativity and clear the way for your own strength and prosperity to flower.)
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