Mantra for Removing Negativity: Jai Te Gang

Mantra for Clearing Karma and Removing Negativity

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.

Mantra for Removing Negativity: Jai Te Gang

Khag khand bihandan khal dal khandan at ran mandan bar bandan

Bhuj dandh akhandan tej parchandan jot amandan bhaan prabhan

Sukh santaa karnang durman darning kilbikh harnang as sarnang

Jai jai jag kaaran srist ubaaran mam pratipaaran jai tegang

(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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Ramdesh Kaur, MA, is an IKYTA Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher trained by Gurmukh. She writes extensively on yoga, spirituality and mantra. She hosts the show "Spirit Voyage Radio with Ramdesh" on Unity FM, one of the Top 100 Itunes Podcasts, and leads Spirit Voyage's 40 Day Global Sadhanas, which bring together 20,000 meditators from 65 countries. Before working with Spirit Voyage, she was the residential Kundalini yoga teacher at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India in the Himalyan foothills, and has a Master's Degree from the Courtauld Institute in London. She is the author of "Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart" with Karan Khalsa and has three best selling guided meditation CDs "Journey into Stillness", "Relaxation Meditations", and "Stress Relief Meditations" (with crystal singing bowl master Ashana) all available on Spirit Voyage, ITunes and Amazon. She teaches at festivals internationally and leads powerful personal creativity retreats in Mexico with her partner Harnam Singh, an accomplished mantra musician. www.ramdesh.com

7 Comments

  1. I came across this museum piece. Immediately thought of you :)

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  2. Hi Ramdesh firstly thank you for all the articles and meditations.
    My question is .Is it neccessary for girls to cover their heads while saying or listening to these mantras.
    I have been chanting a lot and havent been covering my head as it is not possible in normal city life. is that ok?i am not married.
    thank you

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    • It is always respectful to cover your head while reciting Gurbani, but whether you do or not is entirely up to you. Blessings, Ramdesh

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  3. Sat Nam Ramdesh,

    Jai Te Gang is a very powerful mantra – seems I am attracted to mantras that cut through negativity.. Anyway, Gurunam’s version includes more of the mantra. Do you know what the rest of it is and the translation?

    Peace & Light,
    Balprem Kaur

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  4. this is a response for Scott – I sense some anger/frustration or, dare I say it…..negativity….in your comment…I know how it feels to try to get a spiritual ‘kick’ from something when I have no clue what the words actually mean – I have practiced spiritual ceremonies in languages other than my own for many years. – mostly Lakota and Ojibwe. I am a language instructor and am fluent in several – Western languages such as Spanish, French, Portuguese. Spirit Voyage has an excellent translation from the Gurmukhi and explanation for this mantra on the website. There’s a link to it above, I believe. Having studied linguistics and the mechanics of language, I can physically feel and comprehend how the actual vibrations in specific sounds can influence our mental states – just sit upstairs in a big city over a busy bus route and TRY to keep from feeling stressed (my apartment in Lisbon was just such a place – I took a lot of walks away from there). On the other hand, Native American flute is extremely spiritual and brings me into a better state of mind almost immediately. I believe this is the point of using these links. Maybe it works for you, maybe not…but there is absolutely nothing superstitious about this. I think offering these suggestions to us is a very generous and warm-hearted gesture. Pax tecum (Peace be with you – Latin)

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  5. Hi Scott…You can click on the words of the mantra and it will take you to the “Mantrapedia” which is a page that translates all the mantras we use on the blog. (That is why they are in blue…they’re hyperlinked!) Translations are not really adequate for the Gurmukhi language, as each word is like a poem…it means several things all at once, and can be translated a hundred ways.

    Mantra is not like affirmation, in that you have to know what you are saying. Sometimes repeating the words that you don’t understand DOES cause a measurable effect, because it stimulates the meridians on the upper palate of the mouth, which in turn cause the glands, such as the hypothalamus and pituitary, to secrete hormones. You can consider it superstitious, but words have tremendous power. I can scream “I hate you!” in Swahili, and you may not know swahili, but there will still be an energy in the word itself. Likewise, I could tell you “I love you!” in Swedish, and there would also be an energy there. (Consider Masaru Emoto’s work with the Messages in Water.)

    John Kabat Zinn and mindfulness meditation are wonderful tools, and they may be the perfect path for you and many others. But mantra meditation is also a very valuable tool for focusing the mind and causing a sense of peace and harmony. Neither are superstitious. Both are powerful.

    Sat nam!

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  6. so repeating a bunch of words that i don’t understand is the cure?

    it would make sense to at least translate it to english or a least tell us what is the jist of this paragraph.

    Otherwise John kabat zinn and mindful meditation go a lot further than superstitious words of a foreign language.

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