Mantra Resolutions: 3 Mantras for the New Year

Mantras say it all.

Well, it’s a New Year! I can tell because most of my friends on Facebook are either doing a cleanse, starting a new Sadhana, or picking a new theme to live by this year.

It occurred to me that the magic of mantras is that they carry their own intention. Sure, we can infuse a personal twist onto anything we do, however, mantras are complete in and of themselves. They do their own thing. All we have to do is be a willing vehicle form their energy to flow through.

Here are 3 great resolutions for your New Year, wrapped in tiny pithy packages. Please feel free to share your favorite mantras and what they do for you.

1. Prosper: Aap Sahaee Hoa, Sachay Daa, Sachaa Dhoa, Har Har Har

I cannot think of a better way to ring in the New Year than to affirm that all our trust is in the flow of the Universe and that we surrender to the Divine creative play. That is what “Aap Sahaee Hoa” is all about. Har is the sound of making room for the new. As we expel old stale breath (Har!), and let in new lifeforce energy, we proclaim: “I am ready to receive my blessings.” This is a great mantra to chant, or to play on repeat in your place of work, for prosperity and abundance.

Recordings: Sat Darshan Singh & Sirgun Kaur’s “The Music Within”, Nirinjan Kaur’s “Adhara”, Ram Dass’ “The Alchemist’s Prayer”, and Guru Singh’s “A Game of Chants”, Snatam Kaur’s “Ras”


2. Be Protected: Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
This mantra is in two parts. In the first part, we call on the great unfathomable source of all there is—Wahe Guru—to bring us out of darkness, into the light. Then, we acknowledge that this incredibly great and all-powerful energy exists in the form of Guru Ram Das—and all those who serve God (Ram Das translates as “servant of God”). This is a great mantra to chant in times where you could use a little extra help. Guru Ram Das lived his life to serve others. Even now, he will serve you if call on him. I use this mantra the most of any of them!

Some Recordings: Amrit Kirtan’s “Sacred Circle”, Nirinjan Kaur’s “Aquarian”, SatKirin Kaur Khalsa’s “Lightness of Being”, Harnam’s “A Fearless Heart”

3. Manifest:

Ardas Bhaee, Amar Das Guru, Amar Das Guru, Ardas Bhaee,

Ram Das Guru, Ram Das Guru, Ram Das Guru, Sachee Sahee


This mantra means that our prayer is already granted. We give our prayer to Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das grants it, and voila! It is done: “Sachee Sahee!” Knowing that our prayer has been heard, we can release it, which allows the prayer to done. Chant this mantra and be amazed by the blessings you allow to enter your life. When we release our prayers, like children, we give them the freedom to take shape and grow.

Recordings: Simrit Kaur’s “The Sweetest Nectar“,  Snatam Kaur’s “Liberation’s Door”, Mirabai Ceiba’s “The Heart of Healing“, Gurunam Singh’s “The Journey Home”

May you have a magical mantra-filled 2012!




  1. Olga — I’m so glad. =)

    Lucie — Sure. Buddhi mudra is a great mudra to hold while you are chanting pretty much anything. It is the mudra for improved communication, which binds the ego (thumb) and mercury (pinky) energies together. You can choose the active or passive versions. Active means you are pressing your thumb on the pink fingernail. Passive means you are pressing your thumb on the tip of the pinky.

    A popular position to hold while chanting “Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Raam Daas Guru” is the following: sitting in easy pose, bring your left hand to your heart center (at the center of your chest), then place the right palm over it. For a photo, you can refer to the cover of my album actually:–Sirgun-Kaur/CDS-004292.aspx

    There are many many many more mudras and yogic postures you can hold while chanting mantras. Yogi Bhajan gave so many different meditations with these mantras.

    In addition to holding a pose or mudra, you can make up a celestial communication to any of the kundalini mantras. You would want to do it in front of a mirror or tree if you are leading it by yourself. If you were in a group, you could lead it and everyone would watch you. Here is an example of a celestial communication:

    Hope that helps!

  2. SatNam. thank you for these 2012 mantras. would you also please give us some suggestions for mudras to go with them? many thanks

  3. Thank you for this! This is exactly WHAT I intuitively put on as tracks into my yoga classes, but now I know why they are coming to me. The mantras for this year…yeah!


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