Snatam Kaur on the Mul Mantra

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally shared on January 3, 2012. It feels particularly fitting to share again, at this time. The words contained within this post feel even more potent now, 5-years later. We invite you to join Snatam Kaur, the 3HO Foundation and Spirit Voyage in our Global Meditation Experience, using the Mul Mantra: “One Heart, One Spirit, One Love.” Learn more here.

Sat Nam. Happy New Year to you! What an incredible time we live in. We are on the brink of either a major global shift in consciousness or a major environmental catastrophe that finally may bring in the shift within each of us. This morning we went to the Guru Ram Das Ashram in San Francisco. In a kind of dream way the weather was sunny. This type of weather never happens in January. In fact this year there has been so much sun in the cloudy city, that I felt prompted to think that it is global warming.As much of my life seems to be these days, God was giving me this complete beauty of a sunny day in San Francisco… an opportunity to be present. The type of shift in consciousness that it will take to solve global warming is bigger then anything I can do, or even inspire others to do. It will take millions and millions of people.This is one of the greatest challenges of our day, of this New Year:

How do we as meditators, yogis, people of light and love enter into the reality of the times? I do believe that we will find a way, that we will collectively transform, and that it will be a beautiful story in our human history.

This morning as I sat meditating the thought came to mind to share with you the power of the Mul Mantra. This mantra was given to us by Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs who walked this earth in the fifteenth century. It is a mantra that gives you the compass so that you may find your true self. This true self sits within the opening of your heart. Some say that the most difficult journey in life is moving from the energy of the navel center to the heart center.

The navel center is very important especially in its balanced state. The navel in a balanced state gives you the fire of courage to stand up for truth. It gives you the capacity to know your center, to be rooted in your inner truth. It gives you the basic energy of digestion… both in how we digest food, but also in how we digest energy. One beautiful teacher, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati once said to me, “I eat pain for breakfast” referring to the energy that she dealt with after spending time with AIDS patients. Emotional or mental pain is a part of living life, especially for someone on a spiritual path. The drug companies and popular media make you believe that one should not have pain this kind of pain. Take a pill. Do something to shut yourself off. But the moment you go through the pain, the moment you digest it so to speak… you allow it to be… you embrace it… then that pain is healed forever and released. This takes a balanced navel center.

When our navel center is in an imbalanced state we are greedy, looking to acquire things and energy that we don’t really need. We look to fill up an abyss within that can never be filled. That abyss comes from all of the pain that we haven’t figured out how to digest. This energy I believe is prevalent in the world today. What is the remedy to bring us back into a balanced navel center which allows our heart to open? How can we be fulfilled without needing things from the outside? How can we find a simpler more sustainable way to live on this planet?

There are many tools to do just these things. A very powerful mantra tool is the Mul Mantra.

I invite you to chant it with me and let its energy unfold within you.

Here is the mantra with the translation. The translation is simply a reflection of my experience as a student of Yogi Bhajan, and as a seeker at the feet of Guru Nanak.

Ek ong kaar….
God is One, I am One with all beings

Sat Nam…
Truth is God’s Name… The vibration of God’s Name is what created all beings…. that vibration is within me…. therefore in my core I am true.

Karta Purkh…
God is the Doer…. God does all things… God works through me…. God works through everyone in my life.

Nirbhao…
God is fearless… I am fearless.

Nirvair…
God has no revenge…. I exist in my heart… I stay present… I don’t hold on to the past…. I live in this moment in full compassion and acceptance of what is.

Akal Murat…
God exists in the undying form… God is in the purity of our efforts to live in a spiritual way, and these efforts never die… these efforts live on forever.

Adjoonee…
God is unborn…. God does not relate to birth and death…. God is beyond the cycles of life…. God is infinite… I am infinite

Saibhang…
God is self illumined… I am self illumined. Within me I have the power to find light, to find love, to find joy. I don’t need anyone or anything for this.

Guru Prasaad…
It is by Guru’s Grace…. it is the Grace of the teachings of the Divine One…. the Guru…. Guru Nanak, Jesus, Mohammed, the Masters of all traditions that give us Grace.

Jap
Meditate!

Aad Sach
True in the Beginning

Jugaad Sach…
True throughout the ages

Haibhee Sach…
True here and now

Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach…
Oh Nanak, forever and always true. Spirit, Truth, Love, and Light…. these are the things that are true, that have always been true.

This is the Mul Mantra….

Let us chant it together.

Let us let go of the dream… and find the reality of our truth.

We can be free.

Chant it with me.

Sat Nam.

Love and Blessings,

Snatam Kaur

Here is a link to my new Meditation for Transformation album Source of Strength where we have the Mul Mantra recorded, in support of the Global Meditation Experience, “One Heart, One Spirit, One Love.”

Here is a link to the Spirit Voyage website with all of their artists who have recorded the Mul Mantra. Enjoy!

 


 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Sat nam, Snatam! I’m such a fan of yours! :-) I love the way you sing and the way you write!

    I read this text while listening to Mul mantra… That was nice! I think it inspired me to reflect about some things you wrote:

    1) “We are on the brink of either a major global shift in consciousness or a major environmental catastrophe that finally may bring in the shift within each of us.” This is so true, Snatam! I’m not Sikh, I’m Spiritist (Christian). But, as the Sikhs, the Spritits also preach the world is changing and that this changing is leading it to a new Era. You say we’re gonna live in “The Aquarian Age”, we say we’re gonna live in a “Mundo de Regeneração” (World of Regeneration). And, as you say, it’s gonna be done either by a shift in consciouness or in the environment or both.

    2) “The navel in a balanced state gives you the fire of courage to stand up for truth. It gives you the capacity to know your center, to be rooted in your inner truth. It gives you the basic energy of digestion…” It was so enlightening to me to know the 3rd chakra is not only related to the digestion of food, but also with the digestion of energy and that, when you have a stable navel point, you have the capacity to “be rooted in your inner truth”… Before reading your text, I had always been wondering: “Why do I feel my navel point is so weak? I don’t have problems with digestion, I don’t have problems with weight, my digestive system works properly!”. Feeling that my navel point is so weak, I had always felt the necessity of practicing kriyas and meditations that streghthened it, but I had never understood very well why I felt this necessity… But now I understand. By reading your text, I understand I really need to streghthen my navel point since I don’t know how to digest some types of energy yet, specially pain.

    3) “But the moment you go through the pain, the moment you digest it so to speak… you allow it to be… you embrace it… then that pain is healed forever and released. This takes a balanced navel center.” Before reading your text, I used to think that, if I felt pain while doing an asana or a meditation, I was doing Yoga wrong. But now I see the wrong thing is not feeling the pain, but not knowing how digest it. For example, I think it is very rare a beginner/intermediate student of yoga not to feel pain while doing stretch pose (haha!). Therefore, the problem is not doing it (“I’m gonna do stretch pose because I feel pain” or “I’m not going to try to do more than 1 minute of it, since I start feeling pain after one minute”), but not knowing how digest the pain you feel while doing it. That is so clear to me now!

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful text, Snatam! Abraços! :-)

     
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  2. Dear Snatam,
    Thank you so much for all you give.Today you have inspired me in my teaching by reminding me of Mul mantra as a single meditation, to balance the navel center before the heartcenter and I apreciate your thoughts about this new year on earth.
    Sat Nam!
    Eva

     
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  3. “We look to fill up an abyss within that can never be filled. That abyss comes from all of the pain that we haven’t figured out how to digest.”

    bless these words that take away my abyss…once named, understood ~ I have loved the Mul Mantra these past 3 years. It has been a heavenly gift to me. And now in chanting, in feeling with each note, my life is cleared of all that was that held me, unknowing. Thank you…your music fills me with a new fresh breath and Loving ~ as does your writing.
    Namaste’
    I am so grateful to you.
    Your work transforms this one life…time and time again.

     
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