Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
Ong Namo -I bow to the subtle divine wisdom
Guru Dev Namo - I bow to the divine teacher within.
Yogi Bhajan taught this is ancient yogic mantra as a tool to relate instantly to the divine teacher within. Adi means primal or first. In Kundalini yoga, this is the first mantra that should be used for any yogic or meditative practice. It is used to tune in before Kundalini Yoga classes, to center us in the higher self, and to spiritually guide both the teacher and the students during the class.
"Whenever you chant Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, through the grace and blessing of Guru Ram Das. Bhagvati, the creative power of the universe, God, the Ultimate, the Infinite, dwells in you as a yogi , and that is what you teach. Concentrate on the Heavens when you chant it. See what a difference it makes. " -YOGI BHAJAN
To center ourselves before Kundalini Yoga we chant the Adi Mantra in Pranam Mudra (Prayer Pose) 3-5 times, or as long as it takes for the class to come into receptivity. You can practice at home before class, in order to find your comfort level and perfect the pitch. The Adi Mantra connects us to the Golden Chain, the inner spark of kundalini that links us to the masters and saints who have preceded us on this path. The Adi Mantra centers us into the higher self and reminds our lower minds that it is not our ego that will practice or teach Kundalini Yoga. If the limited individual ego in which we normally live is a small pond, then Ong Namo releases us into a vast and endless ocean. Guru Dev Namo gives us the experience of the wisest sailor and all of the charts, to guide us to the many ports we are to serve and experience. from: KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level I (page 280)
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