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mantra & meditation

Bij mantra (seed mantra)

 The seed of the sound is planted in the unconscious.


This mantra is probably the most widely used mantra in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Sat means truth- the reality of one's existence. Naam means identity. It is a bij or seed mantra. Within the seed is contained all the knowledge of the fully grown tree. The essence or seed is the identity of truth embodied in condensed form. Chanting this mantra awakens the soul and gives you your destiny. This mantra balances the five elements (tattvas).


  “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” ~The Bible


The creative power of the mind through sound. MAN=mind. Trang=wave or projection. The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having structure, power and definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche.

Mantras are formulas that alter the patterns of the mind and the chemistry of the brain, according to physical and metaphysical laws. The power of a mantra is in its sound vibration. The mantras used in Kundalini Yoga elevate or modify consciousness through their meaning and rhythmical repetition. It is beneficial to link a mantra to the breath.

Naam - Vibrational Identity. “What we vibrate we become.”

The nature of sound

“Every element of the universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested to us as light, sound and energy. The human senses perceive only a fraction of the infinite range of vibration, so it is difficult to comprehend  that the word mentioned in the Bible is actually  the totality of vibration which underlies and sustains all creation. A person  can tune his or her own consciousness into the awareness of that totality with the use of a mantra. By vibrating in rhythm with the breath to a particular sound that is proportional to the creative sound, or sound current, one can expand one’s sensitivity to the entire spectrum of vibration. It is similar to striking a note on a stringed instrument. In other words, as you vibrate, the universe vibrates with you.”  Yogi Bhajan~


  The most common mantras used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga:


The guru mantra, the mantra of ecstasy. It is not really translatable but it refers to the experience of: "I am in ecstasy when I experience the indescribable Wisdom." This is the mantra of the infinity of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It expresses the indescribable experience of going from darkness to light-from ignorance to true understanding. It is the infinite teacher of the soul.


(panj shabd)

Saa Taa Naa Maa

Saa= Infinity, Totality of the cosmos

Taa=Life (birth of form from the infinity)

Naa=death (or transformation)

Maa= rebirth

Panj means five, and expresses the five primal sounds of the Universe.(SSS,MMM, TTT, NNN, and AAA.)

It is the atomic or Naad form of the mantra Sat Nam. It is used to increase intuition, balance the hemispheres of the brain and to create a destiny where there was none. This mantra describes the continuous cycle of life and creation.




This mantra is chanted for protection. It surrounds the magnetic field with protective light, and means:

 "I bow to the primal Guru (guiding consciousness who takes us to God-Realization), I bow to wisdom through the ages, I bow to True Wisdom, I bow to the great, unseen wisdom."



Wise is the one who serves Infinity, calls upon Guru Ram Das in praise of his spiritual guiding light and protective grace.

This is a mantra of humility, relaxation, self-healing and emotional relief. The first part, Guru Wahe Guru is a nirgun mantra (nirgun means without any qualities) --one which vibrates only to infinity, having no actual finite components. It projects the mind to the source of Knowledge and ecstasy. The second part, Guru Ram Das Guru is a sirgun mantra (sirgun means with form). It therefore projects the mind to infinity and then gives a finite guiding relationship on a practical level. This mantra was given to Yogi Bhajan by Guru Ram Das in his subtle body.

Why does Chanting mantras work?

The science of Naad Yoga

Naad is a process of harmony through which the aad, the Infinite, can be experienced. Naad is the basic sound for all languages through all times. These sounds come from one common source or sound current. It is the universal code behind language and therefore behind human communication.

The science of Naad Yoga is thousands of years old. It works with the movement of the tongue in the mouth, language and chemical changes in the brain. There is no system of nerve connections between the sections of the brain- no wiring. Messages are transmitted from each part of the brain through the fluids, which are called naad namodam rasaa. Naad refers to communicating harmony; namodam means addressing; and rasaa means juice. We can alter consciousness by changing the chemical composition of the brain fluids. The state of mind, personality, and power to project from our authentic self is tied in with the use of our word.


“If our words have the strength of the infinite in them and are virtuous, and you value them, you are the greatest of the great. If you don’t value your words, you have no value. Your own word is your value as a human being. Your word is your value.” ~Yogi Bhajan, The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan 


 The Naad meridian points on the upper palate

The upper palate forms the roof of the mouth. It consists of two: the hard palate and the soft palate. The hard palate is what we commonly think of as the roof of the mouth, extending directly from behind the teeth up to the fleshy soft tissue that is suspended from the rear of the hard palate.

There are 84 meridian points located on the hard palate of the mouth. 32 pairs of points (64 points) are located on the hard palate surface directly behind and along the inside of the teeth.

The hypothalamus and the meridian points

The movement of each part of the tongue stimulates these meridian points. The points are like a keyboard input to a computer. The computer is located in the hypothalamus area of the brain. It receives the impulses from the repetition of the patterns of sound in the Shabd.

This is translated into instructions that regulate the chemical messengers that go to all vital areas of the brain and body. The hypothalamus lies just below the thalamus in the midline of the brain. It is connected by blood vessels to the pituitary gland-- the master gland of the body. The hypothalamus is known to regulate vital functions like hunger, drinking, body temperature and sleep. The special patterns of the Shabd Guru and mantras stimulate the hypothalamus to change the chemistry of the brain. This adjusts the functions of the endocrine system and the metabolism to create a neutral, balanced mind, and to strengthen the immune function.



“Words are active and alive. They contain tremendous power. An individual’s speech will also tell you whether he/she follows the way of darkness or the way of light. Control of our speech is one of the prerequisites of living a spiritual life. We must become wise enough to recognize that God sits at the tip of the tongue, and resides in the heart of every man and woman. We must understand that harmful, hurtful words break the shrine of God located in the heart. As light workers, our positive speech must become deliberate; instigated and controlled by the God within so that an inner alchemy develops whereby destructive passion is transmuted into compassion, lust into love, and antipathy into sympathy. Nothing is more potent and stimulating than healing words. When we positively direct our words and actions, we rebalance our karmic account by canceling out our previous debts. Moreover, when we use our words to relieve the mental burdens of another, we direct that individual on a path of self-examination and light. This is a spiritual law that underscores the fact that God exists in each and every human being. Conversely, nothing is more damaging than gossip, criticism and negative speech. Indeed, if you disregard the spiritual law of positive speech by gossiping and slandering others, you will never experience your rightful happiness and joy.”-- excerpt from a lecture by Kabbalah Master Joseph Michael Levry




 The "Yoga of the Mind," a mantra is a syllable, word or phrase in one of the sacred languages (like Sanskrit & Ghurmuki) and sometimes in English, which elevates or modifies consciousness through its meaning, the sound itself, rhythm, tone, and even the reflexology of the tongue on the palate.

 The three languages of consciousness are:

human, things, the world--  normal or loud voice

lovers, longing to belong--  strong whisper

divine, infinity--  mentally or silently