MUL MANTRA - 7 MINUTES
Ek Ong Kar - One Creator created this Creation
Sat Nam - Truth is God’s Name
Kartaa Purkh - Doer of everything
Nirbhao – Fearless
Nirvair – Revengeless
Akaal Moorat- Undying
Ajoonee – Unborn
Saibung - Self-Illumined
Gur Prasad - It is by Guru’s Grace
Jap! - Repeat and Meditate!
Aad Sach - True in the beginning
Jugaad Sach- True through all the ages
Haibhee Sach - True even now
Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach - Nanak says Truth shall ever be
The Mul Mantra is known as the "root mantra." For me, I cannot think of a more accurate description. It is the mantra that I wear on my kara (the steel or iron bracelet worn by Sikhs) as a reminder of my faith, my groundedness, my eternal Truth . . .that place within me where there is no confusion. . . no barriers. . . no lack of clarity.
It is said that the words of the Mul Mantra were the first words spoken by Guru Nanak when he emerged after enlightenment. The story goes something like this: One morning, while taking his bath in preparation for meditation, Guru Nanak immersed himself in a river and did not resurface for three days. When he did emerge, he shared his powerful vision of the nature of reality, Divinity and human experience. He recorded that vision in a song, known as Japji Sahib - Song of the Soul. The Mul Mantra is the very beginning of this Divine song. So, when I connect with the Mul Mantra, I connect with the vision and nature of water. However, rather than Guru Nanak's river, I see the ocean (perhaps this is because I live on an island in Maine!). I envision one of our Nor'easters, which sometimes race up the coast in the middle of winter. On the surface of the ocean in that state, life would feel tumultuous, scary, overwhelming, out-of-control. . . but if you were to take a deep breath and drop just below the surface, a sudden calm, quiet and peace would take over. All of the challenges of being on the surface, all of the overwhelm that you didn't think you could deal with would become still. THIS is the beauty, the essence and the potential of the Mul Mantra. Without even knowing it is happening, we can get out of our own way and experience the truth and the depth of our Soul.
Before deeply understanding and experiencing any of this, I can look back to the beginning of my Aquarian Sadhana practice and know that I fell in love with and to this mantra, during a time of profound pain and sorrow. Before I genuinely knew myself or my husband in the way that I do now, I experienced a depth of love - again, without even knowing it - through the Mul Mantra. I only remember the blessings that I felt. The devotion. The serenity. Whatever pain and grief I was working to move through, totally softened into the boundless perfection of this mantra. I experienced this at my very first sadhana . . .at the many sadhanas of Summer and Winter Solstice that I've attended, surrounded by hundreds of people. . . at preparation for my Amrit Ceremony, where we chanted the Mul Mantra for close to 2-hours. Again and again, this mantra has allowed me to fall in love with life, fall in love with the people around me and fall in love with myself. And I notice this love as the root of everything, simply asking to be embodied, as it ebbs and flows.
Just like Guru Nanak slipping into the river, we can descend into the gentle grace of the Mul Mantra and a rooted, creative love that takes us a step closer to perceiving the Divinity of our own consciousness, as well as the consciousness of those around us.
A few of my favorite versions of the Mul Mantra:
Nirinjan Kaur's recording on Aquarian Sadhana Mantras (okay - this is my all time favorite Mul Mantra
Sada Sat Kaur's recording on Shashara
Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda's recording on Kundalini Morning Chants
Gurunam Singh's recording on Crimson Sadhana
Snatam Kaur's recording on Light of the Naam
With love and light,