Mantras are sounds, syllables, words or phrases that are considered capable of creating spiritual transformation. They are thought to awaken you to an elevated state of consciousness where clear thoughts flow through your mind. Kundalini mantras are written in Gurmukhi. Known as “the language of the gurus” (gurus are spiritual teachers), Gurmukhi is similar to modern Punjabi, an Indian language native to the state of Punjab.
The adi mantra is always chanted before practicing Kundalini yoga. It is said to provide a protective environment for the flow of Kundalini energy in your body. To chant this mantra, sit tall, with your palms in a prayer position in front of your sternum. Inhale and chant “ong namo,” meaning “I call upon and bow to the infinite creative universe.” Then inhale half a breath and chant “guru dev namo.” This means “I call upon and bow to the divine wisdom.” In the Kundalini yoga tradition, you are supposed to chant this mantra at least three times.
Adi Shakti Mantra
The adi shakti mantra is chanted regularly in Kundalini Yoga. You can chant the adi shakti mantra by reciting the words “ek ong kar sat nam siri wha hay guru.” It is believed that this mantra gives you a direct connection to the divine. It is also said that mantra allows you to charge your solar plexus (an area around your navel) with “shabd” (sacred sounds that cut through your ego).
This mantra simply consists of chanting the words “sat nam.” “Sat” means truth. “Nam” means name or identity. The bij mantra is universal and not limited to Kundalini yoga. When you chant this mantra, you acknowledge the fact that universal truth lies inside of you. When you chant this mantra, hold the word “sat” eight times longer than the word “nam.” The bij mantra can be used to balance your mental energy.
This mantra consists of the syllables “sa-ta-na-ma.” It is an extended version of the bij mantra. You should chant it so that each syllable is equal in length to the others. “Sa” means infinity. “Ta” means” life. “Na” means death and “ma” means rebirth.
Mantra of Ecstasy
The mantra of ecstasy consists of repeating the words “wha hay guru” twice followed by “wha hay” three times and then simply the word “guru.” Though it is not translatable, chanting this mantra is said to elevate your spirit.
- Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher's Manual; Krishna Kaur; 2006
- Kundalini Yoga - Popular Mantras