Aad Guray Nameh - mantra for protection
Aad Guray Nameh is a mantra most Kundalini Yogis know as it is often used when tuning in for a Kundalini Yoga class. Let’s take a deeper look into this mantra as it’s a great mantra to have in your ‘yogi backpack’ for many different reasons.
Aad Guray Nameh
I bow to (or call upon) the primal Guru (wisdom)
Jugaad Guray Nameh
I bow (or call upon) to the Truth that has existed throughout the ages.
Sat Guray Nameh
I bow to (or call upon) True Wisdom.
Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh
I bow to (or call upon) the Great Divine Wisdom within.
Mangala Charan Mantra
This mantra is often referred to as the ‘Mangala Charan Mantra’. Let’s begin with shedding our light on this ‘term’. Mangala Charan means ‘something we lay at the feet of the Guru’. Chanting it is like a sign of humility, showing a willingness to bow your head for something greater than you. In India students bow their head to their teacher, it’s a way of showing that you are willing to transcend your ego. You open yourself to receive the teachings not with your head, but with your heart and thus bypass the ego. Mangala Charan does not only refer to the mantra ‘Aad Guray Nameh’, but actually it means the opening words of a shabad, a sacred song from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikhs. These opening words create the right condition in the mind of the listener to hear the sacred chanting.
The mantra ‘Aad Guray Nameh’ is a great example of a mantra we can very well use in our daily lives, not just on the yoga mat. It’s your ‘go to’ mantra whenever you need some extra protection. Simply recite the mantra three times, either out loud or mentally, connecting yourself to sound current. You can apply the power of visualisation and envision yourself surrounded by a protective light shield.
When in doubt
When you’re stuck in your mind and you can’t see your way out, when you feel confused or lost, chant this mantra to bring more clarity. The sound current opens you to guidance from your Higher Self and when your mind is all over the place it can help to make your mind more alert and focussed. This mantra is a great help when you are doing an exam and you feel overwhelmed by the questions, fear of failure, etc.