Aad Guray Nameh - your 'go to' 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.
Here are some practical examples of when you can chant this mantra for protection:
Before you start a Kundalini Yoga class or personal session
You can chant Aad Guray Nameh as a reference for the Divine Wisdom to flow through us, use us as a vessel for inflowing sacred knowingness which some call grace or holy spirit, we bow in gratitude at the feet of the Guru (not a person, but the Divine transparent Teacher.)
Before starting your car or starting any journey
Some yogis call this mantra their ‘yogi insurance’ and they chant it before starting their car or taking off on any journey as it gives extra protection.
Before you start a difficult conversation
When you need to have a talk with someone that could be confrontational, chanting this mantra will give you the guidance from your higher self, talking from the heart and not from the head/ego. It gives you the elevation you need to approach the situation from altitude, not with attitude.
Before you begin a group meeting
When you have a meeting and people are open for it, it’s wonderful to chant this mantra together three times, tuning into the group consciousness, allowing you all to focus on achieving an outcome of the meeting that serves the highest good of all, avoiding ego clashes and promoting mutual understanding and compassion, allowing everyone to feel safe and free to express themselves.
When you feel ‘bad vibes’
When you find yourself in a situation that you experience as negative or you’re in a negative surrounding with a bad vibe, chant the mantra to surround yourself with a white protective light shield. In this sense you can also chant it when you want to clear a space in your house, a hotel room or anywhere when you feel it is needed.
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.