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. 


Charan means feet. Mangala means happy, happy feet. It means walk, talk, be rhythmic. And all those words in Siri Guru Granth which creates that rhythm, are called Mangala Charan. So, every Gurbani, every shabad has a Mangala Charan . . . Mangala Charan is the first magnetic touch, a vibratory touch of the soul and the Infinity.

-- Yogi Bhajan


Pronunciation & Rhythm

Since the Adi Mantra (Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo) at the beginning of the class is chanted in an extended way, often you hear people chanting a long extended version of the ‘Mangala Charan Mantra’ as well. Especially with the ‘-ay’ sound at the end of the sentences, like namaaaaaaaay. The correct way of chanting the mantra is ending ‘Nameh’ with a short and sharp -eh sound. As you end each sentence you can slightly pull on the navel to emphasize the sound. A rhythmic pronunciation will enhance the effect of the mantra. As Yogi Bhajan mentions in the above shared quote, the mantra is supposed to set the right rhythm in you. 


Don't forget this Mantra has to be chanted at the navel point. Aad is that point. Your point of Trinity, your bellybutton.

-- Yogi Bhajan



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 you cannot be protected, this mantra shall protect you. When things stop, and won’t move, this makes them move in your direction.

-- Yogi Bhajan


Here are some practical examples of when you can chant this mantra for protection:


Before you start a Kundalini Yoga class or personal session

Every Kundalini Yoga class starts with with chanting the ‘Adi Mantra’, that’s our default mantra. Yogi Bhajan taught that you can add the ‘Mangala Charan Mantra’ if you like. We 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. Yogi Bhajan shared that the mantra creates a delay in time, giving you just the extra seconds you need to avoid an accident. 


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 we want to get rid of negativity and witchcraft, or somebody overtakes you and your psyche, and you don’t want him to overtake, then they call it, Mangala Charan. Mangala Charan is the power of the Mars.  Mars is a lord of the war. Mangala Charan is that when you create the universal cosmic warrior around you to defend you, all sides of you, so it is Mangala Charan.

-- Yogi Bhajan


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. 


This is a Mantra, which gives all the knowledge from the past, present and future, beyond the time, in the time and the time to come. It's very powerful. It will cut down the barriers of unawareness. It has the capacity of that ecstasy, when you relate to this vibration and it will start relating to you, then the walls of ignorance fall one by one, you start seeing clear. The clarity of mind brings compassion in the heart, compassion in the heart brings God like act and God like act brings the resident capacity of God in you.

-- Yogi Bhajan