The Mantras – Yoga of Vibrations

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The Mantras – Yoga of Vibrations


Yoga of vibration

Mantra means “mental projection”: it is a technique used to regulate and harmonize mental processes. There are many mantras. 

Each mantra has its own qualities: a specific rhythm, vibration and effects. The combination of sound, internal resonance and the rhythm of the projection acts on the etheric body and influences states of consciousness. 

Mantra is not chosen arbitrarily. It is a sound current that acts in a powerful way because of its vibration being in total agreement with what it names. 

Mantras are often words or verbal sequences extracted from a sacred language such as Sanskrit or Gurmukhi. A sacred language is a language in which the sound vibration designates a thing or an idea that corresponds to the very essence of this thing or this idea. If for example you say “pencil” in English to designate the object with which you write, the vibratory quality of the term pencil does not refer directly to the concept of pencil. The word “pencil” is an arbitrary label for this object that we use to write; we might as well have called it another name vibrating differently. 

In sacred language, it is not so. Especially for mantras, the vibration that names is the vibration of what is being named. There is a close correspondence between the named thing or idea and the name which designates it. Mantras are therefore formulas whose vibratory power is very strong. They are used for their stimulating power on the states of consciousness. 

Mantra-Yoga is the technique of uniting the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness by the power of sound. If you use the mantra that names infinity, it has the power to project you into infinity. If your total direction is to make a lot of money, this will translate into your behavior but also into the words you will use. On the other hand if you use certain words designating the richest of spiritual realities, the vibration of these words will create the possibility of seeing them develop in you. 

So the mantra decides at what level of consciousness you want to place yourself. The power of the mantra is fixed by your level of consciousness, that is, the consciousness with which you use it. 

In all songs using mantras, it is important to pronounce distinctly, without swallowing the sounds. The effect of the mantra depends on reflex energy points that are on the tongue or in the mouth, so try to move the tongue and mouth precisely.


Ong Namo – Guru Dev Namo

This mantra is sung before each yoga session where Kundalini yoga techniques are used. 

The Adi Mantra opens a channel of protective energy for the practice of Kundalini yoga. 

Ong is the creative energy experienced in its manifestation and activity. It is a variant of the cosmic syllable “Om” which means the Divine in its absolute and non-manifested state. When the Divine expresses itself as creator, he is called an ONG. 

Namo is a word used to greet respectfully, to bow. It implies that one prostrates oneself. “ONG NAMO” means: I appeal to the infinite creative consciousness to guide me to the universal creative consciousness. 

Gu means shadow. 

Ru means light. GURU is the personalization of the eternal wisdom that makes you go from shadow to light. It is not necessarily a man or a woman, it can be a technique, or as it is the case in Kundalini yoga taught by Yogi Bhajan, your inner master, meaning your highest consciousness. 

Dev means divine or absolutely pure, transparent. Guru Dev Namo can be translated as “I appeal to divine wisdom”. It is a way of prostrating yourself before your higher being, of calling on your highest potentialities, your inner light, to guide you by using the knowledge and energy you awaken in yourself. 

There are two ways to sing Ong Namo – Guru Dev Namo; with one or two exhalations. If one decides to use two exhalations, the second inhale needs to happen after Namo.

Bij Mantra

Sat Nam

Sat Nam is the “seed” mantra that is most frequently used in Kundalini yoga. It is a universal mantra that is not limited to this practice. 

SAT is the being. What is which is the truth, the reality of what is.

NAM is the name, the vibration of what is, the identity.

When the mantra Sat Nam is sung in its “Bij” form, the SAT is sung 35 times longer than the NAM. Alternatively, it can also be sung 8 times longer. This mantra has the power to calm and balance the mind. It gives you a sense of reality. When you sing this mantra, try to immerse yourself in the infinite and realize that you are the manifestation of the infinite. Connect to this infinity. Project your call from the heart.

Ashtang Mantras

There are two types of mantras frequently used in Kundalini yoga. The first is the Bij mantra, which is like a seed. It is the divine vibration planted in you, in your heart, destined to grow and to make you grow through the ever brighter radiance of your aura. 

But before planting the seed, we must prepare the earth, and for that we use an Ashtang mantra. 

Ashtang means eight folds. Like the sperm that circles the ovum eight times before penetrating it, the Bij mantra must be implanted in the eight-fold vibrating heart, which is the eight vibrations of the Ashtang mantra. The eight-tone vibration acts as a powerful stimulant to balance the brain. It’s a total stimulation for the potential we all carry.

Here are some example of ashtang mantras : 

Har Har Har Har Gobinday
Har Har Har Har Mukanday
Har Har Har Har Udaaray
Har Har Har Har Apaaray
Har Har Har Har Hareeang
Har Har Har Har Kareeang
Har Har Har Har Nirnaamay
Har Har Har Har Akaamay

Guroo Guroo Wha-hay Guroo, Guroo Ram Das Guroo

Sat Nam Sat Nam Sat Nam Sat Nam Sat Nam Sat Nam Wahe Guru

Adi Shakti MantrA

EK Ong Sat Kar Sat Nam Siri Wha Hey Guru

There are many “Ashtang mantras”. But the one that is most used is the Adi Shakti mantra. There are two ways to experience the divine, one is through 

Yogi Bhajan once said about this mantra : “This mantra is a precious sound, it has the same effect as putting your fingers on the piano; it produces a definite sound for each key you touch. Your entire system is played by this sound current. The sound of vibration is all that you have to master, because vibration holds all universes and every dimension”.

Sarab Shakti<br /> Mantra

Gobinday Mukanday Udaray Hariang Aparay Kariang Nirnamay Akamay

This Mantra has a special power: It eliminates karmic blockages (binding consequences of your past acts or states). 

This mantra “cleans” the aura so that you can get the most out of meditation. It is also an Ashtang mantra as it is composed of eight parts. If you practice this mantra from 31 minutes to 2.5 hours a day, it will trigger the appearance of occult powers that you can use to advance on the path of spiritual awakening. The translation is as follows:

“He who sustains, He who liberates, He who enlightens, Infinite, Destroyer, Creator, No Name, No Desire”. 

Gobinday: he supports 

Mukanday: he releases 

Udaray: he illuminates 

Aparay: infinite 

Hariang: destructive 

Kariang: creator 

Nirnamay: without name 

Akamay: no desire 

These are the 8 aspects of divinity. This mantra acts deeply as a detergent for unconscious blockages and stimulates the nervous system. The 8 parts are sung in the same breath

Panj Shabad

Sa Ta Na Ma

This is the nuclear form of the SAT NAM Bij mantra. Each sound is created in relation to the following. 

The mantra is pronounced this way to modify the breath and its cycle, and becomes a form of Laya yoga. The five primordial sounds are: Sa. Ta. Na. Ma. 

SA: Birth

TA: Life

Na: Death

Ma: Rebirth or resurrection 

The fifth sound is the “A” common to all four syllables, which means “come”. These four sounds are known as the Panj Shabad.

Guru Mantra

Guru Guru Wahe Guru – Guru Ram Das Guru

This mantra stimulates healing energy. It is sung in tribute to Guru Ram Das, the 4th Guru of the Sikh tradition who inspired Yogi Bhajan.

Guru Ram Das is universally respected for his humility and his sense of service and charity. This mantra is composed of two parts. The first part is a Nirgun mantra: Guru, Guru Wahe Guru. The second is a Sirgun mantra: Guru Ram Das Guru.

A Nirgun mantra vibrates infinitely, without having finite components, whereas Sirgun mantra represents the form.

The Guru mantra projects the mind to infinity. By doing so, it allows the mind to draw the necessary energy to guide practical activities.

The first part of the mantra, Guru Guru Wahe Guru, projects the mind toward the source of knowledge and bliss.

The second part Guru Ram Das Guru, means “the wisdom that comes as a servant of the infinite”. It is the mantra of humility (the first quality of the yogi).

This mantra is particularly relaxing and relieves nervous and/or emotional tensions.

Sa Re Sa Sa

Mantra against adversity

Sa Re Sa Sa, Sa Re Sa Sa, Sa Re Sa Sa, Sa Rung Har Re Har Har, Har Re Har Har, Har Re Har Har, Har Rung

Translation :

“The infinite totality is here, everywhere around. Creative energy is here, everywhere around” 

Saa is the totality, the infinite, from the confines of the universe to what constitutes our body and animates us. Saa is the element of the ether, the origin, the source and contains all the other effects. It is subtle and beyond the material. It can only be perceived from the Saa that is in each of us. 

Har is creativity in its embodied aspect, it is the dense element, the power of the manifestation, the tangible, the personal, the differentiated, the creative power. 

These two sounds are woven together and projected by the ung sound that unites and completes them. Adversity melts when this mantra is sung. It gives the ability to communicate effectively so that the words that one uses convey control and density. This mantra helps to make contact with the wisdom of past, present and future. It also brings peace and prosperity even if it was not one’s birth destiny.

This mantra repels negativity from within, awakening the infinite creative energy that burns all the obstacles that prevent anyone from reaching a higher consciousness.

Sat Gur Prasad

Mantra For Positivity

Ek Ong Kar Sat Guru Prasad Sat Guru Prasad Ek Ong Kar


“The truth of creative energy is revealed by the grace to welcome and accept. This realization occurs through the ultimate consciousness that resides in each of us. ” It is a mantra of grace, a Siri mantra. It is a magical mantra which is sacred. This mantra must be sung with reverence. Before singing this mantra, you have to invoke the sacred and find a place in yourself where you want to sing this mantra. Yogi Bhajan said that all mantras could be approached simply, but that this one should be approached with reverence. This mantra is known to release the energy of the heart and is reputed to be the most powerful of all mantras. 

Yogi Bhajan referred to this mantra as the eye of Indra who was the King of the gods and Lord of Heaven in Vedic mythology. This means that the body is a temple in which everyone can experience infinite reality. All knowledge and bliss flows within each of us and this mantra allows us to come into contact with this flow. 

After singing it, your thoughts will be positive and creative. This mantra captures all energy and thought and turns them into positive aspects of yourself. The thought is absorbed by the Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad to be purified and delivered in Sat Guru Prasad Ek Ong Kar

It puts everyone who sings it in a sacred space. This mantra also hinders all negativity, allows to remove obstacles, makes us powerful in the mind, attracts positive effects and develops our intuition.

Prasad is the gift of destiny.

To practice this mantra, one can have hands forming a cup in front of the chakra of the heart. The little fingers are touching.

Wahe Guru Wahe Jio

The mantra of ecstasy

Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Jio

Wahe Guru: the mantra of ecstasy, it refers to the ecstasy which emerges from the path to consciousness.

Ji: the soul

Jio: the soul in an affectionate way, i.e., the adored soul.

Yogi Bhajan tells us that this mantra evokes the “clear perception of what is important to continue in our life” and that it “links the very essence of our motivations to the great minds of this cosmos.”

This mantra heals the wounds of life, puts us in touch with our soul.

When we say Wahe, it creates an opening in our mouth, our jaw, our throat, our lungs and even lower down to our abdomen outwards. This inner – outer connection allows ecstasy (ex – stasis meansexit from oneself”) and connects us to what surrounds us, making us experience the connection that exists at all time.

When pronouncing Guru, it creates an impact (Gu) and a vibration (Ru) on our hard palate and comes to solicit the pineal gland (or epiphysis gland) which is an endocrine gland orchestrating the connection between the two hemispheres of the brains. The pineal gland is the gland of consciousness. Pronouncing Guru activates the clear conscience and the descent functions.

To pronounce Wahe Guru celebrates the clear conscience of the reliance with the outside. When pronouncing Jio it creates a very subtle friction at the level of the palate. This friction acts as an acupuncture point and activates the emotional part of our soul. Linked with the Guru mantra, it allows us to rise in awareness and benevolence for our beloved soul.

Om Mani Padme Hum

The mantra of great compassion

Om Mani Padme Hum  मणि पद्मे हूँ

It’s a mantra that comes from Buddhism. It has 6 syllables that come from Boddhisatva or Guanyin观音, the buddha of universal compassion.

Like all true mantras, this mantra does not have any direct translation that could be understood by the mind.

An attempt to translate would be as follows:

– Om is a meaningless term; an ornament of style, a word opening a sentence.

– Mani means jewel such as a pearl, a diamond or other gemstone.

– Padme is a compound word. Padma-E, Padma being the lotus flower and E a mere vocative. We can translate it by “O, Lotus”.

– Hum as Om does not have any meaning of its own. It is an ornament finishing all magic words.

 A more alchemical reading of the mantra invites us to discover a reference to the philosopher’s stone and its power of transformation and hatching.

In this reading, Om Mani Padme Hum is a reverence and recognition of our innate ability to contact what is the center of our inner potentials. 

It is a gateway to our essence and a path to our self-realization.

Jai Te Gang

Slicing the links of Karma

Jay Jay Jag Karan Oubaran Shrist Mameu Pratipa Réné Jay Té Gang

Translation : “Victory to the universal conscience, our way, victory in the sword of the conscience which cuts off the bonds of karma.”

 This mantra brings strength, courage and inspiration. It is said that this mantra breaks the bonds of karma and suppresses negativity.

  Karma is what comes from the past and hinders us in our ability to have a creative relationship with the present moment, in relation to ourselves and in relation to the outside world.

 Full Mantra:

Jay Jay Jag Karan Oubaran Shrist Mameu Pratipa Réné Jay Té Gang

Khag khand bihandan khal dal khandan at ran mandan bar bandan

Bhuj dandh akhandan tej parchandan jot amandan bhaan prabhan

Sukh santaa karnang durman darning kilbikh harnang as sarnang

I have jag kaaran srist ubaaran mam pratipaaran jai tegang

 Translation : 

The sword of consciousness cuts off the demons of the mind and body. This beautiful and powerful weapon adorns the battlefield of life. It is an extension of the arm, unbreakable, terribly fast, its grandiose splendor exceeds the brilliance of the sun. It protects the peace and joy of the saints and destroys all negative energy. It destroys the negativity and guilt I may carry. I’m looking for inspiration. Victory to the universal conscience, our way, victory in the sword of the conscience which cuts off the bonds of karma.

Adi Shakti Adi Shakti

Eliminate Fears / Satisfy Desires

Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo

Sereba Shakti, Sereba Shakti, Sereba Shakti, Namo Namo

Prithum Bhagawati, Prithum Bhagawati, Prithum Bhagawati, Namo Namo

Kundalini, Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo

Singing this mantra eliminates fears and satisfies desires:

  • Adi Shakti means “the primordial force”
  • Sereba Shakti refers to the powers of the universe
  • Prithum Bhagawati signifies what is created through God
  • Kundalini Mata Shakti refers to Kundalini energy, the mother of all energies
  • Namo means “I call to”

Chattr Chakkr


Chattra Chakkra Vartee, Chattra Chakkra Bhugatay, Suyambhav Subhang Sarab Daa Saraab Jugatay. Dukaalan Pranasee, Diaalang Saroopay, Sada Ang Sangay, Abhangang Bibhutaay


You are omnipresent in all four directions, the joy shown in all four directions. You are self-illuminated, deeply beautiful, and united with all. Destroyer of the torments of birth and death, of realization and mercy. You are always in us. You are the eternal giver of indestructible power. 

This mantra is from the last four lines of Guru Gobind Singh’s Jaap Sahib. It is a mantra used to remove fear, anxiety and phobias. It is a mantra for everyone to experience victory. 

Chattr Chakkr Vartee is the mantra for the heart center. It brings energy directly to the heart. When you succumb, if you know this mantra and you can sing, you can totally recover from yourself.” – Yogi Bhajan

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