The Sanskrit word mantra- (m.; also n. mantram) consists of the root man- “to think” (also in manas “mind”) and the suffix -tra, designating tools or instruments, hence a literal translation would be “instrument of thought”.
I’m sharing three different versions of the Aad Guray Nameh mantra in this article, hoping you will give an ear to them and then share your responses to them with me.
Mantras are Sounds of the Heart from the Heart
Mantras are sounds that express the heart and they can be in any language. The most well known are ancient Sanskrit mantras that have been in use for thousands of years. The sounds become powerful in the meditative state as it’s then that we are in contact with power the self, a beautiful energy that lies within every one of us — the Kundalini.
A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of “creating transformation” (cf. spiritual transformation). Mantras (Devanāgarī मन्त्र) originated in the Vedic tradition of India, becoming an essential part of the Hindu tradition and a customary practice within Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. — Wikipedia
In some traditions mantras are kept secret and passed on only through initiations referred to as empowerments. In the Sikh tradition mantras are shared with all.
Aad Guray Nameh Mantra for Purification and Protection
The ancient Aad Guray Nameh, mantra for purification and protection is over 3,000 years old. Aad Guray Nameh, is recited to clear past, present and future karma and invoke the protective energy of the universe.
I bow to the Primal Wisdom,
I bow to the Wisdom through the Ages,
I bow to the True Wisdom,
I bow to the great, unseen Wisdom.
I bow to the Primal Guru,
I bow to the Guru woven throughout time,
I bow to the True Guru, the true identity of the Self,
I bow to the Great Guru whose great glory will always be.
The Aad Guray Nameh mantra assists with acting quickly on opportunities as they arise by removing obstacles and blockage so things begin to flow in our direction.
Mantras, a Pathway to Consciousness
The aim of mantra recitation is to purify negativity and ignorance so we can develop positive qualities within us. Chanting mantras is a way for us to be freed from the continuous chatter of the monkey mind. Chanting results in a shift of consciousness into the open-hearted meditative state, wherein deep peace and a sense of connectedness are experienced.
Please listen and tell me what your responses to these three versions of the mantra are.
Snatam Kaur – Aad Guray Nameh
Snatam Kaur Khalsa, is an American singer and songwriter. Kaur performs Indian devotional music, kirtan, and tours the world as a peace activist. The name “Kaur”, meaning “princess”, is shared by all female Sikhs.
Chanting is an essential part of the Kundalini Yoga practice. Kaur’s teacher, Yogi Bhajan (1929-2004), was influential in helping promote the Sikh tradition in the West. Sikhism is based on the Shabad Guru. On Kaur’s official website she explains,
“Shabad is the sacred energy or recitation of sound, and Guru means the living teacher. For Sikhs, our living Guru exists within the sacred words of our tradition.”
Deva Premal – Aad Guray Nameh
Deva Premal is a musician known for her meditative spiritual New Age music which puts ancient Sanskrit mantras into atmospheric contemporary settings.
Deva is a classically trained musician who grew up singing mantras in a German home permeated with Eastern spirituality. She has studied Shiatsu, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy and Massage, but music remains her first love. In an interview with Sam Slovik of LA Yoga Magazine, Deva discussed the potent effect many notice when chanting Sanskrit mantras:
“The meaning is secondary. The word table is not the table…With Sanskrit, the word ananda is the sound vibration of bliss. In sound the energy of bliss. We have to say bliss; we have to make it smaller by putting it into an English word. Just the sound; ananda, If we were sensitive enough we’d just feel the entire scope of that energy that’s contained in this sound… It’s working on a cellular level. It’s much deeper than the mind. It’s not a language that you need to understand the meaning of before you use it. It’s a deep universal sound code that connects us all.”
Aad Guray Nameh – Jai-Jagdeesh
Jai-Jagdeesh’s journey as a singer began over 20 years ago, in a temple in India and then continued all throughout her life. Jai-Jagdeesh has walked many artistic paths – actress, classical Indian dancer, photographer, writer and singer. She is deeply devoted to sharing these sacred sounds, and sings them from the center of her heart.
“I find myself in perfect balance now that music has returned to the forefront.”
Mantras and Mindfulness
Mindful observation of what we think and feel and how we act in both everyday life and in our dreams is a valuable means for self-discovery. When times are good and our life is going well, we are unaware of the negative inner states lurking within our subconscious. When times are bad and things are not going well, it takes determination to look deep within the self and uncover where our reactions emanate from. It’s through mindful observation that we gain the strength required to overcome obstacles and negativity within us.
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