MUL Mantra

The Mool Mantra (also spelled Mul Mantra) is the most important composition contained within the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikhs; it is the basis of Sikhism. The word “Mool” means “main”, “root” or “chief” and “Mantar” means “magic chant” or “magic portion”.  It is a most brief composition encompassing the entire universally complex theology of the Sikh faith.

Sikhism was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak in the 15th Century CE and is a monotheistic religion. The principal belief of Sikhism is faith in waheguru — represented using the sacred symbol of ik ŝaṅkĝr, the Universal God. Sikhism advocates the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the name and message of God. A key feature of Sikhism is a non-anthropomorphic concept of God, to the extent that one can interpret God as the Universe itself.

MUL Mantra

ੴ ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥

Ik­oaʼnkār saṯ nām karṯā purakẖ nirbẖa­o nirvair akāl mūraṯ ajūnī saibẖaʼn gur parsāḏ.

Ek ong kaar,
sat naam,
karataa purakh,
nirbho (neer bho),
nirvair (neer vair),
Akaal moorat,
gur prasaad.
Aad such,
jugaad such,
Hai bhee such,
Naanak hosee bhee such.
One Creator.
Truth is His name.
Doer of everything.
Self illumined,
The Guru’s gift,
True in the beginning.
True through all the ages.
True even now.
Oh Nanak it is forever true.


MUL MANTRA – Snatam Kaur

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.”

ੴ ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥

Ik­oaʼnkār saṯ nām karṯā purakẖ nirbẖa­o nirvair akāl mūraṯ ajūnī saibẖaʼn gur parsāḏ.


  1. Hi there
    I am a Sikh myself and I did no about the mul mantra but I wanted 2 learn but this didn’t really help because I knew all this before!! : /

  2. I do not know nearly enough about the Sikh faith but I find their ideas beautiful and what a nice chant. I learned some Buddhist chants from recordings of Lama Surya Das and no exaggeration, my life is noticeably better when I practice those. Thanks for a great post!

    • Hi Amelie,
      “I do not know nearly enough about the Sikh faith” That’s not uncommon and it’s unfortunate IMHO. I’m so glad you liked the chant. I find it to be a very powerful one.

      Without getting into details I was raised by Christian Protestants. I studied comparative religions and learned how to meditate in college and Uni many years ago. Doing that was both a mind opening and heart opening experience for me.

      I have friends who have embraced different belief systems. I’m an introvert who is quite reserved but who loves to sing. The kind of music I prefer to sing is chant. As I revealed in a comment on another chant posted on this blog, my preferred pathway to the meditative state is the sound pathway. Though I have only posted 3 chants in this blog, my repertoire is quite large and I could probably fill a blog with chants from several traditions very easily.

  3. Wahe Guru! What a beautiful video. I felt such love, connection and devotion from the divine. Tears of joy were coming to my eyes with such intensity. Thank you for making this video and for sharing. Peace & blessings

    • Hi there,
      I hope you adopt this chant as one of your favorites as I have done. I find chanting it affirms that we are all interconnected — we are one with all that is.

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