Kundalini Mantras

My students keep asking for this so here you go!

Chanting mantras is a corner stone to the Kundalini Yoga practice. Yogi Bhajan teaches that a mantra is the creative projection of the human mind. They are “formulas” that change the chemistry of  and balance the hemispheres of the brain. The mantras are not so much about the words and meanings themselves so much as they are about the vibratory effect they have on the body. With that said here are  are 10 widely used mantras in the Kundalini Yoga tradition with their meanings and benefits as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

p.s. I know a lot of people get tripped up over the word GOD in Kundalini Yoga. If that is you remember it is just a word. What is god to you? The universe, mother nature…whatever greater over riding force that may be present, etc. I always liked what Yogi Bhajan said about the usage: G.O.D: The Generating, Organizing and Destroying factor in the Universe!


Ong Namo Gurudev Namo

Ong = the syllable of creation
Namo = bowing or paying reverance to
Guru = that which brings us from darkness to Light
Dev = unseen, invisible, beyond

The Adi Mantra. Chanted before practicing Kundalini Yoga to “tune in” to the yogic vibration and open your higher consciousness to receive the teachings.


Aad Guray Nameh
Jugaad Guray Nameh
Sat Guray Nameh
Siri Guru Dev ay Nameh

“Reverance to the Guru which is the primal wisdom, the wisdom that is eternal, the wisdom of Truth, and the great unseen wisdom beyond our comprehension.”

The Mangalam Charn Mantra. A “protection mantra” chanted before class to ensure a safe practice.


Sat Naam

Sat = Truth Naam = Name, Identity

“I vibrate truth”

This is a  Bij Mantra or seed mantra. Just as a tiny seed can contain a mighty oak, a bij mantra contains all wisdom. This mantra is said to slice through any other mental vibrations. This most commonly used mantra in Kundalini yoga is typically added to the breath during practice – silently inhale “Sut” and exhale “Nom”.


Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung

Ra=sun Ma=moon Da=earth Sa=totality Say=infinity So=self Hung=divine

The Siri Gaitri Mantra; also called the Shushumna Mantra. A powerful healing mantra.


Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru

Ek=one Ong=all Kar=creation Sat=truth Nam=essence Siri=great Wahe=praise Guru=wisdom

“The Creator and all Creation are One. This is our true identity, and the ecstacy of this wisdom is great beyond words”

The Adi Shakti Mantra. Awakens the Kundalini and suspends the mind in bliss.


Waah Yantee (Great Macroself)
Kar Yantee (Creative Self)
Jag Dut Patee (All that is creative through time)
Aadak It Waahaa (All that is the Great One)
Brahmaadeh Tresha Guru (3 aspects of God: Brahma Vishnu Mahesh)
It Wahe Guru (That is Wahe Guru)

Chanting this mantra strengthens the relationship between your individual consciousness and the universal consciousness. God is in you, and God is in everyone. “If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all” – Yogi Bhajan


Ek Ong Kar (One Creator, Creation)
Sat Nam (Truth is God’s Name)
Kartaa Purkh (Doer of everything)
Nirbhao (Fearless)
Nirvair (Revengeless)
Akaal Moorat (Undying)
Ajoonee (Unborn)
Saibung (Self Illumined)
Gur Prasad (It is by Guru’s Grace)
Jap (Repeat and Meditate!)
Aad Sach (True in the beginning)
Jugaad Sach (True through all the ages)
Haibhee Sach (True even now)
Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach Nanak (says Truth shall ever be)

Chanting the Mul Mantra helps you experience the depth and divinity of your soul. It can root out and burn away deep, longstanding pain and sorrow.


Sat Siri, Siri Akaal (Great Truth, Great Undying)
Siri Akaal, Mahaa Akaal (Great Undying, Great Deathless)
Mahaa Akaal, Sat Naam (Great Deathless, Truth is God’s Name)
Akaal Moorat, Wahe Guru (Deathless Image of God)

Chanting this mantra connects you with the undying, eternal truth that is your true essence. It helps you to be victorious in all aspects of your life.


Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Jio

Great Beyond Description is the experience of God’s Wisdom
Great Beyond Description is the experience of God’s Wisdom
Great Beyond Description is the experience of God’s Wisdom
Great Beyond Description is the experience of God Blessing the Soul

This is the mantra of ecstasy! When you chant it with all your heart, you will experience the indescribable ecstasy of God.


Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru

This Guru mantra projects the mind to infinity, then allows a finite guiding relationship to come into your practical activities. The first part (Guru Guru Wahe Guru) projects the mind to the source of knowledge and ecstasy. The second part (Guru Ram Das Guru) means “the wisdom that comes as a servant of the Infinite. It is the mantra of humility. It reconnects the experience of infinity to the finite by the Grace of Guru Ram Das. Chanting this mantra invokes the guidance, love and protection of Guru Ram Das, the Fourth Sikh Guru. It opens the Fourth Chakra, the Heart Center, and allows you to feel and effortlessly radiate universal love.

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