Q&A with Guru Singh
“Each one of us has a personal sound. We all have a core melody and a core rhythm at the center of our being; it governs our tendencies and our expectations. We need to move through the debris that has surrounded this song for generations . . . for lifetimes . . . the debris that has kept us out of tune and out of touch. Within the human bio-system the heartbeat is the Taal (the rhythm) keeping the sequential-beats as time moves along its eternal journey. The breath is the voice of the Soul and has a divine song of life to sing . . . if you are able and willing to listen. When this Soul-voice teams up with the sequential-beats of the heart, music is created from your life and there is no room left for sadness or other depleting emotions. Sadness is the absence of this music – the absence of these rhythms – often replaced by the presence of emotionally distorted perceptions and stories and opinions which are the accounting of the calculating brain. Remember: the brain is not here to keep you happy; it is hero to keep you alive.
In the study of mantra, one important thing is to ultimately connect with a particular mantra or mantras. These you can use when there is a need for strength, balance, equipoise, recognition . . . for whatever is happening in your life. The mantra becomes most potent, when you relate to its particular rhythm and tone. It can then carries you through moments of great joy and moments of great challenge. The mantra creates a steadiness when you could become overwhelmed by emotions. A sound current that resonates deep down in the pelvic bowl is a mantra that will be beneficial to you. When you listen to it and resonate with it; it settles you in your grace.
There is a great story about a tribe in Africa. During pregnancy, a woman would go into the wilderness and listen for the song of the soul of the child she is carrying. She comes back to the village and teaches it to the community. Everyone then sings this song while the child is being born. Throughout the child’s life, it learns this song and sings it as its mantra. At the end of life, when the adult is dying, that song is sung by as the body is being lowered into the ground.
My teacher, Yogi Bhajan, taught that it is important to have a pran-sutra, a mantra that you can call upon and focus on at the moment of death. It will help you remain neutral and connected with your infinite Self to carry you across the threshold of time.
There are several mantras that are very personal to me. I have them playing 24/7 in my sound healing room and work rooms. The three mantras that are the most valuable in my world and that I use every day are the Ashtang Mantra Ek Ong Kar, Aap Sahai Hoaa and Guru Ram Das. Over thirty years ago, I was running a booming business as well as teaching. Like today, the economy suddenly tanked and we were way over-leveraged to survive a deep slow down. I sat with Yogi Bhajan at the Los Angeles airport and explained this dilemma. He gave a mantra to me – it was the first time anyone had heard this one - Aap Sahai Hooaa Suchay Daa Sachaa Dooaa - Har Har Har. He said to have it playing in the office 24/7. In 1980 the only way to accomplish this was to use a 60 second cassette loop (made for answering machines). We recorded 60 seconds of this mantra repeating and we played that cassette until the media fell off the tape seven months later. During that seven months we came up with revolutionary ways to not only survive but to thrive. This mantra overcomes all challenges.
These mantras are the song of my soul. Find the ones that are the songs of your soul and sit with them”.
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Meaning of the Mantras
Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru The Creator and the Creation are One. This is our True Identity. The ecstasy of the experience of this wisdom is beyond all words and brings indescribable bliss. This powerful mantra is chanted as part of the morning Sadhana by Yogis worldwide.
Aap Sahai Hooaa Suchay Daa Sachaa Dooaa Har, Har, Har The Creator has become my protector, True is Your support, Great Creative Infinite. Har is the primal name, sound of the Creator. Mantra for prosperity.
Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru Guru is the guide within that brings us from darkness to light. Ra is the sun, Ma is the moon, Da is the earth and Sa is the infinite. This mantra is one of surrender, humility and deep healing.