First my best wishes to you from my heart. I read and order sometimes from Spirit Voyage and this is how I know you and felt encouraged to write to you for advice.
I want to start the 40 days of So Purkh and I have a few questions about this. Is it enough to listen and meditate to Nirinjan’s CD without really repeating the mantra aloud? I usually “hear” the spoken word when I listen to mantras so I was not sure how to do the So Purkh in a decent way.
Also, Gurmukhi and English are not my languages…
For an answer I would be very grateful.
Sat nam Katarina!
This is a complicated question to answer. Certainly, there is an effect that the energy of the mantra has in the space around you. It creates an energy field that has an observable impact on the way a space feels. Consider the works of Dr. Masaru Emoto on water; when putting a word on a bottle of water, the water picks up the vibration of the word. If the word is “peace”, the ice crystal formed is beautiful and symmetrical. If the word is “hate”, the ice crystal formed by the same water becomes twisted and ugly. Our bodies are mostly water, so being in the presence of the beautiful words of mantra have an impact on our bodies, whether they are written or we are listening to them spoken aloud. Yogi Bhajan specifically recommended that women in a committed relationship keep a recording of the So Purkh playing at all times when their partner is going through a hard time.
Silent repetition is also a way of consciously controlling the direction of the mind. Mantras may be repeated silently in order to direct the mind to a state of inner silence called anahat, where the ego is relaxed and the mantra is vibrated within every cell of your being. Many Kundalini Yogis practice silent repetition of the mantra Sat Nam on every breath. With each breath in, they silently repeat “Sat”, and with each breath out they silently repeat “Nam.” This reminds them that their true identity is Infinity and trains their mind to stay still and focused.
That said, reciting the So Purkh or Sopurkh for 40 days in order to manifest the Divine in the men in your life is a specific practice. It requires that the mantra be recited aloud in Gurmukhi for 40 days, 11 times a day. (Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa’s version So Purkh That Primal God is 31 minutes long and includes 11 repetitions, which is all you would need for one full day of the So Purkh). Reciting aloud is important because when your tongue hits the upper palate of your mouth it activates energy meridians that stimulate the endocrine glands to release hormones, causing a change in brain chemistry. Pronunciation and rhythm are important, and the perfection of each leads to maximal effect. However, since you do not know Gurmukhi, you simply do the best you can and form a relationship to the spirit behind the words, the shabad guru. The shabad guru is the teacher in the sacred Gurmukhi words, and that shabad guru is an energy that is carried on the words, correctly spoken. The shabad guru is also an energy that is carried into your heart by the purity of your intentions. In your case, since English is also not your first language, it doesn’t make much sense for you to recite in English. My advice to you is to work with Nirinjan’s recording in Gurmukhi, attempting to speak the words as she does, forgiving yourself when you make mistakes.
Many people who first start the So Purkh are overwhelmed by what they think is a very difficult mantra and want to give up and simply listen to it or recite it in English. Although everything has an effect, in order to maximize results and create the specific effect that a 40-day practice of So Purkh has on the men in your life, you should attempt to recite it aloud in Gurmukhi. Each day will be easier. Be gentle with yourself. Keep it up, honoring the divine within you that will improve day by day. One day, you will realize how far you have come.
Enjoy the process! The So Purkh works wonders, for you and for your loved ones. Waheguru!