“Every woman born on the planet has to understand this pauri. Without that she’s never going to be a woman no matter what else she does. It is that step between her and God on which she has to sit and stand with complete understanding.” – Yogi Bhajan
The mantra Aykaa Maaee comes from the 30th Pauri of Japji Sahib, one of the daily morning prayers from the Sikh tradition. It is said that chanting this pauri places you upon the throne of divinity – making you a sage and a saint.
Aykaa maa-ee jugat vi-aa-ee tin chaylay parvaan
Ik sansaaree ik bhandaaree ik laa-ay deebaan
Jiv tis bhaavai tivai chalaavai jiv hovai furmaan
Oh vaykhai onaa nadar na aavai bahutaa ayhu vidaan
Aadays tisai aadays
Aad aneel anaad anaahat jug jug ayko vays
The One Divine Mother, the visible world, gave birth alone to three deities
One, the Creator of the World; One, the Sustainer; and One, the Destroyer
Everything goes as That One decrees, and all are under divine Command
The Creator watches over all, and, marvel of marvels, remains invisible to all. How wonderful this is!
I bow to the Divine, I humbly bow
The Primal One, the Pure Light, without beginning, without end. Throughout all the ages, The Creator is One and the Same
There is a long history of scholars attempting to deny the phrase Aykaa Maee as meaning “One Divine Mother” and instead translating it to the word maya, which means illusion. This is believed to be due to the patriarchal bent of various scholars over the years. As we continue to work to break free from the conditioning of our patriarchal society, we can tap into the energy of this mantra to celebrate and acknowledge the vital female dimension grounded in the universal human condition.
Recite this mantra in recognition of its original intention: of honoring the “One Divine Mother.”Cut through the perceived and real limitations that others have tried to place on you. Connect with the blessing of this mantra, as you cut through the energies of our modern society that keep us stuck in any outdated conditioning – any feelings of inadequacy or weakness. Step into your personal power with grace and humility. Allow yourself to instill the knowledge of the Universe as you humbly bow to the Infinite.
Experience some of our favorite recordings of this mantra!
Down Come the Walls by Jai-Jagdeesh
The Pearl: Maiden, Mother, Crone by Sat Purkh
The Oracle Sessions by Simrit
If you would like to have the divine practice of reciting this mantra eleven times per day (try it for 40-days!) the following Japji learning tool from Snatam Kaur would be a great place to begin: