You might have seen one on Snatam Kaur’s wrist. Maybe your Kundalini Yoga teacher wears one. It’s a steel bracelet, worn on the right wrist on men and the left wrist on women, sometimes inscribed with ancient script.
Karas are worn as an amulet of protection. Similar to the red bracelet of Kabbalah or the evil eye bracelets worn in the Mediterranean, karas are worn by Sikhs and Kundalini Yogis for protection. It guards you from protection from the outside, and also from the inside. That means, it reminds you not to do evil with your hands, and thus protects you from karma. It also is like wearing an energetic soldier on your wrist, deflecting negative energy away from your aura.
Often they are inscribed with a mantra, such as Guru Ram Das (which infuses it with an energy of healing), the Mul Mantra (which eliminates fear and brings you in touch with your destiny), the Re Man shabad (for health and longevity), Aad Guray Nameh (for protection) or Gobinday Mukunday (to eliminate karma).
Karas were first worn by the Sikhs at the request of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, who was a powerful warrior saint. He lived in times of great war, but was a reluctant solider, preferring to meditate on God. Fearless in battle, he nevertheless used gold-tipped arrows so that the families of those killed by him would not starve. In modern times, Yogi Bhajan taught that wearing them on the wrist balanced energy centers and protected the wearer from harm.
For all, karas are a symbol of connection and union with the infinite. The circle has an ancient symbolism used from culture to culture to represent a bond that has no beginning and no end. It represents oneness, unity, and an unbreakable bond with the Divine.
Karas are jewelry with a powerful protective force…beautiful, meaningful, and prayerful.