There are mantras to support us in almost every aspect of our lives, and being present is no exception. Today’s world makes being present a challenge. We’re on computers, watching TV, flipping through Facebook, and on our phones all day long. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with how technology affects our lives, but we can forget that being present means more than watching our Twitter feed.

It means being present to the sensations that are occurring within our bodies, being present to our breath, and being present to the now moment. Mantras allow us to tap into an energy that supports us in a particular way.  They work on a very subtle and yet perceptible energetic frequency.  The mantra Dharti Hai works to help us be present not because someone like me says so, but because when we are present and use it, we can feel it to be so.

Also called the Isht Sodhanna Mantra, this Kundalini mantra given by Yogi Bhajan connects the Earth and the vastness of the ether and projects it from the heart. The meaning is part of how this works.  The full mantra in Gurmukhi is Dharti Hai, Akash Hai, Guru Ram Das Hai.  Dharti Hai means “the earth is!”  Akash hai means “the heavens are”! It’s a calling to witness, right here and right now, the presence of the divine around us. On the physical plane, manifestation is! On the etheric plane, manifestation is!

The last line, “Guru Ram Das Hai” means that Guru Ram Das is, too.  Guru Ram Das represents the heart energy made manifest into the world.  It projects straight out from the heart.  So first you call upon the earth, then the heavens, and the energy meets and manifests through your heart.  This mantra also calls on your highest spirit, keeps you humble and effective on your new ventures, and attracts opportunities for prosperity.  Why?  Because all of that is governed by the heart and your ability to channel energy through it.

The heart chakra is a balance point. It is the place of balance between the lower and upper chakras, just as the energy of Guru Ram Das can serve as a channel between the energy of the lower and higher planes.  This is a mystical and powerful mantra, and the symbolism could be explained in great detail and at length.  The point of any of these mantras is to do them.  To sing them and to let them sing you.

Try it out. When you are busy and frazzled, calm yourself for a few minutes and stay present to the chant, “Dharti Hai, Akash Hai, Guru Ram Das Hai”.  The energy is so grounding and powerful, it will pull you straight into your heart center.

Jai-Jagdeesh’s version of Dharti Hai is a long meditation.

Gurunam’s version is smooth and beautiful.

Gurusangat’s version comes with a lecture on the mantra by Gurucharan, Director of Training for the Kundalini Research Institute.


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