I have a friend who’s going through some serious challenges. He’s experiencing troubles in his marriage, problems with his business, and a deep sense of loss for a “family” that he’s never had. He just can’t find the place within himself that feels settled, and he has lapsed into some old addictions as a way to cope.

This man is very spiritual and often reads and attends spiritual classes, seminars, and workshops. But his spiritual practice ends there. He has no daily practice, no plan of action to help himself feel better. He’s been this way for several years.

In another attempt to “learn something new” that he thought might make him feel better, he went to a vedic astrologer, presumably to help him find out what he “should do,” in terms of his failing marriage and career. The vedic reading confirmed the difficult times he had been having, and then said that they would continue for several years with this challenging period in his life. And just like that, he resigned himself to being unhappy for years to come.

I wanted to sing a song in front of him and grab his attention. Imagine a string band made up of furniture, Disney-style, and me singing, “Life is what you make it, fate is how you take it!” But I couldn’t get through to him. Neither could his friends. Once he heard that his “fate” was misery, he believed it so deeply that it will likely become true.

It’s not that I don’t believe in Vedic Astrology. In fact, I do. But I also believe that we can rise above restrictions in our karma and fate and rewrite our own destiny.

Yogi Bhajan gave us the mantra with which to do so. The Mul Mantra, the words first spoken by the spiritual master Guru Nanak after enlightenment, literally translates as the “Root Mantra,” or the mantra from which all other mantras in the Kundalini Yoga tradition are built. It contains the core, essential truth of creation, and its vibration is so powerful that it can change your fate and help you rewrite your destiny.

Yogi Bhajan said, “The Mul Mantra is a fate killer. It removes the fate and changes the destiny to complete prosperity.” This mantra has a vibration of empowerment that reminds your soul of its fundamental Self; purity, prosperity, and grace. You become that. Fate dissolves. Destiny can be rewritten.

My friend doesn’t need to accept misery. He can see that there are pitfalls in his Vedic chart that may result from past karma or from a point of vibrational attraction that has called to him those things which he does not want. He has the power to change his life at any moment. So do you, with the Grace that flows through you with these words.


Ek Ong Kar, Sat Nam, Karta Purkh, Nirbao Nirvair, Akal Moorat, Ajoonee, Saibhung Gur Prasad, Jap.

Aad Such, Jugaad Such, Hai Bhee Such, Nanak Hosee Bhee Such.


One Creator. Truth is His name. Doer of everything. Fearless, Revengeless, Undying, Unborn, Self-illumined, The Guru’s gift, Meditate!

True in the beginning. True through all the ages. True even now. Oh Nanak, it is forever true.

There are many beautiful versions of this mantra, which is also a part of the Aquarian Sadhana, the series of chants sung during morning sadhana. Some of my favorites are below:

Snatam Kaur’s energetic version gets me dancing on the inside!

Nirinjan Kaur’s soaring vocals inspire me every time I hear them.

Gurunam Singh’s powerful version supports and uplifts your practice.


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