Mantra for Prosperity: Bahota Karam (25th Pauri of Japji)

“Prosperity is a state produced immediately by the mind. When the sun comes out of the clouds, everything is lit. When the mind comes out of duality, prosperity is there. And the twenty-fifth pauri has the power to take away duality…” – Yogi Bhajan

Struggling financially?  Feel like you’re walking in sand when it comes to your own prosperity?  There’s a mantra for that.

Our projection is responsible for creating an energy around us, which operates as a point of attraction.  It’s the Law of Attraction, but in yogic terms.  Yogi Bhajan was very clear about prosperity:  it comes from God.  The very nature of God is abundant and prosperous.  (Imagine counting the number of cells in all living creatures, molecules of hydrogen throughout the Universe, or seconds of time since the Big Bang….lots, in other words.)  In order to create abundance in your own life, all you need to do is connection your own little self with the abundance of the Divine.  In other words, you must know and experience God in its own absolute perfection and let that be your projection.

Yogi Bhajan

To be prosperous, you must eliminate duality.  Now duality is a funny thing.  Thinking God is something outside of and separate from you is duality.  Your mind can trick you into thinking things like “Jane is rich because Jane is smarter than I am.”  Well Jane may be smarter than you, but duality comes in when you think that Jane’s intelligence comes from Jane.  All of our qualities are manifestations from God.  Jane’s intelligence is a part of Universal Intelligence.  If you experience absolutely in your mind and body a unification with God and the Universal Intelligence, than you will experience that Universal Intelligence within you. This is what we mean by no duality: “Ek ong kar.”  “The creator and the creation are One.”  Everything is God. Eliminating duality unifies you with the Source, and when you are unified with the Source, all energy flows to you. Money and prosperity are forms of energy.

Guru Nanak

The 25th Pauri of Japji, written by the first Guru of the Sikhs Guru Nanak, is an incredible rhapsody of Joy and Bliss written by a fully enlightened being.  Nanak sings of the abundant gifts of God.  Reciting the 25th Pauri 11 times within a day, Yogi Bhajan taught, would elevate you into a space of tremendous achievement.  Clearing the grey clouds from your consciousness brings out the shining sun, and with it comes a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Complete Mantra:

Bahota karam likhiaa na jaa-ay.

Vadaa dataa til na tamaay.

Kaytay mange jodh apaar.

Kaythaa ganat nahee veechaar.

Kaytay khap tuteh vikar.

Kaytay lai lai mukar paa-eh.

Kaytay moorakh khaahee khaa-eh.

Kaytiaa dookh bhookh sad maar.

Ay-eh bhe daat tayree daataar

Band khaalasee bhanai hoe.

Hor aakh na sakai koe.

Jay ko khaa-ik akhaan paae.

Oh jaanai jaytee-aa muh khaa-ay.

Aapay jaanay aapay day-eh.

Aakheh se bhe kay-ee kay-eh.

Jis no bakhsay siphat saalaah.

Naanak paatishaahee paatishaah.


Language: Gurmukhi Source: Japji Sahib (25th Pauri) Author: Guru Nanak


His Blessings are so abundant, 
there can be no written account of them.
 The Great Giver does not hold back anything.
 So many great, heroic warriors beg 
at the door of the Infinite Lord.
 So many contemplate and dwell upon Him,
 that they cannot be counted.
 So many waste away to death engaged in corruption.
 So many take and take again, and then deny receiving.
 So many foolish consumers keep on consuming. 
So many endure distress, deprivation, and constant abuse.
 Even these are Your Gifts, O Great Giver!
 Liberation from bondage comes only by your will.
 No one else has any say in this.
 If some fool should presume to say that he does, he shall learn, and feel the effects of his folly. 
He Himself knows, He Himself gives. 
Few, very few are those who acknowledge this.
 One who is blessed to sing the Praises of the Lord, 
O Nanak, is the king of kings.

Bahota Karam in "Yoga and Mantras for Prosperity"

(Editor’s Note:  Mata Mandir Singh’s recording of Japji is great to practice reciting Pauris with, because each Pauri is on its own track and you can loop a track 11 times.  Livtar Singh Khalsa’s musical recording of Bahota Karam is a favorite here at Spirit Voyage. Click on the image to check them out!)

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