There are many mantras for protection in the Kundalini yoga tradition, but each has a slightly different energy behind it. Rakhe Rakhanhar is one of these powerful mantras. It is a mantra for protection from negative forces, and it is chanted during the Aquarian Sadhana and in many Kundalini yoga meditations. This shabad (song) was composed by Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru of the Sikhs, and it is a part of the evening prayer called Rehiras.
Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga, said that this shabad would protect you from all negative forces, especially those which “move against one’s walk on the path of destiny, both inner and outer.” It is a powerful vibration that cuts through opposing vibrations, words, thoughts and deeds.
This mantra also infuses the chanter and the space around the chanter with energy, so it is especially useful if one has limited physical energy and limited wealth. It is often called a victory song, one that does away with the obstacles to fulfilling your highest destiny.
Rakhe Rakhanhar is often the last song memorized by Kundalini yoga practitioners doing the Aquarian Sadhana. Often beginners get frustrated and give up, preferring to pick the morning sadhana chants back up at Waheguru Wahejio (the next mantra in a series of seven done in the Amrit Vela, or early morning hours before dawn.) If you are struggling don’t despair! Learn one line at a time. Chant that one line each time it comes around and gradually add more lines. Eventually you’ll find you’ve picked up this amazing mantra, and it might be just the protective energy that you need in your life. Once you have it memorized, it helps to calm the fluctuations of the mind, and during deep meditations involving this mantra, you’ll see how it puts your thoughts to sleep and helps you stay focused in the now moment.
Rakhay rakhanhaar aap ubaariun
Gur kee pairee paa-eh kaaj savaariun
Hoaa aap dayaal manho na visaariun
Saadh janaa kai sung bhavjal taariun
Saakat nindak dusht khin maa-eh bidaariun
Tis saahib kee tayk naanak manai maa-eh
Jis simrat sukh ho-eh saglay dookh jaa-eh
God Himself is looking out for us,
gives us the light, and takes care of our affairs.
God is merciful, and never forgets us.
God guides us, giving us good people to help us.
God does not allow hurt to come to us.
I take comfort in the thought of God.
When I remember God, I feel peaceful and happy
and all my pain departs
There are many wonderful versions of Rakhe Rakhanhar to choose from. Here are just a few: