Mantras say it all.
Well, it’s a New Year! I can tell because most of my friends on Facebook are either doing a cleanse, starting a new sadhana, or picking a new theme to live by this year.
It occurred to me that the magic of mantras is that they carry their own intention. Sure, we can infuse a personal twist onto anything we do, however, mantras are complete in and of themselves. They do their own thing. All we have to do is be a willing vehicle for their energy to flow through.
Here are 3 great resolutions for your New Year, wrapped in tiny pithy packages. Please feel free to share your favorite mantras and what they do for you.
I cannot think of a better way to ring in the New Year than to affirm that all our trust is in the flow of the Universe and that we surrender to the Divine creative play. That is what “Aap Sahaee Hoa” is all about. Har is the sound of making room for the new. As we expel old stale breath (Har!), and let in new lifeforce energy, we proclaim: “I am ready to receive my blessings.” This is a great mantra to chant, or to play on repeat in your place of work, for prosperity and abundance.
2. Be Protected: Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
This mantra is in two parts. In the first part, we call on the great unfathomable source of all there is—Wahe Guru—to bring us out of darkness, into the light. Then, we acknowledge that this incredibly great and all-powerful energy exists in the form of Guru Ram Das—and all those who serve God (Ram Das translates as “servant of God”). This is a great mantra to chant in times where you could use a little extra help. Guru Ram Das lived his life to serve others. Even now, he will serve you if call on him. I use this mantra the most of any of them!
This mantra means that our prayer is already granted. We give our prayer to Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das grants it, and voila! It is done: “Sachee Sahee!” Knowing that our prayer has been heard, we can release it, which allows the prayer to done. Chant this mantra and be amazed by the blessings you allow to enter your life. When we release our prayers, like children, we give them the freedom to take shape and grow.
May you have a magical mantra-filled year!