Adi Shakti is a mantra that connects you with your inner power and the divine feminine energy of the universe. If you’re tired, overwhelmed, burned out, or if you just want to give yourself an uplifting injection of Shakti power, tune in to this podcast. Ramdesh walks us through every step of this energizing chant to the goddess. This power mantra is sure to re-charge your batteries!
Because it is so closely associated with the goddess, this is also the go-to mantra that women use to empower themselves during pregnancy and childbirth. In the Kundalini yoga tradition, it is believed that the soul enters the womb 120 days after conception. On that day there is a huge celebration of the mother and new life within her. Traditionally, Adi Shakti is one of the mantras chanted on this special day of recognition and joy.
There are four lines to the mantra. The first is: Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo, Namo. The words are easy to pick up because they repeat. Adi Shakti means the primal power, the original goddess force. You call upon the goddess three times and then add Namo, Namo, which means I bow or surrender to. That is the pattern.
The second line is: Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo. Sarab Shakti is the all-encompassing power and energy that pervades. The third line is: Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo, which refers to the power through which God creates. Imagine a beautiful image of a celestial dancer from Buddhist or Hindu mythology, Ramdesh suggests, dancing in the cosmos. As she flicks her hands suns, moons, and stars are born. With the flick of the wrists, she can create a galaxy with this divine energy.
The last line is: Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo. This line refers to the creative power of the Kundalini energy, the power or force that lies dormant at the base of the spine and is awakened through breath, chanting, and asana, spiraling up through the chakras like a snake. Kundalini yoga is built around this energy of awakening, and we have the ability to call upon that energy. This is a nurturing, caring energy, Ramdesh points out, even in all of its power.
About this mantra, Yogi Bhajan said (speaking to women), “Merge in the Maha Shakti. This is enough to take away your misfortune. This will carve out of you a woman. Woman needs her own Shakti, not anybody else will do it. When a woman chants the Kundalini Bhakti mantra, God clears the way. This is not a religion, it is a reality. Woman is not born to suffer, and woman needs her own power.” Yogi Bhajan, Ramdesh notes, was very clear in his message that women are going to be pivotal in this next period of humankind on earth; women need to step into their own power while creating a kinder, more conscious, gentler world.
Men can chant the mantra, too, and many do! It awakens their feminine power (each person has both masculine and feminine energy). Adi Shakti mantra is for everyone to connect with the goddess who has created all things. When Ramdesh chants the four parts of the mantra she likes to think of the four aspects of the goddess surrounding her on four sides: she who gave birth to all creation, she who is forever, she who cuts through darkness, and she who nurtures.
The first track you’ll hear is by Gurudass Kaur Khalsa from the CD Adi Shakti. First, tune in with Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. Then place your hands at your heart center, right over left. Connect with the goddess as you chant along. This first version takes a call and response approach. Next up is a version by Nirinjan Kaur from her album From Within; it’s specifically designed for meditation.
For a change of pace, listen to Aykanna’s Adi Shakti from Mother, a rhythmic track with quite a different vibe. On this podcast you’ll experience many aspects of the goddess; sometimes she sits quietly and meditates, but on the next track by Sada Sat Kaur, “Adi Shakti Bhangra Mix” from Mantra Masala, you will rock out with the goddess as you let loose and dance! Ramdesh shares a wonderful story about a Buddhist goddess who helps us dance into the life of our dreams.
You can connect to the Adi Shakti mantra while you’re meditating, but also as you’re dancing, chopping vegetables, playing with your kids, or taking a walk. Wherever you are, tune in to the awesome power of the divine feminine and celebrate life! This podcast is the perfect way to get started!