Kathryn E. Livingston
Airdate: August 22, 2013
Join Ramdesh for this special podcast honoring Yogi Bhajan’s August 26th birthday; the show is devoted to the powerful mantra, Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Waheguru. You’ll hear a number of versions of this amazing mantra, as well as an extraordinary message from the master of Kundalini Yoga, the beloved lecture known as “Patience Pays.”
To open the podcast, Ramdesh explains that she wanted to find a way to bring Yogi Bhajan’s birthday celebration to her audience. When Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini yoga from India to the west, the first mantra he taught was Long Ek Ong Kar. This mantra, Ramdesh reveals, awakens the Kundalini energy and opens the chakras. On Yogi Bhajan’s birthday it is traditionally chanted for two and a half hours in the amrit vela (beginning two and a half hours before sunrise). It is said that engaging in this practice for 40 days will liberate the soul from the cycle of karma. When Yogi Bhajan first came to the U.S., Long Ek Ong Kar was the go-to mantra that he taught.
What do the words mean? Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Waheguru.
Ek Ong Kar: the Creator and Creation are one. Sat Nam: this is our true identity. Siri Wahe Guru: the ecstasy of the experience of this wisdom is beyond all words and brings indescribable bliss.
Mantras, Ramdesh explains, are like mathematical equations using words instead of numbers. When your tongue hits the upper palate of the mouth in a particular pattern and rhythm, hormones are released and changes occur in the brain. You’ll experience your energy and vibration shifting as you chant along with this powerful mantra, which is recited by Kundalini yoga practitioners all over the world as part of their morning sadhana.
The first track you’ll hear is by Guru Shabad Singh from the CD 11-11-11 Aquarian Sadhana. In this “Long Chant” version of this mantra, sit with a straight spine, hands in gyan mudra, chin in neck lock, and do your best to chant along. “Make it something that is living, that is alive, make it the word of the divine dancing on your tongue, dancing in your ears, and reverberating all throughout your body,” Ramdesh suggests. Allow the mantra to penetrate your auric field and to vibrate within you.
There are many versions of this beautiful mantra (not all sung in the Long Ek Ong Kar fashion) which awakens the Kundalini energy at the base of the spine, raises your awareness and empowers your consciousness. Listen next to Snatam Kaur’s exceptional “Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam” from the album Anand. Chant along to her beautiful, ecstatic version.
Next up is a fascinating rendition by Simrit Kaur from her soon to be released CD The Oracle Sessions. This unusual version may resonate deeply with your soul.
Many guests on the show have talked about their experiences with Yogi Bhajan, but Ramdesh decides next to invite him to speak for himself. “Patience Pays” is a beautiful message from the Master of Kundalini yoga. It brings “a bit of a taste of the divine bliss that was this great spiritual teacher of the twentieth century who came and awakened so many souls,” Ramdesh observes. Patience pays…let the hand of God work for you. Listen to these compelling words as you awaken from your drama, fear and anger, from the illusion that you are separate from God.
Next you will hear Krishna Kaur’s soulful rendition from her new CD, One Creator. Ek Ong Kar is the mantra for the Aquarian Age– the age of a greater sense of unity, of instant knowledge, of starting to be able to trust in our internal guidance system, Ramdesh observes.
The podcast closes with the traditional Kundalini yoga birthday song, “On this Day,” sung by Hari Bhajan Kaur from On This Day. This beautiful piece honors the birth of this singular teacher and his legacy, and also celebrates our own capacity to be reborn, to wake up, and to embrace the light, love, and happiness that is our birthright. Join Ramdesh for this heartfelt podcast honoring our beloved teacher, Yogi Bhajan, and know that the long time sun shines upon you every day, and always.