Airdate: October 16, 2014
This show is all about courage, about rising up and relying on your own inner guidance, light and power. Courage has many faces, Ramdesh notes. Courage can be a veteran who has seen active combat, a single mother working to put food on the table to raise her child or an individual facing up to his or her true sexual orientation. Courage can also be just doing something outside of one’s comfort zone. Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the absence of the reaction to fear, Ramdesh points out.
Yogi Bhajan said, “It’s not the life you live, it’s the courage that you bring to it.” Courage is about living to our fullest potential, living beyond fear, and awakening to the opportunities that life offers.
The first mantra to activate and trigger courage is Chattra Chakkra Vartee; this dynamic version is by Satkirin Kaur Khalsa from Lightness of Being. This is an active, almost military type of courage; the strength of the warrior saint. It’s a mantra that brings fearlessness; it directly addresses the creative potential force of the universe. Self-illumined, profoundly beautiful, and united with all, the destroyer of torment and illusion, the embodiment of mercy, the mantra is a direct acknowledge that the Divine is with us always. Chattra Chakkra Vartee reveals that the indescribable force of the universe resides within us; we can experience fear but we do not need to act from it.
Next step out of fear with “Jai Te Gung” by Gurunam Singh from Silent Moonlight Meditation. This powerful warrior mantra helps you connect with your inner sense of grit.
Rumi has a beautiful poem about facing up to challenges. He advises that we be aware of the tendency to want to run and hide. Be aware that that tendency is a poison to your spirit, Rumi warns. Staying present with pain is a deep opportunity for mastery, Ramdesh notes. “Be awake and alive to the now moment and the power of what is.”
If you are struggling with the temptation to escape or run away, there is a mantra to lift you up. Aad Guray Nameh is a very powerful protection mantra: “This is a mantra that invokes the protective energy of the entire universe.” It talks about bowing to the primal energy, to the strength that has existed throughout all the ages, bowing to that wisdom that is present right here and now. When you’re able to connect to this flow you can evoke your own courage and have spiritual growth. Listen to a compelling version by Sat Darshan Singh and Sirgun Kaur from The Music Within.
The Mul Mantra comes next. Part of being courageous involves identifying what you personally need to feel protected and uplifted; being courageous has many aspects and facets. Karma or fate is one such aspect, and the Mul Mantra is a fate-killer. Energy is real, and a mantra can be used to establish dominion over our minds and spirits to remind us to shatter the illusion of karmic debts and to create and imprint the power of the One mind and spirit. Mul Mantra is a way to create your own positive reality, work through past energies and past energetic ties, and come into a destiny of the future. It is one of the root/core mantras of Kundalini yoga, observes Ramdesh. Listen to a fantastic version that inspires steadfast courage and fearlessness by Sada Sat Kaur fom Shashara.
“Your strength is how calmly, quietly and peacefully you face life,” said Yogi Bhajan. Let mantra help you find the courage that resides within your own heart!