With this podcast, Ramdesh begins a series on the powerful Wahe Guru mantras. This is an incredible vibratory code, and if you loved the three podcasts on the Har mantras you’ll really rock out on this series, too, because Yogi Bhajan said that chanting Wahe Guru is equivalent to chanting Har 11,000 times! Get ready to dive into the power and meaning of Wahe Guru.
In the Sikh religion Wahe Guru is a way of expressing sGod’s name. It’s more than a noun, verb, or adjective, Ramdesh explains; in fact, English is inadequate to express what this Gurmukhi word means. Wahe is a statement of awe and ecstasy; it’s like saying “Wow!” with a huge amount of emotion. Sometimes you’ll hear it pronounced with a W and sometimes it sounds more like a V: either is correct. “Do whatever gives you the most empowered juice!” advises Ramdesh.
Guru is that which brings us from darkness to light, so Wahe Guru is an expression of ecstatic awe for the divine. It’s like saying, “God is such a miracle! And recognizing this I am uplifted and awakened.” It’s a mantra for awakening your consciousness, for enlightenment, for ecstasy. Ramdesh shares her experiences Waheguru Simran, which is a practice of chanting God’s name repeatedly, a practice which brings one to a state of God consciousness. “It has carried me through so many different points in my life,” she says. Whenever Ramdesh starts stressing out, she mentally chants Wahe Guru and in a minute or two she is centered again. It brings her back to her spirit and to the awareness that God is in charge.
Anyone and everyone can chant this mantra, even if you’re not a Kundalini yogi. The mantra gives you a chance to connect with the Divine, whatever spiritual path you may follow. The mantra “bears witness to the presence of the divine,” and is a tool that anyone can use. Wahe Guru also balances the three principles of God: Generating, Organizing and Transforming (called a Trikuti mantra).
Let the mantra be your teacher as you listen to a powerful version by Nirinjan Kaur from Prem Siri called the “Ether Tattva Waheguru Mantra.” Ether is the element that is spirit, the least tangible, and Wahe Guru is associated with the ether element.
Next up, expand into the recognition of indescribable bliss with a mantra that is chanted during the Morning Aquarian Sadhana for over 22 minutes (you’ll hear a shorter version here). Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Jio was written by Guru Ram Das, the Fourth Guru of the Sikhs and can be translated as “Great beyond description is the experience of God’s wisdom.“ Jio means soul, in a very intimate way. At Kundalini yoga gatherings you may hear people calling each other Ji; it’s a special term of endearment. This is a mantra that brings God very close; it will help you engage in a personal relationship with the Divine. Yogi Bhajan said this mantra “means clear perception of what is important to preserve” and that it “links the essence of your purpose to the greater minds and souls in the cosmos.” There are many beautiful versions; today you’ll be listening to Snatam Kaur’s from Prem. Notice how subtle changes in the mantra create subtle changes in the energies experienced.
Har Har Waheguru, a powerful balancing mantra, comes next. Har is the creative aspect of the Divine and Wahe Guru is the ecstatic awareness, enlightenment aspect of God. It means “the creator is bliss, great is the divine.” It’s impossible to translate in words, Ramdesh notes, because it’s more like a code that opens you up to the divine vibration. Har has the energy of the earth and Wahe Guru has the element of the ether; so with this mantra you are balancing the physical plane with the immaterial plane, balancing the fact that you are a human being having an earthly experience, and yet at the same time a spirit having a spiritual experience. This mantra “allows you to unify both of those experiences and consider it all Divine.”
It also eliminates subconscious blocks, and self-limiting beliefs. It activates the healing energy of the awareness that there is nothing but divine flow. Mantra vibrates the cells in your physical body, and the mind and body sync up to become a creative, divine force, Ramdesh explains. No wonder there are so many devotees of mantra! This version is by Nirinjan Kaur from Restoring Your Personal Power.
Lastly, you’ll hear Ang Sang Wahe Guru, which means “the dynamic,loving energy of the Infinite Source of All is dancing within my every cell, and is present in my every limb. My individual consciousness merges with the Universal consciousness.” This is a peaceful, healing mantra. Mirabai Ceiba’s version from Sacred Love Meditations is the track you’ll hear today.
Enjoy this first part of an uplifting exploration of the magnificent Wahe Guru mantras. Feel the bliss in every cell!