Of all the mantras in Kundalini Yoga, the most versatile one is surely “Wahe Guru.” The way I usually describe it to audiences when I’m leading kirtan is: an exclamation of unfathomable ecstasy. That’s one definition, but there are many other occasions when this all-purpose mantra is just the thing to say.

1. S#!t Yogis Say:

Whether you’ve just stubbed your toe or got fired from your job, there are times when we use not-so-yogic-words in our life. There’s nothing wrong with using swear words per se (though I don’t recommend teaching your little ones just yet), but admittedly, they don’t do much besides let off a little steam. The next time you want to scream out in frustration or anger, try consciously screaming “Wahe Guru!” instead. After all, only the Universe knows why this is happening to you, and only the Universe can get you out of it. Call out to the ultimate force governing everything and remember: the things that seem to be falling apart in our lives tend to leave a void for the beauty about to enter. Wahe Guru for that!

Music to help you remember to say “Wahe Guru” instead:

Satkirin Kaur Khalsa’s “Waheguru” on Good Company

Good Company by Satkirin Kaur Khalsa

Mata Mandir Singh’s “Wahe Guru Chant” on Yoga of Sound – Cherdi Kala, The Ever Rising Spirit:

Yoga of Sound – Cherdi Kala, the Ever Rising Spirit by Mata Mandir Singh

2. Better than Counting Sheep:

Is it just me, or was counting sheep some of the least hepful anti-insomnia advice ever given? I’ve also tried counting blessings, which happens to be a beautiful practice in my waking hours, but not all that lulling when I’m trying to turn my mind OFF at night. Something that had worked magically though, is repeating “Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Guru…” I do it as many times on one breath as possible (if I’m alone), or just repeat an endless stream in my head (if my husband is asleep next to me). Pretty soon, I’m asleep and (probably) snoring. Wahe Guru!

Music to lull you to sleep:

Ashana’s “Jewels of Silence”on Jewels of Silence—You can mentally chant “Wahe Guru” to the healing sounds of singing bowls

Jewels of Silence by Ashana

3. When We Just Barely Pull It Off:

Ever pull something off that seems like it had little to do with you at all? You manage to make it to your doctor’s appointment on time, in traffic, when you left the house 15 minutes later than you should have? You burned every dish you cooked for a dinner party, but people mysteriously thought it was a potluck and brought enough food for everyone? If I happen to get complimented for something I know I had almost no part in I like to remember to say “Wahe Guru” instead of “thank you.” That way, I can acknowledge their gratitude, without accepting any credit for the miracle that just took place…. just amazement and thanks for how well things turned out!

Music to help you appreciate the moment:

Nirinjan Kaur’s “Ether Tattva Waheguru Mantra” on Prem Siri

Prem Siri by Nirinjan Kaur

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