Taught on July 19, 1982
"In this living nucleus of a psyche, you need inner balance. That is your strength and power. If you don't want to be confused, degraded, upset, or depressed, you need the inner balance. What is that which keeps the inner balance? Shabad (the sound current).
[The energy of our lives can be in either a positive balance or a reverse (negative} balance.] For each thought there is an equivalent thought. For each negative thought there is an equivalent positive thought. For each negative scenario there is an equivalent positive one.
Whether the energy is emotional, commotional, or devotional, it is all praana, right? And it can be reversed.
When your mind is going berserk, apply a gutka. What is a gutka? It is a stopping lever. [It is found on the water wheel called a Persian Wheel, which is used in the Orient.] It is a lever that can stop you and take the entire weight of the reverse balance. So whenever there is a reverse balance, if you apply the gutka, it will stop it. When the energy is in reverse and it is stopped, it will go to the positive and you'll be good again. Isn't that a simple way to fix yourself?
And what is the shabad of the gutka? Ek Ong Kaar Sat Gur Prasaad, Sat Gur Prasaad, Ek Ong Kar. It is so written in the book of law that, if this mantra is chanted five times, it will stop the mind under all conditions and put it in it reverse gear. Five times. Try it any time you want. Your mind may be polluted, dirty, and ugly, but when you chant this mantra, Siri Guru Granth Sahib (the sound current of the Infinite) will sit in your heart. These are not my words; they are the words of Guru Gobind Singh (the Tenth Sikh Master)."
(This mantra is generally chanted out loud as a gutka, but if circumstances make that impossible, it is also effective when chanted mentally.)
1. Sit in Easy Pose with your spine straight. Use the thumb to lock down the Mercury finger (pinkie) and Sun fingers (ring). Raise the Saturn finger (middle) up at a diagonal and lower the Jupiter finger (index) down at an angle (like scissors). Stretch your arms straight out in from of you, parallel to the ground, with the palms facing down.
When the Saturn finger is higher and the Jupiter finger is lower and they are on a diagonal to each other, it is called Gutka Kriya.
Close your eyes and concentrate at the Third Eye Point. Begin a brisk continuous chanting of Ek Ong Kaar Sat Gur Prasaad, Sat Gur Prasaad Ek Ong Kaar. One complete recitation of the mantra takes about 4 seconds. Continue chanting for 11 minutes.
If you can stretch it tight, put the fingers straight, have the angle right, and concentrate at the Third Eye Point, you will start feeling something. Something will start happening right there. Don't wait for tomorrow, feel it today. Now.
2. Then inhale, hold the position, stretch the arms, stretch the spine, and hold the breath as long as you can. Exhale. (In class the breath was held for over 1 minute.) Then rapidly and powerfully inhale-and-exhale three times. (Each inhale and exhale takes about three seconds.)
3. Relax and put your hands in your lap. Put your attention at your Third Eye Point and be aware of what is going on there. 1 minute.
Referring to the Third Eye Point, the yogic scriptures say, "Kamal bigaase, sabh dookh naase. The moment the lotus turns around, all disease and pain go away."
4. Keep your attention at the Third Eye Point and visualize a huge rectangular tank of water surrounded by a marble walkway. Imagine that there is a huge gate on the west side of the walkway. From this gate a bridge goes out to a holy temple in the middle of the tank of water. In the temple music is playing. Hear it and experience it: 2 minutes.
Inhale deeply, exhale, relax, open your eyes, and bring yourself back to ordinary awareness.
"This is called Pratyahar, the science to control the mind and totally synchronize it. What is the gutka? Pratyahar. What is the mantra of Pratyahar? Ek Ong Kaar, Sat Gur Prasaad, Sat Gur Prasaad, Ek Ong Kaar."
This kriya can be found in Infinity and Me, available through KRI.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan