By Rampreet Kaur, KRI Creative Director
For the past several months I have felt particularly drawn to the mantra of 4 'Har's combined with the Guru Gaitri Mantra:
Har Har Har Har Gobinday
Har Har Har Har Mukanday
Har Har Har Har Udaaray
Har Har Har Har Apaaray
Har Har Har Har Hareeang
Har Har Har Har Kareeang
Har Har Har Har Nirnaamay
Har Har Har Har Akaamay
The Aquarian Teacher Textbook says of the ‘Guru Gaitri Mantra with Four 'Har's:
“This mantra fixes the mind to prosperity and power. It contains the eight facets of Self. Har is the original force of Creativity. The four repetitions of Har give power to all aspects and provide the power to break down the barriers of the past. It converts fear into the determination to use and expand the reserve energy of the Navel Point. It invokes guidance and sustenance; all powers come to serve your true purpose.”
Yogi Bhajan translated the Guru Gaitri mantra as:
One who sustains us.
One who liberates us.
One who uplifts us.
One who does everything.
One by whose grace everything is done.
Nameless and desireless.
(Success and the Spirit, p. 184)
Har and Shakti Yoga
Har is one of the aspects of God—the Creative Infinity. Yogi Bhajan said, “Har is a Shakti Yog mantra, Har is the original God, and sometimes, if you chant just that one word, Har, with me, you will realize God in just a couple of seconds.”
(©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, January 14, 1989, published in Success and the Spirit, p.177, KRI 2011.)
According to The Aquarian Teacher Textbook, Shakti Yoga is “the development of discipline, skill and power.” Shakti is the feminine cosmic principle of energy. Shakti is the generative force of life. “Kundalini is a Shakti energy that manifests the Divine in the finite body and mind.”
(Aquarian Teacher Textbook, p. 41).
“The purpose of Shakti Yoga is to realize: ‘I, the ego, am the Universe, God the Infinity.’ Its law is ‘I command.’ Soul and I become one. If the student has humility and balance, it is ‘I command my self and my impulse to spontaneously support my soul.’ This is why it is said Bhakti leads to Shakti—devotion leads to power. The metaphor implies that as you love the Infinite, the Infinite protects and directs you. You learn what you need to recognize your destiny, assess the distance to it, and perform the discipline to move toward it. It represents the use and refinement of the Positive Mind.”
(Aquarian Teacher, p.34)
Shakti Yoga is an aspect of Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan taught:
“Jap means continuous, calm, meditative recitation of a mantra. Jappa Yoga is part of Kundalini Yoga, as are Shakti Yoga, Laya Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. Laya is the contact of the sound of the mantra. Mantra is the formation of the notes and the scale of the sounds and its applied actions or potency. Jappa is the technology, shakti is the power, bhakti is the devotion in it. Raja is the royalty of philosophy that gives you gracefulness. Hatha is the union of Ha and Tha, the mastery of polarity. These seven form Kundalini Yoga. Until you know Laya Yoga, you cannot tune the mantra. If you do not know jappa you cannot recite it. Without bhakti you don’t have time for it. Without shakti you cannot perform it.”
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, August 17, 1976
The Guru Gaitri Mantra with 4 'Har's
In the KRI publication Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance this particular mantra (‘Guru Gaitri Mantra with Four Hars’) is featured in at least three different meditations. I would like to share those with you this month as we unite our hearts and minds to the theme of Adi Shakti—Primal Power. I will also share a kriya, “Experience Your Own Strength” from Self-Knowledge (KRI 2007). Allow yourself to enter the vibration of this mantra as you practice these; feel the transformative experience of connecting yourself to the Infinite, and the power and strength that comes from that connection.
Purify the Subconscious (pdf)
Additional Guidelines for Practice: Practice the meditation for 5 to 11 minutes before going to bed. Then sleep with the mantra playing through the night. The following morning, before you get out of bed, chant this mantra. Sleep with this mantra and wake up with this mantra.
(This meditation can be found in Success and the Spirit, p. 184-185)
The Prosperity Mantra
Sit comfortably and meditate, chanting the mantra Har Har Har Har Gobinday… Different mudras are described as having different effects as follows:
When it is chanted on the communication line of Mercury (Buddhl Mudra: the tips of the pinkie fingers and thumbs touch), it is for friendship and prosperity.
When chanted on sun line (Surya Mudra: the tips of the ring fingers and thumbs touch), it is for health.
When it is chanted on the Saturn line (Shuni Mudra: the tips of the middle fingers and thumbs touch), it is for purity and piety.
When it Is chanted on the Jupiter line (Gyan Mudra: the tips of the forefingers and thumbs touch), then hurdles disappear.
(This meditation can be found in Success and the Spirit, p. 184-185)
©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, April 15, 2000
By meditating on the Prosperity Mandala, you will understand the transient nature of life and its cycles. Infinite blessings will flow to you. Place the Prosperity Mandala in an important location in your home and chant the prosperity mantra, the ‘Guru Gaitri Mantra with Four Hars’ (Har Har Har Har Gobinday...). You can see a picture of the Prosperity Mandala and order a print of it to hang in your home or office at the Sikh Dharma International website:
(Success and the Spirit, p. 184-185)
Experience Your Own Strength
1. Rock back and forth in bow pose, while rhythmically and musically chanting:
Har, Har, Har, Har Gobinday
Har, Har, Har, Har Mukunday
Har, Har, Har, Har Udaaray
Har, Har, Har, Har Apaaray
Har, Har, Har, Har Hareeung
Har, Har, Har, Har Kareeung
Har, Har, Har, Har Nirnaamay
Har, Har, Har, Har Akaamay
2. Lie on your back, bend your knees and grab your ankles. Keeping your feet flat on the ground, raise and lower your pelvis. Chant Har as you lift up and chant Har as you lie back on the ground. Move rapidly. 2 minutes.
3. Raise your arms over your head but do not let your hands touch. Revolve your upper body counter-clockwise from the base of your spine. Close your eyes and move as if you are in ecstasy. Chant along with Ardas Bhaee tape (Yogi Bhajan used the version known as Healing Sounds of The Ancients #5). 4 minutes.
4. Stand up with your hands overhead, but not clasped. Keep your eyes closed and dance to Ardas Bhaee. 1½ minutes. Continue dancing. Each time you hear “Sachee Sahee” bend forward, touch the ground, and rise up again to dance. 2 minutes.
5. Run in place as fast as you can. Move your arms as you run. 2 ½ minutes.
6. Lie down and repeat exercise one for 2 ½ minutes.
7. Repeat exercise two for 30 seconds.
8. Sit up in easy pose with your hands on your knees. Revolve your torso counter-clockwise. 30 seconds.
9. Get into baby pose and sleep. 7 minutes.
(This kriya can be found in Self-Knowledge, p. 17)
©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, May 22, 1985
After leading students in a meditation with the ‘Guru Gaitri Mantra with Four 'Har's, Yogi Bhajan closed with this prayer, which feels like a fitting way to close out this blog:
“Blessed are those who overpower their passion by compassion, their character by grace, their identity with virtues and values and serve those who are in need, as a call of duty. May these beings be blessed forever and their families and their life be blessed with prosperity and virtues. May we all understand there is one God; in His oneness He has given us one strength of breath of life. May we expand it to be pure, powerful and project to serve all human beings and life on this Earth, for the sake of goodness, so we may create an impact of good living, goodwill and good manners. Sat Nam.”
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, October 7, 1999