This is a beautiful practice for invoking the psyche of the Mother. It can be practiced by anyone of any gender, regardless of whether you have biological children. Move with care, as if cradling a baby in your arms. Make it a moving meditation. With each inhale, nurture that child, and allow the cradle to rise up and down gently.
Rakhe Rakhanhar is a protection mantra that realigns the mind with the knowledge that everywhere, God is at work. In meditating on this mantra, we release hostility, resentments, and judgments, calling forth the well-being of all. As the Mother would. No matter what.
If you are new to this mantra, it may help to see it written before beginning your practice. Your breath will coordinate with the lines of the mantra, so before you start, you should know where the lines begin and end.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine.
Mudra: Make a cradle with your arms. The left arm is underneath the right, and the left hand holds the right elbow. The right hand is relaxed and flat against the body. On each stroke of the inhale, the arms lift up and down slightly and very gently, as though you are bouncing a baby.
Breath & Mantra: Listen to the mantra Rakhe Rakhanhaar. Inhale in 8 strokes on the first line of the mantra, exhale in one long stroke through the nose on the second line of the mantra. Continue in this way, alternating the 8-stroke inhalation and the long exhalation with the lines of the mantra.
Rakhay rakhanhaar aap ubaarian
Gur kee pairee paa-eh kaaj savaarian
Hoaa aap dayaal manho na visaarian
Saadhjanaa kai sang bhavjal taarian
Saakat nindak dusht khin maa-eh bidaarian
Tissaahib kee tayk naanak manai maa-eh
Jis simrat sukh ho-eh saglay dookhjaa-eh
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Kundalini is sometimes referred to as the Mother Power, or Adi Shakti. While the philosophy of Kundalini Yoga recognizes the inherent unity in all of Creation, it also recognizes the polarities of masculine and feminine, solar and lunar, yin and yang.
The Mother Power relates to the divine feminine and the creative aspect of the Universe. It embodies the all powerful force of unconditional love. This practice is a prayer, that we may revive the spirit of the Divine Mother and treat ourselves and one another with kindness, compassion, and care.
© 3HO. This kriya is courtesy of YB Teachings, LLC.
This meditation was originally taught on July 11, 1986. It can be found in I Am a Woman: Selected Lectures.