I’ve become a real chanting enthusiast lately.
I never used to be one for making any kind of singing-style sound (since I’m almost never in tune), but since I started practicing kundalini yoga and attending kirtan workshops, I’m starting to develop a real love for it.
The problem is, most yoga chants are in Sanskrit.
A beautiful, divine language. The “language of the mystics”, as my kirtan instructor calls it.
But I’m not fluent in Sanskrit (and even in India, apparently less than 1% of the population can speak it).
So as I delve into this language, I want to take you with me.
Ong namo guru dev namo
Ong namo guru dev namo forms the Adi Mantra, which we use to “tune-in” at the beginning of a kundalini yoga class.
It’s a way to open ourselves to our inner wisdom, and tap into our internal guidance.
Ong name guru dev namo means: I bow to the creative wisdom, I bow to the divine teacher within.
Here’s what the components of the mantra mean:
Ong: the creative wisdom, or creative energy
Namo: to bow to
Guru: teacher, one who brings us from darkness into light
Dev: subtle, or divine
Namo: to bow to
When to use it
As I mentioned, it’s a chant that’s often used at the beginning of a kundalini yoga class, and repeated at least three times.
If you have a home yoga practice, you could also chant this before you begin; or even repeat the mantra during meditation, or as part of your morning ritual.
It’s a gorgeous way to bring ourselves into a receptive state of consciousness, allowing our inner wisdom to take the wheel.