Japji Sahib – Mul Mantra

Mul Mantra

The Mul Mantra will change your fate.

It removes the fate and changes the destiny to complete prosperity. Recited for 11 minutes a day, it rids one of fear and keeps one in touch with the very foundation or root of life, the soul. Reciting it rids one of all enemies.


Artwork by Sewa Singh – sikhphotos.com


Excerpted from the book Guru Nanak’s Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib:

The Mul Mantra is the foundational teaching of the Sikh way of life. The Siri Singh Sahib often said that the wisdom contained in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib was distilled into the Japji Sahib, and the wisdom of the Japji Sahib was distilled into the Mul Mantra. Japji Sahib begins with the Mul Mantra, the root mantra. Siri Guru Granth Sahib begins with Mul Mantra and it is interesting to note that this is the only place where the Mul Mantra appears. The Mul Mantra is a precious teaching. These twenty-six words paint a vision of the characteristics, form, and aspects of the One God. Today, we may not think that this divine proclamation of Guru Nanak is revolutionary, yet at the time it was first uttered it was radical, even heretical. The words of the Mul Mantra gave birth to a spiritual nation and changed the course of history. The Mul Mantra is short and simple yet it is difficult to understand the depth and wisdom of it. Everything we need to know about the nature of the universe is stated in the Mul Mantra. 


Musical Recitations

Enjoy these beautiful musical recitations of mul mantra courtesy of the SikhNet Gurbani Media Center:


Wahe Guru Kaur (WHA!) 


Chardikala Jatha – Summer Solstice 2009

Acapella Jatha – from the album “Dukh Sukh”

Mata Mandir Singh – Aquarian Sadhana Live at Summer Solstice 

Bhai Sadhu Singh – Dehradun 

Satkirin Kaur Khalsa – from the album “Melody and Majesty”


Mul Mantra

Ek ong kaar sat naam

kartaa purakh nirbha-o nirvair

akaal moorat ajoonee saibhang

gur prasaad. Jap.
Aad sach jugaad sach hai bhee sach

Naanak hosee bhee sach. II 1 II


One Universal Creator God,

the Name is Truth,

Creative Being personified,

no fear, no hatred,

image of the Undying,

beyond birth, self-existent,

by Guru’s Grace.

Chant and meditate!

True in the primal beginning,

True throughout the ages,

True here and now,

O Nanak, forever and ever True.

Need to practice your pronunciation of Japji Sahib?

One of the best ways to learn how to recite Japji is to listen to and read along with someone else reciting it.

To help with that, we have a FREE Japji for the Aquarian Age App for IOS and Android.  Once you download it, you can use it to recite the complete Japji Sahib in your daily practice, or you can choose the “Repeat Paurees” feature and follow along with the recitation of each section of Japji Sahib.

A special 40 week practice of reciting Japji Sahib is to recite one section 11x a day for one week and then do the same for the next section and so on, until over 40 weeks, you’ve completed a practice of reciting each of the 40 sections of Japji Sahib 11x a day for a week.

Here are instructions for downloading the Japji for the Aquarian Age App


In Guru Nanak’s Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib, by Gurutej Singh Khalsa with Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Based on the teachings of Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan:

In Japji Sahib, Guru Nanak touches the deepest essence of individual consciousness, elevating one to the universal consciousness. Japji is made up of 40 remarkable segments where Guru Nanak not only explains the mysteries of the cosmos, but also gives us spiritual instruction that we can follow to achieve the same experience of higher consciousness that Guru Nanak embodied. In this book the Mul Mantra and each of the 38 paurees of Japji, plus the Slok, are explained from a spiritual as well as historical perspective, enhanced by the teachings of Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan. It is our sincere prayer that this book will open up to you the miraculous wonder of Japji Sahib.

194 pages including an in-depth exploration of the 40 sections of Japji Sahib, 48 full color illustrations, 15 meditations that enhance the effects of the pauris, pronunciation guide and glossary and a foreword by Bhai Sahiba, Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, PhD. Includes beautiful full-color paintings by Sewa Singh and Sewa Kaur.

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  1. Sat Nam,
    Where could I find the version Acapella Jatha – from the album “Dukh Sukh”, I can’t find it.
    Thank you for your help,

  2. Sat Nam!
    I have a question: In Guru Nanak’s Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib there is the Adi Kriya the author recommends to practice along when reciting the Mul Mantra. I wonder if this could accompany the 11x recitation of the mantra that has been stated for this first week. On the other hand, my practice takes place during ambrosial hours so I have plenty of time to do both the kriya and a longer recitation (21 min). Thank you very much! Sat Nam!

    • Sat Nam, Ariadne – thank you for your question. The Adi Kriya can certainly be practiced prior to or following the practice of reciting the Mul Mantra 11 times. In fact they would appear to be perfectly matched. May you have a blissful experience. Blessings

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