Pran Sutras

This information is excerpted from the book “Dying into Life: The Yoga of Death, Loss and Transformation” by Dr. Jivan Joti Kaur Khalsa 

There are many pran sutras. All religions have their own special prayers (like a rosary for Catholics), a form of a pran sutra. Each of us may relate to a different one.

The following pran sutras or mantras are like “master keys,” and can be said by anyone of any religion or spiritual path.

One such mantra is:

Naanak too(n) lehnaa too(n) hai, gur amar too(n) veechaariaa. Dhan dhan Ram Das gur, jin siriaa tinai savaariaa. 

You are Nanak, Guru Angad, and Guru Amar Das. Honored and praised is Ram Das the Guru. The One who created you, has embellished and adorned you!

-From the Sawayas in praise of Guru Ram Das, Siri Guru Granth Sahib (p. 968)

A complementary sutra to the previous one would be:

Pooree hoee karaamaat, Aap sirajanahaarai dhaari-aa

Perfect is your Miracle: The Creator Himself has installed you on the throne.

Other Pran Sutras Include:

  • “Wha-hay Guroo,” – you do not have to go through the panorama of death – pronounced in four syllables – “Wa” (rhyming with ma), “He” (rhyming with hey), “Gu” (rhyming with you), and “Ru” (the R is a hard sound like a D, the tongue hitting on the hard palate behind the front teeth and rhymes with moo).
  • Saat Nam,” – you merge with the angels – pronounced in two syllables – “Saat” is long in four to six beats and rhymes with ma. “Nam” is short in one or two beats and rhymes with mom.
  • Hari” – all karmas go – pronounced in two syllables – “Ha,” rhyming with ma and “Ri” with the same hard “D” sound, rhyming with me.
  • Ram” – universality of God pleads for you – pronounced in one syllable, the “R” is soft as in red and it rhymes with mom.
  • Kirtan Sohila,” – if this prayer is recited by memory, you will not have to go into the coma of death, where you go through the panorama of death. If the dying individual doesn’t know it, recite it for them.

It is important to note that these teachings give us the “potential” of these mantras. Whether we achieve the exact goal stated or not, they will help us face life and death in a more conscious way.

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