Snatam Kaur on the Mul Mantra

This article was written by Snatam Kaur.

What an incredible time we live in. We are on the brink of either a major global shift in consciousness or a major environmental catastrophe that finally may bring in the shift within each of us. This morning we went to the Guru Ram Das Ashram in San Francisco. In a kind of dream way the weather was sunny. This type of weather never happens in January. In fact this year there has been so much sun in the cloudy city, that I felt prompted to think that it is global warming. As much of my life seems to be these days, God was giving me this complete beauty of a sunny day in San Francisco… an opportunity to be present.


The type of shift in consciousness that it will take to solve global warming is bigger then anything I can do, or even inspire others to do. It will take millions and millions of people. This is one of the greatest challenges of our day, of this New Year: how do we as meditators, yogis, people of light and love enter into the reality of the times? I do believe that we will find a way, that we will collectively transform, and that it will be a beautiful story in our human history.

This morning as I sat meditating the thought came to mind to share with you the power of the Mul Mantra. This mantra was given to us by Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs who walked this earth in the fifteenth century. It is a mantra that gives you the compass so that you may find your true self. This true self sits within the opening of your heart. Some say that the most difficult journey in life is moving from the energy of the navel center to the heart center.

The navel center is very important especially in its balanced state. The navel in a balanced state gives you the fire of courage to stand up for truth. It gives you the capacity to know your center, to be rooted in your inner truth. It gives you the basic energy of digestion… both in how we digest food, but also in how we digest energy. One beautiful teacher, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati once said to me, “I eat pain for breakfast” referring to the energy that she dealt with after spending time with AIDS patients. Emotional or mental pain is a part of living life, especially for someone on a spiritual path. The drug companies and popular media make you believe that one should not have this kind of pain. Take a pill. Do something to shut yourself off. But the moment you go through the pain, the moment you digest it so to speak… you allow it to be… you embrace it… then that pain is healed forever and released. This takes a balanced navel center.

When our navel center is in an imbalanced state we are greedy, looking to acquire things and energy that we don’t really need. We look to fill up an abyss within that can never be filled. That abyss comes from all of the pain that we haven’t figured out how to digest. This energy I believe is prevalent in the world today. What is the remedy to bring us back into a balanced navel center which allows our heart to open? How can we be fulfilled without needing things from the outside? How can we find a simpler more sustainable way to live on this planet?

There are many tools to do just these things. A very powerful mantra tool is the Mul Mantra.

I invite you to chant it with me and let its energy unfold within you.

Here is the mantra with the translation. The translation is simply a reflection of my experience as a student of Yogi Bhajan, and as a seeker at the feet of Guru Nanak.

Ek ong kaar….
God is One, I am One with all beings

Sat Nam…
Truth is God’s Name… The vibration of God’s Name is what created all beings…. that vibration is within me…. therefore in my core I am true.

Karta Purkh…
God is the Doer…. God does all things… God works through me…. God works through everyone in my life.

God is fearless… I am fearless.

God has no revenge…. I exist in my heart… I stay present… I don’t hold on to the past…. I live in this moment in full compassion and acceptance of what is.

Akal Murat…
God exists in the undying form… God is in the purity of our efforts to live in a spiritual way, and these efforts never die… these efforts live on forever.

God is unborn…. God does not relate to birth and death…. God is beyond the cycles of life…. God is infinite… I am infinite

God is self illumined… I am self illumined. Within me I have the power to find light, to find love, to find joy. I don’t need anyone or anything for this.

Guru Prasaad…
It is by Guru’s Grace…. it is the Grace of the teachings of the Divine One…. the Guru…. Guru Nanak, Jesus, Mohammed, the Masters of all traditions that give us Grace.


Aad Sach
True in the Beginning

Jugaad Sach…
True throughout the ages

Haibhee Sach…
True here and now

Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach…
Oh Nanak, forever and always true. Spirit, Truth, Love, and Light…. these are the things that are true, that have always been true.


This is the Mul Mantra….

Let us chant it together.

Let us let go of the dream… and find the reality of our truth.

We can be free.

Chant it with me.

Sat Nam.

Love and Blessings,

Snatam Kaur


My Meditation for Transformation album Source of Strength which includes the Mul Mantra.


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  1. The mool mantra. The mool mantra. What can I say. Believe or not believe. I just had to try it out for myself. And I did it one day and left it the next. Then did it more days and left it for months. Then continued to recite it when ever I could. Can you believe that repeating this mool mantra, can have so much power, that your life will just flash by your eyes. There are stories of… if you chant so many, so on and so fourth that this and that will happen..??? It has taken me since before 2010 to continue the mool mantra and some how I keep going back to it. It has come from God and given to guru nanak to give to the entire world. Maybe I would have been in a worser situation in my life if I didn’t repeat the mool mantra. Sometimes I repeat it quietly sometimes loud sometimes I just read the mool mantra at break times. Just either 11 times or 21 times or 108 times or more per day. Well…. Its called faith….. believing in the mool mantra is believing in and Having faith in God. All I can say at this point is…. your life is different from mine, and who knows… what good it could do….. its one of the safest mantras in the world, and believe me, I’ve tried many….. And keep going back to this one….. it works for me ???

    • OngKar Kaur Khalsa says:

      Sat Nam Paramjit Singh, do you mean the 2 different tags at the bottom which are spelled “Mool Mantra” and “Mul Mantra”? That is because some people search the English spelling in different ways.

  2. Regards,your translation is inner transforming,or may be it is the effect of your great self,I wish to read whole of Japji Sahib in this way and then meditate upon these lines

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