Yogi Bhajan April 26, 1976
Sit in a comfortable meditation posture.
Lift hands to the level of the heart, palms up,elbows relaxed at the sides. Form a shallow cupwith the hands, sides of the palms and mercury fingers comfortably together. Thumbs are out and away from the hands. The edges of the “cup” are about 30 deg up from parallel.
The important thing is to keep the line of Mercury connected at the edges of the palms and little fingers. Ideally there will be no opening whatsoever. Keep any gaps to a minimum.
Look into the hands with closed eves and chant
Ek Ong Kaar Sat Gur Prasad
Sat Gur Prasad Ek Ong Kaar
Chant in a monotone. Let the breath naturally stabilize itself. One cycle takes about 4-5 seconds.
Continue for 11, 22 or 31 minutes.
31 minutes can get you very high. A couple of days practice can give you a certain stimulation which is beyond explanation. Its important that the Mercury fingers are joined in this way.
This is one of the most powerful mantras. There is nothing equal to it. The entire Siri Guru Granth Sahib is nothing but an explanation of this mantra. It is so strong that it elevates the self beyond duality and establishes the flow of spirit. It will make the mind so powerful that it will remove all obstacles. We can call it the magic mantra because its positive effect happens quickly and lasts a long time.
When you meditate on this mantra, be sure that your surroundings are marked by serenity and reverence and that you practice it with reverence. You can mock any mantra you like except this one, because this mantra is known to have a backlash. Normally mantras have no backlash. When you chant them well, they give you the benefit, but if you chant them wrong, they don’t have any ill effect. If they don’t do any good, at least they won’t hurt you. But, if you chant Ek Ong Kar, Sat Gur Prasaad wrong, it can finish you. I must give you this basic warning. This mantra is not secret, but it is very sacred. So chant it with reverence, write it with reverence, and use it with reverence.” “Normally we chant to God before practicing this mantra. Either chant the Mul Mantra (Ek Ong Kaar, Sat Naam, Kartaa Purkh, Nirbho, Nirvair, Akaal Moort, Ajoonee, Saibhang, Gur Prasaad, ]ap: Aad Such, ]ugaad Such, Haibhee Such, Nanak Hosee Bhee Such) or the Mangala Charan Mantra (Aad Gureh Nameh, ]ugaad Gureh Nameh, Sat Gureh Nameh, Siree Guroo Deveh Nameh) before meditating to prepare yourself.”
A STORY ABOUT THE MAGIC MANTRA
The story goes that a saint came to Guru Amar Das. He was disturbed because he did not know how to read. Guru Amar Das arranged for him to take reading lessons. The saint was very pleased and showed up enthusiastic for his first lesson. However, he never returned to subsequent lessons. Guru Amar Das summoned him to his court and asked him what was the problem. The saint replied that he had learned to read.
Ek Ong Kaar Sat Gur Prasad
Which means: The Creator of all is One. This is realized by the True Guru’s Grace.
After reading the words he fell into a state of ecstasy and realized that all he needed to read were these two lines of wisdom.
Ek Ong Kaar Sat Gur Prasad Sat Gur Prasad Ek Ong Kaar
It is called the magic mantra because all we really need to experience is the reality that it expresses. The Creator of all is One.
This is realized by the True Guru’s Grace.
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