This is one of the first mantras that Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga gave us. When Yogi Bhajan gave this mantra to everyone, he accidently left one word off it. And, it is one of the few times, Yogi Bhajan ever corrected anything. This page has the history of the mantra. Sat Nam. Regarding the WHA GURU question, WHAHE GURU is the correct form.
Yogi Bhajan was very emphatic regarding the issue. I recall him admonishing students several times that WHAHE GURU is the correct expression for the Adi Shakti Mantra meditation. I (HS) was also advised that he corrected Indian musicians on the same issue, i.e., WHA GURU is NOT correct. Only WHAHE GURU is acceptable.
Adi Shaktee Mantra Explained by Guru Fatha Singh
The practice of Adi Shakti Ashtang Mantra meditation, as I (HS) recall it was taught by Yogi Bhajan, is:
Cosmic Cycles (The Yugas) &
the Ashtang Mantra for this Age
Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini Yoga Lecture on: 04/08/1971
"After meditating at the Lotus Feet of my Master, who has granted me liberation from the time cycle and the cycle of Karma, oh my sweet student teachers of the day, I disclose to you the secret of the Nam. If you care to listen to me this day and will practice you will be liberated like me. I have seen the God. It is a light equal to millions and billions of rays of sunlight. It is the cosmic energy which is the brightest of the brightest and most beautiful of the beautiful. Nothing beyond this can be said. It is the greatest of the great. When the Master, through his blessing blesses you, you will realize this within you.
Out of the 4 Yugs (AGES) which the scriptures described, one was Sat Yug - the Age of Truth or Golden Age. Then came Treta Yug, when the truth was 3/4 full and it was the Silver Age. After this came Doapar Yug when the truth was 1/2 revealed. Thereafter came the Kali Yug when the truth is 1/4. This Yug is known as the Dark Age - Age of Steel or Machine Age. The duration of each is respectively 1,728,000, 1,296,000, 864,000 and 432,000 human years, a ratio of 4, 3, 2, 1. This ratio is found to prevail in many sacred computations. These 4 Yugs together make 4,320,000 Earth years of what is called a Maha Yug or Great Age.
In Sat Yug, the Age of Innocence, or Truth, man was one with the Divine and he realized the vibration which this Cosmic Energy created to make Prakriti (manifestation) and man meditated on the Nam "ONG" - the vibration of the Divine. After this came Treta Yug when the power of the truth came to 3/4, the being became weak and he recited the Nam "Sohang". Through this vibration he acknowledged his identity with the Divine which means "I am you". Thereafter came the Doapar Age when truth was weakened to 1/2 and man recited "ONG NAMO NARAYANA"; he worshipped the God in the form.
We are now in the Steel Age - Age of Machine which is represented by a circle, which is the wheel of creation. It works with the power represented by another wheel which runs it. Constant vibrations from that wheel of Cosmic energy gives power of life movement to this wheel of creation. Now my dear sweet love, you draw one circle like the wheel and put another circle like a wheel over it (wheel over wheel) will make the figure 8 which according to the Science of Numerology represents Infinity turned sideways. (See Adi Shakti Mantra Mandala below.)
Spermatozoa take 8 circles around the egg before union takes place. There are 26 bones supporting the human foundation, that is the foot and there are 26 vertebrae in your spinal column: 2 + 6 = 8, therefore said the Master, "Whosoever in this Machine Age will meditate and recite the Mantra, which will be the Glory to the Lord and will have 8 vibrations, will open the lock of ignorance and darkness and this will liberate the being and will unite him with the Divine."
Thus the Master meditated and became one with the Lord and gave the mantra EK ONG KAR SAT NAM SIRI WHAHE GURU, which has 8 vibrations and describes the Glory of the Lord. Thus said the Master, "In the time period 2-1/2 hours before the rising of the Sun when the channels are most clear, if the Mantra is sung in sweet harmony, you will be one with the Lord."
This will open the solar plexus, which in turn will charge the solar centers - they will get connected with the Cosmic Energy and thus man will be liberated from the time cycle of Karmas and those who will meditate on this Mantra in silence will charge their solar centers and be one with the Divine. That is why, with the blessing of my Master, I speak to you of why we should meditate and recite this Mantra.
All Mantras are good, they are all for the awakening of the Divine, but this Mantra is effective and it is the Mantra for this time, so my lovely students, at the will of my Master, I teach you the greatest Divine Key which has 8 levers and this key can open the lock of the time, which is 8 in figure (wheel over wheel). Therefore, when this Mantra is sung in the neck lock (pulling the chin in toward the back of the neck, just a bit ), at the point where Prana and Apana meetcentral nerve channel,Sushumna, this vibration opens the lock thus one becomes one with the Divine.
In the town of Goindwal in Panjab, India, even today this Divine Mantra is still inscribed on the walls of the Bowli Sahib (sacred well) at the house of Guru Amar Das, the Guru of Guru Ram Das, through whose blessing today we vibrate in the Divine ecstacy.
I disclose to you today this secret of the Divine for the uplift of humanity, and those who will follow it will be liberated, and be one with the Divine." -- Yogi Bhajan , April 8, 1971, Los Angeles, CA.
A mantra is a mind projection created in either a spoken or mental manner. Mantras can be a word, phrase, syllable or sound. They can be recited, sung or repeated silently in the mind. Reciting a mantra is a technique for regulating the mind. There are many mantras each one having its own quality, rhythm, and effect. Every thought or feeling that we have is on a vibratory frequency.
By using mantras we can direct the mind into a higher vibratory frequency. For thousands of years, mystics and yogis have used mantras for mental and spiritual transformation.
WHA GURU vs WHAHE GURU
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THE WHEEL OVER WHEEL ADI SHAKTI ASHTANG MANTRA MANDALA
EK ONG KAR SAT NAM SIRI WHAHE GURU
2-1/2 HOURS PER DAY
For 40 Days