Before Class and Before Chanting or Practicing Kundalini Yoga

In Kundalini Yoga, before every class, before chanting, doing a kriya or personal practice, we all tune in. We use Adi Mantra - ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO, a sacred mantra that opens us to our spiritual channel. It also links us to all the Spiritual Masters who perfected this sacred science, and this is referred to as the GOLDEN CHAIN. We are protected and guided in our practice. Tuning in opens the channel in our mind, that receives the highest spiritual frequencies.

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo


Ong is "Infinite Creative energy in manifestation and activity". Namo is "Reverent Greetings" implying humility, Guru means that which takes you from the dark (Gu) to the Light (Roo), thus refers to the technology of consciousness- the wisdom shared by the  Teacher. Dev means "Divine or of God." It means, I call upon the Divine Wisdom, and Self-knowledge that is within us.


  • Tune in before every chant, or kriya or mudra
  • Say the mantra - 3 times to 5 times
  • Hands are held in Prayer Pose
  • Palms together, Thumbs, resting on your heart chakra and
  • Fingers pointing up

At Winter Solstice in the early 70's Yogji sent the then teacher from Toronto to a meeting we were having and told us Yogiji wanted us to include Mangala Charan Mantra after we chanted Adi Mantra at morning Sadhana to protect him from all the "negativity" we were processing. (Shiva Singh Khalsa)

We would not typically use it to tune in to a general yoga class.

We also do use Mangala Charan Mantra for protection. For example he instructed us to chant it when ever we are starting our car and to create a zone of protection around the four corners of the vehicle (See Below). We often will chant it silently when ready for take off while traveling by air.

Guru Gaitri Mantra/Aad Guray Nameh is the 2nd mantra we sometimes use when tuning in.

Aad Guray Nameh Jugaad Guray Nameh Sat Guray Nameh Siri (see-ree) Guru Dayvay Nameh

Below is a beautiful musical version by Snatam Kaur Khalsa. 

I Bow to (or call on) The Primal Wisdom I Bow to (or call on) the Wisdom Through the Ages I Bow to (or call on) the True Wisdom I Bow to (or call on) the Great Transparent Wisdom Within. As with many mantras we are "activating" the enregy of those sacred word sounds.

Hands are held in Prayer Pose with Palms together, Thumbs, resting on your heart chakra and Fingers pointing up. And we can put this, mantra 3 times around ourselves right before we practice or teach Kundalini Yoga. 

Before You Turn the Key! Yogi Bhajan’s Advice for Drivers:

"When you put the key in the car, and you start it, you have started. Give yourself 11 feet by chanting first:
Ad guray nameh
Jugad guray nameh
Sat guray nameh
Siri guru dayv-eh nameh.
Wahe Guru ji ka Khalsa
Wahe Guru ji ki Fateh!

(I bow to the Primal Wisdom, I bow to the Wisdom of all the ages, I bow to the True Wisdom, I bow to the great invisible Wisdom. My purity belongs to the Infinite, all victory is the Infinite's.) 

"Then start, right? If you take a moving car and measure the distance created by the period you chant, over time it is 11 feet. Kaal means time. Desh means space. The law is, if time and space—kaal and desh—don’t meet, things can’t happen. Good and bad, you give yourself 11 feet of distance. You are 11 feet short." - Yogi Bhajan