Guru Guru Wahe Guru: A Mantra for Compassion and Healing

With all kinds of opportunities opening up online, we thought we would try our hand at sharing a small offering ourselves. We have missed our community chanting circle during this lockdown process!

This is a favourite of ours, slow, and lulling, Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru originally taught to us by Sacred Earth Music on retreat in Bali.

From left to right: Jade Ferriere, Shanti Huebner, Rainer Huebner

Mantra: Guru Guru Wahe Guru

Complete Mantra:
Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru

There are many versions of the translation of this mantra. Here are a few of them:

Great is the Guru that flows through the one that serves the Infinite.
Guru – teacher or guide that brings one from the darkness to the light.
Wahe – exclamation of ecstacy like ”WOW!”
Ram Das – literally translates as “God’s Servant”,
but also refers to Guru Ram Das, the Fourth Guru of the Sikhs
Oh Divine Guide, Divine Guide who carries me across the troubles and turmoil of life. How grateful I am for Your greatness, Divine Guide. you have taken form as the light of
Guru Ram Das. In that form, guide me always.

More Information:
This mantra was given to Yogi Bhajan by Guru Ram Das in His astral self. As Guru Ram Das, the fourth Guru of the Sikhs, was known for humility and healing abilities this mantra is also known for its healing qualities and for imparting humility to the one who chants it.

This mantra relates directly to healing and protective energy represented by Guru Ram Das. The mantra is comprised of two parts. The first part is a nirgun mantra (Guru Guru Wahe Guru). This projects the mind to the source of knowledge and ecstasy. The second part is a sirgun mantra (Guru Ram Das Guru). This means the wisdom that comes as a servant of the infinite. It is the mantra of humility. It reconnects the experience of the finite to infinity.

This is a mantra of humility, relaxation and self healing. It projects the mind to infinity, then allows a finite guiding relationship to come into your life.

The first part (Guru Guru Wahe Guru) projects the mind to the source of knowledge and ecstacy.
The second part (Guru Ram Das Guru) means, the wisdom that comes as a servant of the Infinite.
This chant can carry you through the darkest times, answer the deepest prayers, and bring healing on many levels.

This was a personal mantra Yogi Bhajan received after doing seva at the Golden Temple. By chanting this mantra, you call upon the guidance and protection of Guru Ram Das.

Invincible Music

Yogi Bhajan – as given by Guru Ram Das in a dream


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