Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

Last Updated: June 12, 2018

Definition - What does Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo mean?

Ong namo guru dev namo is an important mantra used often in Kundalini yoga. It is usually chanted three times at the start of a Kundalini yoga practice. It can be translated into English as “I bow to the teacher within.” It is also sometimes called the Adi mantra.

Ong namo guru dev namo is considered a high vibration, protective mantra as it is believed to help the yogi to connect with the power and insights of the community of Kundalini yoga students and teachers as a whole. This connection with wider power is referred to by the Kundalini community as the "golden chain."

Yogapedia explains Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

Ong namo guru dev namo honors both the inner wisdom of the yogi and the power of their community. A teacher may use it at the beginning of class in order to connect with their own teachers and the guidance of the community, thus allowing that power to teach through them. They are, therefore, drawing on the whole history and lineage of those who have come before them.

This mantra is said to refine the energy of the yogi chanting it as well as the energy around them. Some say it allows for a tuning in to a particular frequency of vibration in which the deepest understanding of Kundalini yoga can be accessed. This enhances the effect of the yoga practice. Ong namo guru dev namo can also be used by an individual yoga student to remind him/herself that they are their own greatest teacher.

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