Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad

Last Updated: August 13, 2020

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Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad (Punjabi: ੴ ਸਤਿ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ) is a sacred mantra, most commonly chanted in Sikhism and Kundalini yoga. It is believed to transform negativity into positivity and turn negative thought patterns into positive ones. It can be used to remove obstacles and clears a path for those feeling stuck in life.

Reputed to be the most powerful Sikh mantra, Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad can be translated as “The creator and the creation are one. All is a blessing of the one creator. This realization comes through Guru’s Grace.”

This mantra is said to contain the essence of Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the central religious scripture of Sikhism. In Kundalini yoga, chanting Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad is believed to stimulate the opening of all seven chakras, as a means of awakening kundalini energy.

Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad is also known as the Siri (great) mantra or the magic mantra. In Sikhism, it is known as the mool mantra.

Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad Mantra written in English and Punjabi inside a golden circle

Yogapedia explains Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad

Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad is primarily used to transform any form of negative energy into positive energy. It is said to have the power to turn negative thoughts, circumstances, habits and even surroundings into positive ones.

The powerful sound vibration of this mantra can generate positive thoughts, actions and behaviors, and it is believed to amplify anything that is said by the practitioner after chanting it. As such, it should be recited with reverence, and negative conversation should be avoided once Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad has been chanted.

Yogi Bhajan, master of the Kundalini yoga tradition, defines this mantra as a “master key” to the entire universe and its energy. In Kundalini yoga, Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad is thought to stimulate the third eye, enabling practitioners to connect with their inner wisdom and intuition.

Yogi Bhajan teaches that the power of this mantra is to be found by repeating it with the first three syllables and the last three syllables reversed:

Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad

Sat Gur Prasad Ek Ong Kar

Each of the individual sounds have a unique meaning:

  • Ek means one, referring to the existence of only one supreme God or ultimate being.
  • Ong implies God as the creator.
  • Kar denotes God's creation.
  • Sat means truth, referring to the truth of God’s existence as both creator and creation.

In literal terms, Gur means great or important, but followed by Prasad (meaning kindness or gift) this can be interpreted as "Guru’s Grace."

In order to practice chanting Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad, it is important to choose a stable seated posture such as sukhasana (easy pose) or padmasana (lotus pose) in which the spine can be upright.

Ek Ong Kar should be chanted with focus at the navel point; when reciting Ek Ong, the navel draws in, when reciting Kar, the navel goes out. For maximum benefits, this mantra should be chanted in an unbroken rhythm for 3 to 11 minutes.

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