White light

Aad Guray

Kundalini Yoga Mantra

Over 3,000 years old

Language: Gurmukhi
Source: Sukhmani Sahib (prayer of peace)
Author: Guru Arjun Dev Ji, Fifth Guru of the Sikhs

“When you cannot be protected, this mantra shall protect you. When things stop, and won’t move, this makes them move in your direction.”Yogi Bhajan

I first found this mantra in a recording from Deva Premal, although the recording by Snatam Kaur has gained more attention in recent years. I was on a mission to learn more chants for vocal health reasons, but soon found that, by chanting, something was opening spiritually in me as well.

Aad Guray stayed close to me, a source of comfort, for many years, before I found out it is often used as a mantra for protection. In our choir, we usually chant it 3 times, each time imagining a white field of protective light: first around ourselves, then around our communities, then around the whole world.

“This is the best mantra for protection. You can put it around your kids, your house, and whatever vehicle you are driving or riding in. It is wonderful.” (Source Unknown)

Here is some info from the Spirit Voyage website:

Aad Guray Nameh is a very powerful mantra used for protection, to gain clarity, and to receive guidance from one’s highest Self. This mantra creates a protective field of energy around the person chanting, attracting abundance to them helping them live out their destiny.

The mantra can be chanted at any time, any place, whenever there is a need for protection.

You will often hear this mantra after the initial tuning in with Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo in a kundalini yoga class. Yogi Bhajan himself suggested chanting this mantra 3 times after you have started your car, before shifting out of neutral or park, to prevent any incidences on the road.

By chanting this mantra, you become surrounded by a field of white light of protection.

The Words:

In Gurmukhi:

Aad Guray Nameh
Jugaad Guray Nameh
Sat Guray Nameh
Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh


I bow to the Primal Wisdom.
I bow to the Wisdom through the Ages.
I bow to the True Wisdom.
I bow to the great, unseen Wisdom

In this recording, I use the harmonium, and a smattering of layers to suggest how harmonies and echoes may unfold. I want it to be alive and different every time, with no strict settings on arrangement. For our choir, I encourage members to make up their own harmonies based on this recording, or pick the ones they like from here. You will also hear my Bird sweetly “chanting” along from time to time in the background.

More info on the language itself:

Kundalini Yoga Mantras are chanted in a special language, Gurmukhi, that connects us with the inner sound current. The words ‘guru-mukh literally mean “from the mouth of the guru”. While “Gurmukhi” is spoken, it is a poetic rendering, written in a script intended for spiritual writings. Chanting a mantra is also considered a meditation and can include a mudra (hand position), breathing in a certain way, and the sound of the words.

Mantras are sounds that express the heart and they can be in any language. The most well known are ancient Sanskrit mantras that have been in use for thousands of years.  The sounds become powerful in the meditative state as it’s then that we are in contact with power the self, a beautiful energy that lies within every one of us — the Kundalini.

A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of “creating transformation” (cf. spiritual transformation). Mantras (Devanāgarī मन्त्र) originated in the Vedic tradition of India, becoming an essential part of the Hindu tradition and a customary practice within Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism.

In some traditions mantras are kept secret and passed on only through initiations referred to as empowerments. In the Sikh tradition mantras are shared with all.


Photo: Gurmukh (Kundalini Yoga teacher, founder of Golden Bridge Yoga)

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Photo: Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Master