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Have you ever heard the mantra, Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo? Often practiced at the beginning of a Kundalini Yoga class, it’s a simple chant that embodies reverence, guidance, and connection with the divine. I personally love to repeat it when I’m feeling far away from myself. In the chaos and stress of daily living, repeating Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo in the morning upon waking, and also within myself, silently upon my heart, throughout my day, helps me to return to myself. 

As with any mantra practice, it’s through the repetition of the words that we may connect with the depth of what the mantra has to offer. Through repeating the words, we strengthen the mantra qualities within ourselves. That, I find, is the simple beauty of a mantra practice.

As you repeat Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo let each repetition be a gentle reminder of the peace that resides within, helping guide you towards inner harmony and connection with your Divine wisdom.

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The Meaning of The Mantra

This mantra can help you connect to Divine energy of the universe as well as to your own inner wisdom. Here’s the simple breakdown:

  • Ong: The universe’s own background sound. It’s another name for “Om,” which you might have heard in yoga class.
  • Namo: This means bowing or showing respect. It’s like saying “I see you” to the wisdom around and within us.
  • Guru: A teacher or guide. Not just any teacher, but one that takes you from “huh?” to “aha!”
  • Dev: Refers to the divine or sacred. It’s about recognizing there’s something special in our life.
  • Put together, Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo is like saying, “Hey, universe and inner guide, I’m ready to learn and connect.”

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The Mantra Origin

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo is a relatively “new” mantra, with its roots in Kundalini Yoga. If you’ve ever practiced Kundalini, it can be a very activating yoga style, which is focused on awakening your inner energy and releasing blocks, often through a combination of repeated movements and chants. The practice can help you feel more connected to yourself, other people, life in general and the world around you.

When people chant Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, they are aligning themselves with both the universal energy as well as with their own inner guide. As I mentioned, it can be a wonderful mantra to practice when you’re feeling a bit disconnected from yourself. 

By repeating this mantra, one aims to tap into their inner strength and wisdom. It’s almost like having a heart-to-heart chat with yourself, to your inner Guru – the all-knowing part of yourself. 

Repeating Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo is a simple mantra practice, but one that can also bring peace and new insight into your everyday life.

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How to Use Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo Daily

As mentioned, adding this mantra to your daily routine may help bring a deeper sense of peace and connection to your day. Here are some simple ways to incorporate it:

  • Morning Motivation: Start your day with a few repetitions of the mantra. It’s like a gentle hug for your soul, helping you feel grounded and ready for whatever comes your way. I recommend sitting in a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed, using a mala bead or your fingers to count the number of repetitions. 
  • Stress Reliever: If life begins to get too much and you start feeling overwhelmed, you could take a little time out to quietly repeat the mantra within. You may like to link this up to your breath as it can help increase your concentration: try breathing in “Ong Namo” and breathing out “Guru Dev Namo.” In this way the mantra can act like a calming breath, helping to bring you back to a place of calm and balance.
  • Reflection Tool: Try using Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo during quiet moments, like when you’re journaling or simply pausing to reflect on your day. It can help you connect the wisdom residing within you and direct your awareness towards what you truly need.
  • Yoga Enhancer: If you practice yoga, try weaving Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo into your practice. Let it flow with your breath as you move through your poses, deepening your connection to your practice and infusing it with even more meaning and intention!
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Helpful Tips to Remember Your Chant

  1. Set Reminders: Pop a few reminders on your phone or sticky notes around your space to chant the mantra throughout the day.
  2. Pair With Routine Tasks: Link the mantra to daily tasks like brushing your teeth or waiting for your morning coffee. It can be a helpful and reliable way to build a habit.

The mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo can offer a simple yet deep path to inner peace and connection. Amid life’s hustle, it can serve as a calming anchor, inviting us to pause and reflect. Including it into your daily routine can help gift you with a sense of clarity, connection and ease. 

With each repetition, we tune into our inner wisdom and navigate situations with more awareness and ease, rather than being thrown about by life’s ups and downs. Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo speaks to a universal truth, reminding us of our interconnectedness and inherent goodness. 

If you want to sing along to Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo with me, then take a listen to my version of this powerful Kundalini mantra on Spotify.

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