Meditation and Mantra

In this video you’ll learn why we meditate with a mantra and how meditation works with mantra to clean the subconscious mind. When subconscious mind is clear then your intuition is very effective. 

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This is a video excerpt from the DVD "Reaching the Real You" (Aug. 10th, 1994) by Yogi Bhajan (Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa)

"It’s a very simple process. Most of the people in the world do not know what meditation is. They think if they can buy a manual for one-hundred fifty dollars and sit for fifteen minutes on a chair, that’s meditation. Some feel if they attend Yogi Bhajan’s class and learn a meditation, that’s medita­tion. Lots of people have lots of feelings about meditation. But they do not understand real meditation.

Meditation is a process. When the dawn comes, the sun power, the ray energy, is more scattered, and the mind is not con­trollable. At any time which is peaceful-the best is early morn­ing time, before the dawn- you’ll be surprised, that in a couple of minutes, a lot of thoughts will start coming to you-those thoughts which you do not want to touch-the X-rated thoughts, the ugly, angry thoughts, all those kinds of thoughts. If you let those thoughts pass by, this is meditation. All those thoughts that can pass at that moment of your life can never enter your subconscious mind, and they will not bother you again. This procedure of cleans­ing the mind, of not dumping a lot of thoughts into your subconscious mind, is called meditation. It takes about three minutes to get those kind of thoughts. And sometimes they continue to bug you for about half an hour. But, if you physically don’t move, the mind becomes still. That is the foundation, or the beginning of the meditative mind. It is a purely physical process. It doesn’t need any mantra, or a teacher, or any technique, except that the place you sit should be cozy, comfortable and your body structure should be straight. Once your mind starts becoming still and not having any thoughts, you will feel cozy, and that coziness cannot be described even by me. All I can tell you is that it is very com­fortable, it is very cozy, and you will want to do it again and again. But in the beginning you cannot do it for a long time. Gradually, as you develop that coziness, this thought-hitting process becomes shorter and shorter.

When the mind is said to be intuitive and you develop it, it is as good an investment as your hair-do, as your good clothes, or your good language. Then whenever you want the answer to something, you don’t have to call on anything but your own computer. Just stop yourself. And, in a few moments, your own self will talk to you. You have to concentrate. It is the mind which can concen­trate for you. The mind is given as a tool to you. The mind is not your master. The mind was given to serve you. You develop all other facilities of the world—air-conditioned rooms, good cars, electronic instruments—but the biggest computer which you have is your mind. You never developed it. Now people are trying to learn meditation, but the problem is there are a lot of groups and there are a lot of technologies, and everything is well branded. "This is my technique, this is your technique." But let us talk about what the science of yoga says.

The science of yoga says that whenever a mind can be devel­oped to be under your control, when you do not have thoughts incoming, at that moment your mind is with you. When won’t the mind give you any thought? Don’t create a thought. Enjoy it. That is the first stage of the intuitive level. First the mind should be empty, and you should enjoy it. It is cozy. And you can hang in there with that cozy mind for a while. But you’ll not be in a position to hang in there for a long time. That, too, you have to develop. But if you can hold with your mind more than five minutes, you have set up your mind to com­pute for you. That is the beginning. If you can hang on with your empty mind, which is your mind, for eleven minutes, then you can use your mind for directions.

You breathe fifteen breaths a minute. The reverse of it is, if you can have your mind with you for fifteen minutes, you can develop that time, you can compute every consequence of your life through any sequence with your own mind. Is that difficult?

This mind is beyond Time and Space. It is part of the Universal Mind. It is given to you as an instrument to serve you. What happened? It became your master, you became the servant. The mind becomes a monster when it becomes your master. The mind is an angel when it is your servant. It is all in your mind. The meditative mind is a purely beautiful state of living."


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9 Responses to “Meditation and Mantra”

  1. Manmeet says:

    Please Forward me some more links on meditation & Yogi Bhajan.Thanking you
    Manmeet Singh

  2. Gurdeep Singh says:

    I have been doing meditation in Amrit Veyla but I feel I'm not doing it properly. During the day my mind is still full of negative thoughts. First I sit on my bed, then I look at the third-eye and then in my mind I say Waheguru. Do I have to say it out loud? Is there something I'm doing wrong?

  3. Meditation takes time. One cannot expect to just do meditation for a few days..and then everything is perfect. Meditation is an ongoing thing that one should do to clean your mind. With regular practice you will notice a change. Give it time. Be patient.

    There are different meditation techniques, some chanting out loud and some chanting mentally in your mind.

  4. Gurjeet Singh says:

    “Ik Ong Kar…” It’s total permutation and combination to create that sound. There are no two opinions about it.” – SSS Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji

    can we have a audio for this topic sometime Gurumustak Singh ji.

  5. jasmit kaur says:

    i wanna ask a question ?
    In sikhism are we suppose to use the wrd om . I know the question is too orthodox bt due to dis i m nt able to do my twin heart meditation.
    Pls do help

  6. Jasmit Kaur,

    Generally when we start a Kundalini Yoga class we chant “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo”

    Ong Namo : “I call on the infinite creative consciousness” – opening yourself to the universal consciousness that guides all action.

    Guru Dev Namo : “I call on the divine wisdom” – whereby you bow before your higher self to guide you in using the knowledge and energy given by the cosmic self.

    You can watch the video about this “tune in mantra” at:

    “We don’t say “OM Namo.” We say: “ONG Namo Guru Dev Namo.” Oh Transparent Guru Dev… a transparent made me the transparent. ‘Guru’ means who brings light into darkness. I bow to you. “Ong Namo.” Oh creative total self. The difference is “Om” and “Ong.” “Om” cannot be chanted, cannot be spoken. It’s written in the Puraan, but it can be experienced. That’s why Guru Nanak put before it “Ik.” “Ik Ong Kar…” It’s total permutation and combination to create that sound. There are no two opinions about it.” – SSS Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji

  7. g says:

    nice answer.

  8. I don’t have an audio on this… but you can read the lecture transcript which this was from”. The title of the lecture is “What it Means to be a Teacher”

  9. mann says:

    This is real good blog what explains the exact meaning of meditation. As you said people these days buying some books and sitting in a chair and practicing breathing and feeling that is meditation.