Today, I will introduce chanting with what is considered to be the mantra that prepares one to be fully open to the sacred sounds of all other mantras. As this mantra is often associated with the Full Moon, it is beautifully synchronous that today’s Silent Sunday coincides with not only a full moon, but a Super Moon. As such, we will practice a “moving mudra” with the mantra, which will increase its effect within and all around.
The mantra is called Antar Naad, which translates roughly as “essential sound.” According to kundalini teachings, this mantra pierces through earthly circumstances and ephemeral human concerns; the sound currents of the mantra reverberate through infinity and connect us to the eternal essence of Life—all that ever was, is, and will be…
The mudra can be practiced alone, statically; most often, one sees it held at the heart center. The mudra eases feelings of loneliness or feeling misunderstood, as it helps to connect one to the divine, or eternal source. Today, the mudra will move continually, as it blossoms and retracts repeatedly: as it passes by each chakra, this movement pattern reminds us of the never-ending flow of Being.
Remember: in the words of Yogi Bhajan, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual Beings having a human experience.” As we experience this lifetime in the earthly realm, the challenge is to remain connected to our spiritual core: This mantra and mudra provides the means to that end.
The mantra is: Sa Re Sa Sa (three times), followed by Sa Rang after the third time. Then: Har Re Har Har (three times), followed by Har Rang.
(Phonetically: Sah-Ree-Sah-Sah, and Sah-Rung; and Hahr-Ree-Hahr-Hahr and Hahr-Rung.)
The Lotus Mudra accompanies the mantra. Begin with your hands in prayer position in front of the navel (palms together, fingers together and pointing upward). Begin to chant the mantra as the hands begin a moderate, steady upward flow toward the heart center.
As you arrive at the level of the heart, begin to spread open the fingers; keep the heels of the hands together, the pinky fingers touching, and the edges of the thumbs together. Continue chanting as the mudra slowly opens, or blossoms; as you arrive at the level of the Third Eye, the mudra should be fully open in the shape of a lotus blossom. This shape is manifested as you complete the Sa Re Sa Sa portion of the mantra with Sa Rang.
Without interrupting the flow of the mudra, begin to reverse its flow and blossoming effect: As you begin the Har Re Har Har portion of the chant, join the fingertips and begin to point them downward, so that as you return the mudra toward its origin, the backs of the hands slowly begin to come together; complete this reversal of the blossom as you reach the navel point. As you complete the downward progression and retraction of the mudra, you simultaneously complete the first round of the mantra with Har Rang.
Continue to chant and flow with the mudra for at least 1-3 minutes: Often, when a mantra is accompanied by a moving mudra, times passes more quickly; allow yourself to be with the sound and the movement for as long as you like. Once you have woven the mudra flow into the pace of the chant, this technique may begin to “practice itself”: When this happens, you have connected fully to the power of the mantra.