MEDITATION – LONG EK ONG KAR (MORNING CALL)

(Meditation as Medicine, Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, p. 148)

Posture: Sit in easy pose or in a chair with your spine straight.

Focus: The eyes are closed and focused at the third-eye point.

Breath: All breathing is done through the nose. It is a two and a half cycle breath, the first two breaths very deep and long, the half breath is shorter. The breath is further described below.

Mantra: Take a deep breath and chant “Ek Ong Kar.” The “Ek” is very short; the “Ong” and “Kar” are very long and equal in length. Take a second deep breath and chant “Sat Nam Siri.” The “Sat” is very short, like “Ek.” The “Nam” is very long (like “Ong” and “Kar”) with “Siri” just escaping your tongue with the last bit of breath. Take the short half breath and chant “Wa-Hey Guru.” “Wahe” and “Gu” are very short; “ru” is long. Pull in on the navel point on the sacred syllables, “Ek,” “Sat” and “Wa-.”

Ek=One 1st Chakra

Ong=Creative, “I bow to the Creator.” 2nd Chakra

Kar= God is the doer, the initiator in the world of action. 3rd Chakra

Sat=Truth. 4th Chakra

Nam=Name/Identity. 5th Chakra

Siri=Seeing beyond the greatness; great. 6th Chakra

Wahe Guru=The indescribable joy of going from darkness to light. 7th Chakra

The mantra means there is one creative force whose true essence is beyond description. See literal translation below:

You might think about lighting up the chakras starting with the root / first chakra while chanting each syllable of this mantra.

Before sunrise, when the channels of energy are most clear, if this mantra is sung in sweet harmony, you will be one with the Lord. This will open your solar plexus, charging the solar center, connecting it with cosmic energy. You will be liberated from the cycles of karma that bind you to the earth. No tongue can tell how bright the light of cosmic energy is, but when you recite this mantra daily, you will have this light within you.” --Yogi Bhajan.

Comments: This meditation is a classic in Kundalini Yoga. It was one of the first meditations taught by Yogi Bhajan. The best time to practice this meditation is in the early hours of morning, before sunrise. This is when the channels of energy are most clear. This meditation acts on the relationship between your individual soul and your universal soul.