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"What is" Series video created by Brett Larkin for Yogi Times
What is Sat Nam?
Sat Nam is true identity. 'Sat' meaning truth and 'Nam', identity. Sat Nam is in the sacred language of Gurmukhi: ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ.
Sat Nam is the mantra that is most widely used in Kundalini Yoga practice. This is a seed (Bij) mantra, and within this seed is contained all the knowledge of the fully grown tree. The seed is the identity of truth embodied in a dense form- the truth of your soul. Chanting this mantra balances the five elements (tattvas), awakens the soul and brings your destiny present.
When chanting a seed (Bij) mantra the seed of the sound is planted in the unconscious. Sat is truth. Naam is our vibrational identity, what we vibrate we become.
“Sat Naam is the Bij or seed mantra. It is small and potent. Great things grow from it. If it is not written in your destiny to be with God and know your higher consciousness, this mantra engraves it in your destiny.” – Yogi Bhajan
As a great master said when asked how to become enlightened, stay where you are. The experience of Yoga (union) with the divine consciousness happens within YOU. When you align with your highest truth with your Sat, and vibrate in this identity, Nam, it all comes to you.
By chanting certain sacred mantras you can experience vibrational harmony through which you vibrate in the divine. This is a science of how sound vibrations affect the mind, spirit and body through the movement of the tongue in the mouth. This movement of the tongue stimulates meridian points like a keyboard inputting into a computer and it is through this science that we can experience our truth and connection to the Divinity within. Sat- the Truth identified (named). Sat Nam- the true reality that is identified in truth.
Sat Nam is normally chanted in a long fashion with the hands in prayer pose at the heart center after taking a deep inhale at the end of a Kundalini Yoga class. Truth is our identity. We are vibrating our existence.
The first time that I chanted Sat Nam at the end of a Kundalini Yoga Class at Golden Bridge in Los Angeles, I felt something inside me wake up. A feeling of wholeness, acceptance and remembrance washed over me. That was one of the first times that I thought wow, maybe I am more than just this voice in my head, and this body, more than just me, maybe there is a higher truth than what I have been experiencing.
Sat Nam has changed my life and time after time again given me that little spark of remembrance, of truth. Remembrance of my soul, the divine and the unbreakable connection they have. GOD AND ME, ME AND GOD ARE ONE - SAT NAM.
When you chant sacred mantras such as Sat Nam and Wahe Guru (Wow, I am in the ecstasy of God) you allow your life to be transformed and begin to cultivate a deeper faith and knowing of who you really are.
What is truth to you?
What is your Sat Nam?
What is the truth of your identity?
When you discover your truth, you can be who you truly are.
GOD AND ME, ME AND GOD ARE ONE - SAT NAM.
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