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What Is The Mool Mantar?

Updated on June 27, 2020
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Alex has taught at seven public schools, been accepted into three honorary societies, and traveled the Americas and Europe. He has his BS.


What Is The Mul Mantar

The mul mantar is a mantra of the Sikhs. It is a very important part of their religion. Its wisdom may extend beyond the Sikhs. One should consider that their religion was partially fueled by a number of Islamic and Hindu saints.

Ek Onkar

The mantra starts with "ek onkar". It is my understanding that "ek" means "one". "Onkar" has been compared to the Sanskrit word "Om". We will be using the aid of a translation given to us by the BBC (link below). So, what does it all mean? Perhaps that there is only one AUM. The BBC states the translation as "[t]here is only one God".

Sat Naam

I is my understanding that "Sat" means "true" and "naam" means "name". Names, especially of the Creator, are often considered sacred in many religions historically. The BBC translation gives us: "Eternal truth is his name".

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Karta Purakh

Once more, it is my understanding that "karta" means "creator", and that "purakh" means "man". The BBC translation reads: "He is the creator". We Mormons accept Jesus Christ as a Creator God. Some Muslims seem to express this idea as "Allah". Interestingly, "Allah" is one of the names of G-d in Sikhism.

Nir Bhau

It is my understanding that "nir" is a prefix similar to "un", and that "bhau" means "fear". Thus, we have the BBC translation which reads: "Without fear".

Nir Vair

"Nir vair" is translated as: "Without hate". This piece is very powerful to me. To imagine a great being without hatred. I love that.

Akaal Moorat

We will be relying heavily on the BBC translation for this piece of the mantra. It goes: "Immortal without form". I feel as though this translation may be lacking, because it is my understanding that "moorat" means "form". I do not know if the "without" is a liberty which is taken by the translator or not.


Once more, we need to rely on the BBC translation: "Beyond birth and death". This reminds me of descriptions of Allah in Islam.


The BBC translation goes: "Self-existent". In my last article, I go into depth about the relation of existence and the Creator God - the link is right below.


The BBC translation reads: "By the Guru's grace". The idea of the Guru is a central theme to Sikhism. One of the names for G-d in Sikhism is "Waheguru" which, to my understanding, means something like :Wonderful Guru".

There is only one God

Eternal truth is his name

He is the creator

Without fear

Without hate

Immortal without form

Beyond birth and death


By the Guru’s grace


© 2020 Alexander James Guckenberger


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