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What Is The Mool Mantar?

Updated on June 27, 2020
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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.

Ajooni

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

Saibhang

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.

Gurprasaad

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

Self-existent

By the Guru’s grace

— https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/znnmtv4/revision/2

© 2020 Alexander James Guckenberger

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I recognized some of these from my studies with a Yogi of good wisdom. We would study and then develop mantras from the Torah to Sanskrit and Latin. I believe in one God. And he is all mine and you can't have Him ;-)

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      13 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      srsddn,

      Thank you for your beautiful comments.

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      Sukhdev Shukla 

      13 months ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Your religious fervour is amazing, Guckenberger. I appreciate your effort to pick up the script, explain it word by word and maintain the spirit behind this great Mool Mantar. The last word 'Jap' signifies 'A devotional composition recited by Sikhs usually as early morning prayer'. I may add that many 'Hindus' also recite this. Thanks for sharing Mool Mantar.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      13 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      manatita44,

      Peace. :)

    • Guckenberger profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      13 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Louise Powles,

      That's awesome. I am glad you learned something from my article!

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      manatita44 

      13 months ago from london

      You have attempted to simplify and break things down. Good. We need this harmony. Peace.

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      Louise Powles 

      13 months ago from Norfolk, England

      This was very informative to read. I've never heard of Mool Mantar before.

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