What Is The Mool Mantar?
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.
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".
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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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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.
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" is translated as: "Without hate". This piece is very powerful to me. To imagine a great being without hatred. I love that.
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.
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- Who Is The I Am?
A religious discussion regarding the G-d of the scriptures.
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
Immortal without form
Beyond birth and death
By the Guru’s grace— https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/znnmtv4/revision/2
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