When Yogi Bhajan introduced Kundalini Yoga to Westerners, he did not just teach asana practice for improving physical health, nor did he simply offer meditations to improve mental health. Yogi Bhajan introduced a sacred language for the purpose of expanding consciousness.

The word Gurmukhi means from the mouth of the guru, or the guru’s spoken word. If you read the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, you come across the word Gurmukh — a gurmukh is one who speaks consciously; this is opposed to a manmukh, one who speaks unconsciously. When we speak or chant or sing Gurmukhi words, they are powerful to the degree that we bring reverence and devotion to repeating these words. Gurmukhi words are powerful because of the sound, the frequency they resonate. Gurmukhi words don’t need definitions; instead, they need to be repeated. Moreover, the one who repeats them grows wise by observing how the sounds impact and co-create with his or her own inward journey and expanding consciousness.

Sat Nam: true vibration, true name. This word was first uttered by Guru Nanak when he emerged from three days submerged in the River Vaee. Chanting Sat Nam brings you in alignment with your destiny.

Har: This is a word for the sound of the heart, also a name of God. When we chant Har, the tip of the tongue strikes the roof of the mouth, so it sounds more like HUD. This is a sound that engages the navel and awakens kundalini energy.

Wahe Guru: the wisdom of bliss in the here and now. This is an expression of ecstasy.

Siri: This is a powerful feminine, creative sound. It’s simple meaning is Great; it is also a name given to someone held in high respect.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib: This is a sacred teacher for all beings; the sacred sound current ties a knot to connect your consciousness to Divine consciousness. It is a living being that we bow to in gratitude for giving us these mantras, this lineage, and this tradition. It is commonly known as the sacred text to followers of Sikhism. It is a living Guru.

Guru: gu means darkness and ru means light. A guru is the one who brings us from darkness to light.

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo: The one unified creation exists, and the little me bows to this as the divine guru. I dissolve my ego and bow to the wisdom of the Creator and Creation. I bow to the wisdom within myself and all things.

Japji Sahib: This is a long, sacred poem or song that was chanted by Guru Nanak. It is the song we sing to begin the Aquarian Sadhana taught by Yogi Bhajan. It is a powerful tool for yoking individual consciousness to divine consciousness.

Ek Ong Kaar: One Universal Creator / Creation. This phrase vibrates the consciousness of oneness, unity between the Creator and All of Creation.

Prasaad: This is the sweet food given to the gathering of seekers after the Gurdwara service.

Amrit Vela: This is the early morning hours between 3 AM and 7 AM, the best time for a yogi to rise from sleep to practice.