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Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo Meaning and Benefits – Adi Mantra

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo mantra translation:

I bow to the subtle divine wisdom,
I bow to the divine teacher within.

The Adi Mantra is chanted (mentally or aloud) at least 3 times at the beginning of each practice of Kundalini Yoga and every once in a single breath.

The Meaning Of Adi Mantra

ONG creative energy is manifested. This syllable is a variety of cosmic syllable OM, utilized to allude to the life force (also known as prana) in its absolute state or unmanifested. When the Divine works and creates as creator, it is called ONG.

NAMO – this word has the same root as Namaste and means respectful and humble greetings. Moreover, Ong Namo also means „salute to the infinite creative consciousness,” signing into the universal consciousness that guides every action and opens the external knowledge and wisdom, the environment, and the spiritual teacher.

GURU – this syllable means the master or the manifestation of wisdom and knowledge you are looking for is something that takes you from darkness to light.

DEV – this syllable means divine or God, in no earthly sense. NAMO, toward the end of the mantra, reaffirms the bow. Together they signify, „salute to the universal and divine wisdom.” DEV opens your inner knowledge and wisdom and gives meaning to what you have learned connected to your life. In addition, it can be translated as „I bow to the infinite wisdom of being.”

READ MORE: Durga Mantra – Om Dum Durgayei Namaha

Chanting Benefits Of The Mantra

This mantra connects us with the Golden Light. It’s also been found that the mantra chanting will cause the right and left hemispheres of the brain to be in perfect balance. It is a healing mantra of openness to harmonize yourself. It protects and connects you with your interior.

More importantly, according to some renowned yogis, the recitation of the mantra actually causes the energetical and physical bodies to change their inner vibrational frequency level, becoming more attuned with the divine energy.

How To Chant This Mantra

Find a quiet place. Close your phone. Sit on the floor and cross your legs in easy pose with a straight, relaxed, comfortable spine, shoulders with no tension, chest open, and straight neck. Take a few deep breaths and try to relax. Close your eyes and draw your attention to the eyebrows or third eye.

Put your hands together with equivalent pressure on both hands, at heart level (at Anahata chakra), in prayer position, the base of the thumbs resting on the sternum.

In this position, try to concentrate on yourself. Inhale and exhale profoundly several times and to start singing, inhale, and vibrating sings:



Time: practice this mantra meditation method for 11-31 minutes for effective meditation and guidance. Yogi Bhajan did not limit longer periods of practice.

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Listen to more soothing mantras on insightstate, like – Amitayus Mantra – Om Amideva Hrih.

rupert hupsel

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

what does this means. every day when walking to work and later when walkin back home I recite ong namo guru dev namo. one day I was laying on my bed and saw a light. I could(not clearly) many people(some with a beard) in the light. then behind them a saw thousand more. I knew that they wee masters of light. then I saw a fountain of light and masters coming out with that fountain. suddenly I was slowly sucked into that fountain of light and felt completely relax. then a voice in my head said: the light has accepted you. you were not pushed out by it. now you are one of us. then I slowly came out of the light and I lay completely relax on my bed. can you please explain to me what this means.

Veronika Maria Rieder

Saturday 13th of August 2016

I just got a tattoo It says : Ong namo guru dev namo Love it Namaste

Insight State

Saturday 13th of August 2016

That's great, Veronika. Thanks for stopping by.