One of the requirements for becoming certified as a Kundalini Yoga instructor is to attend early morning group sadhana. Early morning sadhana begins at four oclock in the morning with a recitation of the Sikh prayer Japji Sahib. At 4:20 is yoga followed at 5:00 by an hour of chanting the seven mantras specifically selected by Yogi Bhajan for this sadhana.
I found one of the mantras, Rakhe Rakhanhar, particularly difficult to learn. So, I sat down one day in front of my stereo with a pencil and a piece of paper and worked through the song word by word until I had the rhythm of the mantra written out. Once I had the words in my head, a melody to go with them wasnt far behind and I soon had written my first mantra song.
Rakhay rakhanhaar aap ubaariun
Gur kee pairee paa-eh kaaj savaariun
Hoaa aap dayaal manho na visaariun
Saadh janaa kai sung bhavjal taariun
Saakat nindak dusht khin maa-ey bidaariun
Tis sahib kee taayk naanak manai maa-eh
Jis simrat such ho-eh saglay dookh jaa-eh
God Himself is looking out for us,
Gives us the light, and takes care of our affairs.
God is merciful and never forgets us.
God guides us giving us good people to help us.
God does not allow hurt to come to us
I take comfort in the thought of God.
When I remember God, I feel peaceful and happy
And all my pain departs.
These are the words of Guru Arjan, the 5th Sikh Guru, and are for complete protection. It is from the evening prayer (Rehiras), which adds energy to ones being and helps when you are physically weak or have limited wealth. It is a victory song which allows us to be guided by Gods graceful and merciful hand. It does away with the obstacles to fulfilling ones destiny. (The Aquarian Teacher. Espanola, New Mexico: Kundalini Research Institute 2007)
Multiple versions of this mantra coming soon.