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Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday Anniversary with KY Southall

Every year all around the world the KY community celebrate Yogi Bhajan’s birthday. We reflect and celebrate how Yogi Bhajan’s teachings have  enriched and transformed our lives personally and collectively. This is an opportunity to come together and chant in gratitude for all the priceless wisdom he shared with us. 

For morning sadhana on August 26 we will chant Long Ek Ong Kars for 2.5 hours led by the KY Southall community. If you haven’t experienced this sadhana before, this is a perfect opportunity to come and join us.

Ek Ong Kar Sat Naam Siri Wahe Guru

The Creator and the Creation are One. This is our True Identity. The ecstasy of the experience of this wisdom is beyond all words and brings indescribable bliss.

With regular practice this mantra awakens the kundalini energy, opens the chakras, and creates a sense of bliss. Yogi Bhajan said it was the mantra of the Aquarian Age.


Instructions from Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa

How it Works and What it Does:

This was almost the only mantra Yogi Bhajan taught during his first year in the United States (plus Sat Nam, of course). It is extremely powerful and energizing when done correctly. (Correctly means with full concentration, accurate rhythm, and proper pronunciation—and Neck Lock applied!) These eight syllables are the “code” letters, the direct personal phone number connecting you, the creature, with your Creator. It has been said that a person can attain liberation by chanting this ashtang (eight-part) mantra correctly for 40 days, for two and one-half hours before sunrise (the ambrosial hours).

The ambrosial hours are the ideal and most effective time of day to chant this mantra.

The Mantra

Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru

(Ek Onnng Kaaar, Sat Naaam S’ree, Wha HayG’roo)


1)     Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine. Or, you may sit in a chair with a straight spine and both feet flat on the floor.

2)     Place the hands in Gyan Mudra or rest them in the lap in Venus Lock.

3)     It is best to use a light blanket or shawl to keep the spine free from drafts.

4)      Apply Neck Lock.[1]

5)     Close the eyes.

6)     Optionally, as you chant each syllable, you can concentrate on each chakra, from the first to the eighth.

The Meditation:

Ek (One) Ong (Creator) Kar (Creation)

Sat (Truth) Nam (Name or Identity) Siri (Great)

Wahe (Beyond description, “Wow!”) Guru (Dispeller of darkness, Teacher)

1)     Inhale deeplyand chant Ek Ong Kar

Ek is vibrated briefly and powerfully at the Navel Point (not shouted). Ong is chanted in the back of the throat, vibrates the upper palate, and comes out through the nose. Keep the sound continuous as you move without a pause from Ong to Kar. Give equal time to Ong and Kar.

2)     Inhale deeply again and chant Sat Nam until you're almost out of breath, then reach for the Siri, which is brief. Sat is briefly and powerfully chanted at the Navel Point. Nam vibrates at the heart center. Siri is pronounced as if spelled S’ree; it is a short syllable.

3)     Inhale a short half breath and chant Wahe Guru. Wahe is broken into two syllables, Wha and Hay. Wha is somewhat aspirated. Hay is extremely short. It becomes part of Guru which is pronounced as G'roo. Remember this is an “ashtang” mantra, in other words, it has eight, count ’em, eight keys, eight syllables, so the “hayg’roo” should be all run together, almost like one syllable.

4)     Inhale deeply again to repeat the cycle. Continue for 7, 11, 31, or 62 minutes or 2 ½ hours.

To Finish:

Inhale deeply, hold the breath, and focus at the Brow Point for several seconds, then exhale and relax.


1)     Don’t let the tone drop, and if it does, bring it back up.

2)     Don’t let the head tilt back, keep Neck Lock applied.

Yogi Bhajan said, "If you must do sadhana by yourself, then while you are chanting, imagine a million others all around you. Hear them all chanting, with you in the middle, not moving at all. Feel that you do not chant physically, and yet are leading the chant and letting the chant lead you. As you imagine this, continue chanting."