2 days ago
This mantra is Hare Hare WaheGuru. It is a mantra from the Sikh tradition and there are many ways to describe its meaning. Guru means teacher, and when I sing this mantra, I feel it as an expression of praise for the teacher within me, and the creative energy, the source of all life, of which I am a part.
My guru/teacher, LianaShanti, introduced me to mantra chanting over 4 years ago with a 21 minute long video of people chanting Waheguru. I chanted along with the entire video and felt a sense of peace and calm afterward.
Our culture in the United States is not a guru culture. When I first started working with my teacher, I didn’t understand the guru-student relationship. I didn’t know anything about India and the history of gurus (I still don’t). I knew the American definition of guru. Someone like Tony Robbins. An expert teacher and motivator. I see a lot of people giving themselves this title. Trying to “be” a guru.
I didn’t know I was agreeing to be a student. I didn’t know how radically my life would change. But at the time, all I knew was that this woman could help me.
Since then, I’ve learned that the role of the guru is to teach you how to find your own wisdom within yourself. A true guru guides you back to your own light. A true guru is a clear channel with no projections, so they reflect back pure Truth (with a capital T). My guru sees me for who I truly am. She doesn’t expect me to be or do anything specific. She has no attachments to the outcomes of my choices, and she does not judge me for anything. This is Unconditional Love.
And since then, I’ve learned that the role of the student is to listen and to trust. When I do those things, my life gets better. When I don’t do those thingswell, it doesn’t.
I am branching out to other mantras from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, but I still enjoy singing Waheguru, because I enjoy how I feel when I sing it. And now I’m creating my own melodies to go along with it! ~Aaralyn