Ray Man Shabad
For the first year of my Bound Lotus practice, I tried all sorts of mantras
and music to help me through the 31 minutes. The time did not seem to go by
faster as the days passed, and my mind would wander and become bored. When
I started listening to the Ray Man Shabad, my mind became calm, and just by
focusing on the sound current, time seemed to slip by quicker. I have been
listening to it ever since.
The Use of Mantra
The different Kriyas we do in our yoga practice have different effects and focus on different, specific areas of the body, mind and spirit. The same is true of mantra.
In the course of over three years of practicing Bound Lotus, I experimented with different mantras. One in particular finally rang true. It is described below. While this mantra comes to us from the Sikh spiritual tradition, its effect transcends any limits of faith or religious affiliation. This mantra speaks directly to the Spirit in all of us.
Everyone is free to incorporate a mantra of their choosing. The following
mantra is offered as a suggestion.
What is Shabad?
One Shabad in particular resonates especially well with the practice of Bound Lotus. We refer to it as the Ray Man Shabad, from the first line Ray Man eh bideh jog kamao Oh my mind, practice yoga in this way
In the Ray Man Shabad we journey into the way of yoga, or union. It is an instruction to the soul to practice yoga in every thought, word, or action. It is about living in reality and being human and still achieving inner transformation and discovery of the Self.
When you listen to and/or recite this Shabad, there is a sound current that has a subtle but profound effect on all levels of your being. This sound current travels through every cell of the body and adjusts your inner vibratory frequency to a happier, healthier, holier state. This has been described as a state of grace, the state of the Golden Buddha, and by many other terms in many spiritual traditions.
The Ray Man Shabad is uniquely beautiful and perfect for Bound Lotus. This Shabad permeates the mind with the sacred sound current which allows you to experience your own infinity. This Shabad has eight verses. Eight turned on its side is infinity. (The number eight relates to and represents infinity) In Bound Lotus the physical body creates the symbol of infinity with the position of the body, arms and legs.
The Ray Man Shabad was written by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the
Sikhs, who was a master of yoga, a master of poetry, a master warrior, and
a master of the Shabad Guru. By practicing the Ray Man Shabad with the Bound
Lotus we embrace the essence of Guru Gobind Singh, the essence of fearlessness,
and the ability to rise above any challenge, any chaos, or any dream to find
the state of pure presence and awareness in the pure golden throne of our
own discipline and daily practice.
Let every cell of your body vibrate and extend that vibration
to every extent. Feel it as a big whirlwind of energy, circling with each
cell of your body. - Yogi Bhajan
What Yogi Bhajan says about this Shabad:
Perfection of this Shabad can make you like a Golden Buddha. You will
have wisdom, you will have the purity of a Yogi, and you will have an essence.
I request everyone who believes in higher values to remember this Shabad in
perfect sound. It is very perfect combination. As a Shabad you can sing 11
times a day, you will feel the miraculous effect of it on your body, mind,
Ray Man Shabad
Singee saach akapat kanthalaa
Dhi-aan Bibhoot charaa-o
Taatee geho aatam bas kar kee
Bhicchhaa naam adhaarang
Baajay param taar tat har ko
Upajai raag rasaarang
Ughatai taan tarang rang
Gi-aan geet bandhaanang
Chak chak rehay dayv daanav mun
Chhak chhak bayom bivaanang
Aatam upadays bhays sanjam ko
Jaap so ajapaa jaapai
Sadaa rehai kanchan see kaayaa
Kaal na kabahoo bayaapai