Guru Guru Wahe Guru Classic

by Dev Suroop Kaur

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This particular melody of this mantra is one that we have been chanting for many many years in Gurdwaras and yoga classes. It's similar to the tune that Yogi Bhajan taught when this mantra was first introduced. The difference is that he first chanted it one low/one high. Where this is two low/one high/one low. In case you're interested in such things. :)

I recorded this piece in 2009 during a time of deep healing from a broken ankle and subsequent surgery. I was 38 days into a 40-day Sat Kriya meditation when I slipped on the ice and entered the new reality, for me, of broken bones. I actually attempted to continue Sat Kriya on my back and doped up on pain killers. I quickly learned why we don't practice Kundalini Yoga that way! The energy moving around was just too much. So I chilled out and moved through an entirely different pace of gentle and profound healing.

After a few months and when I was actually able to walk again, I contacted Steve Chavez in Espanola and recorded this version of Guru Guru Wahe Guru.

More on this mantra from 'The Aquarian Teacher':
"This is a mantra of humility, relaxation, self-healing, and emotional relief. It calls on the spirit of humility and grace of the realm of Guru Ram Das, with its spiritual guiding light and protective grace. It reconnects the experience of infinity to the finite, and therefore rescues you in the midst of trial and danger.

"The first part, Guroo Guroo Wha-Hay Guroo is a nirgun mantra (nirgun means without any qualities)—one which vibrates only to infinity, having no actual finite components. It projects the mind to the source of knowledge and ecstasy. The second part, Guroo Ram Das Guroo is a sirgun mantra (sirgun means with form). It therefore projects the mind to infinity and then gives a finite guiding relation¬ship on a practical level. This mantra was given to Yogi Bhajan by Guru Ram Das in his subtle Self."


Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Raam Daas Guru

Translation: Wise, wise is the one who serves Infinity.


released October 2, 2011
Vocals - Dev Suroop Kaur
Keyboards and Guitars - Steve Chavez

Recorded at Chavez Recording Studio, Espanola, New Mexico

Produced by Dev Suroop Kaur
Co-Arranged by Dev Suroop Kaur and Steve Chavez



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Dev Suroop Kaur Santa Cruz, New Mexico

As a musician, recording artist and Yoga Teacher Trainer, Dev Suroop Kaur strives to break it down, keep it real, and support all to experience their own empowered authenticity. From the deeply contemplative albums Sahej and Narayan, to the hip, edgy beats of her chant-rap album Kundalini Beat, Dev Suroop Kaur offers an wide range of styles to invoke the experience of the Divine Spirit. ... more

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