Long Ek Ong Kaur

The Adi Shakti Mantra is an ashtang, or eight-fold, meditation and is also known as the Long Ek Ong Kars or Morning Call. This mantra is a corner stone to the Aquarian Sadhana and kundalini yoga as a whole. Chanting and meditating on this mantra is a very powerful experience. I have had the privilege of experiencing this mantra in the Aquarian Sadhana with a group and alone, as a whole morning sadhana for two and a half hours with my sangat, and I have practiced it as my personal sadhana for thirty-one minutes a day. The eight parts of the Adi Shakti Mantra each carry a powerful vibration that adds to the whole experience. When Yogi Bhajan began teaching kundalini yoga in the states, he taught this mantra as the original morning sadhana to awaken the kundalini energy and unite one’s self with the Universal self.

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The Mantra
Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahey Guru
One creator created this creation. Truth is His Name. Great Beyond description is his infinite wisdom.

  • ek ong kar – one creator with the creation, we are one with the divine
  • sat nam – truth is my identity, the divine truth that god is within me is the fabric of my being
  • siri – great, greatness
  • wahey – wow what ecstasy
  • guru – the journey from light to dark, ignorance to wisdom
  • siri wahey guru – how great is ecstasy of this truth, this journey from dark to light

How is it practiced?
Seated in easy pose and with hand in gyan mudra. Focus is on the third-eye with eye lids shut.

Taking a deep breath in to recite the mantra with a 2.5 breath pattern

  • inhale 1: Ek Ong-Kar – Ek is emphasized with the diaphragm and quick – Ong is elongated for over half the breath and ties right into Kar to finish the first breath completely
  • inhale 2: Sat Nam, Siri – Sat is emphasized with the diaphragm and quick – Nam is elongated for over half the breath, Siri is pushed out with the very last of the second breath
  • short inhale: Wahey Guru – Wa is emphasized with the diaphragm and is quick – Hey is elongated for over half the breath – Guru is the last portion

How Long Should You Practice For?
This meditation can be practiced for three minutes to two and a half hours. My recommendation is to start with 3, 7, or 11 minutes and build up from there. Three minutes is just the right amount of time to get the hang of the rhythm of the mantra, seven minutes is the amount of time spent chanting the mantra during Aquarian Sadhana, and eleven minutes is enough time to feel the mantra in your heart. Below I am including a quick guide that compares meditation times to their effects on the mind and body. These are guidelines and might be differ slightly from individual to individual.

3 min. affects the EM field/aura and blood circulation
11 min. affects the nervous and glandular system
22 min. balances the three minds as they begin to work together
31 min. allows breath, glands, and concentration from the meditation to affect the cells and rhythms, of the body.
62 min. affects the gray matter of the brain, this is where the shadow self and the outer self, begin to merge
2.5 hours. changes the psyche, hold the subconscious firmly in its new pattern
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What are the benefits of this Mantra?
1. It initiates the kundalini energy dormant in the body
Kundalini energy is soul energy/creative energy/god/divine energy. It usually lies dormant, coiled, at the base of the spine behind the navel center. The navel center being the etheric place about two to three fingers down from your natural navel. With breath control and physically activating the navel center the kundalini is able to rise through the bodies energy channels to reach the third-eye and blossom at the crown chakra as the thousand petal lotus. 

2. The Adi Shakti Mantra begins the relationship between our soul and the universal soul
In the process of raising the kundalini through the body and finally blossoming at the crown, we connect ourselves to the greater consciousness. As we continue to raise our kundalini, we raise our total awareness for all within ourselves and beyond ourselves. It is advised to practice this with a sangat, or a group of people meditating and practicing together, this amplifies the effects of this mantra and assists in the journey from individual consciousness to group consciousness and ultimately God/Universal Consciousness.

3. Makes your heart’s desire known to the universe
A sutra for the Aquarian Age – vibrate the cosmos and they shall clear the way. This manta allows for the heart’s desire to be known by the universe. Even if you do not know what it is, or are unclear this mantra has the power to cut through all of that. While getting to know the feelings of Universal Consciousness we realize that the Divine is within us and that is our truth, making ourselves clear out the things that block our growth, water those things that nurture us, and assists in getting clear with what we want and why.


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Interested in practicing alongside me? Here are two videos, the begin with tuning in, chanting the Long Ek Ong Kars, and end with a 7-Wave Sat Nam to seal the practice.

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I have had wonderful experiences with this mantra and practice. I hope you enjoy the journey and all that is has to offer.

Peace to All, Love to All, Light to All,
Tiaga Harprem Singh

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An Open Letter to the Sangat – Let’s Chat

Sat Nam Dear Sangat,

Greetings, my name is Tiaga Harprem Singh and my pronouns are he/him/his and I wanted to write an open letter to begin a dialog. With respect to the current global climate crisis, current social movements occurring (BLM, metoo, and save the children), and the release to light of the allegations against Yogi Bhajan by several individuals for abuse of power and sexual misconduct- how are you, or maybe you’re not, continuing to teach, move forward, and train? What are you doing, or feeling called to do to address these situations in you teaching and training of other teachers?

I have asked myself these questions for the last several weeks and I wanted to begin to formulate a concrete path to moving forward, or at least one of many to come. There are no right or wrong answers as I am looking for advice and experiences present to assist in forming the next series of teacher trainings.

I am looking for input on best practices surrounding:

Inclusive Practices – How can we be more open and inclusive to all while teaching? Are we color blind or color brave? Do we offer modification or are we militant in our teaching? Especially for our students that are POC, LQBTQIA2+, or differently abled?

Trama Informed Practices – How aware are we of the research surround the long term affects of trauma on the brain, behavior, and the body? How aware are we of our own trauma in respect to our own teaching and why is that important? How are we handling these situations without causing secondary trauma?

Understanding through Compassion – How understanding and compassionate are we to those that have a different opinion, experience, or view point? How can we hold two very different experiences in the same bubble and can we separate the teacher from the teachings?

I sincerely appreciate any feedback on pieces of this or the whole of it.

Peace to all
Love to all
Light to all

Tiaga Haprrem Singh

My Spiritual Name and its Meaning

“Love is the experience of selflessness within the self.”

Yogi Bhajan

In many traditions names are given, added, or changed to mark significant life events and choices. The choice to be baptized, getting married, or stepping into a new spiritual path are all examples of when one might be called to change their name. This isn’t a choice that is made lightly or without deep thought about what this new name means and what it brings with it.

A spiritual name is a divine vibration. This vibration carries with is its own life, meaning, and lesson. They are to be taken with reverence and honor. Similar to a mantra, these sound frequencies and the act of the tongue pressing on the meridians at the roof of the mouth can cause certain neurological changes to begin. The more it is heard and recited, the more it can blossom into being.

When I was embarking on my journey as a kundalini yoga teacher I had been long searching for a spiritual practice to ground me. I had been raised Catholic and when it came time for me to make my confirmation into the Church, I decided that it was not for me. To be honest, as a gay teenager with an absent mother and tumultuous home life – I was angry at God for what was going on. I lived this way for a long time. When I started to heal my relationship with myself, my mom, and with the universe in general I happened to find my way into a kundalini yoga class. Fast forward a few years of classes, self-work, and a couple breakdowns I made the plunge into teacher training.

I felt that this was a point in my life that was going to be, and very much did become, a turning point. I started to think about taking on a spiritual name as a teacher but it did feel strange to me. This thought of taking on a name, in another language, that belongs to another culture. Should I be doing this? Am I appropriating another culture? What does it mean to take a spiritual name? How will I, and will I even, use this new name?

As I looked into the traditions around spiritual names some things that stuck out were:

  1. If you feel the calling to it, there is probably a reason.
    • If the spirit moves you! This has been one of my favorite sayings to use as a teacher. When students want to experiment with an artistic choice or embark on a new project this was my response. As I have grown deeper into understanding this – the Spirit is real and acts in many ways to bring you to where you need to be. Trust in this sense. If you might be thinking about taking a spiritual name, receive the blessing, meditate on it, and see if it can find its way from your heart.
  2. A spiritual name is a blessing and should be treated with reverence.
    • When I received my name and read it and what it meant, I got chills. When it was first said out loud to address me I got misty eyed. This in so many ways was me. It was me on my best days, it was the version of me that other people see and, to be honest, the version that I sometimes had a hard time seeing in myself. Even if it seems long, or a mouthful, it is your personal prayer.
  3. There are many ways to get a spiritual name, and no matter the name you receive it is what is needed.
    • I know of individuals that have had the opportunity to receive a few spiritual names, and to my surprise the names did have a central theme. I have only received the one. Spiritual names are a comment on the identity of your Spirit. This name speaks to the highest truth of your soul and its purpose in creation. (No pressure, right?) This is a name to try to live up to. According to the 3HO website – “It is based on your birth date and involves the use of a particular type of numerology. Sometimes the Siri Guru Granth Sahib (sacred Sikh scriptures) is used as a resource.”

So what name did I receive and what does it literally translate to?

Tiaga Harprem Singh

Which translates to: The fearless Lion who embodies kindness, love, prosperity and creativity by choosing God over all worldly attachments.

  • Tiaga – a saintly person who has given up everything for God, one who abandons all fondness for worldly things in favor of the Divine
  • Tiaag – to renounce, to give up maya
  • Har – Infinite God, Carries the vibration of kindness, creativity and prosperity.
  • Prem – divine love, love
  • Harprem – God’s love, Divine Love
  • Singh – the Lion of God who walks with grace and courage through his life.

How have I come to understand it?

He who embodies God’s love by living a life of practiced release of attachment. My gift of fearlessly personalizing compassion, love, prosperity and creativity is fully realized by releasing my attachment to everything but God. My dedicated bond with the Divine brings kindness, abundance, ingenuity and spiritual liberation to the minds and hearts of all.


Okay, one, that’s a mouthful, two, that is a huge order to live up to, and three, this seems so aligned with how I have been shifting my life, coming into my own self, and setting goals for my future. So will I continue to use this name, absolutely. It is an honor and a blessing, a personal mantra and goal, my own connection to Divine. At this point I use this name when in the Sangat, the community, and some close friends and family use it to address me from time to time. It is a beautiful blessing to be able to receive and hear. Maybe one day I may adopt the name in the full and legal, maybe not; only continuing to walk the path and time will tell.

-Sat Nam-
Tiaga Harprem Singh

Mantras are Magic

Mantras are truly bits of magic.  Mantras are used in Kundalini Yoga during meditations and kriya practices. These mantras are based on ancient sciences that use sound and the body to alter the mind, body, and spirit. According to the Kundalini philosophy, we use mantras to vibrate the Cosmos so the Cosmos can clear the way. The science of Naad Yoga is very precise and is related to the surrendering of one’s self to the Shabd Guru. More than anything, mantras are meant to be experienced and embodied fully, from the inside out, to really understand their potent power.

First and foremost, mantras are sound vibrations. These are chants recorded from sages that entered a state of transcendance to obtain this knowledge. When we chant mantra, we call upon this experience and knowledge. By doing this, we are able to allow the mantra to teach us the lesson that lies inside of it. This is the idea of the Shabd Guru – or sound as a teacher, allowing the sound to cut through the ego. The Shabd Guru is a quantum technology that directly alters our consciousness through the power of the Naad. 

The power of the Naad is the power of the sound current itself. Naad is the essence of all sound. In Naad Yoga, the primal sounds of the mantras and the movements of the lip and tongue act on specific areas of the roof of the mouth. These areas on the upper palate relate to energetic meridian lines, when these areas are triggered by the tongue they activate the hypothalamus gland. The hypothalamus is responsible for releasing hormones; meaning, when we chant we activate the part of the brain that is responsible for altering brain chemistry and the mantra tells the brain the recipe for the new chemistry. 

Two types of mantras commonly used in Kundalini Yoga classes are bij mantras and ashtang mantras. Bij Mantras are seed mantras; these mantras are generally short, and are aimed at planting the meaning of that mantra into the soul like a seed is sown in dirt. On the opposite end of the spectrum, ashtang mantras are longer mantras and consist of eight parts or beats. Each kind of mantra has a beauty, a place, and a reason. Below are some mantras, their translations, and their purpose. These mantras are some of the most frequently experienced mantras.

  • Sat Naam
    • Sat Nam is a bij mantra and is the seed of Kundalini Yoga itself. Sat Naam translates to “truth is my identity.” Sat means “truth,” and Naam means “my identity.” This mantra is used to plant this idea of “I am truth, I am enough, I am Divine,” deep into the soul. This mantra is calming and empowering. There are kriyas dedicated to just this mantra, and this mantra can be used in every breath of everyday. Allow the sound of the inhale to mentally chant “Sat”, and “Naam” on the exhale. This mantra is said to awaken the soul and give you your destiny. This mantra also brings the five elements of the body into balance. 

  • Ong So Hung
    • Another bij mantra, Ong So Hung is chanted to open the Heart Center of the body and to feel connection to the Divine. Ong means “Divine,” or “Creative Consciousness,” or “God.” So Hung translates to “I am Thou” or “You and I are One.” When we chant Ong So Hung, we are calling to the sense of the Divine, expanding ourselves into that level of consciousness and naming that we are a part of this. Claiming our birthright to be part of this grace, ease, and love. That this Great Universe around us is also right within us.

  • Ek Ong Kar Sat Naam Siri Wahe Guru
    • An ashtang mantra, this mantra is a mantra of power and bliss. This mantra has eight parts that work on the body’s chakra and aura systems. Ek Ong Kar means “Creator and Creation are one,” Sat Naam “this truth is my identity,” Siri Wahe Guru “the ecstasy of this wisdom is beyond words.” When chanted from the navel and heart, this mantra is said to be able to suspend the mind in a state of bliss, awaken the Kundalini Energy, and create a relationship between you and the divine. This mantra is also known as the Adi Shakti Mantra, or the mantra of first power. From an understanding of this mantra, all is understood. 

  • Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Se So Hung
    • This is known to be one of the most healing mantras in Kundalini Yoga. The eight parts of the Siri Gaitri mantra correspond to different aspects of energy in our experience. This mantra calls to balance out the difference between yin and yang energies. The translation of this mantra is 
      • Ra – Sun
      • Ma – Moon
      • Da – Earth
      • Sa – Infinite
      • Sa Say – Totality of the Infinite
      • So Hung – I am Thou
  • So what this mantra does, is calls to mind the fact that we and the Universe exist as one. And by calling on these forces, we are able to balance the energy systems of the body to make room for health and vitality. 

Meet Your Blogger – Tiaga

Sat Nam All!

My name is Tiaga Harprem Singh. I am really excited to begin to publish my ideas in a blog form and put together a website of offerings to elevate individuals to be their truest, Divine Selves. I truley believe that the practices of Kundalini Yoga and other holistic modalities open our senses, strengthen our nervous systems, and assist with trauma recovery.

I come from a long career in education and find myself with a lot to offer. Due to my school closing down and the ever shifting global landscape – I decided it was time that I rethink how I practiced my craft. For a long time I was a dance teacher and public school educator. I have lots of experience in the theater on all sides of the stage. It was during this time I found the joy and pain of working with youths from diverse backgrounds, the beauty in vinyasa yoga, and deep healing in Kundalini Yoga.

I am certified as a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher and am a Registered Kundalini Yoga Teacher. I have deep roots in movement and movement as a form of release and therapy. I come from a family of indigenous healers with a history of working with herbal remedies and energy clearing and healing.

I am excited, scared, and nervous to embark on this new phase of the journey. Here is to being seen. Here is to being herd. Here is where we elevate and alchamize our darkness into our greatest light. By Guru’s grace and God’s love – Let’s do this!

Sat Nam -THS