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Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo‘ is a mantra / technique practiced at the commencement of sessions of Kundalini Yoga. I wrote about my yogi Nirvair Khaisa (pictured above) in two other articles here. The mantra begins seated as per above, but with the palms together pressed gently against the chest. The participant inhales deeply through the nose and then upon the exhale participant recites slowly ‘ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO’. This process is repeated two more times.
What does ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO mean? Ong Namo means to call on our highest consciousness (the Logos, if you like). Guru means teacher, literally one who brings us from darkness to light. Dev refers to subtle or divine. Guru Dev Namo calls on the the divine teacher to guide us.
As Nirvair explains in the video below, the first time the mantra is spoken the learner should feel as though they are a singular / small point in the Universe. The second time they should expand themselves out and be as big as they can and the third time, they should bring these two mental-images together – the outer and inner. You can watch Nirvair Khaisa explain the process in this video.
I learnt this Maori concept Tūrangawaewae from my friend Bruce Goodman who resides in New Zealand. Turanga represents ‘standing place’. Waewae is ‘feet’. Turangawaewae is often translated as a place to stand but symbolically represents places we feel especially empowered or connected to.
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543)
A mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the Universe that placed the Sun and not the Earth as the centre of the Universe. It was a major event in the history of science and making a pioneering contribution to the Scientific Revolution. Interestingly, the Catholic opposition to it commenced seventy-three years later, when it was occasioned by Galileo.