Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Explanation of Mool Mantra

Mool Mantra is the first verse of the Sikh Holy book and the first composition of Guru Nanak Devji, the founder of Sikh religion. Mool Mantra sums up Sikhism in a verse of nine words. On Guru Nanak Jayanti, here is an attempt to explain it. (Used other sources to study it)

ikk ōankār sat(i)-nām(u)kartā purakh(u) nirpà'u nirver(u) akāl mūrat(i)ajūnī sepàŋ gur-prasād(i) 


Part of the verse



ikk ōankār

One God

This part says there is one and only one GOD. Further to that Sikhs believe GOD is an abstract entity. Sikhs do NOT believe in worshiping idol or a human. The holy book Guru Granth Sahib is considered teacher (Guru) that shows the path to attain GOD.


Truth is his name

True in the past, true now and true in future. This signifies GOD is eternal without a beginning and without an end.

kartā purakh

HE is the creator

GOD created the humanity and the universe.


HE is without fear

GOD is without fear and all bliss. HE is not subjected to desires and needs.


HE is without hate

GOD does not hate anyone. GOD loves everyone equally regardless of the religion, class, caste or financial status. GOD is pure love beyond any walls created by humans. This also signifies every human is equal in the eyes of GOD and implies every human shall consider others equal.

akāl mūrat

HE is immortal and without form

GOD does not die and is not bound by time or form. GOD is beyond time, space, form and features.


Beyond birth and death

GOD is beyond birth and death. GOD always existed and will continue to exist.


Self Illuminated

GOD is self creating and self existing without any external help.


Realized by kindness of a true guru

GOD is realized by the grace of Enlightener. Guru is not a human. Two explanations are possible. Most common one: Guru is Gurubani (The Holy Book). Some also say that God is the Guru.


Simply speaking equality of all humans and oneness of the GOD is the definition of Sikhism.

Best wishes to all readers on Guru Nanak Jayanti.

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Mangala said...

Ever since I have heard the recital of the Mool Mantra, its become one of my favorite lines!! Just listening to it brings about calmness and a sense of wellbeing. Thanks for the explanation :)

Tanvi said...

Best Wishes on Guru Nanak Jayanti to you and your family too!

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Rama Ananth said...

Happy Guru Nanak Jayanthi!

Rachna said...

Thank you for explaining.

Destination Infinity said...

God doesn't hate anyone but he doesn't love anyone either - Because if he did, it would become partiality! I liked your representation of Mool mantra.

Nirvana said...

thank you so much! this was extremely informative.

Jyothi said...

To you too. Thanks for sharing this information.

Sandhya said...

Best wishes on Guru Nanak Jayanthi to you and your family!

Interesting explanation of Mool mantra. All religions teach the same mantra. We, the people, distort them to create hatred among ourselves, I feel.

NRIGirl said...

That is lovely. Thank you for the explanation. I would have never known it otherwise.

Wishing you a joyous Guru Nanak Jayanthi!

Bikram said...

Gurupurab diyaan bahut bahut wadhaiyaaan

Sujatha Sathya said...

thank you for the clear explanation. wish you a happy Guru Nanak Jayanthi

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Fascinating read, interesting and informative. A happy Guru Nanak Jayanthi to you and yours.

Jyoti Mishra said...

Very apt post on this pious day :)

Happy gurunanak jayanti !!

PS: Been away from blogosphere in past few days, hope u doing fine !!
and I really appreciate your constant visits n comments :)

ZEAL said...

Great post !...Beautiful and informative as well. Happy Gurunanak Jayanti.

Tanishka said...

Happy gurunanak Jayanti to you and your family... :)

sm said...

Happy Guru Nanak Jayanthi
thanks for meaning of each word. said...

Gurupurab di bahut bahut vadhaii ...
truly Divine ...
Hope we have a good time ahead!God Bless!!!

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