Long Ek Ong Kar or Morning Call

Meditation as Medicine, Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, p. 148


Posture: Sit in easy pose or in a chair with your spine straight.


Eye Focus: The eyes are closed and focused at the third-eye point.


Breath: All breathing is done through the nose. It is a two and a half cycle breath, the first two breaths very deep and long, the half breath is shorter. The breath is further described below.


Mantra: Take a deep breath and chant Ek Ong Kar. The Ek is very short; the Ong and Kar are very long and equal in length. Take a second deep breath and chant “Sat Nam Siri. The Sat is very short, like Ek. The Nam is very long like Ong and Kar with Siri just escaping your tongue with the last bit of breath. Take the short half breath and chant Wa-Hey Guru. Wahe and Gu are very short and ru is long. Pull in on the navel point on the sacred syllables Ek, Sat and Wa-.


1st Chakra Ek = One

2nd Chakra Ong = Creative force

3rd Chakra Kar = The doer or the initiator in the world of action

4th Chakra Sat = Truth 5th Chakra Nam = Name

6th Chakra Siri = Seeing beyond the greatness

7th Chakra Wahe Guru = Wow! The indescribable joy of going from darkness to light


The entire mantra means there is one creative force whose true essence is beyond description. You might think about lighting up the chakras starting with the root / first chakra while chanting each syllable of this mantra.


“Before sunrise, when the channels of energy are most clear, if this mantra is sung in sweet harmony, you will be one with the Lord. This will open your solar plexus, charging the solar center, connecting it with cosmic energy. You will be liberated from the cycles of karma that bind you to the earth. No tongue can tell how bright the light of cosmic energy is, but when you recite this mantra daily, you will have this light within you.” --Yogi Bhajan.


Comments: This meditation is a classic in Kundalini Yoga. It was one of the first meditations taught by Yogi Bhajan. The best time to practice this meditation is in the early hours of morning, before sunrise. This is when the channels of energy are most clear. This meditation acts on the relationship between your individual soul and your universal soul.


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