We sell these beautiful Mool Mantar Frames on our website. But often I get asked – Why do we make and sell these Mool Mantar frames. Today I will attempt to explain this topic. If you are itching to see these frames, you can find them here!
Firstly, What is the Mool Mantar?
Guru Nanak Dev Ji was the first Guru of the Sikhs. He was the founder of the Sikh religion and was born in 1469 in a village called Talwandi in Punjab, India.
He composed the Mool Mantar and this is now the opening composition of Guru Granth Sahib Ji – the present Guru for the Sikhs.
What does the Mool Mantar Mean?
Mool Mantar starts with ‘Ik Onkar’ which translates to ‘There is one God’. This is the central message of Sikhism. This symbolises the importance of the belief in the oneness of God and the oneness of humanity (the belief that everyone is equal).
The next verse of the Mool Mantar is ‘Satnaam’. When translated this means that His name is true. It means that the only eternal truth in this world is God. Everything else will come and go. All our sorrows, all our happiness is temporary. Our Body is temporary. Gurbani describes our body as a set of clothes that the soul wears whilst on its journey through this human life form.
‘Karta Purakh’ is next and it means that the creator is the doer. Everything happens in His Hukam (Hukam means His Will – read here for more on this).
‘Nirbahu, Nirvair’. This is the next verse and this translates to ‘Without Fear and Without Hate’. Gurbani teaches us that in order to be spirtually wise, we have to ensure that we do not frighten anyone and that we are not afraid of anyone (see reference). On the same token, we do not hold enimity towards anyone. Sikhs beleive that the creator is within his creation. So if one believes in and admires the creator, then how can one have any animosity towards others?
Take a break here and digest what you are reading.
Following this is ‘Akaal Moorat’. This refers to the Creator / God being free of time. He is not bound by the constraints of time. This is a difficult one to get your hear around.
‘Ajooni’ can be broken down to A-Jooni. Meaning that it refers to someone being outside of the reincarnation cycle. The Creator never dies and He is never born.
‘Saibhang’ means that Vaheguru / God / Creator is self created and self sustaining.
‘Gurprasad’. Finally, if there is one more important central message within Gurbani then it is that of Gurprasad. This means that for one to realise any of these qualities of the creator, there has to be a blessing from the Guru himself. Otherwise so many come and go from this Earth without even getting to know or being familiar with the essence of the truth.
Finally, if there is one more important central message within Gurbani then it is that of Gurprasad. This means that for one to realise any of these qualities of the creator, there has to be a blessing from the Guru himself.
The verses that follow form the beginning of Japji Sahib which is a composition that Sikh’s will read every morning.
‘Jap’ tells us to meditate one One God and the one Creator.
‘Aad Sach, Jugaad Sach, Hai Bhee Sach and Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach’ states that the One Creator who formed everything we see and everything that is around us was there at the start, before time was even created. He is here now – within his creation and around it. And He will be here forever in the future.
Why would you have Mool Mantar Frames withing your house?
This day and age, in the Western world, people are talking about affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that can help overcome negative thoughts.
What better Affirmation can we have other than the words of our beloved Guru Ji. This is why we have created these child friendly Mool Mantar Frames so that children, from a young age, can get to see and understand these very important meanings. All of our framed Mool Mantar prints can be customised to any colour of your choice and form the perfect gift for any young Sikh child.