Mul Mantra, Mūl Maṃtar, Mool Mantar, Mul Mantar: 2 definitions



Mul Mantra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Sikhism. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

The 'Mul Mantar' is the first composition in the Sikh holy text and living Guru, the Guru Granth Sahib, written in Punjabi. It is a series of affirmations and is the basis of Sikh theology, as well as the fundamental prayer.

The Mul Mantar is the first composition of Guru Nanak. The Guru Granth Sahib begins with the Mul Mantar and it occurs more than one hundred times throughout the text where it is placed at the beginning of the particular Shabad. Bhai Mani Singh explains that the reason for placing the Mul Mantar at the beginning of a Shabad is that a Gursikh (Guru's Sikh) should remember that everything else will eventually be annihilated and only the Satnam (All-pervading Supreme Reality) will remain.

It can be considered as the moral or the sole truth of the universe and a brief description of the God. The Mul Mantar is the most widely known part of Sikh scripture but it has posed a challenge to translators.

etymology: Mul Mantar (Punjabi: ਮੂਲ ਮੰਤਰ, Mūl Maṃtar, pronounced Mool Mantar)

In Sikkhism

General definition (in Sikkhism)

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Source: Sikhi Wiki: Sikhism

The Mool Mantar is the most important composition contained within the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikhs; it is the basis of Sikhism. The word "Mool" means "main", "root" or "chief" and "Mantar" means "magic chant" or "magic portion". Together the words "Mool Mantar" mean the "Main chant" or "root verse".

This Mantar encompasses concepts which have been evaluated and proven over many eras (or yugs) and known to be flawless beyond any ambiguity what so ever. The rest of Japji sahib that follows this mantar is said to be a eloboration of the main mantar and that the rest of the Guru Granth Sahib totalling 1430 pages, is a detailed amplification of the Mool Mantar.

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