Mool Mantra is the first verse of the Guru Granth Sahib
. The word ‘mool’ means ‘root,’ referring to its status in the Sikh religion. The entire Guru Granth Sahib is based on these chants. It forms the basic prayer of the Sikhs. The words stress the presence of a single Almighty. The mool mantra exhorts that God is the Ultimate Truth and one has to cultivate those qualities which are associated with him, in order to like Him. Mool Mantra comprise the first few words uttered by Guru Nanak when he came out of a deep trance, after having disappeared into the river for three days. Each statement of the Mool Mantra has deep meanings and implications.
Mool Mantra is denoted by the combination of the two symbols ‘1’ and ‘O ‘ in the Gurmukhi script, together termed as ‘EkOnkar’. The ‘1’ denotes the presence of a single god, while the symbol ‘O’ denotes that everything in this universe has been created by this single entity.