Sadhana is our daily spiritual practice. It is the time that we set aside for ourselves every morning before the start of our day, before the kids wake up, before it's time to make breakfast, to go to work, before the pressure of the world is upon us to go non-stop. Therefore, Sadhana is often practiced in the pre-dawn hours of the morning called the Amrit Vela...translated as the Ambrosial Hours. Now before I loose you here, and you may be thinking...that's just crazy talk...it is not easy to start popping up at 4am or 3am or 5am or whatever time you start your practice. It takes some dedication. Sadhana is also about self-mastery. And sometimes, Sadhana for me, has been some crying on my sheepskin and then straight to Savasana. It's an ever evolving practice, and with this practice, practicing, it does become easier to wake earlier to greet the Ambrosial Hours. Once when I finish my practice I always experience joy, and I have never once regretted getting up early, only sleeping in.
This morning was a very special treat, because a number of friends gathered together for The Aquarian Sadhana. It is always a sweet and beautiful experience to be surround by friends while we meditate and connect into our own spiritual beliefs with the sound current. It connects us to the beauty that we are all one and that there are many paths to the same Truth. Meditating with friends balances the energy between everyone. It creates a feeling of peace and harmony. We started when it was dark and finished when the sun came up.
The Aquarian Sadhana is a very specific Sadhana practice that was given by Yogi Bhajan to Kundalini Yogis in 1992 to transition us into the Aquarian Age. The point of the Aquarian Sadhana was to be mentally and physically prepared for the transition into the age of global change, technology advancement, ecological & environmental issues and constant, constant competition.
This morning our Aquarian Sadhana looked like this:
1. Japji Sahib--The Song of the Soul (red together out-loud)
2. Essence of Self Kriya lead by my girl Krishan Das Kaur
"When you are weighed down by the scars and disappointments of life, it is difficult to sense the broader reality of which you are a part. The pains create blocks to the inflow of cosmic energy and you become less sensitive to your own possibilities. This series guides the prana through your body to the heart chakra, "opening" the heart so you can give and receive love without fear, anger or resentment and experience compassion. In this state of compassion you release the pain of former relationships, energize current relationships on a higher level and begin to express our divine essence."
3. The Aquarian Sadhana Mantras:
Morning Call/Long Ek Ong Kaars
The Mul Mantra
Sat Siri, Siri Akal
Wahe Guru, Wahe Jio
Guru Ram Das Chant
And then we drank the coffee.
In Love and Service...