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Just like everyone else, I want to get up for sadhana – but it is very hard to do! My 2018 New Year’s resolution is to make that dream a reality – I will do sadhana every day. I will go to group Aquarian Sadhana when I can, and when I cannot I will sit in front of my own alter. I will rise in the Amrit Vela, which means “Time of Nectar” and is in the early morning before the sunrise, when I can. And when I cannot, then when ever I sit in front of my alter will be my time of Nectar. 2018 is my year!
Here is what Yogi Bhajan said about sadhana:
“I feel that in the morning, when you go for sadhana, you are going to be sadhus. What does it matter if somebody just gets up to say, ‘Hmmm Hmmm?’ That person is still doing it! He is doing something; he is not sleeping. It is far better than a person who is snoring. Do you understand? Sadhana is a willful effort to prove you are not lazy about your own infinity. When the sun rises early in the day, even idiots rise; but blessed are those who rise before the sun to prove that they are sons of the Almighty. Does it sound clear to you? At 3:30p.m. you will probably get up. But those who have the guts will open up the gates of the heart at 3:30a.m., they will love their Lord, they will communicate with their God and they will tell him, ‘Whether you belong to us or not, we belong to you.’ That is all it’s about.
“It is a time and a process where people get up in the morning to chant the glory of the Lord, in this way or in that way, and then they clean their temple. This is how sadhana takes place at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. When we first go to the temple, we take away everything, clean the floors, then give the marble a bath with milk. We clean and polish every part of it, then redecorate it. Then at 3:00a.m. the gates open and the sangat is allowed to come. The sangat chants there from 3:00 to 5:00a.m. and then, in a golden palki sahib, the Guru Granth Sahib is brought in. At 7:00a.m. the hukam (l) is taken. Those who have gone to the Golden Temple know it.
“In your own sadhana it is exactly the same way. Your body is the temple of God, and your soul is the divine Guru within. So you get up in the morning; you meditate; you chant the mantras; you do the exercises; you call on your spirit; you regulate the breath; and you get together in group consciousness because it helps each other. That is what morning sadhana and group consciousness is: It is a help to each other.
“If I am trying to sleep, another is not sleeping. If in this whole group one person opens up to God just once, we all will be blessed in his openness. That is what matters. If one has walked into sadhana with heart and soul in a prayerful mind, we will all be benefited. That is the power of the group sadhana. All should participate. But you know, we still have something of the past in us. We bring up worries about who should lead: ‘Oh, that leader has brought a very good sadhana; that one has freaked out the sadhana.’ We go through this every day. The truth is that nobody freaks out the sadhana and nobody makes it beautiful; it is the will of God which prevails through the soul. When you are a servant and act as a channel, it prevails through you; when you are clogged up and mugged up it doesn’t come through. That’s what it is.”
Yogi Bhajan – Winter Solstice – December 1973
Check out www.MorningSadhana.org and explore resources that are there to help you understand Yogi Bhajan’s core teaching – morning sadhana.
At the end of every class Yogi Bhajan would put his palms together and offer a prayer or blessing to close. Years ago, many of these beautiful and inspiring prayers were collected and printed in a small booklet titled, “Power of Prayer.” I would regularly use these prayers to close my Kundalini Yoga Classes and I kept this wonderful booklet next to my bed. I have always collected everything thing that I could that was published from Yogi Bhajan’s teachings. This booklet, like many projects from the 80s, had a very limited publication and long ago was “out of print.”
A few months ago I was looking at facebook and I saw a stream of posts by recently-certified teachers asking if anyone knew where one could buy this little booklet. It just could not be found. Well no longer! This incredible gem is back in print in an expanded edition with a new look, a new name, and many more entries. There is no more powerful way to close your class than with a prayer by Yogi Bhajan when he was in the flow of teaching. And don’t forget, everything in KRI’s The Source is on sale during the holidays!
Here is a blessing from July 10th, 1987 from the book “Blessings – The Power of Prayer.”
May God Bless you all, be with you all. May He answer your prayers, protect you at every moment of time and space. May peace be your aim, motto and target. May victory be your guiding stay and may you live in nobility and grace. Sat Nam.
In Level One Teacher Training, we learn about the Aquarian Sadhana – that beautiful morning meditation that puts our intentions as a teacher into practice. Sadhana begins with Japji Sahib – the beautiful prayer written by Guru Nanak, the first Guru in the Sikh tradition.
In Japji Sahib, Guru Nanak touches the deepest essence of individual consciousness, elevating one to the universal consciousness. Japji is made up of 40 remarkable segments where Guru Nanak not only explains the mysteries of the cosmos, but also gives us spiritual instruction that we can follow to achieve the same experience of higher consciousness that Guru Nanak embodied.
There is a new book that has just come out about the Japji Sahib that you may be interested in – Japji Sahib, The Call of the Soul. It include the original Gurmukhi script, a romanize transliteration, a beautiful translation (by Dr. Sant Singh Khalsa) and an explanation by Gurutej Singh and Shanti Kaur. Drawing on the wisdom and spiritual clarity that Yogi Bhajan shared on the Japji, the book includes portions of his lectures about the various paurees of Japji, highlighted with kriyas and meditations. Each Pauree chapter is illustrated with beautiful full-color paintings by Sewa Singh and Sewa Kaur. There is a pronunciation guide to help beginners with the correct pronunciation of these sacred words and a glossary to further explain them. You will love it!
You can find this book at SDI.org or on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692810706