By Patwant kaur
Photo: Camila Muradas
“It is the process of refining the human consciousness, burning old patterns and clean the subconscious.” Yogi Bhajan
Aquarian Sadhana as Yogi Bhajan instructed is a commitment that Kundalini Yoga practitioners set with themselves to extend the connection to their soul. It is a spiritual practice that happens in the Amrit Vela, three hours before sunrise. At that time the connection of meditation expands and it is easier to receive blessings.
The purpose of this practice is to prepare the human psyche (body, mind and soul) for this transition from the Piscean to Aquarian Age – a time of information overload- social, ecological, political and environmental challenges and changes. Time that requires from all of us strength, physical and mental flexibility and greater self-awareness.
The practice usually begins between 3:30 and 5:00 in the morning with the singing of the Jap Ji (a poem composed by Guru Nanak Dev with thirty-eight stanzas). This poem describes the life of a spiritual being. This is followed by a Kriya (set of exercises) and, finally, a long meditation composed of seven mantras. The practice takes two hours and half representing one-tenth of the day. At that time the planet is silent and the connection in meditation increases.
Yogi Bhajan has taught that just as the human body needs a bath to avoid the stench. The mind also stinks when it is not cleaned. It collects garbage and dirt storing it deeper until it reaches the subconscious. The Sadhana assists in cleansing the mind. Otherwise the accumulated impressions interfere with the processing of thoughts. With this practice, the mind becomes clearer. And the individual is able to respond with awareness coming from a clear purposeful mind.
The planet Earth is going through a period of transformation and changes that affects the basic sensitivity of the mind. For most people it is difficult to wake so early and discipline the body and mind for this spiritual practice. For this reason, practitioners of Kundalini Yoga believe that Sadhana is, above all, a personal victory over time and space. It can be practiced individually or in groups. Individually, to refine personal conscience. And as a group, to extend the same at a community scale and for the planet.
The yoga teachings within this article were used by permission of Kundalini Research Institute; For further information contact: kriteachings.org.