February 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
This post originally written on 11/7/2007 by me on blogger.
Why the Aquarian Sadhana
How does one make decisions? You may have heard, in food terms, that one craves what one needs? But what if one craves a Big Mac? There is a caveat: when the body is basically healthy, one craves what one needs. If not, it craves it’s addiction.
One of my earlier teachers shared that, in the beginning of his journey, he was so “messed up” that, in order to do what was in his best interest, he had to choose the opposite of what felt right!
Faced with confusion and lack of stick-to-it-iveness, a discipline is helpful. Bliss follows. Self-Authority follows. Gratitude is an amazing side-affect that is guaranteed. One’s desires begin to manifest into reality.
Aquarian Sadhana is sort of like that. Who gets up so early and does this crazy thing every morning? Isn’t 4 am still technically considered the middle of the night? It sounds like a recipe for a long and exhausting day. And what is Japji??
To the contrary, eventually you require less sleep, and it helps you to conquer the Duality of the Mind- this constant back and forth in this great head of ours that seem to have all the legitimate facts on why we ought or ought not to get up, and so forth. It also helps to conquer the bondage we experience from our limited understanding of Time and Space. It is the ultimate tool for developing our own Command. It gives us strength by starting the day, uninterrupted by life’s busy-ness, with our highest Self. The first thing to cross off the “to-do” list: defeat my weak, wavering ass & serve my Greatness. The tone for the rest of the day is set, and our fears are conquered, one by one.
We have now entered the heart-centered Age of Aquarius, where the energy of the Feminine re-emerges. This translation feels a bit…archaic? After all, I am a woman, and a man subscribed it. I can definitely blow this one off…
In fact, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib opens with Japji, and it (Japji) was first manifested in song by Guru Nanak, the first of the Sikh Gurus. The Granth Sahib is more like a hymnal, or a collection of Shabads (hymns) from various saints, not all of them Sikhs. These Shabads are like love songs to God & Truth; singing of its Divinity, Greatness, Infinite-ness, and what it means when we connect as part of this Divine Intelligence.
Japji sings of our inability to give it Justice with words. No worldly attainment even gets close to its contentment. It is the love song of all love songs. One that can truly be understood once Sustained Transcendence & Bliss is attained. Until then, it’s shortcoming lies in the capacity for language to describe something that can not be put into words, relying, then on pure Faith. Spoken, of course, in the Sacred Language of Gurmukhi, no shortcoming.
When the 7th chakra is opened, the feeling of Oneness with the Universe creates this incredible experience of every thing and every Being on this planet being one big love of your life. This feeling experienced at the heart center is quite orgasmic. Yes. It comes from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, a book, the 11th, and eternal living Guru of the Sikhs, but it transcends religion.
If trust takes effort, it is difficult to accept the translations of Japji. It is because we take the words quite literally and from the context of the past. We are still living in that struggle with our first unsettling, and for some of us, horrific, relationship we had with the religion we were exposed to from childhood, be it Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Materialism, Capitalism and so on. Or perhaps we have a solid relationship with our religion of choice and we feel disloyal.
Whether or not Japji ultimately resonates with you, once your relationship with all paths as truly ONE and the same is healed & sealed, and particularly if it is met with that Lover’s Essence, it can no longer bother. It is understood.
And once it is spoken, whether or not the meaning is understood is irrelevant. The power of Naad (Sound) that it offers (and oh! what a gift it is) brings you to a whole new level of consciousness. Japji.
The Essence of Practice
November 13, 2013 § 1 Comment
I borrowed this slightly revised title from a newsletter I wrote last Spring about an all day meditation course called White Tantric Yoga (WTY), and I thought, this is totally what I am feeling right now about my morning Sadhana practice!
WTY is known as “the spring cleaning of the subconscious mind.” In Chicago, this event happens every April. Similarly, morning sadhana is a daily clearing of the subconscious mind. I don’t know about you, but I can use a DAILY. The sadhana that I practice, called the Aquarian Sadhana, consists of a 20 minute prayer called Japji (Song of the Soul), followed by about 30 minutes of yoga, followed by 62 minutes of chanting meditation. Sadhana- whether you are doing it for the first time, or re-committing to it- works on you. Things will shift in your life. Sometimes things get messy before they get better. But they do get better. And the greatest blessing for me right now is that I have the gift of a group to practice with, which I have taken advantage of by joining them almost every morning.
Sadhana has been my forklift. Equally, so has been my community. We celebrate each other, and we hold each other up. We help each other see what we need to see, and this includes our blind spots as well as our super awesome spots. Our friends are here to uplift us; to show us what we are capable of, and to hold us in that space. We can worm and wriggle, because things may get uncomfortable, but deep down we know that we are worming and wriggling our Selves into our greatness.
True, we can only look to ourselves to make us whole, no one can do that for us, but this connection to others absolutely makes a world of difference. So much, that it is said that we can only go as far as the 5 people closest to us (so choose your community wisely). At the very least- we know that we are not alone in our quest.
Experiencing pain is a part of being human. The question is, while you are in it, while you are sad, heartbroken, confused, afraid or angry, do you know that you are still perfect in your unique, delicious way? If yes, then go into your human-ness and feel what you feel knowing that your feelings do not define you. If you have self-doubt, then reach out. Connect with the people that show up for you and hold you high. Because their vision of you is Truth.
Sadhana is a powerful boost for elevation. But in the end, what we need is each other.