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
September 18, 2012 § 2 Comments
These two videos are dedicated to students who are starting out in their own personal practice in the privacy of their own home and without the teacher in the studio.
First, congratulations! In this tradition, we like to say, “Wahe Guru!”
Please email me with questions regarding this practice anytime.
Tuning in with the Adi Mantra is important. It calls on, and connects us to, the wisdom of all ages that reside within us. We want this intelligence guiding us in our practice! The Mangala Charan mantra is technically optional, but I think it is very important. It protects us from harm.
Then the close. Ritual is good. It lets our bodies know that we are transitioning from one thing to another, and ritual allows us to pause for a moment, pay attention and be present. This close centers us in our Truth as we step away from our mat, or meditation cushion, and into our busy lives.
Here they are. Enjoy your practice!
Tune in with Adi & Mangala Charan Mantras
Close with Long Sat Nam