What about 11/11/2011?

Published on November 3, 2011 by in Aquarian Age, Numerology

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By Shiv Charan Singh

There is no reason to believe that anything grand or special will happen on this day, compared to other special things that have happened on many other days. Still the prevalence of the number 11 on that day is exciting to some people.

The key word for 11 is alignment, and indeed we live in a time of a series of major planetary alignments. Though we should note that such alignments have happened previously, and it was not 11-11-11. The occurrence of 11:11 on digital clocks is as frequent as 12:12, 13:13, and many other such numbers, and has only happened since we had digital media.

However, given that we are also in a shift from Piscean to Aquarian consciousness, it is not surprising that there is a sense of deepening alignment on many levels. People all over the world have been confronted, or challenged themselves, to get into greater alignment. Alignment means that our small world finds more harmony with the vaster Cosmic forces and Natural laws. The macrocosm and the microcosm find a more clear parallel with each other. This requires a clearing of blocks and obstacles on the in-between levels.

11 can reduce to 2 in which case all the problems of material duality will have to be processed before moving on to higher levels. This is our worldly appetite, through things like material goods, drugs, food, the sexual play and all that it implies–our sense of separation, desire for unity, longing to merge, and all the hopes, desires, expectations, fantasies, and disappointments we have in and around that game. So often we will fall into the black hole of despair and loneliness. The longing in itself is innocent but it does need to obey the call to higher levels. As we say,  the world can only fulfill 20% of your total needs, the other 80% comes from the spiritual path; attunement to the divine in everything and everyone.

So it is worthy of note that the total number of the day in question, 1+1+1+1+2+0+1+1, equals 8. Here we are reminded that infinite longing is a longing to return to the infinite.

Aquarius is the water carrier. One understanding of this is that we learn to manage our emotions and live more by our intuition.

8 = 4 x 2 drowning in emotionality
8 = 2 x 4 double intuition

Naturally the presence of the number 11 in the date of 11-11-2011 gives a lot of momentum for working on alignment. This can be the alignment of parts of our own personal life, as well as finding solidarity with others. The alignment can happen between heart and mind, between women and men, between the higher self and soul, between the community [outer self] and the individual [inner self]. It is an inviting chance to tune your soul in with the Cosmos, to restate your identity, and come together with others in celebration. As 2011 adds up to 4, we are reminded that heart centered community is what will keep us buoyant in turbulent times.

In the tradition of Sikh Dharma the 11th Guru is the Shabd Guru, or Bani. It means that the ‘Word’ is the guiding force. The Word is there to serve us towards divine alignment. 11 is 10 + 1 : Courage + humility. It is also called ‘Gur Prasaad,’ the grace or blessing of returning to a meeting with the light of our origin and recognizing our self in that light.

Courage is to be vast: beyond lightness into light itself.
Humility is to be small: located in the nucleus of self.

When enough human beings become light enough and small enough, then a critical mass may be reached that can create an event of cosmic proportions. Meditatively reflecting on the 11 is a chance to realize the full meaning of the mantra phrase: ”God and Me, Me and God are One.” It means ‘Recognize the Other is You’. It means: ‘You and Me, Me and You are One.’

Another great way to tune into this is with this great mantra for the 11: Ekongkar Sat Gur Prasaad Sat Gur Prasaad Ekongkar. See below for recommended meditations.

11 – 11 -11 is a good excuse for getting together and sharing, whether that is for a party, or meditating together, or any other pleasing activity. Look out for the opportunity to join in local efforts.

Thank you to Satya Kaur and Karam Kriya students for their contributions to this article.
With blessings for all
Shiv Charan Singh

Meditations for 11 – 11 – 11

 Sarb Gyan Kriya [Total Wisdom]

When a woman is in love with a man her life becomes a prayer for that man. And when a man is in love with a woman, he becomes humble. Although your greatest strength is love, it is not the love you know. In modern times, love provides only emotional co-existence. Men want to conquer women, and women want to conquer men. In reality, men and women should conquer Prakirti, the creativity around them, so that they can find a Creator beyond all layers. The sages found a way. One of these ways you will practice tonight.

Sit straight in a cross-legged position. Both hands are in receptive Gyan Mudra. Cross the right hand over the left hand in front of the heart center, so that the four tips of the thumbs and index fingers are together, palms facing up.  Elbows are relaxed down.

Eyes are closed.

Chant the Mangalacharan Mantra, “Ek Ong Kaar Sat Gur Prasaad, Sat Gur Prasaad Ek Ong Kaar” (“Ek Ong Kar Satgur Prasad” by Nirinjan Kaur). Continue for 31 minutes.

To end: Inhale deeply, hold, and extend the arms up straight with the palms together, like a salute, the body will distribute the energy through neutral channels itself. Exhale. Repeat 1 time, than inhale deeply, press the hands together and synchronize the body from toe to top. Relax.

As one obtains true happiness, intercommunication evolves from sexual to sensual, social, local, national, international and cosmic to the Infinite. Out of that, Prakirti, the universe, is born. The mantra “Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad, Sat Gur Prasad Ek Ong Kar” explains it, and this most sacred kriya is the seal to go with it. The mudra by itself will change the flow of the body’s energy. Do this kriya, make it part of your life, and you will be surprised at the changes in you.

From  ‘MEDITATIONS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM’, Yogi Bhajan, APRIL,  2001

 

Salute the Lord

Let us salute the Lord—the most powerful, omnipotent Healer, the most Pure of the universe—as an identity and personality.

1. Sit straight in a cross-legged position. Raise the hands up in front of the forehead with the elbows out to the sides and raised to shoulder level. The palms face forward, fingers spread open, pointing towards opposite fingertips about 2 inches apart. Eyes are focused at the tip of the nose. Sing along with Nirinjan Kaur’s Ong Namo Guroo Dev Namo . Continue for 11 minutes.

2. Raise the arms up straight, palms facing forward. Do Long and Deep Breathing and simply listen to the mantra. Concentrate—develop your listening power. Continue for 3 minutes. To end, inhale deeply, hold, squeeze your body and stretch the spine upwards to the best of your ability. Exhale. Repeat. Then, inhale deeply, hold, and concentrate on your heartbeat. Exhale and relax.

A few minutes, a powerful analysis of yourself and a little meditation can bring you to the standard of a saint. When you project your saintliness, your power play becomes positive and the objectives of your life are achieved.

“Most dignified, distinguished and destined are those who remember their destiny. May God’s Almighty Hand bless you with moments of grace and spiritual status and may you have the strength to keep it that way. May you be pure in your own eyes, wonderful in your own hearing, and masterly in your way of speaking. May God bless you and bless you forever. Sat Nam.”

From   ‘A YEAR WITH THE MASTER’, Yogi Bhajan, Oct – 2000

Shiv Charan Singh is a reknowned teacher of Kundalini Yoga (since 1980) and founder of the Karam Kriya School (1996) and Quinta do Rajo. He currently travels around the world teaching Karam Kriya Consultancy Training based on a study of numbers through life and life through numbers. He has written five books on this topic, including a poetry book and sees people daily in his practice as a counsellor. Shiv Charan Singh is on the advisory board for KYTA UK. http://www.karamkriya.co.uk/kundalini_yoga/tutors.htm

 

 

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Excerpts from a lecture by Yogi Bhajan published in Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance

 

Life is based on touch. We touch each other with our eyes. We touch each other with our ears. We touch each other with songs and words. We touch physically. We touch to kill. We touch to give birth. If you look at the whole spectrum of life, it’s nothing but touch. And if you want to know the Master’s touch, then you should live by these words of Nanak:

Aad sach, jugaad sach, hai bhee sach, Naanak hosee bhee sach.

The world in the beginning was true, world throughout time is true, world now is true, Nanak says this shall always be true.

That’s the definition of touch. And that definition should become your touch. Nothing less than that will work. I am not teaching you philosophy or religion. I am teaching you reality. This is how you will enter the Age of Aquarius as leaders—rich, happy, healthy, creative, conscious, trustworthy, and worthy.

Touch a person, hold a person and then carry a person. You can’t drag anybody. You can’t lean on anybody. Carry them, simply and truthfully. And what are the words that dignify the carrying? Can you repeat after me? “I am with you.” That’s all. One line, “I am with you.”

You know what I do when people curse at me? I sit there. It lasts from fifteen to forty-five minutes, depending on the capacity of the person. And you know what I say? “I am with you, don’t worry. Nothing is going to happen. Go home, enjoy life.” That’s all.

You ask me why? The psychosomatic frequency in the molecule into the mega form can be changed into alpha, beta, and theta, in the simple sense of the voice. That’s a law nature must obey. It’s not something people understand in a subtle way. But that’s what the power is. That is the power of the word. Nobody can beat it. But you have to say, “I am with you.”

The most veteran, courageous, and pious act of a human is to be with another human, because we are like stars in the sky, born at one time and space, to be ourselves. Everybody is our coherent neighbor. All we have to do is say, “I am with you.” When you start being one with everybody, then you are actually with God, because if you cannot see God in all, you cannot see God at all.

Do not misunderstand Guru Nanak. The whole life of Nanak is to help others. He walked, he talked, he visited places, he undertook impossible journeys, he started young. From the very first day, his job was to help others.

Symbolically, when you help others, Nanak comes in you. Don’t call on him. He will be there. Forget who you are and help others. Nanak will take care of it in your life, in your family life, in your surroundings, in anything.

But one thing you have to do: forget yourself. If you see only one word and understand the meaning of it, Any Sang Wohe Guru, you don’t have to learn anything else. Nanak shall come through and Guru Ram Das is nothing but a living miracle.

How beautiful will you be in the memory of another person if your very touch or presence or your few words can miraculously take care of the other person? Will he ever forget you? What I am saying is that for three thousand years, mankind has been taught that they are sinners, they are wrong, they are this, they are evil. That’s one part.

The second part is that they need heaven. We need to have a comfortable time now. Heaven after death and this thing after that thing      you don’t need that. All you need to do is to forget who you are and help another person. Reach out. This is life. “Hail Guru Ram Das and heal the world.”And remember when you heal somebody’s problem, your problem will disappear right under your own presence. You will love it. My problem, your problem, our problems are only there when we are not taking care of others. Do you understand? Marriages break, children go astray, neighbors fight. It doesn’t mean anything. The Age of Aquarius is taking care of others.

You are you. But when you deal outside, touch everybody with the longing of the soul. That enriches your soul. That’s why Guru Nanak gave only one order: Jap. It means repeat. There is one commandment, very martial: Jap. And what do we repeat?

Aad sach, jugaad sach, hai bhee sach, Naanak hosee bhee sach.

If you just believe that, then Mother Nature will give you a place where your legacy will live forever.

The human race without grace shall not enter the Age of Aquarius. I am not sure that you will not experience tragedy after tragedy, because the psychosomatics of the earth’s axle, the magnetic field, and the flare of the sun into the creativity and reflection of the moon have already changed.

Soon you might ask for a day of atonement and want to lie down in a coffin, so you can close your eyes. That’s how bad it can be in the years before the Aquarian Age begins. These years are the years of challenge. And what is the challenge? You must come to embrace the truth. You must come and experience the truth. You must come and be the truth. Like Aad sach it was. So you are Aad sach.

Keep your sadhana regardless of how you feel about it. Do not feel somebody is better or worse than you. If you continue your sadhana, the end result will be that you will be needed by the Age of Aquarius. Try to understand how lucky you are. We are going through a change of age and we are participating in it. It is not that a huge disaster should happen and only then will people see the age is changing. If you look at the evening news you will find that disasters are happening everywhere. But you are changing. You are changing to challenge the ultimate challenge—to help humanity through it.

When you don’t have patience, then you don’t have yourself. It’s a most cowardly act. When you lash out and flash out and do all that mischief, you are cheap and you are a creep. It’s not you. Hold your ground and behold. Every day is yours and yours alone. It is not anybody else’s. Behold, the breath of life is yours. This life is yours. You are yours. How many of you are yours? How many have given themselves to themselves? What kind of lover are you? What an idiotic thing to do—to love everybody, but not yourself.

Paaras is the philosopher’s stone. When it touches anything, it makes it gold. Then all the cycles, the circle of life is finished. We have to do that now. The world is going to hold onto us. If we will not prepare ourselves to face it, we may become failures.

People say to us, “You look beautiful. Help me.” They don’t want to tell you a story, they don’t want to take time. You have to help them. You can’t hide under this nonsense, under your neurotic life. “Oh, I am an attorney. I am a doctor. I am an executive. I am successful.” People won’t care who you are. People will mob you. They will ask for help. They will like your energy; they will want the touch. If you know how to touch the heart, you will be great. You will be positive. What more I can tell you? It’s on us. It is coming. We have prepared ourselves for thirty years. Nobody can tell you what to do. You have to go sincerely inside your psyche and say ,”I am radiant. I am a reality. I have my own reverence.” Let people know you are a graceful reality, with reverence of courage. You have to protect your own reverence. Nobody can protect it for you.

Now I have done my job. I am on my way out. I have come, lived my promise to create teachers. Teachers are those who will practice the teachings in reality. If there is no experience, get the experience. The time has come now that you should become teachers and cover me. I have covered you. I did not come here for students. I came here to create teachers. I have done my job silently, in shame, in pain, in slander, in praise, in appreciation, in service, and in disaster. It didn’t matter because the pair of opposites does not affect a yogi. I have given you all that you need. For your sake, practice it and experience it so you can share with people who will fall on you like hordes.

Thank you very much. May you all be blessed, blessed, blessed and may Guru Ram Das bless you forever. This is the time for you to declare yourself. You are teachers and even if you have been the most lazy, lousy, bedridden, nonsense, come out and just touch people. Leave the rest to God. Be kind, compassionate and caring. And just touch. Everybody has obnoxiousness and passion and everybody has compassion and grace equal to it. So, there is no dearth of natural faculties to be positive. We are going to play the biggest show on this Earth—the greatest show of all time—as Aquarian teachers and that’s what you all are.

Kindness knows no defeat. Caring has no end. And touching a person’s heart is the only language God knows. I hope God and Guru will bless you throughout this time, here and hereafter.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, published in Success and the Spirit.

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Yogi Bhajan spoke at the Master’s Touch Teacher Training course on September 22, 2002. After the lecture, Yogiji answered questions:

Q: What does it mean to be a spiritual teacher, to have a spiritual teacher?

A: To have a spirit. A spiritual teacher should have a spirit and live with the spirit. He should teach fearlessly and graciously and nicely and humanly and humbly.

Q: How do you find this spiritual leader?

A: The heart will find it, the head cannot. A spiritual teacher is not a matter of the head. It is a matter of the heart. It has nothing to do with the head. When you find your teacher, you find him/her. That’s it. When you don’t, you don’t.

Q: What do you mean that the relationship of a teacher and student is like a chiseling stone?

A: Chiseling is the ultimate touch. Without chiseling, a stone remains a stone. Nothing comes out of it. A life that is not ready to be chiseled shall have no shape. Don’t I chisel you these days? So, you’ve been through the experience. Master’s Touch is when your teacher touches your central nervous system and gives you the inflow to your own ocean of self where you can find no corner to hide and you become free—free of fear, because your greatest and most typical enemy is your fear. Your fear creates doubt. Your doubt creates bad language, your bad language creates fights, your fights create misery, your misery creates hell, and your hell creates unhappiness. That is the path we normally adopt. But somehow, through very clear consciousness, Master’s Touch is that touch which turns your fear to non-fear, your vengeance against self to non-vengeance, your unawareness to realization, not valuing yourself to honoring yourself, etc.

Q: The first time I met you, you provoked the living creature out of me because you were so straight about everything.

A: I am unfortunately very clear in one thing: that God made you the best He could, would, or should. Do not make doo-doo of yourself. That’s what I believe. My realm is that. No man or woman has the right to act condescendingly or harshly to anyone. No, that’s not your right, neither is it your privilege. You should not do that. Wherever there is the breath of life, be exalted, walk tall, and feel free. Have no fear, no vengeance.

Q: What are the ways to drop fear?

A: Take that pen. Raise it. Drop it. That’s how. When you drop something, just drop it. There is no other way. Don’t listen to the lies of people. No kriya can help you drop it. Only you can. Just drop it.

Q: Sir, what will be the role of teachers in the Aquarian Age?

A: Honesty. Nothing more, nothing less. Be frank, straightforward, and honest. A teacher has to emit a radiant psyche, and that truth which he practices has to be radiant. A teacher is not a storyteller, though he might like to impress people. A teacher is a teacher.

Q: How do you maintain balance as a teacher?

A: In the world of infinity, a teacher belongs to that flow of infinity. He is not an idiot who just gets lost in beauty, charm, and money. You can’t bait a teacher. Let’s put it in a simple way: he is not a fish that is ready to be caught.

Q: You said something earlier about the atomic makeup of the human changing in the Age of Aquarius?

A: The Age will change. Your menstrual cycle will change. Your cells and the inner atomic energy of the atom will change. Your projection and sensory projection will change. Your feelings, your dreams, your thoughts will change. Everything is going to change upside-down. Nothing will be the same.

Q: Does it happen just like, “boom”?

No, no, slowly. And in the process you will be hammered and chiseled. An Age never changes quickly.

Q: Do you think that human nature has changed in the last 3,000 years?

A: Human nature changes every second. Every moment the longitude and latitude changes; the altitude and attitude of the human changes. The fastest changing mammal is the human.

Q: Will you talk about the ancient gong?

A: The gong creates the sound, which projects you out of your realm to Infinity, provided you know how to play it.

Q: Sir, would you explain your personal experience with touching the Infinite?

A: Do you know what it is? Nothing. You can’t believe in “nothing.” You need something to believe in. That’s a handicap. We are from zero, we live through zero, and we end up zero. You meditate and you reach that stage, and you start experiencing it, and things will start coming to you. It is a backward idea to grab for things, to ask favors, etc. I don’t believe in that. God is the Giver—giver in the sense of creativity of the elements. The elements that belong to you shall come to you.

Q: Joseph Campbell said the last myth for us to really get by is our myth of a belief in God and that we have to get past that myth in order to experience Infinity.

A: The purpose of the entire practice of all of human life is: number one, when you breathe the breath of life, you know you are breathing it. Number two, you give it to Infinity as an offering. Number three, then close your eyes and say “Wahe Guru” and be One. That act of that moment is the purpose of life.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

 

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By Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa

Many people who practice Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan love the mantras and chants. But where did these chants come from? What language are they written in?

Kundalini Yoga often uses chants taken from the language of Gurmukhi.  As far as languages go, Gurmukhi is relatively new. It’s less than 500 years old.

Guru Angad, the second Sikh Master, invented the Gurmukhi script. Guru Nanak named Guru Angad to succeed him as the Guru for the Sikhs in 1539. Gurmukhi means “from the mouth of the Guru.” The Gurmukhi script accomplished something very special. It allowed people to be able to read and pronounce the songs written by Guru Nanak. Up until that point in history, the dialect spoken by Guru Nanak and his contemporaries had no written equivalent. Written languages were reserved for the powerful, the wealthy, and the high-castes. There was no writing or reading based on the common language.

Gurmukhi was developed to be a very precise phonetic language. By learning to pronounce Gurmukhi, people could not only learn to read and pronounce the songs written by Guru Nanak; they could also learn how to pronounce the songs that Guru Nanak had preserved during his life from other masters and sages, even if those songs were in a completely different language. The purpose of Gurmukhi was not to simply represent the common language of the time, but to allow people to read and sing sacred songs in other languages as well. 

Why did this phonetic language develop? And what does it have to do with the Shabad Guru – the Guiding Sound of Wisdom?

Being awakened or enlightened is not simply a mental state. It is a physiological state as well.  How we breath, how the glands secrete, how the nervous system is operating—all of this changes based on what we speak, what we hear, and what we perceive. When Guru Nanak sang his songs, the words he brought forth had a two-fold effect. On the level of language, they imparted a certain philosophical meaning of how to see the world. But in the science of Naad (sound), the songs have the ability to change the physiology of a person and bring them to a more heightened state of consciousness.

The invention of Gurmukhi was key to opening the doors of the Shabad Guru to all people. Through learning this very simple, precise method of pronunciation, and by repeating the words of the sages, you begin to induce in yourself the same state of consciousness that they were in when they sang the songs. It begins to create the same changes in the physiology. It opens the door to higher awareness. And all that is required is your breath and voice imitating and repeating those sounds.

This is the essence of the Shabad Guru. It is between you and you. There is no one else involved.  It only requires your breath reciting this sacred poetry. By doing this practice, there is a process you undergo within your own ego and identity to transform your awareness to live at these heights.

If you would like to read more about the particular effects of some of the banis, or sacred songs that people practice on a regular basis, click here.

[This article is re-posted from http://www.sikhdharma.org/pages/invention-gurmukhi-script]

The next article in this series will be about the purpose of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib.

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 By Ravi Hari Singh Khalsa

We are forty days away from the historic date of November 11th, 2011 (11-11-11). On that date KRI and 3HO are planning a day-long celebration called The Aquarian Experience. This event promises to be informative, uplifting and a whole lot of fun. I would like to add one more dimension to all of the planning and festivities.

As many of you know, I’ve spent a large part of the past year researching Yogi Bhajan’s teachings about the Aquarian Age in preparation for writing the book We are the Aquarians, Yogi Bhajan’s Vision of the Aquarian Age. Yogi Bhajan spoke about the date 11-11-2011 repeatedly as a critical milestone marking the end of the cusp period that started on 11-11-1992 and the beginning of the transition to the Age of Nanak, which he also referred to as the Age of the Shabad Guru, and which officially begins in 2038. You might think of the period from 1991 up to the present as being the time during which changes have happened mostly on the level of vibrational frequencies.

From now until 2038 we will see the corresponding changes manifest on the physical Earth, in society, and in our consciousness. The ages change roughly every 2160 years, so this is not just another routine day. It’s not even a once-in-a-lifetime event—it’s a once-in-2000-years event! Think about this for a moment. On the soul level, each of us here today clamored to take birth on this Earth just to be here at just this time. On a cosmic level, preparations for this transition have been going on for a long time. Over two thousand years ago Patanjali gave the mantra Wahe Guru. Guru Nanak took birth over five hundred years ago to deliver the teachings of the Shabad Guru for these times. Guru Gobind Singh came to give form to the Khalsa as the model for the pure conscious humans of the Aquarian Age. Yogi Bhajan came in his time to gather us brave souls, wandering dazed and confused in this alien world, and shape us into a Khalsa (Khalsa means pure of heart) sovereign spiritual nation. Each of us has played a part in this Divine play, to be here just at this time. Nor does this process end with the change of the age. Yogiji describes this time as the beginning of a period of five thousand years, a Golden Age, during which the Khalsa will rule through service, compassion, and humility.

This coming date of 11-11-2011 is much, much more than just an important date on the calendar. It marks the beginning of a whole new age of light, consciousness, and awareness. It is why each of us is alive today. I encourage you to pause, take a moment from your daily routine and reflect upon the scale of these momentous changes that are taking place right now. In 1992 Yogi Bhajan gave us the Aquarian Sadhana as the daily practice to prepare us for the transition of the ages and for living in the Aquarian Age. This is a perfect time to give yourself a most precious gift—the gift of the experience of the Shabad Guru in a group consciousness. Monday, October 3rd marks the beginning of the forty days leading up to 11-11-2011. I encourage each of you to take a decisive step and make a personal commitment, to make it a priority to join in the practice of the group Aquarian Sadhana for these forty days.

It is time to leave our old Piscean habits and limiting mental patterns behind. The change of the times is upon us now. Now is the time to step up and give ourselves the gift of experience, the gift of Aquarian consciousness. Here are some of Yogi Bhajan’s words on this topic:

“Now we are entering an Aquarius Age, an age where you know, experience, and then only you will believe. An age of love, it’s a golden age, it’s an age of truth, it’s an age of perfect guidance. In this age happiness shall belong to those who will have the concept of an individual consciousness; the individual consciousness may be blended into group consciousness; and as a group consciously you blend with universal consciousness. Individuality shall not survive in this age. Individuality shall not even exist in it with any iota of happiness. Individuality shall not have any role to play in the Age of Aquarius. The miserable water carrier, the sign of the zodiac of the age will be the plight of those who will try to remain and live individually sealed off in their own cocoons. But the man of God, man of wisdom, man of light shall walk out and shall live in a group consciously, respecting, loving, with individuality as his basis, as his foundation, but vibrating in uniformity of soul, body, and spirit. Such a man shall progress. Those who will pull themselves beyond that yonder to the Infinity and the beauty of God, creativity, and the spirit—those who will not exist with their ego but with humility—t hose shall find themselves going higher in levitated form.” Yogi Bhajan 06/20/1973

“The religion of the Piscean age was I believe, I know. The religion of the Aquarian age is I know, therefore I believe. It’s a hundred eighty degree difference. That’s the difference of religion from now onwards. We call it a new age. Nobody will believe just because of philosophy or because of this or because of that. People will believe experience. Even in 3HO people who experience the consciousness through Kundalini Yoga could believe that there is a God, there is a path to God. The consciousness of Ang Sang Wahe Guru came to us through experience. The consciousness of Cherdi Kala came to us through experience; it didn’t come to us through philosophy. It came to us through Sadhana. And that is the difference between the past which is the age of Pisces, now, which is the age of Aquarius, and tomorrow, which is the Sat age or the new age, or we call it cosmic consciousness.” Yogi Bhajan 04/11/1979

I welcome each and every one of you to join us in morning sadhana during this most wonderful and exciting time.

Ravi Har Singh Khalsa is currently writing “We Are the Aquarians: Yogi Bhajan’s Vision of the Aquarian Age,” which is scheduled to be published by the Kundalini Research Institute and available at Summer Solstice 2012.

 

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By Santokh Singh Khalsa, D.C.

I first heard of the Age of Aquarius from a song in the musical “Hair.” I was a teenager in the 60’s and it sounded really cool. I then started hearing about it again from my teacher, Yogi Bhajan. He came to this country in 1969 and started teaching Kundalini Yoga, a type of yoga that had never been publicly taught before. He could see that many changes were coming that were associated with the shift to the Aquarian Age, and it was time for people to have the tools they would need to transition from the Piscean Age that we had been in for 2000 years, into this new age.

What are these ages? Astronomers will tell you that the Earth rotates on an axis and that this line going through the center of the earth has a slight wobble to it. It goes through a little circular wobble about once every 24,000 years. This cycle has been broken into 12 parts associated with the 12 astrological signs, based on which constellation the axis is wobbling towards. From around 2000 B.C. to 0 A.D. we were in the Age of Taurus. From 0 A.D. to the present we have been in the Age of Pisces. For the next 2000 years we will be in the Aquarian Age. We have been in the transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age for the last 50 years. The official beginning of the Aquarian Age is November 11, 2011 or 11/11/11. Some people have set this date as December 21, 2012. Considering that this is a 2000 year cycle, no matter which date you accept, we are in for lots of change in the near future!

Why is this so important? Many people go their whole lives not caring or knowing if they are a Pisces, or a Gemini, or what their moon or rising sign is. This change to the Aquarian age is so important because it changes the astrological conditions for the entire planet. Every person on planet Earth has been and will be affected by this shift. Let’s investigate what will be changing.

The Piscean Age has been dominated by hierarchy, and power. The key phrase for this age was from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To be or not to be.” To make a successful and happy life, you needed to resolve this question. The key to the astrological sign Pisces is “I believe.” During this age, in order for you “to be,” you needed to find someone or something to believe in. When you found that thing, you attached yourself to that thing and were guided how to live. This could be a religion, a political ideology, a charismatic leader, work, etc. The keys to life were hidden and secret in the halls of power and in the monasteries and ashrams. But you didn’t need to know these secrets, only to follow leaders and guides who did. This created vertical hierarchies as a result, and it was essential to find your place in the pecking order.

This has been the foundation for human consciousness for the past 2000 years. Everything that you have learned from your parents, and they from their parents, going back 2000 years, has been colored by this Piscean frame of reference. And now that is all changing.

The Aquarian Age will be dominated by networks, and information. The key phrase for this age is “Be to be.” The key to the astrological sign Aquarius is “I know.” This is the age of information. Nothing is secret anymore. All information is available at your fingertips. Where the Piscean age was organized in a vertical, up and down structure of hierarchies, the Aquarian Age is organized in a horizontal network, opening the world up to true equality. During this age, the focus is no longer on your identity and existence (“to be or not to be”), but on accepting yourself as a whole person (“be to be”) who does not need to believe in something outside of yourself. You are ready to accept that you have the knowledge and wisdom within yourself. It is no longer necessary to attach to something outside yourself, but to become a leader of one: yourself. Instead of being a railroad car that is pulled by an engine, you become your own engine. It is your responsibility to stay on the tracks and to keep moving forward.

With this understanding, it is easier to comprehend what has been happening in the world over the last 50 years. On the inner level, since the 1960’s, there has been a huge movement towards personal transformation: self awareness, self improvement, yoga, meditation, tai chi, alternative healing, natural foods, etc. There has also been a major increase in depression, suicide, anxiety, stress, and drug use, both pharmaceutical and recreational.

In the outer world, we have seen amazing changes: civil rights, environmental consciousness, women’s rights, gay rights, global consciousness, etc. We have also seen the rise of fundamentalism, terrorism, partisan politics, racism, xenophobia (the fear of the “other”), and general fear mongering.

This shift is bringing out the best and the worst in mankind. Some people are preparing for this shift by opening their hearts and minds and embracing this new age, and some people are intimidated by the changes that they don’t understand and want to return to a “golden age” in the past, or to circle the wagons and trust only those who are like themselves.

Transformation is never a painless process. When you fast or cleanse to purify your body, at first you feel worse, because toxins get stirred up in order to be eliminated. Once these poisons have been cleared, you feel lighter and more energized. Now imagine that every person on planet Earth is going through this shift. We are heading into a time of radical change. It is a time of great potential growth and expansion, but it is also a time of great potential pain and suffering. The more that you understand what is happening, the more that you can go through all of the changes without losing your balance and stability.

What can you do to help make this transition into this new age of information and consciousness? Here are some suggestions:

1. Have a daily spiritual practice. Every spiritual tradition has one thing in common: a daily practice. This can be many different things: yoga, meditation, chanting, prayer, contemplation, exercise, journaling, etc. It is not important what you are doing, but that you do something almost every day, and do it with an intention to let go of your blocks and focus your consciousness. Kundalini yoga and meditation are the most powerful tools that I have found, but everyone must find their own pathway and collect the tools for their own toolbox.

2. Don’t give in to fear, despair, or anger. There is so much happening that can trigger these emotions: the media, the environment, politics, terrorism, etc. If you understand that these emotions are all symptoms of the Aquarian shift, then you can go through them without losing your center.

3. Don’t be a victim. You have the power to change your life. Don’t give that power away to anyone through blame or resentment. You are responsible for your happiness and grace. Don’t buy into any view of reality in which you are not 100% responsible for making your life work. The Aquarian Age is all about empowerment and consciousness.

4. Be a source of light. The more people who consciously choose to embrace the Aquarian shift, the easier this transformation will go for humanity. It is a spiritual truth that a small percentage of people who have shifted their consciousness can influence the rest of humanity. If you are reading this, then you are most likely one of these pioneers. Find a way to spread your light: teach, heal, create community networks, serve, sacrifice, love. Welcome to the Aquarian Age!

Santokh Singh Khalsa is a chiropractor in Pasadena, California. He is also the director of The Awareness Center, where he has taught Kundalini Yoga and meditation to thousands of people since 1975. He is the master teacher for the Awareness Center Level I Teacher Training program and has trained hundreds of yoga teachers. He practices yoga and meditation without fail every day of his life and eats a healthy vegetarian diet. With his white beard and sparkling eyes, many of his younger practice members call him “Santokh Claus” during the Christmas season. For more information on Santokh Singh Khalsa, go to www.khalsachiropracticpasadena.com

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12-21-12: Portal Transit Date Checklist

Published on September 12, 2011 by in Aquarian Age, Numerology

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By Nam Hari Kaur Khalsa

The day of 12-21-2012 is a “portal dimensional transit” date. Goodness, what does that mean? Simply stated, it will bring a huge energy shift to the planet, and some people’s nervous systems may not be in a place to handle it. A certain amount of prep work needs to be done in order to be in synch with this higher energy field. This date is definitely not the end of the world, as some people have imagined. It is the beginning of a new dimension of possibilities for those of us who are willing to work together towards a conscious change on the planet, which is inclusive of all living beings. See you there!

  • Omega 3 Oils: There is a tremendous increase of electrical energy beaming down on the planet. All electrical currents require insulation, and as humans we need in­creased insulation. Omega 3 oils are an essential component for the nervous system and higher brain function. You will notice a difference after just 2 weeks of taking these nutrients.

 

  • Sauna or Steam Room: Sweating is an important function for the body and brain. If you don’t sweat regularly the lymphatic system can’t detoxify itself. This creates a bitterness in the blood which is the beginning of disease. Don’t use toxic deodorants, as they clog up the armpits. The armpits need to sweat so that the brain may cleanse itself. Brain toxicity is sometimes the cause for nightmares and mental imbalance. A sauna or steam bath is recommended once every three weeks.

 

  • Stretch: A flexible body helps support a flexible mind and personality. In 2012 the overall number for the year is a 5, and 5 on an emotional level is flexibility and toler­ance. Simple stretching from side to side, whether sitting on the floor or standing will help balance the flow of energy in the body.

 

  • Breathe: The breath controls the mind. If you have a shallow breathing pattern, you are automatically vulnerable to fear and depression. Why? Because you will not have enough energy to face the day. Be active and aerobic, have fun things to do in your week, and get outdoors in nature. We all need a break sometimes from the density of the negative electromagnetic field generated by city living. Hug a tree.

 

  • Master Pranayam—Sitali Kriya: The mind is controlled by the breath. When our breath is steady and even we have an energetic advantage over dealing with the stresses of daily life. Sit in easy pose with the spine straight. The eyes are closed. The hands are in Gyan Mudra. Curl the tongue up on the sides and extend the tongue out of the mouth. This takes a little getting used to, so work with it as best you can. Your posture and form will improve over time. Inhale long, slow, and deep through the curled tongue. Once you have fully inhaled close the mouth and let the tongue rise to touch the upper palate. Then slowly exhale through the nose. Continue for 11 minutes. This meditation has domain over the Ether Element. It is said that those who practice this kriya, “Have all things come to them that they need, by the planetary ether. In mys­tical terms, heavens shall serve thee.”

 

  • Laugh! Laughter is the best medicine. Rent a funny movie and invite someone over to watch it with you. Laughter strengthens the immune systems. There’s Robin Williams in the “The Bird Cage” or “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Also,Cher in “Moonstruck,” and Steve Martin and Meryl Streep in “It’s Complicated.”

 

  • Mint Refresh: Take a clean face cloth or hand towel and run either very hot or very cold water over it, then wring out the excess water. Get a good quality Peppermint Oil at the health food store. Peppermint Oil can usually be found near the vitamin sec­tion and it is typically sold in one ounce glass vials. It is relatively inexpensive. Sprinkle about 5 drops onto the damp face cloth, and then rub the sides of the cloth together so the oil gets into the cloth. Fold the cloth in half, lie down flat on your back on the bed or floor, and place the cloth over your eyes and forehead. Totally relax for 15 minutes. Peppermint helps to relax and detoxify the aura, as well as dispel negative thoughts. This is a par­ticularly good remedy if you have been in a crowded room full of people, or on the phone for a long time with someone who is draining. Mint Refresh to the rescue!

 

  • Let Your Liver Live: The liver is one of the most important organs of the hu­man body. It has dozens of functions. When the liver is congested we begin to feel tired and cranky. If the liver gets really over loaded we become depressed or angry. Nature’s way: get a quart of good quality spring water and a fresh lemon. Juice either half or all of the lemon and add the lemon juice to the water. You can add a little maple syrup or honey to taste, but don’t go overboard. This simple remedy will help you to feel light and focused, as well as purify the blood. It is a centuries old remedy in many indigenous cultures.

 

  • Clean Teeth: Get your teeth cleaned regularly by a dental hygienist. Plaque buildup allows harmful bacteria to dwell in your mouth. There are now scientific studies that have linked heart disease to the buildup of plaque in the mouth. Amazing! You can easily reduce the stress on your heart by brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleaning.

 

  • Buddy System: One of the best songs ever is “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King (popularized by James Taylor). Create a buddy system by asking someone if they would like to go exercise walking with you 3 times a week. See if there is someone in your yogic community who would be willing to do a 40 day meditation with you, some­times together, when schedules allow. See if one or two people would like to rotate out a dinner night—dinner at your place the first week, then at one friend’s the next week and at another friend’s the next week. Create a cozy connection of having happy simple things to look forward to and share. If someone can’t cook they can just order a pizza. Much of the pain and neurosis of our modern culture comes from a loss of tradition. When people used to feel stressed they would return home to the family farm for a time out. These days someone may have already sold the farm. Within your present culture and location try to create a foothold of tradi­tion where you and others may feel nurtured and supported. You be the brave one and make the first call.

 

  • Rescue Remedy: Most health food stores carry a line of healing flower essences called “Bach Flower Essences.” One of the tinctures is called “Rescue Remedy.” It is a combination of five flower essences to help calm you down after a stressful event. It works on a subtle energetic level, and is not a drug. Pick up a vial of Rescue Remedy, and throw it in a knapsack with a quart of water, some trail mix, and a change of clothes. Don’t forget the tooth brush! Create for yourself a “Readiness Pack,” so if you had just 5 minutes to leave the house you would be reasonably prepared to take care of yourself for 3 days. Use your intelligence and intuition to decide what else you might need for your personal Readiness Pack.

 

  • Keep it Together ‘til it Comes Together: This is a very important man­tra. Everything happens in cycles. If things seem to be failing apart around you, just know that it is a temporary circumstance. The only thing you have control over is your reaction to the events. You can be the chicken with its head cut off, or you can be the one who starts breathing long, slow, and deep from the navel point. It is necessary to know this is a choice. You are part of the solution when you are stable and steady. Hand of God may place you in certain situations to be an example of a spiritual being who dwells in a place of grace and good will to others. We are the answer.

Call Nam Hari Kaur to set up your personal reading. Hidden away in the numbers of your birth date are the secrets to your life’s happiness and true potential. Nam Hari specializes in the area of relationships, and your questions on love, money, and destiny line fulfillment are answered. 310-202-8937 or 575-305-0017 email: [email protected].

 

 

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By GuruMeher Singh Khalsa

How many hours will you sit to do yoga and meditation this week? How many hours will you spend working? For all but a few, time spent working will far exceed even the most avid spiritual practice. So why not make work part of your practice? This is not a new idea: working zazen, doing God’s work, karma yoga. In fact, every interaction we have with matter is an exercise of the soul discovering itself. In work, as well as in relationships and our physical health, we get to see the fruits of our karma, feel the status of our consciousness, learn, and grow. Let’s take a fresh look at work as a vehicle of union with the Self.

The soul comes to human form seeking to manifest its uniqueness. It seeks forms to ever more perfectly paint its picture, until there is no difference between the True Self, what you do, and how you do it. When these harmonize, life feels satisfying, peaceful, and fulfilled. Fulfillment through work is possible, but the very idea of doing one’s life’s work, or following one’s calling, can find us trapped in old habits and motivations.

Following are some characteristic transitions that occur in how we relate to work, described in terms of shifts. Shifts represent evolutionary upgrades in the fundamental ways we operate as humans that allow us to function more effectively. We can alter a mental or behavioral habit in a moment by truly “getting” that there is another way or reality. Hold that possibility as you read the work ethic shifts below. Find the ones you are drawn to and are ready to make.

1. The Level of Play Shift: From ‘work is about survival’ to ‘work is about self-expression’

Anyone reading this article is probably not working for bare sustenance, but may feel that way as a result of unhealed trauma and long-held beliefs. There are many techniques available to help clear the past if such patterns persist. With so many beings and talents in this world, your most competitive advantage in the marketplace is to allow the soul, which is unique, to fully and clearly express itself through you and your work. No one is better at being you, but you’ll never touch that inner gold while pursuing others’ goals. Career counseling to discover talents and options, life coaching to move from needs to values, and methods to develop and follow intuition are a few ways to support this shift.

2. The Source Shift: From ‘outwardly motivated’ to ‘inwardly prompted’

When we are driven by outside influences, we do this in order to get that, and this is something we have not truly chosen. Be famous so millions will love you. Be a doctor so Dad will be proud. Make money to feel secure. Accomplishment is produced this way but comes at great expense and lacks fulfillment. For instance, seeking a new career “so that” – there may be an assumption that a new situation will bring relief from some difficulty, or more time or money, which will bring more freedom, which will bring more happiness or peace. Upon deeper inquiry, one can begin to hear what the soul is calling out for, some aspect or ability that has been dormant and seeks expression. When that is brought to the forefront of awareness, it can be developed immediately, for which development current circumstances may be perfect. Questioning long-held motives and meditatively inquiring how you feel about your pursuits, as well as what you feel most satisfied doing, is a way to begin this shift. Write down and honor what you discover. You don’t have to make any radical changes, but allow yourself to sit with surprising inner answers; if nourished, they may germinate.

3. The Operational Shift: From ‘emphasis on doing’ to ‘importance of being’

How you feel about your accomplishments and how you achieved them will outlast the glory of the moment. Recent history is rife with examples of shortsighted trades of wealth and power at the sacrifice of virtues, values, and other qualities that make us feel good about ourselves in the long run. You probably don’t remember who won last year’s gold medals or Oscars, but can you remember those who have touched you in great ways? Which is more important? It’s true that at the moment of death we review our entire lives, but we judge it not in terms of what we did, but how we did it, how we felt, and how clearly our Being performed its tasks, monumental and mundane.  To operate more from being, try focusing on behavior rather than on accomplishments or possessions.

4. The Attraction Shift: From ‘struggle, pursue, make it happen’ to ‘project, attract, and respond’

This is the yogi’s way: Work inwardly to polish the projection, and then let it do the work. It takes trust in the Universe, patience, and surrendering your timeline to God. Begin by developing the 6th and 7th chakras[1] and the aura[2]. All methods that release the past, as well as attachment to the future, and declaring the present as perfect (gratitude) will help. To attract opportunities, use techniques and support that develop self-acceptance, self-esteem, personal radiance, and projection.

5. The Oneness Shift: From ‘success = individual achievemen’ to ‘success = welfare of the group’

It’s folly to think we can accomplish anything without the intricate web of all life. Team effort, lots of support, delegation to specialized talent – these don’t just make good sense and create ease; they are necessary to truly succeed in this world. In Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great, he describes one characteristic of today’s best corporate leaders as “a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will.” The best performing leaders seek success for the company above their own notoriety. Building network and community are learnable skills; embracing them gives immediate benefit.

6. The Bigger Picture Shift: From ‘I am doing this and it is important’ to ‘God is the Doer and it is His play’

The first leads to a false sense of self-importance and stress. Seeing it all as maya, a movie in which you are cast in order to experience, learn, and grow, can make for an enjoyable ride. Religion has been the traditional source of this paradigm and offers a vast array of teachings and techniques. It can begin as a belief but must ultimately be experienced directly.  Knowing and feeling your Self as directed and guided by a higher power can be both relaxing and liberating.

These six shifts of consciousness regarding work can make your life more satisfying by bringing your daily activity into alignment with your purpose. Finding your life’s work and discovering that you are always doing your life’s work, always doing your spiritual practice, become one and the same.

The following meditations address different aspects of our relationship to work, by balancing aspects of the mind that connect our inner and outer lives, opening the window from soul to action.

Meditations for Shifts to an Aquarian Work Ethic

For Shifts 1 & 2:

Karani Kriya: This kriya helps you to feel secure, so you can immerse yourself into a role without losing a confirmed sense of your Self.  You can perform action in the world to enhance and express the Self. This solves the problem of finding how to make a lucrative livelihood and satisfy the soul at the same time.

Sit with straight spine. Raise the arms in front of the torso with the forearms parallel to the ground at shoulder height. Bend the elbows so the fingers can point toward each other in front of the throat center, palms facing down. Bend the ring and little fingers of both hands under the thumb on the palm. Extend and touch the tips of the index and middle fingers to the tips of the same fingers of the opposite hand. Close the eyes to 1/10th open. Create a precisely timed pattern of pranayam: Inhale for 2 to 3 seconds. Hold the breath in for 5 seconds. Completely exhale for 10 to 15 seconds. Continue for 11 to 31 minutes. Then inhale deeply. Relax.

From The Mind, its Projections and Multiple Facets by Yogi Bhajan.

For Shifts 3 & 5:

Apostle Projection: This meditation is said to link the essence of your purpose to the universal mind and soul of the cosmos. Your message and need are projected to the cosmos, and help and knowledge come back to serve you and complete your goal. It is a prayerful projection for a unified response from the Universe. You learn to rely on the heavens and the greater environment.

Sit with a straight spine. Hold the hands at the level of the heart center. The right hand is on top of the left hand, both palms face down. The right thumb is bent and comes under the left hand and touches the palm. The left thumb is bent and also touches the left palm. The bent thumbs are pressed together so the thumbnails touch. Look at the tip of the nose. Chant the following mantra:

Wha-Hay Gu-Roo Wha-Hay Gu-Roo Wha-Hay Gu-Roo Wha-Hay Jee-o

Lift the navel and diaphragm in rhythm with each Wha. Continue for 31 minutes.

An ideal tape to use is Wahe Guru Jio by Gianiji available through Ancient Healing Ways at www.a-healing.com.

From The Mind, its Projections and Multiple Facets by Yogi Bhajan.

For Shifts 4 & 6:

Kundalini Yoga Laya[3] Meditation: According to ancient yogic tradition, this meditation will bring your soul and destiny to the present.  It will let your activity serve your purpose. It will make you creative and focused on your real priorities. You have an expanded sense of life. You feel that the Infinite Will and yours act together. Strong actions combined with nonattachment make life a dance with much creativity and gratitude.

Sit straight. Put the palms together in prayer pose at the center of the chest. Focus at the brow point. Chant:

Ek ong kar-a,                                   Sa ta na ma-a,                   Siri wha-a,    Hay gu-ru

                 (One Creator Creation)                                  (True Identity)                             (Great Indescribable Wisdom)

The chant is very precise. On Ek pull in the navel. On each -a lift the diaphragm up firmly. Relax the navel and abdomen on Hey guru. The sound has a “spin” to it. It is a 3 -1/2 cycle rhythm. As you chant, imagine energy and sound spiraling up and around the spinal cord in a right-handed helix. Start at the base of the spine as you initiate the energy from the navel. End with focus over the head to the Cosmos on Hey guru. Continue for 31 minutes. This extraordinary Laya Yoga Chant is said to suspend you above conflicts attracted by success and the activity of the Positive Mind, and help you sacrifice what is needed to accomplish your real prioritiesFrom The Mind, its Projections and Multiple Facets by Yogi Bhajan.

 GuruMeher Singh Khalsa is a practicing life coach, helping people to make shifts, achieve excellence, and realize their business, personal, and spiritual goals. He teaches Kundalini Yoga and directs the teacher-training program at Yoga West in Los Angeles, CA. You may contact him at www.Lifesworkcoaching.com or [email protected].



[1] The 6th chakra is the energy center located at the third eye. The 7th chakra is the energy center located at the top of the head.

[2] The aura is the energy field surrounding the body.

[3] Laya Yoga is a form of meditation that uses rhythmic patterns of mantras and locks (bandhs).

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The 5 Sutras of the Aquarian Age

Published on September 2, 2011 by in Aquarian Age, Uncategorized

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Commentary by Haribhajan Singh, from  Catalyst Yogi Blog

These are the five Yogic Sutras of the Aquarian Age given to us by Yogi Bhajan. A sutra is a ‘knot.’ It is a complex spiritual concept reduced to one sentence and later expanded upon by a spiritual teacher. Sutras allowed sacred teachings to be protected from harm (by appearing harmless to conquerors) and were brief enough to be remembered by students in ancient times.

1. Recognize that the other person is you.

We can only truly see ourselves reflected in another person. If we admire qualities in another, we are only seeing those same qualities in ourselves. These qualities may not yet be developed or expressed. On the flip side, if we see qualities that we dislike in another—again, we are only seeing ourselves—perhaps a disowned part called the shadow.

The more we identify with our ego, the more judgmental we will be toward others and the more we will project our own personality traits onto others.

In the Age of Aquarius, the age of enlightenment, we are being called to take full responsibility for our experiences and to live the Truth—we are ALL ONE.

REFLECTION: Just for one day, own everything (good and bad) that you see in another person.

2. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.

The way that we perceive time is an illusion. There is no past and no future—only the present—Now. Time is only consciousness moving.

This expansion of consciousness is pressurizing you to change, grow, and evolve on your soul’s journey. It is foolish to hold back this process with procrastination. In truth, we all know within our deepest selves what changes need to be made.

Worry and stress about ‘what if’ scenarios will only lead to more suffering and paralysis. This is the mind’s play and you’ll end up like a dog chasing its tail.

REFLECTION: The Universe is change. Change is constant so why not embrace it? It is time for you to make changes in your life. Take the first step, no matter how small, and you will feel the pressure immediately start to ease up. This will give you the momentum to keep changing and growing.

3. Vibrate the Cosmos; the Cosmos shall clear the path.

All of the Universe is a vibration of energy. We are either vibrating in harmony or disharmony with the Universe. We vibrate frequency through our thoughts, words, actions, emotions, and feelings. What we put out to the Universe we receive back, much like a boom-a-rang.

When life seems to be continually placing blocks along your path and nothing seems to be moving, it may be showing that you are not vibrating in harmony with the Universe. To vibrate with the Universe is to vibrate the higher frequencies of love, compassion, and kindness.

One of the best ways to be in the flow of the Cosmos is through yoga, meditation, and chanting mantra—sacred sounds that attune you to the Universe.

REFLECTION: Are you in the creative flow of the Universe today? Do you feel that something isn’t moving in your life? Shift the frequency of your thoughts to be more aligned with the Universe. Bring in the higher frequency energy and then watch your path clear!

4. There is a way through every block.

It is guaranteed that challenges come into your life for your spiritual growth and healing. No one is exempt! In fact, the day you have no challenges is the day you are dead. Every challenge, no matter how great or small, has a solution or a way through. This solution, however, doesn’t come from the rational or logical mind. A pros and cons list will not work.

The solution will come bubbling to the surface through your intuition. How do you know the difference between intuition and thoughts from the mind? Intuition is neutral in energy; there is no judgment, no ‘shoulds,’ and no fear. Intuition is the creative energy. It is like a small soft voice in your ear.

REFLECTION: As you face a challenge in your life, take a moment and remember that there is a way through every block. Breathe long and deep for a few minutes and wait for the answer to come. Start acting from your intuition and trust that you will be guided to the next best step for you!

5. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.

In the Age of Aquarius, the age of enlightenment, we are being called to move out of the Piscean motto, “What’s in it for me?” and  into the Aquarian motto, “How can my actions benefit the whole?”

Compassion is learning and acting from the heart. If we choose to go into judgment or look away from the suffering of our fellow human beings, we are misunderstanding the times. It is only the ego and mind that keep us separate from one another and in denial of the truth.

The Aquarian Age is recognizing that we are ONE human tribe on planet Earth, all of us brothers and sisters connected by ONE spirit. We are here on this planet to serve, uplift and help one another.

REFLECTION: Keep your heart open today as you approach people and challenges. Resist the urge to go into the mind and ego to become separate. Remember to look into the eyes of others to see the same light that lives in us all.

Haribhajan Singh, also known as the Catalyst Yogi, is committed to helping people transition into the Aquarian Age. He is also a trained energy healer, writer, and certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher, as taught by Yogi Bhajan. His specialties are managing the mind and emotions, dropping the past, and connecting to one’s authentic power.

 

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The Mysteries of the Aquarian Age Dates

Published on August 25, 2011 by in Aquarian Age

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By Ravi Har Singh Khalsa

Questions have come up regarding seeming inconsistencies in Yogi Bhajan’s calculation of dates relating to the shift to the Aquarian Age. These same questions came up in my own mind as I started to research his teachings on this topic.

The most glaring and apparent inconsistency is that Yogi Bhajan teaches: 1) that the cusp period between the Piscean age and the Aquarian age started on November 11, 1991, 2) that the cusp period is twenty-one years long, and 3) that the Aquarian Age actually begins on November 11, 2011. These are not isolated dates and figures; he uses all three of them consistently over a large number of lectures spanning many years. The problem is that when you add twenty-one years to November, 11, 1991, you get November 11, 2012, not 2011. Why the discrepancy?

First of all, I believe that Yogi Bhajan saw the transition more clearly as time progressed. In the early 1970′s he referred to the length of the cusp period variously as forty years, fifty years and thirty-six years. As time went on, he settled on twenty-one years and then did not deviate from this figure. It may be that Yogi Bhajan’s understanding of the timing and mechanics of the shift of ages did not come from a single source, but from a synthesized knowledge derived from a number of different sources, all on subtler levels than our physical 3-D existence–for instance: Astrology, Numerology, Cosmic Events on the subtle levels, and Cycles of Energy and Consciousness. Together these add up to a fuller picture of the changes occurring on the Earth and in our lives.

Astrology: Yogi Bhajan taught repeatedly that astrology is a science where planetary energies on the subtler levels influence our lives and experiences on the physical level. The linkage between cause and effect is not instantaneous. In many cases it takes years for the effects to noticeably manifest on the physical level. Astrologically, the transition to the Aquarian Age began on January 5, 1961.

“On the 5th of January, 1961, Uranus, the star of the Aquarian Age, started reflecting its rays through the Moon on this planet Earth and all those who know about the movement of the stars know Uranus moves from the west to the east. Thus a new life started.” –Yogi Bhajan

This was the start of the change of the age and is not linked directly to either the 2011 date or the twenty-one-year cusp period.

Numerology: Yogi Bhajan used numerology extensively as a kind of ‘sacred geometry’ of numbers and dates to reveal hidden meanings and to identify subtle relationships. In fact he used the numerology of students’ birth dates as part of the process of selecting spiritual names. The numerological significance of November 11, 2011 (11/11/2011) is unmistakable. Eleven represents transcendence or mastery. The combination of three elevens makes this a very powerful and significant date indeed.

Cosmic Events: Yogi Bhajan frequently saw events on the Earth occurring in the subtler realms, typically years before they manifested in our 3-D reality. He explained that events in our physical existence are predetermined by events on the subtler realms. The flow of physical manifestation flows in one direction, from the subtle to the gross. The Hermetic axiom, “As above, so below” applies here, as with astrology. It appears that in November, 1991, Yogi Bhajan experienced that the axis of the Earth had shifted. From that point on he taught consistently that the cusp period had begun on November 11, 1991, and the length of the cusp was twenty-one years. I have not been able to find any scientific evidence from the 1990′s indicating a significant shift in the Earth’s axis. In fact, a noticeable shifting of the Earth’s axis has only been scientifically documented within the last five to ten years. I can only assume that it has taken this long for the physical manifestation of this event to materialize.

Cycles of Energy and Consciousness: Yogi Bhajan taught frequently about life cycles–the seven-year consciousness cycle, the eleven-year intelligence cycle, and the eighteen-year life cycle. I believe that his description of the twenty-one year cusp period is based largely on his understanding of the cycles of energy and consciousness associated with the transition of the ages. He consistently referred to the twenty-one year period as consisting of three cycles of seven years. He also mentioned a continuous increase of the vibrational frequency of the Earth throughout this twenty-one year period, which ultimately impacts the lives and existences of everything on Earth.

I have outlined four different systems of knowledge that I believe contributed to Yogi Bhajan’s understanding of the cosmic impact of the change of the age. I am sure there are more; we are just beginning to scratch the surface of his wisdom and understanding. None of these systems are based in our 3-D world. They all originate on subtler realms, and their manifestations ultimately become measureable on the physical plane. Imagine for a moment throwing four pebbles simultaneously into a pond of still water. The impact of each pebble would generate a pattern of ever expanding ripples. To an open and receptive mind, the interaction of the ripples from all four pebbles would create interesting, and perhaps meaningful, interference patterns in the water. This is perhaps a crude analogy of how Yogi Bhajan understood the change of the age from multiple but interconnected sources in the subtle realms.

I would like to end with one final thought. What is occurring is of cosmic significance, and it is all being driven and orchestrated from the subtler realms. Dates from our 3-D system of reckoning are not all that important. It does not really matter what happens on the physical Earth on November 10th, 11th or 12th of this year or next. What is important is for each of us to tune in to the underlying processes and to integrate these into our consciousness and practices. We can think of November 11, 2011 as a sort of cosmic birthday. Do we actually feel a year older on our birthday than on the day before? Of course, not. But it does give us a tangible date to celebrate our continued evolution along the cycle of life. The fact that the various dates and time spans in Yogi Bhajan’s teachings do not add up to the exact expected totals based on earthly calculations does not in any way depreciate the value of the teachings. Instead it serves to illustrate the incredible richness and diversity of the underlying wisdom, which is something we can all celebrate.

Ravi Har Singh Khalsa is currently writing “We Are the Aquarians: Yogi Bhajan’s Vision of the Aquarian Age,” which is scheduled to be published by the Kundalini Research Institute and available at Summer Solstice 2012.

 

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