A small Kundalini Yoga festival on the 11.11.2011 from 11am–11pm in Athens. Kundalini Yoga kriyas and meditations, aquarian age, kirtan and singing, langar, Yogi Bhajan’s lecture, info about Kundalini Yoga.
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.
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 and the aura. 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 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].
 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.
 The aura is the energy field surrounding the body.
 Laya Yoga is a form of meditation that uses rhythmic patterns of mantras and locks (bandhs).
Inside the Heart of Sacredness a trip of a lifetime to places that will give you new insights – PERU – November 7 – 14, 2011
Take these 8 Days to steep yourself in the Blessings of these power centers and become the power you seek. Taking this time, in this sacred place is necessary for you to be the asset you seek for this coming age. Be the lighthouse. Be the solution Give yourself this gift so you can be the gift to all.
We will visit Sacred Valley, Pumamarca, Ollaytamtambo, Pisaq, Maras, Moray, Machu Picchu, Uros and Antamani Floating Islands in Lake Titicaca.
For full program visit http:/gurutej.net/yoga-retreat
The Sacred Land of the Mayas at Retiro Maya Tulum
November 7-13, 2011
with Siri Sat Kaur and Amanbir Singh
Come celebrate the transition into the Age of Aquarius with Kundalini Yoga teachers, Siri Sat Kaur & Amanbir Singh for 6 days of Kundalini Yoga, Deep Meditation, and Vegetarian/Vegan cuisine at the Retrio Maya Eco Retreat Center in the sacred Mayan energy field of Tulum Mexico. Each day will be dedicated to raising our phsycho-magnetic field’s frequency to allow for greater radiance, mental clarity, physical strength and altitude as we open to the shifting energies. We also have the pleasure of a special guest visit by Dror B. Ashuah, author of A Conversation with Angels and So Be It, who will provide us with an energetic activation and sharing of guided messages received from the Angelic realm.
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.
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.
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.
You have to understand the process of healing in the Age of Aquarius. You have to know how to feed the psyche. You have to know your touch is as good as God’s touch. It is not sensual, sexual, or social. It is a healer’s touch. You have to beam the psyche into the being of a person to make it realistic. What will give the healing is the flow of your soul energy. We call it “psychic flow.” It belongs to your inner self. Please understand that healing is a process.
First of all, before you touch anybody, you have to make sure that you are as pure as possible. As a chiropractor, you need to purify your being before touching your patient, or else you function just like a machine—crick, crick, crack, crack, and the matter ends. If you don’t purify yourself and heal yourself of all the inner duality, negativity can prevail through the flow of the psyche. If this is the case, we stop one disease temporarily, but ultimately cause permanent disease.
Whether you are a medical doctor or a chiropractor, or other type of healer, life has a challenge. And that challenge is, you have to be egoless. You have to just become, without self, a healer, or a doctor, at that moment, for that purpose, that mission. You cannot have any deviation. If you deviate, then your psyche will interlock with the patient’s psyche. You can interlock the body—that I understand. You can tune into the mind, I can understand that. You can tune in the spirit, that I can understand. But if you do not tune into the psyche, your entire healing will be useless.
Healing is a process of personal super divinity. It is a power of touch. You should be so prayerful and pure, and your touch should be so powerful and impactful, that the entire body of another person may change to the desirable end results. Without this, as healers, we get burnt out. That’s why a lot of people do not last long in the health and healing professions.
Your mind should be fresh and beautiful. If your domestic atmosphere is one of fighting, quarreling, and negation, it will interfere in the process of your healing, because your psyche will not penetrate and reach the target.
You are a cause, not an effect. You cause the charge to affect healing and if your charge is very low-grade voltage, and your psyche is not fully with you, the effect will be very low-grade, too.
As a healer the first thing to tell every patient is to breathe deeply. Help your patients get rid of shallow breathing. Shallow breathing means no oxygen, no workload-carrying habits, no endurance, no patience.
Secondly, wash your hands after seeing each patient. This is not only for hygiene, but also to change the energy.
When you finish with a patient you should take a break and resettle yourself. It is not about how many people you see each day, it is about how many people you heal. There is a difference between healing and seeing.
Healing is nothing but the play of one’s personal psyche. It comes from dedication and devotion. It comes from the highest state of purity, and it comes from the power which is God. It’s not what you think it is. It is a caliber to collaborate with the flow of the psyche of two.
© 1999 The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
Previously published in Aquarian Times, Spring 2004
During his classes, Yogi Bhajan often opened the class for questions from his students. Here are a few questions and answers we found about the Sensory Human.
Answer: When Sensory Human beings get together the attraction is timeless, limitless, and forever. Nothing else can come between them.
Question: I am a beginner in Kundalini Yoga and I definitely want to be a Sensory Human. Where do I start?
Answer: Start each day consciously breathing and developing a one-minute breath.
Question: You have said that the emotions are the sensory system of the soul. Could you explain how we can use our emotions as the communication system of our soul and not as trauma inducers?
Answer: When emotions guide us they serve us; when we are ruled by them, they destroy us. Develop your sixth sense in meditation by concentrating at the tip of the nose with the eyes one-tenth open. It will all come to you automatically.
Question: What is the difference between going beyond the five senses as a Sensory Human and raising the kundalini?
Answer: The entire power of the human is its connection to the Universe through the psyche and the sixth sense. This is the basic point from where the Kundalini rises.
Question: I have been celibate for several years but am now in a very intimate relationship. Is it possible that being in a sexual relationship will help raise the kundalini and I will become a Sensory Human?
Answer: Kundalini Yoga is one yoga that is for householders, so it does not require celibacy. But you have to have a legitimate, productive relationship free of guilt, and with sincerity.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
Previously published in Aquarian Times, Spring 2003
 Inhale 20 seconds, hold 20 seconds, exhale 20 seconds, breathing only through the nose.