Taught by Yogi Bhajan on 1/29/79
When your prayers don't work and nothing else seems to work, practice this meditation and they will work. The rhythm must be constant. This meditation causes the heavy area of the vagus nerve* to activate. This extends the brain—eventually to Infinity. The result for the meditator is that she will blossom into her entire potential.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine.
Mudra: Bring the hands, palms up, in front of the body about 1 inch above the navel. Rest the right hand in the palm of the left hand. Extend the thumbs and press the thumb tips together.
Eyes: Focus at the tip of the nose.
Mantra: Sat Naam Sat Naam Sat Naam Sat Naam Sat Naam Sat Naam Whaa-hay Guroo. Inhale and chant the mantra in a monotone as the breath is exhaled. Be sure to pronounce each word exactly and be sure to keep the rhythm exact. Each word gets one beat.
Time: 31 minutes maximum.
*Research on the vagus nerve has revealed that it is involved in our feelings of compassion, empathy, and goodness. Research participants with higher vagal nerve activity expressed higher feelings of altruism, love, and happiness. This is because of the vagus nerve's influence on communication, heart rate, and its ability to trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone responsible for feelings of bonding and connection. This unique nerve holds the key to the ability to be present, aware, and compassionate. It is also one of the nerves most profoundly affected by the practice of yoga and meditation. Kundalini Yoga activates the vagus nerve with chanting, singing, whistling, pulling neck lock, eye focus (drishti), and practicing postures such as shoulder stand, plow pose, and cobra pose (Bhajan, 1982, 1989c, 1993d).
©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
This meditation can be found in Praana, Praanee, Praanayam, available through KRI.