By Nirvair Singh
In the Spring of 2001, Yogi Bhajan taught a prosperity meditation. He commented, somewhat humorously, that this meditation would work even if you do not deserve it!
This wonderful comment brings a lot of questions to mind. What do I deserve? Is this really limited? How do I overcome my limitations? The answer to these questions is quite personal and at the core of spiritual self-discovery. Discovering your relationship with your prosperity is a gateway for tremendous growth and realization.
Prosperity really means flow. We tend to think of it in terms of specific static acquisitions. "I need money to finish school, buy a house or car, pay off a loan, send my child to soccer camp." And we predicate our notion of success on meeting these static goals.
All these needs are real, and the ability to fulfill these needs is a part of prosperity. However, it is a little like saying that you have become an accomplished yogi or yogini because your flexibility has increased.
Increased range of motion is definitely part of yoga but there is so much more to be gained, felt, and experienced! This is true with prosperity as well. Your prosperity is your flowing totality. It is your physical health, mental and emotional well-being, and simply the recognition of the gift of living and breathing.
Just the other morning, I had a wonderful discovery during my morning meditation. It was one of those special times when one is able to have an exalted perspective. I was able to review and assess my life in terms of my death. Where would I be potentially stuck in my own consciousness upon my last breath? I was a little discouraged at the number of events and personal decisions that genuinely bothered me.
I finally realized that I was actually grateful for all the lessons found in these perceived failures and shortcomings. This attitude was like opening a window in a stuffy room! I could breathe. It was such a relief that I realized that applying the feeling and attitude of being grateful, in regard to any event in my present life, was the reality of prosperity.
By all means, plan and project, set goals and revise them as you change. Be steady in your pursuit of the tangible and intangible. Be grateful for it all.
Prosperity is not necessarily the outcome—it is what flows in in life—it is the income! It is the beautiful flow in this present time and space.
Two Meditations for Prosperity
Here are two simple and effective prosperity meditations that can help to establish the flow of prosperity.
Meditation for Prosperity #1
[From the book, Gotta Minute? Yoga for Health, Relaxation & Well-Being, by Nirvair Singh Khalsa]
Posture: Sit comfortably cross-legged on the floor or sit upright in a chair with both feet flat on the ground. Hands can be folded in the lap or with the tips of the index finger and thumb touching, with the arms straight and the edges of the hands at the knees. Eyes are closed and pressed down, looking as though you could see the center of the chin.
Breath and Mantra: After the inhale, as you hold the breath in, you recite mentally "I am bountiful, I am blissful, I am beautiful." While you hold the breath out, you mentally recite, "Excel, excel, fearless."
Time: Three minutes.
To End: Inhale deeply, briefly hold the breath, and then relax.
Comments: This meditation can help to bring prosperity into your life. It can be practiced three to four times daily, if desired. It is a wonderful desk meditation to refresh and recharge yourself during the day.
Meditation for Prosperity #2
[From the college text, The Art, Science, and Application of Kundalini Yoga, by Nirvair Singh Khalsa]
Posture and Mudra: Sit comfortably cross-legged on the floor or sit upright in a chair with both feet flat on the ground. Hold both upper arms comfortably by the sides, with the elbows down and the hands flat and facing forward with the fingers together. Fingertips will be at about shoulder height or a little higher. Keep the palms flat with the forearms. To keep the forearms and palms in line, you will have to lift your chest up high. Keep the chin level to the ground and slightly tucked in.
Eyes: Eyes are about one-tenth open, gazing at the tip of the nose, keeping both sides of the nose in equal view.
Mantra: Chant the mantra "Har." Remember that the "r" sound is like a "d." You flick the tongue up against the roof of the mouth. Pull the navel point with each repetition of Har. Keep the mantra continuous. Pulling the navel will regulate the breath automatically.
Time: Three or eleven minutes.
To End: Inhale deeply, hold the breath, mentally surround the hands with an emerald green light, and then relax.
Comments: This meditation can help to bring the flow of prosperity into your life. It can also help develop healing abilities.
©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
[Published in Aquarian Times, Autumn 2001]
Artwork by Gurunam Kaur Khalsa
Nirvair Singh Khalsa began studying with Yogi Bhajan in 1971. He is a retired University Instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he taught classes in Kundalini Yoga for 31 years. He has authored nineteen best selling DVD's/Videos and four books on Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. (http://www.kundaliniyoga.net) He has also taught classes, workshops and trainings throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Currently he is the CEO and President of The Kundalini Research Institute. He is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 certified teacher trainer. He lives with his wife of 40 years, Nirvair Kaur, in Tesuque New Mexico.