Extracts from Jot Singh Khalsa’s book:
“The Essential Element”
Defining Sadhana: The word Sadhana means a daily practice of connecting with the Infinite. In Kundalini Yoga, Sadhana often refers to the Aquarian Sadhana, which Yogi Bhajan introduced in 1992.
The Aquarian Sadhana is a 2.5 hour practice of yoga, chanting and meditation [whereas] Sadhana will refer to any daily practice of Kundalini Yoga in any form, including the Aquarian Sadhana.
The two and a half hours before dawn are called the Nectar time (Amrit Vela) for meditation because 40 breaths per breath (the greatest possible pranic energy) are available in the pre-dawn hours. The Amrit Vela is a peaceful time when the distractions and energies of the day have not battered one’s body or carried one’s mind away from the infinite possibilities dancing within stillness. It is a time when spiritual masters travel within their subtle bodies to bless the earth – and all those whose very presence is a blessing.
Ideally, our aim is to maintain a meditative mind and behaviors in each moment of our lives. But early morning Sadhana is the prime time and place to attune body, mind and spirit toward one’s infinite nature rather than one’s limitations, and toward the unity of One Self rather than divisions based on fear or anger.
If you start your day tuning into the Infinite Source of healing and creative energy, then beam radiant smiles and good will toward all, you can expect tenfold blessings and good will to return to you.
Just as a car needs regular tune-ups to perform well, the human being needs frequent tune-ups of their frequency – to strengthen the electromagnetic field, nervous system, and meditative mind – in order to remember and manifest their innate divine nature. There is always a resonance between each of us and the rest of the Cosmos. We tend to “reap what we sow”, attracting what we vibrate.
Build consistency at whatever time of day you can manage to practice. Once you ascertain how much time you’ll spend and how consistent you’ll be with your Sadhana, commit to it! That way, you can experience the benefits of all of it, including your commitment. When possible, aim at shifting your schedule so that you can practice Sadhana between the hours of 3-7 am. (This is the time given by Yogi Bhajan on 10/8/99. Ten years earlier, on 7/4/89, he said 3:30am to 5:30am.) Experiment and see for yourself!
Components of Sadhana:
Japji Sahib: “It is the greatest gift Guru Nanak gave to the mankind. So long as you do not master Japji, your Ji (your spirit) cannot manifest. Because these are forty steps to know how your being of the spirit and the mind and the soul and the bodies interrelate. I hope you will heed my advice and concentrate on this for your own sake.” – Yogi Bhajan, 01/10/00
Tune In: Adi Mantra – Ong Namo Gurudev Namo
Optional to add the protective mantra – Aad Guray Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru Devay Nameh
Begin with a challenging yoga set – without causing injury to yourself or others of course. If you choose a yoga set that is very challenging, consider doing some Kundalini Yoga warm-ups. If you don’t feel you have the time to do an entire yoga set, at the very least do some powerful Kundalini Yoga warmups prior to meditation.
Some favourite yoga sets for morning sadhana:
Kriya for Morning Sadhana
Sadhana Guidelines 2nd edition, page 197 & The Aquarian Teacher, page 362
Strong as Steel
Infinity and Me, page 17
Kundalini Meditation Manual for Intermediate Students, pages 18 to 20
Kriya for Physical and Mental Vitality
The Kundalini Yoga Manual, page 15
Sadhana Guidelines 2nd edition, page 262
Reaching Me in Me, page 25
Find it online for free, numerous places
Stress Set for Adrenals/Kidneys
The Aquarian Teacher, page 350
New Lungs and Circulation
The Aquarian Teacher, page 371
Set for the 10 Bodies
Owner’s Manual for the Human Body, page 7
Kriya for Runners (and anyone who wants a good workout – a few warmups recommended first)
How to Improve Your Running and Your Life with Kundalini Yoga (out of print), page 20
Sadhana chants & meditations: The Aquarian Sadhana chants are the suggested meditations to follow your Kundalini Yoga practice. This meditation series is the key to unlock your potential to be successful through the diverse challenges before us in the Aquarian age. These seven meditations were given by the Master in June 1992 to be practiced for a period of 21 years. He also stated (according to several reliable colleagues who heard him) that if he left the earth plane prior to the end of that 21- year period, that these would become the default suggested morning Sadhana meditations for the rest of time.
These seven meditations require just over one hour to complete. Each segment has very specific effects, and together all seven afford a dynamic and transformational experience. The Aquarian Sadhana chants are complete in the way that they were given. Combining them with additional mudras and/or celestial communication is unnecessary.
On those mornings when the musical chant compositions are not my favorites, I summon the will to overlook that loss of a preference – so that I can focus on having a profound yogic, meditative experience despite (or because of) the added challenges.
Another point worth noting: the mantra music should not be your primary concern. You can chant without any music. Your primary focus is to chant and hear the mantras in the same moment. Do this and transformation will occur!
You may choose to do any meditations you wish after your Kundalini Yoga practice. If you don’t have the time to do the full Aquarian Sadhana chants, or simply prefer to do something else – it is okay. There are countless Kundalini Yoga meditations with wondrous effects. However, if you do the Aquarian Sadhana chants for your Sadhana, they should be done in the order in which they were given, for the full times prescribed.
Ek Ong Kaar Sat Naam Siri Wha-hay Guroo (7 minutes)
Waah Yantee, Kar Yantee (7 minutes)
The Mul Mantra (7 minutes)
Sat Siri, Siri Akal (7 minutes)
Rakhe Rakhan Har (7 minutes)
Wahe Guru Wahe Jio (22 minutes)
Guru Ram Das Chant (5 minutes)
To close: Sing this blessing, from your heart: “May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you, guide your way on.” Sat Naam.
Benefits of Group Sadhana: Group sadhana will create opportunities to practice and refine your skills in the arts of communication, tolerance, compassion, and attentive listening – all desirable qualities for human beings living in relationship to others, working to live in their highest consciousness.
Jot Singh Khalsa has been practicing Kundalini Yoga for over 40 years, training directly with Yogi Bhajan. In the 1970s, he trained intensively in art and jewellery making and, with Yogi Bhajan’s blessing to create art that uplifts people, he runs a business making Shakti jewellery for personal empowerment, alongside Kirpan, Khanda and Dharma jewellery. He is a KY teacher trainer, travels internationally to teach on the Spiritual Warrior and men’s workshops, author of two books and lives with his family in Boston. www.thekhalsaraj.com, www.khalsakirpans.com