On Saturday, we will be gathering our Kundalini Community to co-create a very special Sadhana (Sadhana means "a tool for wellbeing.") to celebrate the birthday of Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan is no longer with us in the physical body but because of his dedication to bringing peace to our lives and sharing transformational teachings, we continue to celebrate him. As part of the birthday sadhana, we will chant 2 1/2 hours of Long Ek Ong Kaar. (Full details on the whole Sadhana here.)
In the beginning, when Yogi Bhajan came to the West in the 1960s, he started teaching Sadhana with the 2 1/2 hours of the Long Ek Ong Kaars (also called Adi Shakti Mantra, Morning Call and Long Chant) instead of the Aquarian Mantras we now chant.
This sounds insane so why do we do it?
• It opens up our 3rd chakra, the solar plexus. This is our control center and governs our nervous system. The nervous system is what keeps us calm or when off balance can cause us anxiety.
• It opens up your 7th chakra, The Crown and brings you into connection to the Divine (aka God(dess) aka Higher Power). When we are connected to the Divine, we feel enlightenment and peace with all beings.
• It brings freedom from karmic cycles. Have you seen the movie Groundhogs Day? In the movie, Bill Murry wakes up re-living the same day over and over. Each day he starts to make adjustments to his day to improve it but it doesn't start out great. Karma is like this. Every day we make choices (cause) that can keep us reliving the same scenarios (effect). When you are able to start to notice the cause before you choose it than the effect will be different. This is stepping into the path of Dharma. Dharma is where you flow with life and are in alignment with your Diving Timing.
• It balances all the chakras. Yes all of them! When our chakras are in complete balance, our aura is expanded to its full extension, 9 feet. The best way is to picture yourself as one of those super heroes surrounded in a large energy bubble and all the negative energy bounces off of it. Or like a Jedi that when a "problem" comes to you, you use your Jedi powers to wave it away because you know its nothing to be dramatic about.
• It connects you to your Higher Self. Yogi Bhajan says, We are spiritual beings having a human experience. We have a spiritual aspect within us and we also have a Higher Spiritual Aspect that is cheering us on to be on our Dharma path. This mantra helps you to hear the guidance of your Higher Spiritual Aspect or your Higher Self to be on the path of Dharma.
• Your whole day will be covered. Yogi Bhajan told us that doing spiritual practice for 2 1/2 hours at the start of your day has the rest of your day covered aka you're already stepping out onto a Dharma.
The full mantra is:
Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siree Wahe Guru
What does the mantra mean?
Oneness. Truth is the Highest Identity. Ecstasy in moving out of darkness into light.
I hope you will join us in this special practice to celebrate Yogi Bhajan's life, to uplift yours and bring light to the community. For details on the celebration, go to my Events page.