When is sadhana practise?
Aquarian Sadhana is practice in what you are called the “ambrosial hours” (the two and a half hours just before sunrise), when the sun is at a sixty-degree angle to the earth, the energy you put into your sadhana gets maximum results. Your world is quieter. It’s easier to meditate and concentrate before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.
What is sadhana?
It’s a committed prayer. It is something which you want to do, have to do, and which is being done by you. … Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best."
~ Yogi Bhajan
Yogi Bhajan gave us the Aquarian Sadhana in 1992 to take us through the transition into the Aquarian Age in November of 2011. This sadhana prepares our psyches to excel in the new environments in the decades that follow. He envisioned an end to the world as we think of it now – not an end to the world.
The Aquarian Sadhana attunes your gunas, your chakras, and your mind to the change of the Age. We will need intuition, stamina, both physical and mental, self-awareness, and a new depth of spiritual experience that can hold our identity in the face of global changes, relentless competition, information overload, and ecological and environmental challenges.
The Aquarian Sadhana is practiced by Kundalini Yoga communities across the world. Practising sadhana in a group develops group consciousness. At the beginning of sadhana everyone has a different vibration. Some have traces odd dreams; others are already filled with concerns for the day; and still others come with different expectations about sadhana. The more people there are, the more these individual differences balance out and create a harmony. Then the entire group finds its energy directed by the activity of the sadhana itself.
We all have an aura and a subtle body. In a group practice,
those link and become resonant with each other as we chant the same
sounds, move in the same rhythms, and breath is the same pattern. The
result is an amplification of the impact of the meditation. Our auras
combine to form a “rainbow aura” for the whole group. That meta-aura
maintains the frequency and focus that allows each individual to vary in
their consciousness while being balanced and compensated by the whole
Yogi Bhajan said that group meditation multiplied the individual effort not just added to it. This powerful multiplicative effect is why even small groups have a large effect.
Any sadhana can be done as a group or individually. The ideal is to join in a group practice AND cultivate your individual practice as well. We each must stand as one and as ONE. That is the grace, the beauty, and the creative flow of Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan®. We recognize the self, connect the self and transcend to the Self.While sadhana can be done individually, doing sadhana in a group develops group consciousness. By the end of morning sadhana, when everyone's energy has intermingled and merged, it is easy to communicate and be on the same wave length. We experience this effect throughout the day. There will be fewer misunderstandings in the area of communications.
How is Sadhana done?After taking a cold shower, the Aquarian Sadhana begins with a recitation of Japji Sahib, composed by the first Sikh Master, Guru Nanak. It continues with Kundalini Yoga, followed by 62 minutes of chanting very specific mantras in a given order. The chanting of the mantra is done with melodious music.
Why do Sadhana?
In meditation, we are clearing the subconscious of fears. As each fear comes up and we look upon it neutrally, the fear loses its power over us. We become more flexible and feel more free. Normally, we react to anxieties on their time and conditions. In meditation during sadhana the effects of old fears come to us on our time and under our conditions. Since they come at the same time each day, it becomes easier to deal with each one, the mind is cleared of the clouds of fear and begins to see the light and power of creative consciousness. Then, the morning meditation clears out the daily worries and projections so no further long-term subconscious fears can accumulate.
In the beginning, sadhana may seem like a negative activity. It imposes discipline at the cost of some other activities such as sleep! It is difficult to deal with the many influences that resist your attempts to be regular. But as sadhana (discipline) becomes aradhana (attitude), only a positive feeling is left as a result of the experience. The higher mind is able to connect with the Universal Self. At this stage, we confront a basic inner question:- Am I willing to act and think in my highest consciousness, or do I hang on to my old identity even longer?" If the choice is for the higher self, then sadhana becomes a joy, and we leap up each morning to meet it".
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"Sadhana, daily spiritual practice, is the base, the foundation of all spiritual endeavor. Sadhana is your personal, individual spiritual effort. It is the main tool you use to work on yourself to achieve the purpose of life. It can be done alone or in a group. Sadhana is whatever you do consistently to clear your own consciousness so you can relate to the infinity within you. Before you face the world each day, do yourself a favor and tune up your nervous system and attune yourself to your highest inner self. To cover all your bases, include exercise, meditation, and prayer."
~From The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa
"The greatest reward of doing sadhana is taht the person becomes incapable of being defeated. Sadhana is a self-victory and it is a victory over time and space. Getting up is a victory over time and doing it is a victory over space."
~From Yogi Bhajan