For the next 2000 years we will be in the Aquarian Age. We have been in the transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age for the last 50 years.
The Aquarian Age will be dominated by networks, and information. The key phrase for this age is “Be to be.”
The key to the astrological sign Aquarius is “I know.”
This is the age of information. Nothing is secret anymore. All information is available at your fingertips. Where the Piscean age was organized in a vertical, up and down structure of hierarchies, the Aquarian Age is organized in a horizontal network, opening the world up to true equality.
During this age, the focus is no longer on your identity and existence (“to be or not to be”), but on accepting yourself as a whole person (“be to be”) who does not need to believe in something outside of yourself.
You are ready to accept that you have the knowledge and wisdom within yourself. It is no longer necessary to attach to something outside yourself, but to become a leader of one: yourself.
Transformation is never a painless process. When you fast or cleanse to purify your body, at first you feel worse, because toxins get stirred up in order to be eliminated. Once these poisons have been cleared, you feel lighter and more energised.
Now imagine that every person on planet Earth is going through this shift. We are heading into a time of radical change. It is a time of great potential growth and expansion, but it is also a time of great potential pain and suffering.
The more that you understand what is happening, the more that you can go through all of the changes without losing your balance and stability.
Yogi Bhajan gave us the Aquarian Sadhana in 1992 to take us through the transition into the Aquarian Age. This sadhana prepares our psyches to excel in the new environments and coming decades.
Sadhana means daily spiritual practice.
In sanskrit Sadhana means accomplishing something.
For Kundalini yogis, morning sadhana forms the backbone of their practice, helping to raise kundalini energy and bring self awareness and personal victory.
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.
Sadhana can be done as a group or individually.
The Aquarian Sadhana is divided into four parts:
Preparation for sadhana - Cold shower, white clothing, covered head.
Recitation of Sikh prayers - Japji - The Song of my Soul
Kundalini Yoga kriya & relaxation
Chanting the Aquarian mantras
The three steps to mastery are sadhana, aradhana, and prabuphati, which mean discipline, attitude and mastery.
Sadhana requires the discipline to do it everyday, the development of the attitude of openness to the Universal self that comes in that state, and it leads you to the mastery of yourself.
Sadhana is really a relationship with yourself that you commit to everyday.
Morning sadhana is a specific practice within Kundalini Yoga. Sadhana can refer to any spiritual discipline done at any point in the day.
In Kundalini Yoga however, it most often refers to the practice done during the 'ambrosial hours', which is usually two and half hours before sunrise and considered the best time to practice because the sun is at a sixty-degree angle to the earth, and has a powerful healing effect.
Why two and a half hours? This the minimum time suggested in the Kundalini Upanishads. It operates under the principle of karma: that whatever you give comes back tenfold, so with two and a half hours given to the Divine, then your entire day is covered with blessings. The angle of the sun to the earth during this time is also very fortuitous and our biorhythms are more favorable for cleansing. Few people are awake during these hours, so it's easier to take time out for yourself without distractions.
Doing sadhana in a group develops group consciousness. When sadhana starts everyone has a different vibration, but as it goes on, our inner strings tune themselves to each other. Our individual auras merge to one group aura. A group sadhana practice amplifies the impact of the meditation. Yogi Bhajan said that group meditation not only adds to individual effort, but multiplies it.
5.00 am Read the Japji
5.20 am Kundalini Yoga Kriya (set of exercises)
6.00 am Relaxation
6.15am Chanting the Aquarian Sadhana Mantras (75 mins).
7.25am Close - Long Time Sun to Long Sat Nam
In the yogic sciences, there is a saying. “Your habits define you.” The problems in life come from our habits. The Divine dwells in the saint, as well as in the thief. The only difference is how people act. Our actions come from our habits.
Kundalini Yoga recognizes every soul as perfect, pure and Divine at the start. There is nothing to redeem or purify at the soul level.
The soul is complete and beautiful as it is.
But life is based on our habits. Our habits define us to ourselves and to other people. By our habits, we live in peace and happiness. By our habits, we create misery and pain. When we change our habits, everything around us can change.
Every single kriya or meditation in Kundalini Yoga changes us in very specific ways.
If you practice a kriya a few times, you receive a wonderful benefit. But if you want to permanently change your habits, and realise the full effects of the kriya, this is what you can do:
Practice a particular kriya or mantra every single day for the same amount of time. Based on the number of days you do this, here is how it will affect your habits:
40 Days: Practice every day for 40 days straight. This will break any negative habits that block you from the expansion possible through the kriya or mantra.
90 Days: Practice every day for 90 days straight. This will establish a new habit in your conscious and subconscious minds based on the effect of the kriya or mantra. It will change you in a very deep way.
120 Days: Practice every day for 120 days straight. This will confirm the new habit of consciousness created by the kriya or mantra. The positive benefits of the kriya get integrated permanently into your psyche.
1000 Days: Practice every day for 1000 days straight. This will allow you to master the new habit of consciousness that the kriya or mantra has promised. No matter what the challenge, you can call on this new habit to serve you.
Remember, a habit is a subconscious chain reaction between the mind, the glandular system and the nervous system. We develop habits at a very young age. Some of them serve our highest destiny. Some of them do not. By doing a 40, 90, 120 or 1000 day special sadhana, you can rewire that chain reaction.
You can develop new, deeply ingrained habits that serve your highest good.