Around every 2,000 years, the Earth’s axis shifts towards a different constellation. From 2000 B.C. to 0 A.D. we were in the Age of Taurus. From 0 A.D. to 2,012 we have been in the Age of Pisces. For the next 2,000 years we will be in the Aquarian Age. This transition to the Aquarian age changes the astrological conditions for the entire planet, affecting every person on Earth.
As we have been moving into the Aquarian Age, there has become an increasing sense of time speeding up and the pressure being on. The technology of Kundalini Yoga assists us in generating the inner energy required to thrive under this pressure. With the ever-growing flood of electronic advances and the overwhelming amount of information available, we need the wisdom to use this information. It is urgent that we become truly in tune with ourselves and those around us, as we move into an era that is more individual and more global. Kundalini Yoga develops our relationship with ourselves and with others, as we learn to accept our wholeness and connectedness to a larger creative existence and express this through our actions. Actions such as Seva (selfless service for others) also emphasise the importance of community and serving one another.
This is the ‘Age of Awareness’ and it is becoming harder for people to be untrue or to hide any aspects of themselves. ‘Sat Nam,’ the seed mantra of Kundalini Yoga, reminds us of the necessity to remain true to ourselves and portray our Godly essence in these times.
It is also emphasised that in the Aquarian Age, the conscious projection of our words is our greatest power. As we work on opening and balancing our chakras in Kundalini Yoga, there is often much emphasis on developing the fifth chakra, the energy centre located at the throat, along with the navel centre. We work on developing our voice and speaking our truth, with compassion and power. We can learn how to use our word to move us forward on our path and also to inspire and elevate others.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga allows us to train the mind to work differently, in order to keep up with the pace and stress we are likely to be presented with in this new Age. Kriyas (exercise sets) and meditations develop our self-control, our intuition and strengthen the neutral mind, allowing us to remain calm and efficient under stress and to retain a sense of clarity when faced with decisions. With our intuition developed to a high degree through regular yoga practice, we learn how to assess our actions and their consequences before we take them, helping us to make the right choices in life.
Practising Kundalini Yoga also develops one’s self-sensory system, which is a true source of happiness in the Aquarian Age. This system is developed through regular yoga practice and it allows us to experience and enjoy a sense of feeling absolutely complete. We experience beauty as internal rather than external, and cannot be swayed by any temptation.
The power of chanting is a vital key for entering the Aquarian Age with grace and bliss. In vibrating the cosmos, the cosmos clears our path. We expand our sensitivity and can attract situations, people and events, according to what we vibrate.
Surrendering and opening ourselves to show our pure, true identity, Kundalini Yoga helps us to shed whatever brings us down or does not serve us. It brightens that inner diamond core, allowing us to activate our full creative potential so that we can shine and radiate in the Aquarian Age.
Meditation to support you in the Aquarian Age:
The ‘Long Chant’ or ‘Morning Call’ uses an 8 part mantra which describes the glory of God, however you may perceive God. It opens the solar plexus, the energy centre located at the navel point, which in turn charges the solar centres. You become connected to the Cosmic Energy, and thus become liberated from the cycle of time and karma. Ideally it is to be practised for the 2.5 hours before sunrise, but if you can manage 3-7 minutes each day, you will experience the meditation’s wonderful effects. Yogi Bhajan, who brought Kundalini Yoga to the west, stated that this is the mantra for this time. It is ‘the greatest Divine key.’ It balances all the chakras (the 8 energy centres of the body).
To practise this meditation, sit in easy pose (cross legged), tucking the chin back slightly to ensure your spine is completely straight, from the base up to the top of the head.
Hands are in Gyan Mudra (tips of index fingers gently pressing the tips of your thumbs) or alternatively, resting your hands in your lap.
The mantra is: EK ONG KAAR SAT NAAM SIREE WHA-HAY GUROO
This means: One Creator created this Creation. Truth is His Name. Great beyond description is His infinite wisdom.
The mantra is chanted in a 2-1/2 breath cycle, in the following manner:
Inhale deeply and as you pull in the navel abruptly, chant EK. Then ONG KAAR is drawn out (ONG and KAR are chanted for equal time).
Inhale deeply as you pull in the navel abruptly and chant SAT, then NAAM is drawn out. As you get to the end of the breath, add a quick SIREE (pronounced S’REE).
Inhale half a breath, pull in the navel abruptly and chant WHA. Then HAY GUROO (HAY is quite short; GUROO is pronounced G’ROO and is drawn out, but not too long).
The ONG KAR and NAAM SIREE are equal in length. The WHA-HAY GUROO is equal in length to ONG.
I practise this for 7 minutes every day but it can be done for as little as 3 minutes. For a powerful experience of this meditation, try 31 minutes. Or even the 2-1/2 hours!
If you are interested in and have knowledge of the chakra system, a nice element to add, once you are familiar with the meditation, is to imagine each chakra ‘lighting up’ one by one as you chant each word, beginning with the root chakra at the base of the spine. Then when you reach the WHA-HAY GUROO, feel that radiant light coming out of your crown chakra and showering down around you. Saying WHA-HAY GUROO is like saying, ‘Wow, God!’ i.e. how awesome God is. Really feel and express this sentiment as you say this, feeling the magic around you and vibrating in every cell of your body.
Enjoy this beautiful meditation which will support you through hectic times. As Yogi B said, ‘Keep up, and you will be kept up.’
Photo Credit: Dan Zelazo, Haleakalā Sunrise, 2012 (flickr.com)