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2010 Numerology Forecast

By Nam Hari Kaur Khalsa, California, USA

IKYTAThe calendar year of 2010 shifts the psyche of humanity into a proactive rhythm of accomplishment and regeneration. We have just come through a catharsis of cleansing, completion, and clearing of all that cannot be maintained in the Aquarian Age. 2009 was the cosmic rotor-rooter of this process. With the initiative spirit of number 10 we now have the wind in our sails to move forward in new directions.

Ten represents enthusiasm, vigor, and a willingness to fight for what is right. Emotionally it is the dynamic of “All or Nothing!” so pacing yourself is important—you may feel overwhelmed by the increasing pressure of the times. You get to pick your own theme song this year, and you have two top choices: the Queen/David Bowie rock n’ roll duet “Under Pressure,” and the option to sing along with “Hero” by Mariah Carey. Ten is the archetype of the hero or warrior, so choose your battles wisely—some people will be in a fighting mood. Considering the overall number of the year can save the day. Three (2+0+1+0=3) represents creativity and nurturing, as well as an aspect of the thinking process called the “Positive Mind.” If there was a motto for the Positive Mind it would be, “There are no problems, only solutions.” Three is also social energy. Use your creativity in cooperation with others. We all need each other, and as Yogi Bhajan has said, referring to this transition period, “Don’t isolate and insulate yourself.”

There is a sense of emotional urgency to the flow of the year, and similar to a mountain river, which has a stretch of rapids, we will be tested in our ability to respond quickly and decisively to changing circumstances and events. There are times when working with others will be the only way to navigate through the rocks and divits. The spirit of “All hands on deck!” will prevail, so keep your navel point strong and you will have the balance, focus, and self-solidarity to come through with grace and excellence. Number 3 represents the navel point, and 11 minutes a day of Sat Kriya¹ will sustain you like nothing else. When you are on track, there is a greater ability to read the field and maneuver accordingly, through your own sensory system.>

In physiology, 10 represents the nervous system, and the interplay this year between the numbers 10 and 3 can be quite dramatic. Similar to the effect of a power surge on the electrical system of a house, our own nervous systems may be vulnerable to emotional surges, which can blow out our mental fuses. The effects of this are brain drain leading to potentially irrational behavior. In the science of Numerology, any number can manifest in the positive or negative polarity. When 3 goes negative it can show up as childlike emotional rage and lashing out. Directly or indirectly we are affected by this behavior on a local and a global level. In your personal life you must determine where your boundaries are so you don’t end up going down with the ship. As Yogi Bhajan once said, “You don’t follow destruction.”

Looking now to the bright and sparkling side of life, number 3 symbolizes food, creativity, and nurturing. In the children’s fable, Stone Soup, a weary traveler approaches a rural village that has been impoverished by wartime conditions. The traveler requests a night’s lodging and food, but the villagers are wary and fearful, conditioned by a sense of lack. The traveler then smiles and says, “Not to worry, I will feed you all!” and proceeds to build a fire and start a huge pot of water boiling. He then pulls out a rock from a silken pouch and adds it to the water, which invokes curiosity among the villagers who want to see what he’s up to. He invites all who stop by to join him for dinner, and suggests that the feast will be even grander if they might be so kind as to bring a cabbage, potato, or onion to add to the soup. Soon everyone joins in the festivities and before you know it, they are happily stirring the grand cauldron of soup and feeding the entire village.

Here we are now, in our house, in our village. Let’s step out and share our spiritual wealth and vision so we may dissolve the illusion of lack and regenerate the soul of humanity into the abundance of the Aquarian Age.

When life is applied, life is supplied by God.” ~ Yogi Bhajan

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Fire Tattva: The 2010 Global Meditation

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®


Fire is an important quality or element in the philosophy of yoga. From the formless manifold Being that is the Infinite to the dense form of finite existence there is a process of manifestation that moves from the most subtle to the gross and tangible. This transition occurs in 36 steps or tattvas. Each step or tattva is a state of Being. Fire is a major step in that process and as such is a pervasive potential, which manifests in differing degrees. Fire as an element encodes a transformative function inherent in the universe, which is experienced in particular functions throughout the body. Fire gives light. Light enables vision. Vision gives insight, perspective and projective potency. In terms of chakras, it is associated with the Third Chakra, the Manipura Chakra, which is often represented as an upward pointing triangle and the color red.

In the finite world of forms, fire is fed by fuel. Physiologically, it is the power of digestion and food is its fuel. Emotionally, it is passion and the fuel is the object of love or desire. Psychologically, it is known as personal will and the fuel is a goal. When fire is present it induces dynamic change, restlessness, and purification of the substance and form it presides in. Fire is increased with the practice and discipline of yoga. The Fifth Chakra supports this internal flame through the power of projection and by charging the space it can burn in with potential.

In the formless realm of experience, the fire tattva is prakasha, the brilliance of the soul, the insight and intuition of the mind and the presence of awareness. It is the light, which gives rise to forms.

This quality was described in an early lecture: “Saints and sages have taught mankind that whatever elements are found in the constitution of the Infinite Universe will also be found in the human body. The Universe is the entire Cosmos; and we are a microcosm of the entire Cosmos. If we were to take a thimbleful of sea water and examine it closely, we would find by chemical qualitative analysis that the constituents of the sea water in the thimble are identical to those of the vast ocean. Similarly, the constituents of our individual bodies are identical to those of the Universe. It would be a strange finding if some element were found inside the human body which differed from the elements of the Universe. For there is One Creator who has created this Creation; and all manifested things are born from the One Source of all.

Our personality is dependent on which of the five gross elements predominates in our nature. The agnigranthi, or fire center, manifests through the spleen, liver, pancreas, and adrenal glands. Just as the heat of the sun makes life possible on Earth, the heat of the agni tattva sustains life in the body. The day this internal fire goes out means death to the individual as surely as this world would die if the sun refused to shine. Persons with a supremacy of this agni tattva are very vigorous, full of perseverance, and become untiring workers. They have a wonderful capacity for leadership and a directness of manner and speech.”

– © The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, January 1, 1973

Fire is applied and refined in the meditative art of Traatik Yoga, sometimes called gazing. Students select a flame, a sacred object or the image of a teacher or saint to focus on. But it is more than gazing. Gazing in the West implies passivity with alertness. In yoga it is an active projection of the mind and self in order to merge with the existence and qualities of an object. If the focus is a flame, you increase the purifying capacity of the body and mind. Fire Traatik is used for healing. If the object is a teacher—like the Tantric photo of Yogi Bhajan—the meditator attunes to and “acquires the virtues” of the teacher. Certain objects are crafted with specific qualities that a meditator may wish to cultivate. This is the art of yantra—the use of form and image as energy. Performing traatik on an image of the Golden Temple links the state of the meditator to a profound healing space. The temple itself is designed with proportions and color that make it a perfect gateway for spiritual and healing traatik practice.

When the fire element is strong and integrated, in balance with the personality, it gives one bright eyes. The light of the soul is shown in the healing glance of the saint. Practice of traatik keeps vision healthy and gives the ability to see the subtle and unseen as well as the visible.

As we move toward the Aquarian shift we invite this quality of insight, will and leadership. The meditation we are practicing invokes the projective power of the chakras, from the Third and Fifth Chakras, and refines the use of light, fire and truth (satya) in the mantra. Let us gain clarity and will to walk the rest of the mile and deliver our heart and soul to a future of peace and blessings. Let us each be fully human and fully our Self.

By the blessings of our teacher and the power of the Naam,

Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD
Director of Training
Kundalini Research Institute

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