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The 3HO Solstice Sadhana Celebration Themes from 2008-2012

By Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., New Mexico, USA

HealingIn this coming Age, we are called to embrace change-both personal and global. Yogi Bhajan was a visionary who guided us on a path of discipline and consciousness, and pointed us toward the horizon of the Aquarian Age-a time when sacredness is shown through compassion, courage is demonstrated by our character, and prosperity flows from our originality and intuition.

The transition into the Aquarian Age from 1991 to 2012 brings us fully under the pressure of change. It is a pressure on each person, each nation, and every belief system. From 2012 to 2038 we will be sorting out a new way of living together; a new approach to sustaining our environments; a new reach into micro- and macro-worlds of technology; and a new sensitivity to knowing each other-in our depth and shallowness-in the blink of an eye.

Every solstice, as we gather under the full force of the solar energy, we become of one mind and weave together thousands of hearts into a single heart. The central axis of our solstice psyche is the land that Yogi Bhajan discovered, high in the New Mexico Mountains. It is laced with the spirit and prayers from ancient gatherings of Native American Nations who called for peace, unity, and sacred healing. Its water and air refresh and heal the body. The days of White Tantric Yoga® clear the emotions and the mind. The village-like community created by our gathering of people from all over the world renews our vision of people committed to making a difference in the world and in their individual lives through consciousness, collaboration, and action. We have come together like this long enough now that there are spokes reaching out into and around the world-solstice or summer gatherings on other continents that add to the spirit and energy of this New Mexican plateau.

Each year from 2008 to 2012 we will be working on one of the five elements, or tattvas, and the associated qualities within us. We will have our chance to energize, elevate, and develop the best qualities of our body, mind, and spirit and to enjoy one another as we serve this time of awakening. Each solstice combines the individual work with the creation of a powerful group psyche that can project our prayer and intention to all. Traditionally the five elements correspond to the first five chakras¹ and are described by the qualities of earth, water, fire, air, and ether (space). By the time we reach the 2012 solstice, we will have energetically reached the sixth chakra and be ready to rely on a new level of subtlety and self-discipline. In this way we will be fully conscious and prepared to embrace change as we work together for unity and express our uniqueness as we serve, heal, and lead in this new time. Here is a brief summary of the themes for the 2008 – 2012 solstice celebrations:

2008 Earth
New Beginnings-Dropping the Past and Living the Present; Setting the Foundations for the Future

First Chakra (end of the spine between the anus and sex organs): Survival, self-acceptance, security 2008 was a cycle of 10, which represents the energy of completion and a new relationship between the Self and the Infinite. It was a time to recalibrate your inner compass and head for new horizons. The mantra for this year was Dhartee Hai, Akash Hai, Guru Ram Das Hai. It connects the earth and the vastness of the ether and projects it from the heart.

2009 Water
Passions of the Soul-Opening Your Creative Essence

Second Chakra (sex organs): creativity, relationships, feelings The element of water is essential to life, to our bodies, and to our minds. The energy of this year is to master the self by using and directing the Negative Mind, that part of our greater mind that protects us and secures a path forward. We reorganized our earth element last year. This time we fill ourselves with the power of higher emotions. We accept the intuitive, protective sensations of our negative mind and calm its over-reactions. The 2009 solstice celebrations are opportunities to clear subconscious emotions and come into a positive relationship with our most powerful emotions. The mantra for this year’s solstice is Narayan, the Lord of Water. It moves the passions and opens the heart. It heals wounds and fills us with passionate compassion. Sat Narayan Hari Narayan Hari Narayan Hari Hari

2010 Fire
Spiritual Warrior-Strength, Balance, and Peace in a Changing World

Third Chakra (navel point and solar plexus): personal strength and power, commitment, identity This is a time to call on our courage with the grit, caliber, and fortitude of a Spiritual Warrior. This is also the year to get clear about your goals. It is a moment to consolidate your self-discipline so you feel clear and worthy to steward all that is given to you. The Third Chakra strength must infuse your words and projection so that your seeds take root and reach to the heights. The mantra for this time is: Sat Nam Sat Nam Sat Nam Sat Nam Sat Nam Sat Nam Wahe Guru

2011 Air
Healing One, Healing All-the Age of Guru Ram Das

Fourth Chakra (center of the chest): compassion, service, love As we enter into this new Age, compassion is the key to healing and to communication. The element of air is expansive and moving. With compassion and kindness this energy can go beyond our body, our home, our community, our village, our tribe and find common sacredness in the entire world. In the Fourth Chakra we become aware of our self, the presence of our gentleness and our power to bless. Guru Ram Das left us with a miracle mantra that invokes a state of grace, healing, and transformation. Even if you know nothing at all about healing, with this mantra and an open heart, you can tap into your power to heal The mantra for 2011 is the miracle mantra of healing: Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru. Any method of chanting this mantra will ferry you across this change of the Age. If you master it, your very presence will be enough to unblock the way and elevate those you are with.

2012 Ether
Sat Nam-Speak and Be the Living Truth

Fifth Chakra (throat): Power of projection and penetration Now we are in the Aquarian Age without qualification. We need to become the answer to living on this small globe together. When we act from our original Self, we begin from silence and we create through the Word. We vibrate with our entire being. We project with the power of the Fifth Chakra. The past is gone. Let it go. Welcome what is yet to be seen. Release all fear and replace it with trust and commitment. Two mantras guide us through 2012 and beyond: Humee Hum Brahm Hum to connect the heart and throat chakras and empower your words into action. Wahe Guru to have all actions fulfilled in the stillness of the Infinite and the certainty of prayer.

¹ Eight energy centers of the human being; seven correspond to nerve plexuses in the physical body, and the eighth corresponds to the aura.They are located at the base of the spine, sex organs, navel point, center of the chest between the nipples, throat, brow point, crown of the head, and electromagnetic field surrounding the body.

Source: http://www.3ho.org/enewsletter/e-news.05.06.09.a.html


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Morning Sadhana

According to Yogi Bhajan, “Getting up for sadhana in the morning is a totally selfish act- for personal strength, for personal intuition, for personal sharpness, for personal discipline, and overall for absolute personal prosperity.”
據瑜珈大師Yogi Bhajan所說,“為薩達娜於每朝早起是一個關於個人的力量、個人的直覺、個人清晰度、個人的紀律、個人整體成功完全純粹自私的行為。”

Aquarian Sadhana is comprised of about 20 minutes of Japji, a meditative prayer by Guru Nanak (done in chant), 20 to 40 minutes of Kundalini Yoga, followed by 62 minutes of mantra/ chanting meditation.

寶瓶年代薩達娜(Sadhana)是由約20分鐘Japji,一個Guru Nanak的冥想祈禱(詠唱),20至40分鐘的昆達利尼瑜伽,然後是62分鐘的Mantra詠唱靜坐。

Done regularly, it is transformative, expansive and elevating.


While sadhana can be done individually, doing sadhana as 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.

See below for differences between Aquarian Sadhana and a Kundalini Yoga class.


Taken directly from The Aquarian Teacher: KRI International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 by Yogi Bhajan, PhD, Master of Kundalini Yoga, 2005…

資料來源﹕ 昆達利尼瑜伽瑜珈大師Yogi Bhajan2005年所稿寫和出版的 寶瓶年代的老師:國際昆達利尼瑜伽教師培訓1級手冊

Sadhana is a practice of self-discipline that allows one to express the Infinite within one’s self. It is a time each day to notice the patterns that lead away from higher consciousness and to transcend those patterns.

Morning Sadhana – Cleaning the Subconscious
The 108 yogic scriptures called the Kundalini Upanishads, call for at least two-and-a-half hours of sadhana before the rising of the sun. The duration of two-and-a-half hours is determined by the law of karma: everything you give, you receive back ten-fold. So if you dedicate one-tenth of each day to your higher consciousness, your whole day is covered by the returning energy.

早上薩達娜(Sadhana) – 清洗潛意識
To exercise before sunrise is important because the angle of the sun to the Earth is very good for meditation. Also there is much prana in these hours, and the body rhythms are more set to support physical cleansing than during the rest of the day. Few people are awake and busy, so the clutter and bustle of daily activities does not interfere with your practice.


Though many challenges may come to stop this constant early morning practice, as we conquer each one, we will build our willpower, confidence, and ability to concentrate. This is no small accomplishment. If at the same time each day, we tune all of our mental and physical rhythms to each other, then the entire day flows better. Besides this, if we learn to meditate at the same time every day, this natural rhythm will make it easier and easier.

雖然不斷會有許多挑戰可能會令我們的早晨練習停止,當我們每個挑戰逐一征服,我們將建立我們的意志、信心、集中能力。這是不小的成就。如果在同一時間每 天,我們 調整我們所有的精神和身體節奏,則一整天能量流動得好。除此之外,如果我們學會了同時每天冥想,這個自然節奏會更容易。
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. Most fears were learned at a particular time of day. So these fears tend to occur most intensely at the time of day they were originally experienced. By meditating at sadhana time, we slowly attract the anxieties from all other parts of the day.

我們可以透過冥想清除潛意識的恐懼。當每個恐懼於冥想浮現時我們以中立的心看待它,恐懼便會失去在的權力。我們變得更加靈活和更加感覺自由。大部分恐懼是 在一天這特定的時間吸取的,因此我們在一天這特定的時間往往激烈地經驗這些擔憂恐懼中。通過早上薩達娜(Sadhana)冥想修習,我們慢慢地吸引了一天 中所有其他部分的焦慮。

Normally we react to anxieties on their time and conditions. In meditation, 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 and easier to deal with each one. Eventually 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.

通常我們會按於憂慮的時間和條件作出反 應。在冥想,舊有恐懼其影響按於我們的時間、根據我們的條件到我們這裡來。由於它們每天同一時間而來,變得一天被一天更容易,更容易處理每一個舊有恐懼。每天早上打坐冥想清除出憂慮和投射而不再讓潛意識長期積累恐懼。最終心靈清除恐懼和污雲,開始看到了光明和創新意識的動力。
After practicing a regular sadhana for some time, the effect begins to seep into the deeper parts of the mind. This might take 40 days or one and a half years. It depends on the individual, the intensity of the effort, and the starting condition. The subconscious mind finally gets the message. It understands that we are sincere, that meditation is a priority, that every day at this time we begin to wake up automatically without the aid of an alarm, and that even when traveling we will meditate every day on time. The subconscious begins to support us, and sadhana begins to feel effortless. The subconscious, which directs about 60 percent of our activities and responses by habit, has now acquired a habit to have the consciousness of sadhana.


Overcoming the Duality of the Mind: Yogi Bhajan:
“When I tell you to get up and meditate in the ambrosial hours, it seems odd. Why should you get up at 3:30 am? Because you require those two hours to work out your own mind, so that the rest of the day you can work out your life. Amrit vela naam jaap. Rise in the ambrosial hours and meditate. Be with God. Whenever your mind will be in duality, you will be in trouble. There is no way you can function. ‘Should I go north? Should I go south?’ If you can’t decide which way you are going to go, you are going to sit right there. You’ll neither go north nor south. That’s called duality. Life is a gift of God, and duality is a waste of that life….Whenever you have duality, you will be in trouble. That’s the law. Nobody can change it. To have no duality and to have oneness and clarity of mind, you have to keep your mind clean, smart and healthy.


Yogi Bhajan:“當我告訴你在適於神用的時間起床打坐,這似乎讓人難以理解。你為什麼要上午3時30分起床?因為您需要這兩個小時的時間制定自己的頭腦,使剩下的一天,你才可以掌握你的生活。Amrit vela naam jaap。 在適於神用的時間起床打坐冥想。一同與神並在。每當你的思想在二元性的狀態,你會遇到麻煩。您沒有辦法可以正常運作。 ‘我應該北上?我應該去南方?’如果你不能決定你會以哪種方式去,你將會坐在那兒。您不會北上,也不向南方走。這就是所謂的二元性。生命是上帝的禮物,二元性是浪費生命。只要你有二元性,你會遇到麻煩。這就是定律。沒有人可以改變它。如不想要有二元性並有統一性和明晰的頭腦,你必須保持頭腦乾淨,聰明和健康。

Spiritual Fitness: In terms of the body and posture there is one law for sadhana: “Get up, set up, and keep up.” If you don’t set up for the day, if you don’t posture yourself, ready to engage the day, how are you going to keep up? And how are you going to have a set up if things are already happening before you even get up? So, first you have to get up before things are happening. Then you can set yourself in a posture, attitude, and commitment: ready to engage. Then you have the potential to keep up. If you keep up, you will start having a momentum above Time.

Integration & Commitment:
Another element in the sadhana process is commitment. Yogi Bhajan once said that 90 percent of today’s insanity comes from a lack of commitment and the lack of a capacity to commit. Commitments set the values of the self. The values of the self allow you to subject the power of the self to create. Creativity allows detachment. Detachment allows judgment. Judgment plus forgiveness give progress in the process of expansion of the self. Sadhana acts as a counselor to the two sides of the self. It encourages a central self to become bilingual and translate the languages of the two sides. Sadhana creates a meditative mind which can absorb all the stimuli in the environment, compute it, and then act wisely instead of just reacting. The inner observer can understand logic as well as intuition, activity as well as rest, science as well as art. We must develop the bilingual self, fully prepared with a clean sense of values and a deep capacity for commitment. This capacity comes through sadhana.

整合與承諾:另一個薩達娜(Sadhana)修練過程的元素是「承諾」。Yogi Bhajan曾經說過,今天百分之九十的瘋狂來自於缺乏承諾以及缺乏承擔能力。承諾設置自我價值。自我價值觀讓您有權力自我創造。創意會衍生抽離。抽離允許判斷。自我膨脹過程中孕育給予寬恕判決過程的發生。薩達娜(Sadhana)充當顧問,以自我的雙方。它鼓勵中央自我成為雙語和翻譯雙方的語言。薩達娜(Sadhana)創建一個能夠吸收環境中所有刺激的冥想狀態的心智,計算它,然後採取明智行動,而不只是反應。內部觀察員可以理解的邏輯以及直覺,活動以及休息,科學以及藝術。我們必須發展自己的雙語,做好充分準備用感覺乾淨的價值觀和深刻承諾的能力。這種能力來自薩達娜(Sadhana)。

The difference between Aquarian Sadhana and a Kundalini Yoga class:

In a Kundalini Yoga class, the teacher teaches the students. She sits in front of class, explains each exercise, and observes the students, making sure that they are doing the exercises correctly. The teacher holds the space for the class and brings the experience to the students. A class is typically 45 to 90 minutes in duration.

Aquarian Sadhana typically starts at 4:30 am (3:45 at some locations) for 2.5 hours. The teacher leads the group (notice the word’class’is not used) rather than teaches. The difference being, sadhana is a community spiritual practice in which the leader also participates in the practice. The leader holds the space, calls out the exercises with minimal instruction and keeps the time.




While class time typically consists of yoga kriyas (exercises) and a short meditation, sadhana consists of 18-20 minutes of Japji (a meditative prayer done in chant), 20-45 minutes of kriya, and 62 minutes of chanting meditation (called Aquarian Sadhana).

Sadhana is by donation. There is a fee (varies) for class.



Kriya of Liberation With Gurmukh

Information from: Savitree Kaur http://aquariansadhana.blogspot.com/

Translation by Charanpal Kaur

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