“If the mind vibrates with the mantra you chant, the effect will be tremendous, accurate, beautiful. When you say “Ek”, the whole universe should look to you as Ek. When you say “Ong”, the spring season and the seed sprout unflod in the universe. When you say “Kar”, the moon, sun, stars, any beautiful thing ever lived by you in your mental thoughts should become a spotlight for you. When you say “Sat” you should feel illuminated. “Nam” should give you existence in your humility. “Siri”, the miracle of this creation, should be acknowledged by you. And after that you should fall into the ecstasy by saying “Wha,” and the total merge should happen when you say “Guru.” If you take every care that verbalization is supported by the mind when you chant a mantra, I cannot describe what you can be.”
The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan by Yogi Bhajan
“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.”
The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa
During what 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. You can be sure when you’re doing sadhana in the ambrosial hours that you’re in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. What a great feeling of self-esteem and self-assurance, to start each day with confidence!
You can do sadhana at home or ideally with a group at a 3HO Yoga Center or Ashram. Begin by tuning in with the Adi Mantra followed by a set of Kundalini Yoga exercises. You are now prepared to chant the seven mantras of an Aquarian sadhana. The sequence begins with seven minutes of chanting long Ek Ong Kar’s. This mantra opens all the chakras. All of the other mantras for the morning may be chanted to your choice of melodies, with or without musical accompaniment. Choose a sadhana recording that suits you. Sit in Easy Pose, on either wool or cotton padding of some sort. Be sure to keep your spine as straight as you can. Finish your sadhana with any type of worship or prayer.
Having done sadhana, you have cleared your mind and consciously prepared yourself to go forth and be successful in handling whatever the day may bring. Strive to hold on to the remembrance and awareness of SAT NAM with every breath.
*The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa
Taken from the 3HO Foundation website, for more information visit www.3ho.org