As some of you know, since meeting the Kundalini Master Hari Nam Singh Khalsa in December, I've been getting up before dawn to chant the Kundalini Aquarian Sadhana mantras. Something changed in me after meeting this wise and humble man. I cried nearly all the way through the workshop and at the end I held his hands and thanked him and realised, for the first time in my life, I was in the presence of someone beyond description - my Guru. Just thinking about it still brings me to tears. It was the very next morning that I felt compelled to start chanting....
The practice consists of 7 mantras sung in Gurmukhi, a Sikh language. Each mantra holds a particular vibration that connects us to a higher frequency, that frees our mind from limiting thought patterns. I particularly love Snatam Kaur's versions of the mantras as she has the voice of an angel.
The first thing I noticed after two weeks of chanting, was an amnesia of my worries. I had that feeling when you know you've forgotten something, but you can't remember what it is? I soon realised, however, that the 'something' was just thoughts about things that weren't real and didn't matter. I could still remember the things I needed to, I just couldn't remember the ruminating rubbish!
I'm more organised, I have more time and I have so much more energy. I've also found that I can remember stuff. I no longer forget what I'm looking for when I go into a room and I even go shopping without a list! Every day I notice something new and I feel soooo good that nothing is going to stop me from getting up every morning to chant these beautiful mantras. I even chant myself to sleep, so I never have trouble sleeping and should I wake in the middle of the night, I just get up and chant, so nothing can beat me!
In just a few weeks, the mantras have made me feel more complete. For the first time in my life, I feel like I want for nothing. I'm not worrying about how I feel my life ought to be. I don't stress about who or what should be a part of my life. I'm not over analysing everything single thing (I could win prizes for that) and I'm not procrastinating like I used to. Instead I feel that my life is already exactly as its supposed to be, and that it's perfect, exactly as it is. I'm not exaggerating, that's how I feel, and it really is extraordinary.
Of all the practices I've experienced over the years, this has had the most powerful and sustainable affect on how I feel. Of course I still practice yoga every day, so the mantras were the missing piece that I had neglected. I didn't really understand them before, because I had never practiced them regularly enough, but now that Hari Nam Singh Khalsa has touched my heart, I cannot imagine my life without them.
Mantra clears away the rubbish in our minds and the subsonscious. It draws out unnecessary thoughts and helps us to return to our natural state of bliss. It is our birthright to be happy, but we need to feel connected to be healthy, happy and whole.
First of all we need to connect to ourselves, which connects us to God, the universe, to spirit, the angels...whatever your belief may be. Then, we must connect with each other in Sangat (fellowship, community) and have the courage to be our true selves, open, genuine....and vulnerable, for it is only through vulnerability, that we sincerely connect with others and experience the true depth of happiness.
Canadian born, Hari Nam Singh Khalsa came to the feet of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (the founder of Sikhism) at the age of 24 and has been sharing his teachings and the Sikh way of life for 40 years.
All of his teachings can be found on YouTube and Sikhnet.com.