Week of January 22nd
Challenge the Challenge
Sat Nam All,
This Friday we start our monthly practice - take a listen for more on that and other things!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Calamity is a challenge. If you face it, it shall disappear. If you run from it, it will get you.”
- Yogi Bhajan
KRIYA FOR THE WEEK
Meditation with the Magic Mantra
Ek Ong Kar, Sat Gur Prasad is the most powerful of all mantras. There is not anything equal to it, nor can anything explain it. Ek Ong Kar, Sat Gur Prasad is a pritam mantra—the entire Siri Guru Granth Sahib* is nothing but an explanation of this mantra. It is so strong that it elevates the self beyond duality and establishes the flow of the spirit. This mantra will make the mind so powerful that it will remove all obstacles.
We call it the ‘magic mantra’ because its powerful effect happens quickly and lasts a long time. But it has to be chanted with reverence, in a place of reverence. When you meditate on this mantra, be sure that your surroundings are marked by serenity and reverence and that you practice it with reverence.
You can mock any mantra you like except this one, because this mantra is known to have a backlash. Normally mantras have no backlash. When you chant them well, they give you the benefit, but if you chant them wrong, they don't have any ill effect. If they don't do any good, at least they won't hurt you. But, if you chant Ek Ong Kar, Sat Gur Prasad wrong, it can finish you. I must give you this basic warning. This mantra is not secret, but it is very sacred. So chant it with reverence, write it with reverence, and use it with reverence.
Normally we chant to God before practicing this mantra. Either chant the Mul Mantra (Ek Ong Kar, Sat Nam, Karta Purkh, Nirbho, Nirvair, Akal Moort, Ajoonee, Saibhang, Gur Prasad, Jap: Aad Such, Jugad Such, Haibhee Such, Nanak Hosee Bhee Such) or the Mangala Charan Mantra (Aad Guray Nameh, Jugad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siree Guroo Devay Nameh) before meditating to prepare yourself.
[Excerpts from a lecture by Yogi Bhajan on April 26, 1976]
Meditation with the Magic Mantra
Taught on April 26, 1976
"Be kind, conscious, and compassionate. The whole world will be your friend."
Posture: Sit in a comfortable meditative posture.
Mudra: Lift your hands to the level of your heart, palms up, elbows relaxed by your sides. Form a shallow cup of your hands by placing the sides of your hands together from the base of the palms to the tips of the Mercury fingers (pinkies). All the fingers are together but not rigid. Open the thumbs out away from the hands. The cup is not deep, the edges of the cup are about thirty degrees up from the parallel plane.
It is important to keep the "line of Mercury" connected; the outsides of the hands touch from the Mercury fingers to the base of the palms. Normally there will be no opening whatever, but some people will have a gap between their little fingers. Keep this gap to a minimum.
Eyes: Close your eyes and look into your hands through your closed eyelids.
Mantra: Chant Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad in a monotone, letting the breach find its own pace. One repetition of the mantra takes between four to five seconds. Continue for 31 minutes.
Begin with three minutes and work slowly up to the full time.
31 minutes of this meditation can keep you in a very elevated state. Practicing this over time can give you a certain stimulation which is beyond explanation. Remember to practice this mantra with reverence in reverent environments at all times.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
This meditation can be found in Infinity and Me, available through KRI.
* The Siri Guru Granth Sahib is revered as the living Guru for Sikhs, a volume containing the sacred words of many enlightened beings who wrote while in a state of union (yoga) with God.
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