Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, worship, psychic control or philosophy — by one, or more, or all of these — and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, dogmas, rituals, books, temples, and forms, are but secondary details. -- Swami Vivikenanda
Thursday, July 11, 2013
40-day Sadhana: BE THE LIGHT!
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within."
- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
If you are going through something challenging today, we reach out to you. We remind you that by holding the light within your heart during the darkness, you sparkle and shine with stunning beauty.
Instructions for Our Meditation
Radiance and Protection
Meditation for the Arcline
Part 1: The Naryan Shabad (track 1)
Interlock your fingers, thumbs touching and palms facing down, and lift the mudra above your head. Lengthen your spine, lift your heart, and pull your chin in slightly. Look down at the tip of your nose and chant with the Narayan Shabad for 24 minutes.
To End: Inhale and bring your hands crossed over the heart center, right over left. Hold this breath for 15 seconds. Exhale. Inhale. Hold 13 seconds. Exhale. Inhale. Hold 8 seconds. Exhale.
Part 2: The Narayan Shabad (Track 1)
Stay in this posture with your hands crossed over your heart, and chant along with the Narayan Shabad for 4 minutes. Then turn off the music and chant the word Narayan with strength from the navel for 2 minutes.
To End: Inhale deeply and put pressure on your heart center with both hands. Squeeze, and press every molecule so the energy is distributed equally. Hold for 10-15 seconds and then push the air out through rounded lips quickly and powerfully in a cannon fire breath. Repeat 3 times, and relax.
Part 3: Dance! Gobinda (Track 2)
For as long as you are inspired!
Comments: This meditation works on the arcline which is our source of protection and projection in this world. A clear and strong arcline enhances our power of prayer, of intention, and allows us to be in our radiance and grace in any situation. Practice this Global Sadhana meditation for 40 days to shine the light of your soul in every moment, and to leave behind any patterns of insecurity.
naaraa-in man maahi aDhaar.
naaraa-in bohith sansaar.
naaraa-in kahat jam bhaag palaa-in.
naaraa-in dant bhaanay daa-in. ||2||
naaraa-in sad sad bakhsind.
naaraa-in keenay sookh anand.
naaraa-in pargat keeno partaap.
naaraa-in sant ko maa-ee baap. ||3||
naaraa-in saaDhsang naraa-in.
baaraN baar naraa-in gaa-in.
basat agochar gur mil lahee.
naaraa-in ot naanak daas gahee.
Source: Siri Guru Granth Sahib
Author: Guru Arjan Dev
The Name of the Immaculate Lord is the Ambrosial Water.
Chanting it with the tongue, sins are washed away.
||1||Pause|| The Lord abides in everyone.
The Lord illumines each and every heart.
Chanting the Lord's Name, one does not fall into hell.
Serving the Lord, all fruitful rewards are obtained. ||1||
Within my mind is the Support of the Lord.
The Lord is the boat to cross over the world-ocean.
Chant the Lord's Name, and the Messenger of Death will run away.
The Lord breaks the teeth of Maya, the witch. ||2||
The Lord is forever and ever the Forgiver.
The Lord blesses us with peace and bliss.
The Lord has revealed His glory.
The Lord is the mother and father of His Saint. ||3||
The Lord, the Lord, is in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy.
Time and time again, I sing the Lord's Praises.
Meeting with the Guru, I have attained the
incomprehensible object Slave Nanak has grasped
The Narayan Shabad was composed by the fifth Sikh Master, Guru Arjan.
Narayan is one of the many different names for the Divine. It relates to the quality of water. As a plant needs water for its flowers to blossom, in the same way chanting Narayan nurtures the Divine Identity within you so that your soul can bloom into its full beauty and grace.
Narayan is the quality that restores. It allows life to become fresh, lush and green again.
Narayan also can defend against death. It is said in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib that when Narayan is chanted, death cannot approach.
Chanting this Shabad restores what has been lost. It brings forth abundance and life. It protects against the power of death.