The Aquarian Sadhana

Sadhana is any dedicated spiritual discipline that you maintain for a period of time; Aquarian Sadhana is Yogi Bhajan's prescription for a meditation practice that helps us live at our best as we make the transition into the Aquarian age.

Read about Sadhana in more detail from 3HO here. More about Japji Sahib and the effects of the pauris. Practicing for even a few minutes a day is a great foundation to build upon but the ideal amount of time to practice each day is 2 hours. This is one-tenth of your day given to develop your conscious relationship with the Divine.

We practise during the early hours before sunrise known as the Amrit Vela as this is the best time of day to experience your Higher Self. During this time, the mind is calm enough that we can meditate deeply. Life around us is still, we can connect with our own Infinity before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. The body's energy channels are most open and its the most effective time to make and break habits with powerful meditations.

When we do the hard work of clearing out the subconscious mind during the Amrit Vela, it develops an awareness in us that lasts throughout the day. And because of that awareness, we have a chance in time and space to make different choices. Rather than automatically acting on the imprinted habits and beliefs that do not serve us, there is a small space, a tiny moment, where we can consciously choose to do something different; something that will neither harm ourselves nor harm others; something that represents our pure self rather than our wounded self. These tiny, tiny moments of choice, slowly, over time, give us the ability to create new habits that align with our soul and our purity. This is what it means for our destiny to be rewritten on our forehead, through the Guru’s grace.

What, specifically, is Aquarian Sadhana?

First we chant a Sikh prayer called “Japji.” Guru Nanak disappeared underwater for over a day, causing a commotion, then when he emerged from the water, he was chanting Japji in an enlightened spiritual state. By chanting it, we experience the same sound vibration that he did, and the movement of our tongues stimulates the same acupressure meridians on the roof of our mouth, helping balance the brain and leading us towards the same enlightened spiritual experience he had. Each stanza of Japji has been found to have specific beneficial effects and can be chanted separately for this purpose.

Download a transliteration (line-by-line translation including Gurmukhi script, English pronounciation of each word, and English translation) of Japji in pdf format here.

After Japji, comes a yoga kriya, which cultivates energy for the hour of chanting meditation that follows. The yoga also tunes up the body, nervous system, balances glands, and raises consciousness to the higher chakras. The chanting replaces negative thoughts in the subconscious (fear, anger, insecurity, resentment, and jealousy) with courage and higher consciousness.

When we meditate before sunrise, we gain the additional benefit of the pineal gland's secretion, which regulates our metabolism with melatonin and gives us a deeper meditative experience. We also have less of the world's frenetic energy to distract us. The infrared energy of the sun doesn't give way to the ultraviolet energy until the sun rises, also contributing to a deeper meditative state.

Yogi Bhajan has also said that people think meditation is a blissful, feel-good sort of state, but sometimes it's hell on earth. You may find all your mental garbage rises to the forefront of your mind during meditation, but the benefit is that it isn't likely stay there throughout your day.

aquarian sadhana "The greatest reward of doing sadhana is that the person becomes incapable of being defeated. Sadhana is a self-victory, and it is a victory over time and space. Getting up is a victory over time, and doing it is a victory over space. " - Siri Singh Sahib Ji