Day 1, check, 999 more to go! Woo Hoo, or better yet, Wahe Guru! That's what we chant in kundalini yoga when it's so good, so exciting, so inspiring, that we just don't have an English word to express the feeling, we declare with joy and conviction, Wahe Guru! A totally appropriate thing to say from this standpoint here at the bottom of the mountain and looking up and out over the journey that I have committed myself to. I thought, as the double Aries (sun and moon) that I am, it would be a good idea to not only commit to 1000 days of a 31 minute meditation, but to also document each day through blogging and recording live videos publicly to further encourage my pledge. If you are not familiar with Aries behaviour, this would give you some understanding about how we Aries folk tend to operate at times. It's not the starting, it's the finishing, so that's where the extra inspiration is needed. Yogi Bhajan, the Master who delivered kundalini yoga to the west claims that if we keep up then we shall be kept up, so that is what I intend to do.
Welcome to 1000 Days of Kirtan Kriya, my name is Melissa Massey but all of my yogi friends call me Sevak Karan. Sevak Karan means devotional servant who knows all things come from and return to God. I am a teacher and a student of the sacred teachings of kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
I chose Kirtan Kriya because it is one of the three kriya's Yogi Bhajan stated would carry us through the Aquarian Age, even if all others were lost. The other two kriyas are Sat Kriya and Sodarshan Chakra Kriya. Sat Kriya is the one known to offer a complete experience of kundalini yoga in and of itself in a very short amount of time. It is a powerful kriya.
Sodarshan Chakra Kriya is one that I know well. It has been my saviour and my rock, possibly the truest friend I have ever known. In those times when my world seemed dark or I felt my reality was slipping out from beneath me in order to rearrange itself, it was Sodarshan that lit the way and held me firm through those turbulent times. I have given myself the gift of several 40 day commitments to Sodarshan and once I practiced for 90 days without missing a day because if you miss a day you start back over at day 1.
It is a meditation that clears the subconscious mind of heaps and mounds of past and patterns, memories and repetitive reels of yuck. Yogi Bhajan calls the subconscious mind the storehouse of misery. He says that meditating is taking a bath for the mind and without it the mind just stinks, and he's so right! Meditating clears out what we don't need and what doesn't serve us anymore. Meditating creates space for new and expanded thoughts, you know, the one's we haven't had yet. Meditation polishes the mind and allows it to shine like a diamond reflecting clarity and awareness.
I look forward to getting to know Kirtan Kriya in the deep ways that I know Sodarshan. Of course it won't be the same and I wouldn't want it to be, but it will be deep, that I can assure.