Group Sadhana is the foundation of the 3HO lifestyle. Each morning, we begin at 3:40am with Japji recitation, followed by 45 minutes of Kundalini Yoga, 62 minutes of chanting / meditation, and an optional short Gurdwara (Sikh spiritual service).
All Seva Sadhana participants are required to attend morning group Sadhana at least 5 days a week.
Japji is one of the five daily recitations of the Sikhs. It was spoken by Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru who, with his companion Mardana, traveled on foot over thousands of miles teaching people through song and simple inspiration to live exalted and simple lives.
“Guru Nanak spoke Japji as a way to guide and enlighten other human beings about the reality of the Divine within the Creation. Japji is a teacher for anyone seeking Truth. The Sound Current of Japji and the meaning of its words, when meditated upon with openness and love, awakens a soul to its destiny. Step by step, Japji gives you the comprehensive power to know yourself as you are and be with God’s Creation in a spirit of joyful surrender.”
The power of Japji comes from the combination of its sounds, or naad. Sounds have profound effects on the psyche, and when they are arranged in the science of naad, they have very specific transformative power.
“Repeating the entire Japji adjusts all the elements in all the chakras and gives you a complete tune up in your entire subtle and physical bodies…” -Yogi Bhajan
After Japji a Kundalini Yoga instructor guides a 45 minute practice.
After the practice comes 62 minutes of chanting. You can find the Aquarian Sadhana Mantras on the 3ho website.
Gurdwara means the “Gate of the Guru,” where everybody is welcome. Gurdwara is a unique and powerful devotional service that uses the technology of the Shabd Guru and the sound current of the Naad to connect the individual to the Infinite. Through the sacred sound current, prayer, and prasad (sharing food that has been blessed), our spirits are uplifted and we gain the experience of the Infinite.
Benefits of Group Aquarian Sadhana
At the beginning of group sadhana everyone has a different vibration. Some have traces of dreams; others are already filled with concerns for the day; and still others come with different expectations about sadhana. The more people there are, the more these individual differences balance out and create a harmony. The happiness of one person balances the sadness of another. Then the entire group finds its energy directed by the activity of the sadhana itself.
Individual auras merge and form a group aura. If the group is well-tuned into the Infinite, a rainbow aura forms that reflects all colors. A bluish color of sincerity and devotion predominates. This auric transformation aids the practitioner in making the step beyond ego centeredness.
By the end of morning sadhana, when everyone’s energy has intermingled and merged, it is easy to communicate and be on the same wavelength. We experience this effect throughout the day. There will be fewer misunderstandings in the area of communications.
[From Aquarian Teacher KRI Teacher Training Level 1 Textbook]
Yogi Bhajan gave us the Aquarian Sadhana in 1992 to take us through the transition into the Aquarian Age. This sadhana prepares our psyches to excel in the new environments and coming decades.
The Aquarian Sadhana attunes your gunas, your chakras, and your mind to the change of the Age. We will need intuition, stamina, both physical and mental, self-awareness, and a new depth of spiritual experience that can hold our identity in the face of global changes, relentless competition, information overload, and ecological and environmental challenges.
The Aquarian Sadhana is practiced by Kundalini Yoga communities across the world. Doing sadhana in a group develops group consciousness. A group sadhana practice amplifies the impact of the meditation. Yogi Bhajan said that group meditation not only adds to individual effort, but multiplies it.
[From 3HO Website]