To start: Introductions by people in the circle; Introduce the topic
1) Alternate Nostrial breathing - 3 minutes each side:
close the right nostril with right thumb, inhale through the left nostril long and deep, close left with index finger and exhale long and deep through the right nostril.
Repeat the same pattern starting by closing the left nostril with left thumb inhale through the right nostril - close right nostril with left index finger and exhale left.
2) Warm up exercises of choice
Tune in with the Adi Mantra (Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo) to begin three times. It is recommended that participants cover their heads with a natural fiber cloth which will help contain the energy you produce while chanting.
SACRED CIRCLE 7 - Sound & Mantra
LONG EK ONG KARS (Morning Chant or Long Chant)- 37.5 minutes
This eight part - Ashtang - mantra corresponds to the body's eight energy centers - 7 chakras, plus aura. These eight words are the 'code' letters or the phone number of the direct line to connect you, the creature, with your Creator. It was the first mantra Yogi Bhajan taught during his first year in the United States. This mantra creates a responsive interrelationship between you and the universal creative energy. It is very powerful for awakending the kundalini energy and suspending the mind in bliss.
The Creator and all the creation are one. This is our True Identity. The ecstasy of this wisdom is Great beyond words.
Posture: Sit in easy post with a light neck lock
Mudra: Hands may be in gyan mudra, touching the tip of the index finer to the tip of the thumb or resting in the lap.
Focus: Eyes are closed or 1/10th open and focused at the brow point.
Ek Ong Kar There is one Creator of all Creation
Sat Nam Siri Truth is the Name, Great
Wahe Guru Wow! Indescribable Wisdom
'The Creator and all the creation are one. This is our True Identity. The ecstacy of this wisdome is Great beyond words.'
Chant the mantra in a 2.5 breath cycle
Inhale deeply and completely. Chant EK ONG KAAR. Pull in the navel sharply as you chant a short, powerful EK. (note: you needn't chant loudly to be powerful.) ONG and KAAR are long and drawn out, completing the exhale. The time chanting ONG and KAAR should be equal and the sound continuous as you move from one syllable to the next. The tongu should not touch the roof of the mouth. The air should come out of the nose on ONG. KAAR should resonate from the back of the mouth, the throat and upper chest.
Inhale completely. Chant SAT NAM SIRI. Pull in the navel sharply as you chant SAT. NAAM is long and drawn out, nearly completing the exhale. Pull in the navel and the diaphragm as you chant a short SIRI. The sound of NAAM should vibrate in your chest and throat.
Inhale a half breath. Chant WAHE GURU. Pull in the naval as you chant a short, sharp WAH. Keep the navel point pulled in for the rest of the chant. HE is short and runs into GURU, the two words becoming like one syllable (hayg'roo).
When chanting in groups, try to chant in one voice, we are not harmonizing, we are chanting in unity. The pitch should be steady but you may need to raise the pitch from time to time if it becomes unsustainably low.
Meditating on the Chakras (optional):
In Yogi Bhajan's own words:
"Each sound vibrates and integrates a different chakra within the aura. Ek is very short, as when we split the atom, releasing a humongous amount of energy ferom the first chakra. Ong is vibrated from the second chakra, resonating through the nostrils to experience the conch of the third eye. Kaar is vibrated from the navel. Take another deep inhale and chant Sat Nam Siri. Sat is short, coming abruptly from the navel, pulling up the diaphragm. Nam is very long and resonates through the heart. Siri is the greatest of all powers, the Shakti, and is chanted with the last bit of breath. It is pulled from the navel and up through the neck lock. Then take a short breath and chant Wahe Guru. Wahe and Guru are released through the top of the head. - 20 July 2000
To end: inhale - exhale and meditation on the sound current and vibration in every cell
sit in silence for a few minutes!
Participants share their experiences of the meditation, first by drawing and then sharing
Close with Sat Nam