SADHANA:

Daily Spiritual Practice

by Jaap Khalsa Gardner

To me one of the greatest benefits of an education at Miri Piri Academy is the
opportunity to experience the daily practice of group Sadhana.

The Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan spoke often about the benefits of a daily
practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation.

This poem from his book Furmaan Khalsa speaks eloquently and emphatically about
the purpose of Sadhana; To "Become One with God!" no less!

Sadhana

In Sadhana the sadhu lives.

In Sadhana the nectar of God's love rains down.

In Sadhana come the blessings of Simran,

Awareness, and Divine understanding.

In Sadhana is the meditation of Raj Yoga.

In Sadhana see God's glory.

In Sadhana experience infinity.

Sadhana is the daily meditation of the sadhu.

Oh Yogi! Become one with God!

-Yogi Bhajan-

As an adult we don't always have the practical means to join in with a daily
group for Sadhana. In fact, as the mother of two young children and the wife of
an amazing man, I always find it interesting that somehow I find my own needs at
the bottom of my daily "To Do" list. Last year my physical, spiritual and
mental energy was at its all time low. I realized that in order to keep my life
going smoothly I needed to get myself to the top of the list. My first step in
this new self-care routine was to:

  • Do a daily Sadhana. No matter what was or is going on in the house, be it
  • screaming kids, sink full of dirty dishes, Dora the Explorer in the back ground
  • I do my chosen daily Sadhana.
  • Get at least 31 minutes of some meditation or prayer.
  • In the evening, once everyone's in bed, I close my day with another 31 minute meditation. When I am really tired its only 11 minutes!
  • When time is a pressure I do a minimum of 3-11 minutes of something in the morning and night.
If I find myself slipping from the top of the list, I don't beat myself up over it, I just give it a boost back to first place so I can be best for myself, my family and my beloved community.

We may not always be able to experience group Sadhana the same way the students
of Miri Piri Academy are able to, but we can still put our spiritual health first for at least few minutes each day. We can still experience infinity.

This was posted on the Dec Miri Piri Academy newslettr, iMPAct



   
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