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Kirtan Kriya is one of the most important meditations in Kundalini Yoga. It was one of the first meditations taught by Yogi Bhajan, the mind goes out of balance when the pineal gland is dormant. The imbalance makes it seem impossible to break mental and physical addictions.

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Whatever you need at the moment, it will readjust and align you to bring balance into your mind and thus your life. It is a catalyst for change because it is a very powerful spiritual cleanser.

 Do you think about an old lover and want to be liberated from the grips of the past  and release him or her from your aura? 

The power of this mantra comes from the fact that it rearranges the subconscious mind at the most elementary level.
It has the power to break habits and addictions because it accesses the level of the mind where habits are created.


Why is it so challenging to drop the past?

You may have all good intentions to bring forgiveness to the past, drop old habits, and ready to move one and yet old thoughts, emotions and desires still haunt you.

Sometimes trying to let go of the past can feel like putting sticky paper in the garbage -- just when you think its gone it 's stuck there again on your hands or clothing. Source:
Catalyst Yogi

The Yogic Perspective

From a yogi' perspective the past is simply old experiences that now live as memories in the subconscious mind. The Subconscious Mind is a recorder and warehouse of all our actions, thoughts, feelings -- it is like being under video surveillance 24/7.

Most people are not aware of their subconscious mind, because it is below the surface of the conscious mind and can drive 85% or our behavior.

How to do Kirtan Kriya

( 11, 31, 60 min or 2-1/2 hours

For 11 minutes:
    2 minutes out loud
   2 minutes whisper
3 minutes silent
   2 minutes whisper
    2 minutes out loud
For 31 minutes:
    5 minutes out loud
   5 minutes whisper
11 minutes silent
   5 minutes whisper
    5 minutes out loud
Focus on your third eye. if you get a headache visualize the energy coming in through the crown and going out the 3rd eye in an L shape.

Continue repeating the sequence always starting with the index finger. The pace between each movement is approximately 1 second per fingertip. To end, inhale, hold the breath for a few seconds, focus the eyes upward, exhale and relax.

  • It takes 40 days to break a habit
  • 90 days to gain the new habit
  • 120 days and you are the habit
  • 1,000 days you are the Master of it

Stimulates the nerve endings in the fingertips balancing the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This positively changes your habits and works through insecurities.

Practice for 11 to 31 minutes. You can also do it for 1 hour up to 2-1/2 hours.

I found that the 2-1/2 hours was really hard to do, but I can handle the 1 hour and either another hour or half an hour. Sat Avtar Kaur.


  • SA   is the beginning, infinity, the totality of everything that ever was, is or will be.
  • TA   is life, existence and creativity that manifests from infinity.
  • NA   is death, change and the transformation of consciousness.
  • MA  is rebirth, regeneration and resurrection which allows us to consciously experience the joy of the infinite.


is so primal that its impact on our psyche is like splitting an atom. The power of his mantra comes from the fact that it rearranges the subconscious mind at the most elementary level. It has the power to break habits and addictions because it accesses the level of the mind where habits are created.

Two Alternative methods:

Bifurcated Kirtan Kriya

Sa-a, Ta-a, Na-a, Ma-a

from 'Spirit Voyage, Summer Solstice 2008 - Special Edition

Cross Heart Kirtan Kriya

Sit straight in a chair or cross legged on the floor.
Cross forearms below the wrist and hold them in front
of the chest with the arms out slightly.
Palms are face up and slightly turned toward the chest.
Look a the tip of the nose and recite the mantra aloud.

Cross Heart Kirtan Kriya

Cross Hands Kirtan Kriya

Comment: This is a wonderful mediation, I do it every night before sleeping and sleep deeply. It works, it works. If you are having a difficult down right awful day, do Kirtan Kriya. At on point when I was doing this, it a lot of old old memories came up, and went away forever. And even, if your day was all right, it still does something for you. Sat Avtar Kaur, 2009

Guruka Singh explain the meditation below, and how to do it.

Note Find Kirtan Kriya in these books:
Focus on Teachers and Musicians by Nirvair Singh- pg 24
Also, in the BOOK: Art Science and Application of Kundalini Yoga
BOOK: The Aquarian Teacher Training Manual Level 1, pg 425
BOOK: p96-1-Kundalini Yoga : Sadhana Guidelines, 1996 
Exercise and Meditation Manual KRI
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Kirtan Kriya & Alzheimer's
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