“There’s a way through every block”. Yogi Bhajan gave us Five Sutras of the Aquarian Age, and this is the one that resonates most powerfully for me. In my life, blocks present themselves at every turn. But through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, and the observation of life around me, I’ve learned that blocks may come up but they are not insurmountable.
In Kundalini Yoga, we have a mantra that specifically works to dissolve blocks: Aad Such Jugaad Such Hai Bhai Such Nanak Hosee Bhai Such. The ‘Bhai’ version of this mantra has the same meaning as the ‘Bhee’ version: True in the beginning, true throughout the ages, true even now, Nanak, truth shall ever be. But the focus of this mantra–Hai Bhai Such–is to help remove blocks when you get stuck and you need help going forward. (The Hai Bhee version, which is part of the Mul Mantra, connects the person to the infinite).
This mantra can be chanted with music—one version that I particularly like is on Satkirin Kaur Khalsa’s CD Lightness of Being—or you can just repeat it continuously as you go about your business. Yogi Bhajan taught that this mantra is like a lever, and if you keep your focus on it, those things in life that get in your way will dissolve.
Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to visualize this mantra in action. I recently returned from an incredible week at 3HO Summer Solstice. The theme of Solstice this year was, conveniently, “There’s a Way through Every Block”. Every morning the entire camp sat down and chanted the mantra Aad Such Jugaad Such Hai Bhai Such Nanak Hosee Bhai Such. As the days progressed, this vibratory energy became stronger and stronger, and it appeared that collectively, blocks were being dissolved and we were all finding ourselves in a blissful state of sahej, or ease.
One morning, after we finished chanting this mantra, I went out for a walk and I looked down to see an ant carrying a blade of grass along a path. The ant was dwarfed by this piece of grass, which was itself no more than 2 inches long. I marveled at how this tiny insect was able to move forward despite its cumbersome load. But then something happened: the ant ran into a boulder. Well really it was more like a small stone, but from the ant’s perspective, it could have been Mount Everest. The ant was blocked.
I stood still to watch what would happen. A human would probably have stopped, scratched his or her head, and tried to intellectually figure out how to get past this mountain. We may have debated with ourselves the pros and cons, ins and outs of how to proceed, possibly losing our momentum, or even worse, giving up and turning back. But the ant kept moving forward. With the vibrations of Ad Such Jugaad Such Hai Bhai Such Nanak Hosee Bhai Such still ringing out in the background, the ant pushed itself against this rock until the rock gave way and slid over. The ant, with its blade of grass on its back, continued on its path.
I was amazed. Nature can teach us so many things if we stop and pay attention. If an ant can push its way through a large rock, then I can for sure make it through the petty challenges that confront me on a daily basis. As I continued down my path, I reminded myself that one of the secrets to keeping up is to not sweat the small stuff. Let the little things go, so that you have the strength to push the boulder out of the way when the need arises. There IS a way through every block, I realized. Meditate, and just keep moving forward.