On February 27th, we’ll begin a mini-sadhana, an 11 day practice to open the heart and create a greater flow of love in our hearts. It is said that the seat of the soul is the heart and when the heart is open, the soul can travel. This meditation opens the heart to love and connects you in a deeper way to your true essence.
Chanting the mantra Sat Kartar, according to Sat Kartar Kaur Khalsa, “is a key to living in a state of faith. We are calling our souls to walk, to experience, to do. When we open to the flow [of the Universe], we establish a path for the Universe to flow back to us in response.”
This meditation is very easy to do. Take a look at the video below (or read these directions.) Sit in easy pose (or a chair if you can’t sit in easy pose) and close your eyes, focusing them on the third eye point. The mantra is Sat Kartar. When you chant “Sat”, your hands are in prayer pose in front of the body. As you chant “Kar”, extend your arms out to the sides of your body half way to their final position (fingertips pointing up). When you chant “Tar”, your hands are fully extended out to the sides, parallel to the floor and fingers pointing up. The transition from each position in a flowing manner. We’ll practice this meditation together for 11 minutes.
About this mantra, “Sat Kartar” :
“Sat Kartar” is a sound that Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh Path, (which many of our Kundalini Yoga mantras have come from) would speak, when things would happen, good or bad. His response was, “Sat Kartar!” and in effect he was saying, God or the Great Divine One, is the One doing this action, this situation. The “Sat” in the mantra is first identifying the Soul’s True Sound(means Essence of Truth, or Being) It is said that directly behind the heart is supposedly where the Soul resides. “Kartar” means Doer, and when the two words are combined, it is to say “Doer, Manifestor, or Walker of the Truth.” When these primal sounds are repeated/affirmed over time, as a practice, we are in effect, opening,expanding, and directing the energetic FLOW of the Heart.The second aspect of this heart-opening mantra is that it is a key to living in a state of Faith; we are calling our souls to walk, to experience, to do, in our lives with the belief and understanding that the Divine One is working in all situations. To experience the trusting, faithful aspect of love in our lives, we sometimes need to first do the work to open and trust the Flow of the Divine doing everything. When we open to that Flow then we establish and allow a path for the Universe to Flow back to us in response, with All it is waiting to give to us.
To make our practice easier, Sat Kartar Kaur Khalsa has created an 11 minutes meditation track of “Sat Kartar” designed to support us through this process! Click here to download!
*There is an alternate teaching for this meditation, where the second position is extended out in front of the body. This meditation was taught both ways, and both are considered acceptable, but we will be practicing this meditation as described in the video below as a group.
Enjoy this as a bonus! Sat Kartar singing live…the mantra she’s named for!