3HO’s Summer Solstice 2017 theme is Yogi Bhajan’s fifth sutra of the Aquarian Age:
“Vibrate the Cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path.”
Talk of “good vibes” are, generally speaking, the first indicator you’re dealing with a New Ager. That assumption carries with it a collection of associations that, in the final analysis, usually slant against the speaker. At root, there’s something helpful in this innate assertion. As Mark Twain wrote, “when even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition.”
Yogi Bhajan could not have agreed more. Part of his insistence that his student practice sadhana daily was the practicality of confronting easy assumptions. In the course of a committed practice, whether it extends 40 days or a thousand or beyond, it is nearly impossible for a yogi to end in the same state he or she started.
In fact, the way Yogi Bhajan framed it, sadhana is almost specifically the time and place for destroying such predispositions. Far from the airy, “hippy dippy” spirituality of the New Age caricature, Yogi Bhajan referred to the Kundalini approach as a discipline, like a martial art. He also called himself a scientist of consciousness, and in this context, it is clear to see why. Sadhana mirrors the repeated experimentations of the scientific method.
That repetition is the crux of the sutra. Scientifically speaking, vibration exists everywhere. In Physics, matter – that is, all solid objects – is considered an outward manifestation of invisible but quivering particles (which may, in fact, be waves and not particles, but I digress). If this is the structure of everything, then sadhana becomes a point of reference. In practicing a spiritual discipline, the individual is attuned to the whole. Fluctuations take place, concentration breaks, but the student simply drops the distraction and re-focuses.
But on what? The sutra mentions “the cosmos,” which doesn’t literally mean the stars, but instead, suggests the totality of everything. But keeping an eye on everything is difficult. That’s why religions give up trying and instead focus on one or more aspects of the whole. In fact, this task is so daunting, to even attempt it requires some serious metaphysical pyrotechnics. Or just a word.
More than one religion has staked a claim as to “the True Name of God.” Yogi Bhajan was Sikh and emphasized that the only direct command of his faith was “Jap,” meaning to repeat, or recite, that true name. This is also why his students say “Sat Nam,” which means “true name.” No matter which faith or which of the infinite words that could be used to describe God – or just plain infinity, if you prefer – the act of speaking creates a vibration in the body that is, to some extent, imbued with all the thoughts and conceptions you have about that word. So, to “vibrate the cosmos” is literally to bring whatever the cosmos is, in your understanding of it, into you.
It is a sadhana, a practice. The relationships that exist at the first instance are refined by repetition. And this is how the “cosmos clears the path.” By simply repeating the words and thoughts that correspond to the things you consider “highest,” your self-conception automatically begins to change. Priorities evolve. Your path becomes clear and your confidence to act becomes manifest.
For practicing Japa, I recommend the mantra “Gobinde Mukande.” It comes in many variations (Sada Sat Kaur, Cherdi Kalaa Jetha), but its involvement of eight names and aspects of the whole creates an atmosphere for “clearing the path,” upping bravery and forthrightness, and dispelling the influence of bad habits. Try Sat Kirin’s version to hear Yogi Bhajan’s voice explaining the mantra.
3HO’s Summer Solstice Celebration (June 15-24, 2017) is a 9-day spiritual gathering in the high desert mountains of New Mexico. Based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, the Summer Solstice experience includes Kundalini Yoga workshops, White Tantric Yoga®, Morning Sadhana, Live Kirtan, Community Connection, and the all-pervasive bright, uplifting energy generated by 2000 souls living in their highest consciousness. We hope to see you there!