MEDITATION: KIRTAN KRIYA (Sa Ta Na Ma)
(Sadhana Guidelines, pp. 95-96 and Meditation as Medicine, pp. 122 & 194)
Posture:Sit in easy pose (or, in a chair with your spine straight; feet flat on the floor.) Relax your hands on your knees; palms facing outwards.
Focus:The eyelids are closed, the eyes rolled gently upwards and focused at the mid-point between the brows.
Breath:Your breath will come automatically as you chant …
Sa = Infinity, Cosmos, Beginning.
This is, literally, the cycle of creation. From the Infinite comes life and individual existence. From life comes death or change. From death comes the rebirth of consciousness to the joy of the Infinite through which compassion leads back to life.
Mudra:On “Sa,” press the index finger pad to your thumb pad; on “Ta,” press your middle finger pad to the thumb pad; on “Na,” press the ring finger pad to the thumb pad; on “Ma,” press the little finger pad to the thumb pad. Continue moving your fingers through this meditation, even through the silent part.
Time:12 minutes total. Chant in a normal voice for 2 minutes; chant in a whisper for 2 minutes; go deep within yourself and chant in your head for 4 minutes. Come back to a whisper for 2 minutes, then your normal voice for 2 minutes.
End:Inhale completely, and then exhale all the air. Stretch the arms up as far as possible, stretching your spine. Spread the hands wide. Take two more deep inhales and exhales. Bring your arms down to your sides in a graceful arc to end the meditation. Think of pushing down all negativity, all negative people in your life out of your aura, out of your consciousness, as you lower your arms.
Benefits:The physical benefits of the mantra are that “Sa” evokes a sense of emotion and expansiveness, “Ta” creates a feeling of transformation and strength, “Na” stimulates a sense of universal love, “Ma” evokes the quality of communicativeness. The Sa Ta Na Ma meditation actually balances both hemispheres of the brain. As you vibrate on each fingertip, you alternate your electrical polarities. The index and ring fingers are electrically negative, relative to the other fingers. This causes a balance in the electro-magnetic projection of the aura. Chanting Sa Ta Na Ma is the primal or nuclear form of “Sat Nam.” It has the energy of the atom in it since we are breaking up the atom (or “bij”) of the sound, “Sat Nam.”
Each time you close a mudra (hand position) by joining the thumb with a finger, your ego “seals” the effect of the mudra in your consciousness. The effects are as follows:
Comments from The Mind, by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., p. 183: This Projection sees below the surface and knows with intuition the connections and consequences associated with a situation.