Kundalini Yoga Training
Gift of Giving and Receiving
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
The Gift of Giving and Receiving
yoga and meditation synchronize us with universal energies and
help us cultivate a conscious connection with the Divine. The
rest of our day flows when we have established this connection
and synchronization. This is what synchronicity is all about.
Devotion Completes Sadhana
always begin our morning practice of KY and meditation by chanting
ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO,
which opens us up the infinite vibration within us. We attune
and balance our body and mind with Kundalini yoga and meditation.
We consolidate and anchor our transformed vibration with deep
end our sadhana by chanting "May the long time sun shine
upon you, all love surround you and the pure light within you,
guide your way on," followed by 3 long SAAAAAAAAAAT
NAM's. I always like to add "God bless this Earth
with peace." And "May I be a woman of love, that other's
may experience love in my presence."
final act is to humbly surrender to the Truth and bring ourselves
into a state of gratitude and prayer. Gratitude and prayer anchor
the divine vibration into our being for the day. It is interesting
to note that the effects of our morning practice last a lot longer
when we complete with prayer, devotion or Bhakti.
following meditation is a form of prayer that can be done after
any other meditation, and before or after chanting "May the
long time sun" and long Sat Nams.
by Yogi Bhajan December 14, 1977
comfortable in meditation pose and cup the hands together
at heart level, palms up, upper arms pressed against rib
cage, eyes 1/10 open and allowed to close. Feel that you
are asking for a blessing from God. Keep making your spine
straighter - (a crooked spine will make one crooked, even
Feel that something is dripping to you from the heavens:
-- the light of God, the flow of life, the supreme energy
- whatever you believe in. Jesus Christ is sending you cookies!
Or Moses. Or Santa Clause. It doesn't matter.
something is dropping from above into the cup of your hands. Lower
yourself into this hallucination until you start feeling it as
a reality. Get into your very simplicity - just ask for simple
grace. Do it for just 3 minutes - it cannot be done for a long
time. But do it as best you can.
There is a slightly different version of the same meditation -
time unlimited and the following comments: Gurprasad means "gift
of the Guru". As you practice this meditation, feel yourself
showered by all the blessings of heaven - health, wealth, happiness,
your ultimate caliber and capacity. Just let it happen. Fill your
heart and soul with all the bounties of nature. Simply meditate
on the boundless flow of the Universal Soul, and feel a deep inflow
of spirit. This is a very restful posture. The subtle pressure
against the meridian points in the rib cage gives immediate
by Yogi Bhajan: Let us become old, old human beings, centuries
old. We used to draw ourselves onto our knees - we never used
to stand up in our cave and we had some kind of hair things where
we used to sleep, curled up like a dog. Have you seen a dog sleeping?
That was the human way of sleeping. Early in the morning a human
being would not get up - he would crawl on his knees, come out
and sit on his heel or stretch his legs forward. I'm telling you
the original, comfortable way of prayer. In Islam they still do
it. In their prayers, this prayer exists: At first, everything
is an imagination, like a blueprint. Then you start feeling the
experience and it becomes the reality. That's the difference between
imagination and reality. Just be simple. You are not simple. That
is why it is hard for you to concentrate.
The Purity of the Breath
is something very beautiful and serene about the breath. The breath
is our life force. The breath connects us to all that is. The
breath is pure energy. Physical sensations connect with reality.
Mental thoughts distance us from reality. Our goal in working
with the breath is to develop a sensory awareness that connects
us with the most primal reality and energy of life. Being present
to our breath in our body is one important way to cultivate this
awareness. In this meditation we want to simply be with, expand
and relax with the purity of the energy and the wave of the inhale
Essence of Prayer and the Breath
meditation connects us with the essence of prayer, which is to
tune into and synchronize with the reality of the universal balance
of giving and receiving.
breath is one indicator of our ability to give and receive. We
can monitor where we are at in the give/receive dynamic by observing
our breath. Simply be with your breath and observe the length
of both your inhale and your exhale. Often one or the other is
favored or longer than the other. Those prone to give more than
they receive will often exhale longer than they inhale. Those
who are prone to receive more than they give often inhale longer
than they exhale. If you have a very shallow breath and have a
tendency to hold your breath, fear may be blocking both giving
We can work with our breath to re-establish a balance between
giving and receiving. If you feel that you give more than you
receive, this may be substantiated by a shorter inhale. (Keep
in mind that there are no firm rules. There are many dynamics
at play.) But using the breath as a guide, maybe you have to allow
yourself to receive more. If your inhale is short, practice inhaling
deeply and allowing your breath into your belly and lower lungs,
not just into the upper lungs.
If you are holding back on your exhale, practice freely releasing
the breath on the exhale. Give back all the air that you have
received. The more we exhale, the more room there is to receive
new air in our lungs. We can experience with the breath that the
more we give, the more we receive.
you have a problem opening up your breath, try the exercise for
emotional balance given in Lesson
04. The breath automatically becomes long and deep after
a few minutes of this pose.
Dynamics of Prosperity
Those who have practiced this meditation report that
it uncovers the dynamics of prosperity and manifestation. The
following are some of the insights that can come to us as we practice
this simple meditation.
we want and what we are willing to give back must be balanced.
To effortlessly receive we must effortlessly give.
must "Be home now" to receive. Grounding is facilitated
by feeling the sensations of solidity and stability in our body.
space of grace is the most powerful arena of manifestation. When
we give up control, let go and let God, there is no resistance
to both giving or receiving.
is another key to prosperity. One of the ways we co-create with
the universe is to release our limited concept of control. Simply
giving and receiving from the Source, the unknown, delivers us
to place of peace.
is power in the purity of presence. Simply being present to our
own purity and simplicity opens us up to the universal Source.
are a few more guidelines or intentions related to giving and
receiving that you can use while practicing this meditation.
happens in the present. Monitor and align your energies now. Do
not wait to give back or to receive. Keep your energy moving at
and release all should's, obligations, owing, control, manipulation,
guilt, fear, and coercion. All of the above prevent us from aligning
with and flowing with the universal energies.
and appreciation are keys to the flow of prosperity. Gently hold
and nurture what you have with gratitude. Everyday enjoy the sacredness
and preciousness of your gifts.
in the flow tunes us into the ever-changing nature of the universe.
Every moment evolves and changes. Let go and move with the spontaneous
generic - give and receive love, kindness, purity, and essence
energy. Don't be attached to a specific person or situation. If
you want to attract a partner, send out and receive love, caring,
kindness, sharing, and aliveness.
for what you want, but let go too. Don't suppress your desires,
but don't be attached to them either.
your comfort zone. Give and receive only what you feel comfortable
with, then gradually expand your comfort zone.
unconditional, unspecific and unlimited. Trust and surrender.
to everyone. Make no exceptions. You might exclude yourself.
coziness, peace, warmth, serenity, calmness and satisfaction -
this is how we can be found and attract what we want.
following is a wonderful testimonial by one of our KY Training
students -- Leo. He shared the following results from practice
meditation on the KY discussion group.
the last few weeks, I've been doing the Smiling Buddha Meditation
(p. 133 Transitions to a Heart Centered World) followed by the
Meditation for Gurprasad. Why isn't this Mandatory??!!! I find
myself experiencing a fundamental shift in my beliefs and energies.
My definitions of prosperity, how I relate to it, how it happens
- all these things and more are being changed, challenged and
has, in many weird ways, been the most prosperous month of the
year despite an exceedingly low income this month. Not only have
I magically been able to buy small gifts for everyone on my list,
pay the bills, and have food in the house, but I've also had a
Bakers Rack, a desk chair, a new pair of hiking boots and $20
literally dropped in my lap by unknown benefactors.
that I'm saying "meditate and KA-CHING!" I was raised
in that whole holiness = poverty mentality that pervades most
Irish Catholic families. My experience with this meditation is
cool, interesting, surprising and a whole lot more. I've almost
turned it into a walking meditation as I go about my daily business.
the inhale, I imagine every good thing flowing into me, particularly
through the solar centers. ( By the way, shoes and bakers rack
were two things I actually did imagine) And then on the exhale,
I imagine all those good things flowing out from my Heart into
the world around me. Sometimes I find myself offering that breath
as a blessing for an individual I may encounter along the way.
I truly am grateful for the new stuff, the greater work is happening
within me. There is no hesitation, impatience or balking on my
part. I simply am getting off to feeling myself in the middle
of the flow of the moment. It's probably the first time I find
myself sitting in God's Hands without feeling uncomfortable about
not sure how much of my fiscal poverty is attributable to poverty
of spirit, but I think, thanks to my daily Gurprasad, that I'll
never really feel poor again.
Breath is for you, BABY!
Sat Nam, Leo
Share Your Stories Too
that who could resist doing this meditation, which takes only
3 to 5 minutes daily! I couldn't resist. I am now practicing it
daily. It is already working for me too. I look forward to hearing
more stories from the rest of you!
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
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