by Nathan Vanderpool
In the first stages of the Corona crisis in 2020, many communities were forced to move online. This meant that groups like the Kundalini Yoga Circle (KYC) in Berlin had to try to connect without established forms, times, and places. Klaudia Lev, one of the leaders of KYC wanted to lead a mantra singing session, but was unsure of how to create the right atmosphere over zoom. I interviewed her about the values she wanted to have supported, and created a custom ritual as a container for the mantra.
🌳 PERSONAL VALUE
Healing Presence: let go of stories and fears, opening yourself up to what is new in each moment, viewing each breath as a rebirth
📜 SCRIPT FOR RITUAL LEADER
In this mantra, and in our lives, we need each other. When the position or the singing becomes difficult, remember that we are here together. Practice relying on others and letting them rely on you. Draw strength from the fact that we are all here, all doing this together.
Take a moment to feel into your body. Notice any tension from your day. Shake it all out with us, and make any sounds that feel good to you.
Before we begin, take a moment to think about the structure of your life. What part do you have to play in this world? What roles does your ego take on? What would happen if you layed them down... one by one... Will your world fall apart if you let your sense of self drop away for the rest of this hour? Consider this question seriously and deeply. pause for a bit If there are roles that protect you, or that you need to protect right now, hold on to them. If you trust that everything will be ok if you release your sense of self, let it begin to fall away now. For each role that you play in your daily life, imagine it before you. Lay them down in your mind, one by one, to take back up after we complete this ritual.
TUNING IN: Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo ... Ad Guray Nameh, Jugad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru Devay Nameh
The people gathered here are part of the forrest of humanity. As we stand in the world, we appear to be individual trees, separate and distinct from one another. But underneath the surface is a vast network of connection. Call to mind the unseen things of our forrest — the love you feel and the dreams you share with people in your life, the moments of admiration, inspiration, and appreciation that strengthen our invisible connections. These connections run through every human being on earth, sustaining us, binding us together. Although our physical bodies are distinct, we are ultimately one organism with many faces.
As we begin to sing together, you may notice old thought patterns coming up. Acknowledge them, and let them pass into the singing. Feelings will arise as well. Notice them, honor their presence, and let them pass through your voice and into the air. When your mind wanders away from the mantra, return your attention to your breath and the vibrations in your body. Be gentle with yourself. Don't worry about holding attention for as long as you can. The practice of singing the mantra is noticing when your attention wanders away, and then returning to the music again, and again, and again.
When you feel ready, begin singing with us. Let go of stories and fears. Open yourself up to what is new in each moment. Each breath is a rebirth.
MANTRA: Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung - 31 min.
TUNING OUT: Sat Nam. Sat Nam. Sat Nam.
Thank you and bless you
HOW DID YOU MAKE THIS?!
For an introduction to the methods I used to design this custom ritual, click here: Human Systems Design Methods
🌳 Healing Presence: let go of stories and fears, opening yourself up to what is new in each moment, viewing each breath as a rebirth
👣 create time without pressing responsibilities
👣 assess the consequences of dropping my current stories
👣 notice habits of mind, old patterns of thought
👣 recognize that you are held in a community, and need not be afraid
👣 attend to unpleasant emotions in a way that feels and releases
👣 stay in touch with new thoughts and feelings as they arise
⚙️ slow pace
⚙️ shared values
⚙️ flat status
⚙️ quiet space
From 3ho - Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung
Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung: The Ultimate Healing Tool
Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung is the mantra for the sacred healing meditation first taught in the Summer of 1973. This healing meditation is used to pray for healing energy for our friends, family, and ourselves. It was also practiced at every White Tantric Yoga® Course for the Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan.
"For healing at a distance, this is the mantra. It cuts across time and space so you can send healing energy to someone thousands of miles away as easily as you can send it to someone across the room."-Shakti Parwha Kaur
Kundalini Yoga practitioners have been using this meditation for the last four and a half decades. Try it when you want to send healing energy to a loved one or need healing yourself.
Practicing the mudra and the mantra properly will optimize the energy flow and will make this meditation all the more potent.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose (sitting on the floor, with legs crossed) or in a chair with feet planted firmly on the ground, with the spine straight, and a light Neck Lock applied (chin pulled back slightly).
Mudra: The mudra (hand position) is most important. The elbows are bent down by the sides, and are tucked comfortably but firmly against the ribs. The forearms are almost perpendicular to the floor, with the hands extended out at a 45 degree angle from the center of the body. Most importantly, the palms are perfectly flat, facing up, hands bent back at the wrists. You should feel a pull in the lowest part of your forearm as you almost hyper-extend your wrist to make the palms flat. (This tends to be the most challenging part of the meditation so it is important not to let the hands relax out of the position.) The fingers are kept side by side, except that the thumb is spread from the other four fingers.
Eyes: Eyes are closed.
Mantra: This mantra consists of 8 basic sounds:
Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung
Ra - Sun
Ma - Moon
Daa - Earth
Saa - Impersonal Infinity
Saa Say - Totality of Infinity
So - Personal sense of merger and identity
Hung - The infinite, vibrating and real.
This mantra taps into the energies of the sun, moon, earth, and the Infinite Spirit to bring deep healing. It is important to pull the navel point powerfully on the first Sa and on Hung. Note that the word Hung is not long and drawn out. Rather, it is clipped off forcefully as you pull in the navel. Chant one complete cycle of the entire mantra with each breath. Then deeply inhale and repeat. Remember to move the mouth precisely with each sound. Try to feel the resonance in the mouth and in the sinus area.
Mental Focus: You can choose to mentally visualize the person or persons that you are wanting to heal, as you send this energy to them for their well-being.
Time: Continue chanting for 11 to 31 minutes.
To End: To end the meditation, inhale deeply and hold the breath, as you offer a healing prayer. Visualize the person you wish to heal as being totally healthy, radiant, and strong. See the person completely engulfed in a healing white light and completely healed. Then exhale and inhale deeply again, hold the breath, and offer the same prayer again. Exhale.
To complete, inhale deeply, stretch your arms up high, and vigorously shake out your hands and fingers for several seconds. Keep the arms up and hands shaking as you exhale. Repeat two more times and relax.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan