By Nam Pritam Kaur
I asked myself this question as I went to my first Aquarian Sadhana. It was Sat Nam Fest, August 2015. Warm-ups started at 4:00 am. What?!
I spent the night in my tent, so I lugged all my gear up the 50 steps to the grounds. My back pack bulged with supplies for the day. We sat in an open-air covered shelter on very cold concrete. You could see your breath. I was grateful I carried all those blankets!
But wow. I felt I could touch the starry sky with my feet rooted deeply into the earth. It was deeply quiet. But really, why oh why so early?
In the fourth Pauri of Jap Ji, Guru Nanak says: “In the Amrit Vayla, the ambrosial hours before dawn, chant the True Name, and contemplate His Glorious Greatness. By the karma of past actions, the robe of this physical body is obtained. By His Grace, the Gate of Liberation is found. O Nanak, know this well: the True One Himself is All.”
They call this time of the morning, between four and seven o’clock, the nectar hour. And it is. The words nectar and ambrosial both sound pretty yummy to me… so inviting and delicious.
Yogi Bhajan taught: “This is the time period that is an optimal time to meditate on God because of the sun’s angle in addition to the fact that the world is usually quiet.”
It is also the time when our subconscious downloads itself. I am always ready for a good ol’ download, and becoming closer to the Creator is why I am in this universe.
In her book, Original Light, the Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga, Snatam Kaur, explains: “The subconscious acts as the storehouse of all feelings, emotions, and impressions we have yet to consciously heal or process. When we do not cleanse our subconscious, it can rule our lives. Instead of living from our inner truth, we act out from inner burdens and past wounds or traumas.”
For me, all of this resonates. It is my great desire to live from my inner truth. If getting up early will enhance my true Self, so be it. But will someone please call me so I don’t hit the snooze?
I have great love and respect for Snatam Kaur Khalsa. She inspires me. She does Aquarian Sadhana every day. Me? I am working my way toward once a week.
And for sure, I am at Sat Nam Studios for Aquarian Sadhana on the first Sunday of every month with our Kundalini community in that sacred space. Won’t you join us for some morning nectar? When the light fills the room, it acts as a blanket of love that gently enfolds us. It is a beautiful experience.
Until next month, when I write about Jap Ji… May the long time sun shine upon you. All love surround you. And the pure light within you, guide your way on. Sat Nam
Nam Pritam Kaur leads Aquarian Sadhana on the first Sunday of each month at 4:30 am. She teaches a class on the first Monday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.