"In the moment you touch your soul, you become fearless." ~Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini Yoga Retreat, October 2015
Akal Maha Kal Mantra - the Great Death
Akal means Undying, and Maha Kal means Great Death. When we chant Akal Maha Kal, we open to the awareness of the undying nature of our Soul Body. When we are connected with our Soul Body, we are fearless.
"'Mantra' means inner protection. An actual mantra is a wisdom realization that directly protects living beings from suffering, and mantras that we verbally recite are methods to accomplish the actual mantra." ~Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
To chant the Akal Maha Kal mantra:
Sit in a comfortable seated position with your spine straight
Cross your wrists over your Heart Center and allow your palms to rest ease fully near your shoulders and collar-bones.
Have the eyes closed and focussed at the top of the head.
Chant Akal Maha Akal very distinctly and in monotone, vibrating the sounds at the centre of your head.
Continue for 10.5 minutes. To end, inhale, hold your breath, exhale, and meditate for a few minutes in the effects of the sacred sound current.
Mirabai Ceiba has a lovely version of this mantra on their new album Sevati.
Nova Scotia, August 2015
Akal on its' own is a special mantra that is chanted during the first 17 days after someone has died. This mantra helps the Soul Body cross over the Earth's electro-magnetic field, and continue on its' way to its' true home.
If you would like to engage in this practice when someone dies, the minimum suggestion is to chant Akal for 11 minutes/day for 3 days. Otherwise, have at least 5 people chanting Akal for 31 minutes/day for the full 17-day duration.
Kriya for Deep Sleep - the little death
Below is a wonderful Kriya for promoting solid, uninterrupted, and restful sleep. I have used this many times and have found it soooo effective.
The table top position that is repeated several times can be a bit much for the shoulders and neck, so ease into it by starting with 1 minute and working your way up to 3 minutes over time. For the crow pose, I love to place a rolled blanket under my heels so I can squat all the way down and keep my heels connected with earth/support.
Note of Gratitude
October's All-Inclusive Yoga Retreat on Salt Spring Island was such an amazing and wondrous experience. A big thank you to all the participants - you made it so perfect, so profound, and so meaningful! Looking forward to the next one!