harnam_removing_obstacles_cover_3000x3000“There is a way through every block.” Yogi Bhajan gave us Five Sutras of the Aquarian Age, and this one resonates most powerfully for me. In my life, blocks present themselves at every turn. But, through the practice of Kundalini Yoga and the observation of life around me, I’ve learned that blocks may come up, but they are not insurmountable.

In Kundalini Yoga, we have a mantra that specifically works to dissolve blocks: Aad Such Jugaad Such Hai Bhai Such Nanak Hosee Bhai Such. The ‘Bhai’ version of this mantra has the same meaning as the ‘Bhee’ version: True in the beginning, true throughout the ages, true even now, Nanak, truth shall ever be. But the focus of this mantra — Hai Bhai Such— is to help remove blocks when you get stuck and need help going forward. The Hai Bhee version, which is part of the Mul Mantra, connects the person to the infinite.

This mantra can be chanted with music — we love Harnam’s version on his new album Removing Obstacles — or you can simply repeat it continuously as you go about your business. Yogi Bhajan taught that this mantra is like a lever, and if you keep your focus on it, those things in life that get in your way will dissolve.

Another beautiful way to utilize this mantra to break through blocks and connect to your truth is with the Master’s Touch Meditation.

Master’s Touch Meditation

Posture: Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. Sit very saintly, like you are the greatest incarnation of Lord Buddha.

Eyes: The eyes are slightly open, focused at the tip of the nose.

Mudra: Place the pad (finger print) of the right index finger (Jupiter finger) on the pad of the left index finger, right palm facing out from the body, left palm facing in towards the body, forming a 45 degree angle of the fingers pointing upwards. Other fingers are curled into the palms with thumbs over.

Hold the mudra at the Heart Center, shoulders relaxed.

Mantra: From the navel sing: “Aad Sach, Jugaad Sach, Hai Bhee Sach, Naanak Hosee Bhee Sach”

You may sing or chant the mantra, but it must be done in a monotone. The “suchhh” sound is emphasized as you pull the navel in on each repetition of the word. As you chant aloud, listen with your inner ear. Let the inner ear vibrate. Tune your inner ear so that the hammering of the hammer bones enables your brain to analyze the sound as you hear it.

Time: Continue for 11 min up to 2 hrs 30 min

To End: Inhale, hold the breath. Exhale, relax the mudra and the breath. Rest in Easy Pose and Gyan Mudra for 1 – 2 minutes.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to see this mantra in action at 3HO Summer Solstice. The theme of Solstice was “There Is a Way through Every Block.” Every morning the entire camp sat down and chanted the mantra Aad Such Jugaad Such Hai Bhai Such Nanak Hosee Bhai Such. As the days progressed, this vibratory energy became stronger and stronger, and it appeared that collectively, blocks were being dissolved and we were all finding ourselves in a blissful state of sahej, or ease.

One morning, after we finished chanting this mantra, I went out for a walk and I looked down to see an ant carrying a blade of grass along a path.  The ant was dwarfed by this piece of grass, which was itself no more than 2 inches long. I marveled at how this tiny insect was able to move forward despite its cumbersome load. But then something happened: the ant ran into a boulder. Well really it was more like a small stone, but from the ant’s perspective, it could have been Mount Everest. The ant was blocked.

I stood still to watch what would happen. A human would probably have stopped, scratched his or her head, and tried to intellectually figure out how to get past this mountain.  We may have debated with ourselves the pros and cons, ins and outs of how to proceed, possibly losing our momentum, or even worse, giving up and turning back. But the ant kept moving forward. With the vibrations of Ad Such Jugaad Such Hai Bhai Such Nanak Hosee Bhai Such still ringing out in the background, the ant pushed itself against this rock until the rock gave way and slid over. The ant, with its blade of grass on its back, continued on its path.

I was amazed. Nature can teach us so many things if we stop and pay attention.  If an ant can push its way through a large rock, then I can for sure make it through the petty challenges that confront me on a daily basis.  As I continued down my path, I reminded myself that one of the secrets to keeping up is to not sweat the small stuff. Let the little things go, so that you have the strength to push the boulder out of the way when the need arises. There IS a way through every block, I realized. Meditate, and just keep moving forward.

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