When I first encountered the Sobagh Kriya (aka Subagh Kriya) to “invoke the wealth of the universe,” I was intrigued. It sounded like a tall order, especially when I read that Yogi Bhajan described it as “the most sacred and absolutely most powerful kriya for Kundalini Yoga.” But I believe in the power of mantra and meditation, so I decided to try it as a 40-day practice. What did I have to lose? (Especially since our checkbook had been dwindling away to nothing, and bills were piling up.) The idea of a little wealth was enticing!
Sobagh — which, I’ve learned, means good luck and grace — is a five-part kriya. The instructions for each part are precise. In fact, each is to be done for either three or 11 minutes (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, or 11, 11, 11, 11, 11). “That is the time. And do not exceed. I repeat, do not exceed. So, I’d advise you to move very cautiously, very slowly. Affectionately practice it,” Yogi Bhajan said.
Affectionately? That seemed like an odd instruction, and to be honest, I didn’t even notice that word until I had finished my 40 days. But the curious thing was, I did feel very affectionate about this kriya. I really looked forward to this sadhana each day. The time went by swiftly! It’s an energetic, fun set. I’ve got to say — wealth or no wealth — I adored it!
As I began the practice, I dug into some ideas about wealth. Yogi Bhajan did say that wealth would come when we chant the mantra “Har” and touch the Jupiter and Moon mounds of the hands, as in the first part of the kriya. But, we all know that wealth isn’t just about cash. Abundance arrives in many, many forms, and wealth doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone. My definition of wealth includes money, but more importantly, it encompasses love, family, friends, health, rich experiences, my writing practice, and so much more.
I began to notice a few things while I was practicing, and because I don’t believe in coincidences, I’m quite sure that I have Sobagh Kriya to thank. Here are some examples:
On the very first day of my practice, I went to an Iyengar yoga class I’ve frequented at a nearby gym for the past eight years. In that time, I have never been gifted with a private lesson. In fact, there are usually anywhere from six to 15 students, and gym regulations require at least three for a class to be held. On this evening, however, I was the only student who showed, and my instructor insisted on teaching just for me. What an unexpected gift! Dumb luck? I think not.
The next day, I received a surprise check for $200 — royalties from a book I published four years ago. Not a lot of money, but still. Odd.
Several days later, I received six books in the mail to review for a magazine. Usually, I have two books to review at a time. But six? Interesting (and a lot of reading!).
A few days later, I received an email from a woman in upstate New York informing me she had kept a magazine article about my first Christmas without my father I wrote 26 years ago. She said that she revisits it every Christmas, and she was reading my piece aloud to a group of friends at a gathering the very next night. How lovely, I thought. What an honor! And how very strange that after all these years she would reach out to me.
My best friend — whom I rarely see these days because we live a distance away — had been acting a bit remote of late, and I’d been feeling a little worried. Out of the blue, she called and told me I was “her best and most beloved friend in the world.” Wow. My doubts joyously melted away.
One day, I opened our checkbook to pay some bills and found that we had more money than we have had in decades. Not a lot, mind you, but more than enough to keep up with our debts. I’d noticed that my husband had been getting lots of unexpected Nutcrackers (he plays classical clarinet), yet I hadn’t realized how the money was piling up. Uncanny!
My youngest son, a freelance composer and audio engineer, was suddenly swamped with work, too. Was my kriya even bringing wealth into my home via others? I began to wonder!
On the last day of this sadhana, I awakened to a deep sense of peace. Before rising, I took note of the warmth of my bed, my husband’s breathing next to me, the birds beginning to chirp, the coziness of my home. This, I realized, is the wealth of the universe — the awareness of the present moment and all the blessings it holds.
Wealth is living in consciousness of all that we have, and a litany of blessings came to mind: my new daughter-in-law (as the mother of three sons this is huge!), my newlywed son’s happiness, geese honking overhead flying south, new running shoes, invitations to conduct yoga workshops, recognition of the value of my writing, freedom from debt, good health, time with friends and family…so, so much. Truly, the wealth of the universe — the riches of my particular life — were pouring and flowing into my consciousness. On this last day of my sadhana, indeed I felt that I was richest woman on earth!
Why not try Sobagh Kriya and see what this practice invokes for you?
You can find this kriya in Success and the Spirit: an Aquarian Path to Abundance.
1. Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine. Allow your upper arms to be relaxed, with the elbows bent and the palms in front of the chest. Strike the outer sides of the hands together, forcefully hitting the area from the base of the little finger (Mercury finger) to the base of the palm. This area is called the Moon area. Next, turn the palms to face down and strike the sides of the index fingers (Jupiter fingers) together. Alternately strike the Moon area and the Jupiter area as you chant Har with the tip of your tongue, pulling the navel with each Har.
Your eyes are focused at the tip of your nose. This meditation was taught to the rhythm of Tantric Har by Simran Kaur. I’m going to give you a very handy tool, one that you can use anywhere, and you’ll become rich. To become rich and prosperous, with wealth and values, is to have the strength to come through. It means that transmissions from your brain and the power of your intuition can immediately tell you what to do.
2. Stretch your arms out to the sides and up at a 60-degree angle. Spread your fingers wide, making
them stiff. The palms face forward. Cross your arms in front of your face. Alternate the position of the arms as they cross: first the left arm crosses in front of the right and then the right arm crosses in front of the left. Continue crossing the arms, keeping the elbows straight and the fingers open and stiff. This movement is also done to the rhythm of Tantric Har by Simran Kaur, but this time you do not chant.
3. Keep your arms out and up at sixty degrees as in the previous exercise. With your hands, make a fist around your thumb, squeezing your thumb tightly as if you are trying to squeeze all the blood out of it. Move your arms in small backward circles as you continue squeezing your thumb. Your arms are stretched and the elbows stay straight. Chant the mantra “God” powerfully form your navel. One backward circle of the arms equals one repetition of “God.” The speed and rhythm of the chanting is the same as in the previous exercises. Move powerfully so that your entire spine shakes, you may even be lifted slightly up off the ground by the movement.
4. Bend your arms so that your elbows point to the sides. The forearms are parallel to the floor and the palms face the body around the level of the diaphragm. The right hand moves up a few inches as the left hand moves down. The left hand moves up as the right hand moves down. The hands move alternately up and down between the heart and navel. As the hands move, chant Har Haray Haree, Whahay Guroo in a deep monotone with one repetition of the mantra approximately every 4 seconds.
Chant from your navel. If you are practicing the exercises for 11 minutes each, then you will chant the mantra out loud for 6 minutes, whisper it strongly for 3 minutes and then whistle it for 2 minutes. If you are practicing the exercises for 3 minutes each, then you will chant the mantra out loud for 1 minute, whisper it strongly for 1 minute, and then whistle it for 1 minute.
5. Bend your elbows and rest your right forearm on your left forearm, with your palms down. The arms are held in front of your body at shoulder height. Close your eyes, keep your arms steady. Keep your spine straight and your arms parallel to the floor. Breathe slowly and deeply so that one breath takes a full minute. Inhale for 20 seconds, hold for 20 seconds, and exhale for 20 seconds.