Teachers, saints, sages, and yogis throughout time have urged us to live simple lives that are divine, reverent, gracious, and absolute. But I often contemplate: How do we do this today?
Yogic scriptures tell us that “even the gods long for this body, so through this body of yours, think of rendering service unto God.” Okay, so there’s one answer: To live a divine life, be of service. But, sometimes, the body is in discomfort, stress, pain, or illness. So, how are we to be of service?
Today’s world offers plenty of complicated challenges to our reverence and ability to serve — habits of busy-ness and consumption. Yoga always gives us the wisdom of being. Sit and be. Sitting and being involves contemplating our oneness. Guru Nanak and Yogi Bhajan taught us about oneness consciousness. They remind us that if we keep awareness focused on the One Light that is the same within every being, we can reach reverence, and this is a way to be of service. Yogi Bhajan said:
“You don’t need the power; you are the power.
You don’t need the beauty; you are the beauty.
You don’t need the success; you are the success.
You don’t need to sex yourself; you are the sex.”
He encourages us to have expansive self-reverence rather than self-reference. This means to be aware that we are often identifying ourselves with something or someone: I am a mother. I am a brother. I am a doctor. I am wealthy. I am poor. I am a teacher. I am stressed out. I am hungry.
Our addiction to all of our identities has gotten so layered and sophisticated that we are entangled in and charmed by this mind game. If we are so entangled, why not play around? Try on these identities, too: I am the breath of God. I am the thoughts of God. I am the primal stillness within all beings. I am oneness consciousness. I am the connecting thread that holds this Creation together. These identities deserve our reverence.
As yogis, we cultivate superpowers. We can practice to cultivate the superpower of One Light. Now, yogic superpowers do not mean we show off our might and conquer evil to spread good all over the world. Yogic superpowers do not involve going around showing off our capacities to read minds, know the future, and amass wealth. Yogic superpowers mean that we focus on the One. Sages remind us that the only yogic superpower that we really need to cultivate and rely on is enlightened oneness consciousness, and wow! It’s quite empowering to do so.
Here’s a mantra that helps cultivate oneness consciousness: Ang Sang Wahe Guru.
Sit in easy pose with your hands in Gyan Mudra (index finger and thumb touching). Close your eyes. Go deep inside, and chant: Ang Sang Wahe Guru.
Vibrating the mantra Ang Sang Wahe Guru helps to raise the Kundalini and hold your being in a space of unity consciousness. Create a deep, subtle connection to the light within yourself and all beings. This mantra was discovered by Guru Amar Das, and it means “the dynamic loving energy of the infinite Source of All is dancing within my every cell and is present in my every limb. My individual consciousness merges with the Universal consciousness.”
Two artists who will be performing and teaching at Sat Nam Fest in Berkshires have beautiful recordings of this mantra. If you want to chant along with a cozy, intimate, and meditative recording, listen to Guru Ganesha Band’s version on their album A Thousand Suns. If you like a cosmic rhythm with entrancing, etheric sounds, listen to Crown of Eternity’s version on their album, Vibrate the Cosmos.
May we continue vibrate together within those sounds that bring us to our infinity, our vastness, and the One Light. Sat Nam!