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* SPIRITUALITY * MEDITATION
* KUNDALINI YOGA
Published in English and Spanish
Editor: Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
a message from Yogi Bhajan about the August 11th solar eclipse.
Information about New Millennium Being.
A meditation to do during this powerful time to align yourself
with the energies.
An article on the August 11th solar eclipse which launches the
from Yogi Bhajan
Bhajan has given us the message that from July 28th to August
11th particularly, "Do sadhana or God bless you." He
also said that the astrological configurations of the August 11th
Solar Eclipse were last experienced at the onset of the Fall of
the Roman Empire. He said the energy unleashed at this eclipse
will carry you either toward the light or away from the light
depending on how you use it. As you will see in the following
article, it is an energy that cannot be avoided -- it must be
put to good use. It can propel you on your destiny path.
Millennium Being is a periodic (at least 12 times per year) newsletter
whose purpose is to help guide us into the 21st century. The focus
is on our personal preparation and how we can each in our own
unique way establish a connection with our Self and follow our
destiny path. The goal is to guide us so that instead of being
a victim of the powerful energies available on the Planet at this
time, we can use them for our own personal empowerment and liberation.
The first 12 issues will synthesize relevant information about
Astrology, the Chakras, the 5 Elements and Kundalini yoga.
helps us understand the energies that we have to work with. The
zodiac signs and the planets related to the chakras give us an
in depth analysis of our human potential and how to tap it. The
five Elements or Tattvas (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) are
the context for the lessons that we have chosen to learn this
lifetime in order to achieve peace and freedom. Kundalini yoga
(as taught by Yogi Bhajan) is the quantum technology for the Aquarian
age. Practice of Kundalini kriyas and meditations align us with
universal energies and our own truth.
you are interested in yourself , your inner peace and freedom,
the role you can play in creating a sustainable world and are
looking for powerful techniques that can help you achieve these
goals, this newsletter is for you.
addition to morning sadhana, as a part of it, or as an evening
meditation here is a meditation that can be done for 11, 22 or
31-minutes. This is a very blissful meditation that keeps you
in your body. When you need help chant this mantra. Calling on
Guru Ram Das produces healing, magic and miracles. Enjoy!
in easy pose, with hands on the lap, right on top of left.
absolutely still for this meditation for the full effects.
very quietly, in monotone, almost, but not a whisper, with the
lips, so you feel a vibration in the lips
Guru, Wa He Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru.
the syllables in each of the chakras.
- Guru is vibrated in every chakra except 3rd and 6th.)
base of spine
- 2nd sex organ, abdomen
He - 3rd- navel
- 4th heart
- 5th throat
Das -6th third
- 7th top of head
Eclipse - August 11, 1999
Guru Rattana, Ph.D. "Rattana"
by Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
15-August 3, 1999
solar eclipse August 11, 1999 is part of one of two of the most
powerful astrological configurations of this century.* In a solar
eclipse, the Sun is obscured briefly by the Moon. Normal rational
thought and actions give way to the non-rational, irrational,
emotional, and imaginative. Because our responses at this level
of consciousness are often uncontrolled and chaotic, this time
is one of not business as usual and anything can happen and often
does. Eclipses provide a boost in energy, expand consciousness
and stimulate evolutionary change.
are often felt months before the actual event and their effects
last long afterwards. As you read this article, you may recognize
how some of the phenomenon of this eclipse are influencing your
life already. The purpose of this article is to examine the nature
of this event and its possible impacts in our personal and collective
potent energies are lined up in a grand cross. So what is a grand
gross and why is this so potent? A grand cross is formed when
two things happen-- (1) Two planets, or sun and moon, (in this
case the sun and the moon together, with the moon eclipsing or
covering the sun) are opposite each other in the sky. (2) A second
set of planets (or sun and moon) are directly opposite each other,
crossing the other set at a 90o angle. The result is that 4 planets
are at 90o angles to each other and two sets of planets are directly
opposite or opposing each other.
astrological terms, planets at 90 degrees "square" each
other. The relationship of the planets to each other in the sky
creates a certain energy that is felt and played out in our earthly
experiences. Squares and oppositions give us energy to do things.
They motivate and often provoke us to take action. The grand cross
of August 11 combines 4 squares and 2 oppositions, all at the
same time, plus a solar eclipse! In sum, there is a tremendous
amount of energy that needs to be put to use, to be expressed
or to be dedicated to a goal.
astrological configuration not only gives us the energy to get
things done, it contains the greatest potential for growth. Most
of us have already realized that growth is not always easy. This
is why in astrology the squares and the oppositions are called
"hard" aspects. The "hard" aspects are always
challenging, but the struggle and pain come when we resist our
lessons. Combined with an attitude of commitment and dedication
to something we truly believe in, this energy can be very rewarding
and productive. The secret is to cooperate with it, to consciously
handle our challenges, and to take advantage of the energy to
create our dreams and accomplish our goals.
amount of energy available in grand crosses, like it or not, accelerates
the human growth process. We face simultaneous challenges and
are forced to make decisions that will result in complete and
total life changes. "The reward for handling the energy positively
is the potential to make a huge evolutionary leap." (p. 10)
We may experience that this energy challenges us to make big changes
"right now!" I have personally felt like there are many
things that need to be done all at once. I have also witnessed
multiple things magically fall into place when my intent is clear
and my actions are one-pointed.
KIND OF CHANGE?
kind of change can we look forward to? First we have to get acquainted
with the players. Saturn in Taurus is in opposition to Mars in
Scorpio. Saturn teaches us our lessons without compromise and
is willing to wait it out until we wake up, look at what is really
happening and make the appropriate changes in our consciousness
and life style. Taurus is determined to get its needs met, wants
beauty and honors the Earth and its resources.
energy ensures that our lessons will be deep, meaningful and long-lasting.
The Mars urge demands action, is aggressive and keeps the foot
on the accelerator. Pressure cooker and time bomb are two ways
to characterize this combination.
there is the eclipse in Leo which opposes Uranus in Aquarius.
Both eclipses and Uranium energies are unpredictable, volatile
and electric. Leo the lion wants to be noticed. Unconscious Leos
are egotistical and demand attention. Evolved Leos attract attention
because they are individualized beings who use their special talents
to offer their creations to the world. Aquarian energy is detached,
revolutionary and dedicated to change, brotherhood and universal
the squares or the 90o interactions. Mars square Uranus creates
energy that is fast-acting, trigger happy, rebellious, unrepressed
and in search of a cause or a fight.
square Uranus creates energy that pushes us to wake up and take
quick and drastic action for a worthy cause.
Sun and the Moon squared Mars set the stage for lots of high drama,
internally and externally.
Sun and the Moon squared Saturn says "Just do it!"-take
unemotional, detached action and get the job done.
Scorpio, Taurus and Leo are "fixed" signs. It is their
nature to use, accumulate and maintain power. They embody will,
determination, and fixity of purpose. They do not let go easily
or willingly They are interested in resources and values. Fixed
signs reveal our desires and motives. When they are in "hard"
aspect to each other (squares and oppositions) they challenge
us, create stress and tension and present us with conflicting
values. ( p. 13) The release of the tension is inevitable and
it is often as dramatic as earthquakes and volcanoes.
Rogers-Gallagher explains-"Squares are internalized arguments,
but oppositions are open debates. With so much of that confrontative
energy grinding against itself, this grand cross will present
situations that force us to act, and to make choices-maybe tough
choices. The fixed signs mean that change is inevitable, and that
it's going to be permanent, too." (p. 12)
combination of planetary actors and their moods (signs i.e. Aquarius,
Scorpio, Taurus and Leo) confront us with powerful and contradictory
energies. There is no way to predict what can or will happen.
Although it is pretty safe to say that our level of consciousness
(or unconsciousness) will determine the nature and the quality
of what we will experience individually and collectively. What
is certain is that something is brewing that we cannot ignore
and must meet head on with committed action.
does this mean for each of us personally? Many of us see the events
of our lives unfold into a pattern and a deeper purpose. We know
what we have to do and in many cases it corresponds to what we
have wanted to do for a long time. If we do not know what "it"
is yet, we feel intensely motivated to find out. If you do not
know, tune into our own inner guidance and ask for clarity. Then
attentively watch and listen for the answer. Our directives may
also hit us right in the face. Whatever we feel directed to do,
the key is to USE the energy. Do something with it! Choose to
implement a project, move on something that you have been wanting
to do for a long time and not quite had the guts or resources
to bring into life.
your reaction is "Where can I hide this one out?", the
answer is "You can't!" No one is just going to sit this
one out. Either we choose to take action, or action will be taken
for us. (i.e. accidents, demotions, being evicted, losing jobs
or even life itself.) This energy cannot be silently endured.
The explosiveness of this energy will force us to grow, to change,
to evolve. If we are wise we will take advantage of the opportunities
that are being presented. It is time to be bold and courageous.
"accidents" (JFK,Jr.'s death the most poignant) are
very "Uranian"-surprising. Since Uranus energy is one
arm of the grand cross, we must know how to deal with it. Bold
action does not mean taking unwise risks. The stakes are too high.
Be prudent in your actions in terms of your personal safety. Don't
run yellow lights. Don't speed on your motor cycle or in your
car. Don't fly in the fog. Don't accumulate more debt. Let vigilance,
not worry, be your touchstone. Tune into your intuition and follow
it. You will be guided.
energy can produce miracles and magic. It can also precipitate
mistakes. Some believe there are no mistakes, just alternate plans.
Since the alternatives may not be desirable, do your best to make
wise decisions when your body and physical possessions are involved.
We are co-creators of our reality. What we think, say and do does
make a difference, i.e. what we cause has an effect.
your courage to do your destiny. If you have identified your dream,
define it as a realistic project and take steps to make it happen.
It could happen very quickly, almost supernaturally and with surprising
results. In order to take advantage of the energy and the opportunities
that lie before us, we must act with courage, be self-reliant
and be willing to take initiative. In sum, get busy, concentrate,
get and stay involved in your project, keep focused on your goal,
act with total integrity and dare to keep your eyes open as you
ride the crest of the wave of your destiny.
you are still discovering your purpose in life, be open to a change
in direction, initiate a life style or values change. For example,
watch less TV and start a reading program. Begin an exercise program.
Start or add to your spiritual practice. Stop eating refined sugar
and red meat. Clean out your closets and drawers. Plant seeds
of openness and non-judgment in our own consciousness. Plant a
tree and some flowers in your yard. Befriend the unknown and welcome
either case, go with the flow of events. If we resist, things
will just get worse. Do something different. Do the same old things
in different ways. Consider yourself an inventor of a new reality
and adventure into that reality with the gleeful spirit of a young
signs of the fixed cross-Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio are
referred in Revelations (Bible) as the four beasts of the apocalypse.
Many forecast that this eclipse will set off a wave of terrorism,
tragedy, war, disease, and natural disasters. Others of us see
the eclipse as a turning point--the breakdowns that occur in our
political, economic and social systems will clear the way to create
new structures that are in harmony with higher order and values.
terms of global changes, here is a list of descriptions of what
could be manifestations of the energy being unleashed in this
breakdown of outworn value systems
widespread agitation, impatience and discontent
challenges to existing power structures
wars, earthquakes and other natural disasters
changes in the economic, warfare, and political systems
restructuring of our values, goals and energy
redistribution of resources through structural change
breakthrough and realignment of consciousness
shift into consciousness where human values take precedence
creation of a society where the realization of selfhood is possible
Maya del Mar points out, "Old ways of seeing and working
with resources-land-money will no longer work. This is not news.
The news is that we have the opportunity now to make that breakthrough
in realignment of consciousness." (p.14)
planetary line up on August 11 could well lay the foundation for
the end of the world as we know it and for a new one to emerge
in the 21st Century. The inappropriateness of many cherished belief
systems, dogmas and systems will be exposed. This may come as
a shock to many. For others it will be a welcome relief. The important
thing is that we will realize that there is much more meaning,
beauty and depth to life than we had ever imagined.
will be many changes in our personal, interpersonal and collective
lives. Not all of these changes will be peaceful or what we consider
desirable. From time to time we may feel that we are on the grand
cross ourselves, being pulled in four different directions. Our
greatest challenges are to act with integrity and from our hearts,
to work for the well-being of all and to honor the Earth. It is
a time of personal and collective empowerment. It is a time to
extricate ourselves from all forms of victimization. For better
or worse, we are the co-creators of the new millennium. For many
of us, this is the moment we have been preparing for. It is time
to step forward and participate in the creation of a peaceful,
equitable and sustainable world. Our conscious (and unconscious)
choices will determine what we create.
CAN WE PREPARE?
terms of our own personal preparation, it is important to realize
that the energies being unleashed may bring up feelings of anger,
frustration, nervousness, panic and powerlessness. Yogically these
are navel point or third chakra energies. The above expressions
indicate a weak navel point. When our navel center is strong,
we experience our own strength; we project our unique identity;
we feel empowered to take action; we can commit to our goals and
are motivated to use our energy to make our unique contribution.
Therefore, our personal preparation will optimally include exercises
to strengthen the navel point. In a crunch remember breath of
fire is the primo navel breath.
deep emotions we are experiencing are also solar plexus energies.
After we establish a sense of our physical presence (and can hold
on to it) at the navel chakra, we must dive into our solar plexus
to make our way to our heart.
is interesting how astrologically it all fits. The emotional component
(the moon) of this eclipse is directing us to plunge into the
depth of our non-verbal being. (solar plexus) Saturn (in Taurus),
the task master, warns us it will be work, but it will be worth
it. Because after we anchor ourselves in our values, establish
our boundaries, and honor and enjoy our bodies and the Earth (Taurus),
we will find freedom (the goal of all those Saturn lessons!).
(in Scorpio) gives us the energy, motivation and discipline to
get the job done and Scorpio guarantees that the process is deep
and meaningful. Uranus is going to make sure there are plenty
of surprises, which can come in unpredictable packages including
accidents, miracles and out-of-the-blue events. Aquarius sets
the context of enlightened humane change for the highest good
of all. Aquarius trusts we will all be friends once we make it
to our heart.
PROJECT IS THE SELF
eclipse is reminding us that our ultimate project is the project
of the Self. (Sun in Leo is the sign of the individualized Self)
It is time to get to know ourselves. The bad news is we can't
blame others or look outside ourselves for answers anymore. The
good news is that we can feel real, authentic and empowered and
directed by our own Soul. (Leo the Lion) This solar eclipse speeds
up our individuation process and stimulates our creativity. Our
creativity bubbles forth from who we are. It is an auspicious
time to switch our mantra from "I do" to "I am."
To further establish our Soul identity, we can change our inner
conversation from "I want" to "I am."
spiritual practice is highly recommended at this time. Kundalini
yoga sets to release anger, strengthen the navel center and transmute
our primal emotions into Soul power would be particularity beneficial.**
At the same time, take action on something that is important to
you, acknowledge and take care of yourself and have fun doing
both! And periodically, especially when challenged, in doubt or
discouraged, remember to celebrate your precious life. Celebration
and gratitude transmute the darkness of pain and ignorance into
the light of the Soul.
Nam and many blessings on your path,
Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
- ECLIPSE STORIES
just received this letter from someone who read this article.
" The Grand Cross was getting to me today. I followed your
advice and got busy and worked the energy out doing all my laundry
and so much else. It works! I have been telling everyone "Just
get busy and let the energy flow through you into achieving things."
you would like to e-mail your Eclipse stories to me, please do
so. Please indicate if you would like your story to remain confidential
or if you would be willing to have it shared with others. (Leaving
out the names to protect the innocent and not so innocent.) e-mail
* The other
one was the Harmonic Convergence November 11, 1988. (11/11/88)
1999 Mountain Astrologer, "Millennium form: The Solar Eclipse
of August 1999. pp. 10-23.