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10-Jul-2011

Supernova Mantra

Kirtan Kriya Meditation

Supernova: In the explosive death of a star, new life becomes possible. It is only because of this annihilation that our planet, elements and life forms exist at all. It is only through an ending that something new can be born. These days, I see supernovas all around: the dying stars of relationships, identities, habits and thought patterns as we enter a new age of consciousness. Death is abundant and because of that, so is new life. Death is transformation.

Yoga and meditation are excellent tools for transformation. Kirtan Kriya is an especially potent meditation for creating balance and facilitating change by means of mudra (hand posture) and mantra (sound vibration) that describes and honors the ever-changing evolution of existence:

Sa – Infinity or beginning Ta – Life Na – Death or transformation Ma – Rebirth

To do this meditation:
• Sit in a cross-legged position on the floor (or, if necessary, in a chair with the feet firmly on the ground)
• Rest your hands on your knees, palms up
• Softly close the eyes and relax your face
• Press the thumbs and tips of the index fingers together as you say “Sa”
• Press the thumbs and tips of the middle fingers together as you say “Ta”
• Press the thumbs and tips of the ring fingers together as you say “Na”
• Press the thumbs and tips of the little (pinky) fingers together as you say “Ma”

Kirtan Kriya may be practiced for 31 minutes. Chant the mantra out loud in a normal voice (human voice) for 5 minutes, whispered (voice of the lover) for 5 minutes, silently (mentally in the voice of the Divine) for 10 minutes, whispered again for 5 minutes, and finally chanted in a normal voice for the last 5 minutes. Sit quietly and meditate on the sound for 1 minute. Then inhale and exhale deeply. Stretch the arms overhead, spread your fingers wide and take several powerful breaths. Relax. (To practice for a shorter time, cut each section equally, with the mental part twice as long as the loud and whisper.)

Use this meditation in these times of change. It is the gift of the supernova to bring forth creation from destruction, to let go of what is no longer needed, and to welcome the opportunity of new life.

Kirtan Kriya Meditation (PDF) Kirtan Kriya Meditation (PDF) (253 KB)

Kewal K. Khalsa
Writer, Yoga Teacher & Birth Doula 

Recommended CD: Sa Ta Na Ma by Snatam Kaur 

Recommended: Meditation As Medicine: Activate the Power of Your Natural Healing Force by Dharma Singh Khalsa MD

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