I’ve been practicing and teaching Kundalini yoga since 2012. I knew from my first class that Kundalini would be a major part of my life.
Since I took my teacher training I have committed to sharing Kundalini with the world! All the meditations in my book Miracles Now are Kundalini meditations, and I have an online course Turn On Your Inner Light is devoted to Kundalini teachings.
If you’ve read my books, followed my blog, watched my videos or seen me live, then chances are you have heard me quote Yogi Bhajan! Yogi Bhajan is the Kundalini teacher who brought the practice of Kundalini yoga to the West in 1969.
Yogi Bhajan’s 5 Sutras of the Aquarian Age
A major part of what Yogi Bhajan taught are his five sutras for the Aquarian Age. If this sounds a little trippy to you, no worries. My goal with this blog is to show you that these sutras are actually very accessible. Yogi Bhajan meant for us to apply them in our everyday lives. You’ll see how to do it.
If you’re not familiar with the word sutra, in this context it is simply a teaching. You can also think of it as an aphorism, which is a simple, concise statement of a principle.
The Aquarian Age
If the Age of Aquarius is a new concept to you or sounds only vaguely familiar, then check out this article for a detailed explanation of what it means from an astrological and spiritual perspective.
What’s important to know when learning Yogi Bhajan’s five sutras for the Aquarian Age is that we are in a time of transition.
The Aquarian Age is the age of information. Hierarchies are slowly dissolving. We are becoming more connected and equal. But there is a lot of pain and chaos in the transition. It’s no secret that we’re living in divisive and fearful times.
This transition offers amazing opportunities for growth. There are lots of miracles available to us. But we have no time to waste. We need to start using our tools now.
Here are Yogi Bhajan’s Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age, as well as my guidance for how to apply them in everyday life.
#1: Recognize the Other Person Is You
The first sutra of the Aquarian Age is, “Recognize the other person is you.”
This is a very powerful message today, as issues of separation are brought to the surface. As you apply this sutra you can come to realize that what you admire in others is a part of yourself that may not be developed or expressed yet.
You may also come to learn that what you don’t like in others is a disowned part of your own shadow.
Below you can watch a clip from a talk I gave a few years ago on the Five Sutras. In this clip I teach the first sutra and offer guidance on how to release separation and restore oneness.
Follow my guidance in the video to practice this sutra. At least once today, lock in with another human being, whether they realize it or not. Recognize that they are you. Say silently, “I recognize you are me. I send you love. I pray for you to have everything I want for myself. Bless you.”
You can try this with someone who is challenging you. A coworker who gets on your nerves, or a family member who pushes your buttons. This seems subtle, but it is a very profound shift.
When you recognize the other person is you, you immediately move into a different energy. The conversation starts to shift. You start to breathe more smoothly, and you start to let go. You see the light in them.
Use this sutra wherever you can. This isn’t about being perfect all the time. This is about using your tools whenever you remember, as frequently as you can. Remember that we can’t live in the light all the time, but we can come back fast.
#2: There Is a Way Through Every Block
The second sutra of the Aquarian Age is, “There is a way through every block.” As you start to open your heart and your mind to this mentality, anything is possible.
All you need in order to experience a miracle is the slightest willingness to see things differently.
There is power in saying to yourself, “There is a way through every block.” That in itself will give you the strength to move into a new direction, to see something differently and to calm down in those moments when you feel out of control.
When you commit to the belief system that there is a way through every block, then you can recognize challenges as opportunities for growth. You can stop trying to control and instead surrender and let go.
This sutra is about having faith. Faith is a muscle. Right now, your muscle of fear may be really strong. The muscle of disbelief may really strong. But the more we exercise our faith muscles, the more faithful we become.
In that faithful presence, we start to not only think that there is a way through every block — we know there is a way through every block. Start to practice this. Make it your mantra.
#3: When the Time Is on You, Start, and the Pressure Will Be Off
I turn to the third sutra all the time. The third sutra is, “When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.”
This is the sutra that reminds us to just start. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all that is in front of us. If you are going through a change, or if you want to start something new, it’s all too easy to get stuck. This is when we procrastinate and quit. We feel enormous pressure and we get really intimidated by all that needs to be done.
With this sutra we remember that all we need to do to release that pressure is to start. I talk a lot about the power of taking little right actions. The Aquarian Age requires us to act. But you don’t have to do everything at once. Just start.
#4: Understand Through Compassion or You Will Misunderstand the Times
For me this is such a moving statement. Every encounter is a holy encounter. Every situation we are in offers us an opportunity to detour further into fear or an opportunity to come back to compassion.
Once we understand the first sutra, that the other person is us, then we can cultivate our compassion for others. We can see that we all suffer. We are all in it together.
Compassion will give you a lot of strength. It will give you energy. It will give you peace in difficult circumstances. It will help you to forgive so you can be free.
To get closer to compassion, I recommend reading two of my blogs about Judgment Detox. The first is about how to begin witnessing your judgment without more judgment. The second is about using prayer to release judgment.
When we ask for guidance, we can let go of judgment and separation and come back to compassion much faster.
This leads us to Yogi Bhajan’s fifth sutra of the Aquarian Age.
#5: Vibrate with the Cosmos and the Cosmos Will Lead the Path
The fifth sutra for the Aquarian Age is, “Vibrate with the cosmos and the cosmos will lead the path.”
What does Yogi Bhajan mean by “vibrate with the cosmos”? Another way to think about this is in terms of getting into alignment with the energy of the Universe. The Universe is an ever-present stream of loving energy. When we are vibrating at that frequency, we are led to exactly what we need.
Our thoughts, words and actions all have energy. And whatever energy we are vibrating with will be the energy that supports us and that we attract into our life.
If we’re vibrating at a low level, then low-level energy is supporting our life. We will attract people, situations and outcomes that vibrate at that same low level.
But there is another way. We can vibrate with the cosmos. We can raise our vibration to the frequency of love, compassion, openness, oneness and peace. When we do this, we will attract wise and loving support. Our intuition will strengthen. We will be given divine direction as to how to handle the most difficult circumstances. Vibrate with the cosmos and the cosmos will lead the path.
Sounds awesome, right? So how can you vibrate with the cosmos?
How to vibrate with the cosmos
First and foremost, you start to practice all the other four sutras. When you practice the other four sutras your energy field becomes realigned. You start to feel better. You enjoy life more and you have more fun! And as you start to feel better internally, that energy is reflected back to you.
Under each sutra I gave tips on how to practice them. And I included links to other blogs and videos of mine where I share more tips. These are very simple practices that you can integrate into your daily life.
One extremely powerful way to get into alignment and vibrate with the cosmos is to meditate. I have a lot of meditation resources to support you. If you are new to meditation, it can seem really hard. Meditating every day can seem like a lot of work. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Even if you simply sit in stillness for a couple of minutes each day and close your eyes and let your breath slow down, that is enough.
If you are interested in Kundalini, check out the meditations below:
- Kirtan Kriya, the Kundalini meditation for mental balance
- The Kundalini meditation for healing hands
- The meditation for expanding into intuitive knowing
- The Liberation Kriya, a meditation for a fresh start
- The meditation to prevent freaking out
New to meditation? Start here…
I created a FREE 4-track album of guided meditations to help you in every area of your life! It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to meditation or have been practicing for years. All you have to do is press play and follow along. You can download them instantly here.
Final Thoughts on Practicing Yogi Bhajan’s 5 Sutras
Remember that you don’t have to master all these sutras right away. Not at all! This isn’t about mastery. It’s about practice. If you come away from reading this blog with one new tool in your spiritual toolbox, and you practice it daily, then you are in beautiful shape.
I also want to stress that this is not about being perfect. I am not asking you to be the most flawlessly dedicated spiritual student who ever lived. I don’t care about that. I care that you begin to recognize when you’re out of alignment and do what it takes to come back to love as quickly as possible.
I’ve mentioned my book Judgment Detox. If you feel called to start healing your judgment, then this book is right for you. It asks you to do deep spiritual work but also offers immense rewards. It combines teachings from Kundalini with lessons from A Course in Miracles, Emotional Freedom Technique and more to heal judgment and restore oneness. You can order the paperback here!
I’ve given you a lot of resources in this blog. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, then go back to the basics. Scroll back up and read about how you can start practicing the first sutra. Keep it simple.
Remember that when it comes to your spiritual practice, your willingness is what matters. Bookmark this blog and come back to it. Each time you read it something new will jump out to you. Trust that guidance and follow it, and expect miracles.