Sat Siri, Siri Akal - 7 minutes
Sat Siri, Siri Akaal
True and Great One, Great Undying One
Siri Akaal, Mahaa Akaal
Great Undying One,
Exalted One, Undying One
Mahaa Akaal, Sat Naam
Exalted One, Undying One
Truth is God’s Name
Akaal Moorat, Wahe Guru
Great is the Experience of the Divine
The fourth Mantra of Aquarian Sadhana is Sat Siri, Siri Akal and is also known as the Mantra for the Aquarian Age. Yogi Bhajan said that with this mantra we declare ourselves as timeless, deathless beings and that we have the opportunity to incorporate courage and victory into our lives. Through chanting this mantra, we can find direction and encouragement through each moment . . .each introspection . . .each movement that we face in our physical body; so when it is time to leave the Earth, we can do so with flow and grace.
Even before sitting down to write this post, I had been thinking a lot about courage. Each time I look into the eyes of the college students that I counsel on a daily basis; or when I hear about the parents who are facing the major illness of a child; or the wife who has just lost her husband; or when I see a new's report on a human rights atrocity happening overseas; or when I see and feel the flow of my own daughter's tears. . .each time there is hardship in one way or another, I find myself thinking about courage. Life is infinitely beautiful and perfect and blessed and it is my belief that my Soul has chosen to be here, on this planet, at this time. But, life is also incredibly messy and complicated and painful and HARD.
When life starts to feel overwhelming and out-of-control, how can any of us possibly hold those two truths?
With the audacity to find connection and hope in something bigger than we are.
The first time I felt this courage most fully, through this mantra, was at a 3HO Summer Solstice event. During this particular Solstice, I found myself doing a great deal of clearing of grief surrounding the death of my Mother, who passed away from pancreatic cancer when I was 18. Almost 17-years had passed and yet there was my grief - loud and clear, coming up to the surface, asking to be seen, felt, witnessed and moved through - again. It came as no surprise to me that on one of our White Tantric days we ended up chanting "Akal" for 62-minutes (Thank you Yogiji!).
During one particular morning sadhana, thoughts surrounded me; the thought that I would never see my Mother again, never hear her voice again, never be able to share her granddaughter with her. These thoughts felt so huge, so unbearable, so overwhelming. But then the musicians on stage starting chanting Sat Siri, Siri Akal. The voices of the hundreds of yogis around me filled the Tantric Shelter and I finally allowed the mantra to cut through all of the chatter. The mantra wouldn't be able to "take away" my grief or my pain. It couldn't possibly "fix" what my silly monkey-mind was interpreting as being broken. But it could reconnect me to spirit and to the courage to face each moment with grace and gratitude and with the best my Self had to offer. When I finally "Let Go and Let God," I felt the comfort and the presence of my Mother come rushing in, perhaps, even more fully than our short time together on this physical plane.
In that moment, I felt for the first time since her death that we were not separated - nor had we actually ever been. The veil of illusion was lifted and replaced by profound peace in the undying essence of our Souls.
A few of my favorite versions of Sat Siri, Siri Akal:
Sat Jot Singh's version on his album Sadhana Live from Rishikesh (Love, love, love this one!)
Dharampal Kaur's version on her album Blissful Sadhana
Mirabai Ceiba's version on the album Mountain Sadhana
Guru Shabad Singh's version on his album Ong
With light and love,