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Sangeet's New Year's Message Featuring Hot Air Balloons and Wahe Guru Kriya Meditation (11 minutes)

Joyous New Year For All!

Sat Nam Everyone,

What a sight across the Great Northern Arizona Desert in November!

While many folks across the country drove to Albuquerque New Mexico for their huge Hot Air Balloon Festival in October, we took a different route to enjoy the balloons this fall. Instead of the madness of the enormous-sized crowds the Albuquerque festival draws, we’ll let you in on a little secret.

In early November each year there is a smaller community oriented and family friendly Hot Air Balloon Regatta near the Arizona/Utah border, Glen Canyon Dam, and Lake Powell in the small town of Page, Arizona (pop. 7,500).

What a wondrous sight! It is really breathtaking watching the balloons at dawn dipping into desert canyons, floating up over wide spaces, then skimming along just feet above the ground.

There is a tradition among festivals for everyone to gather with the balloons on one of the evenings and watch the balloon pilots “light up” their balloons. This is called “The Glow.” The gondolas stay on the ground, as the pilots fire up the powerful “burners” that keep the balloons inflated and lit up like super-sized Christmas lights!

This festival does things the “friendly small town” way and has the balloons lined up on a wide street in downtown Page. Then at about 6:30 p.m. when the street is filled with local families and visitors walking among the balloons, the “light show” begins.

First one balloon glows, then one over there glows, then one down the street, another up the street, and soon the street is “aglow” with balloons!

As enchanting as the glowing balloons are, we were also drawn to people watching, or rather, “family watching.” So many families with kids in tow walking among the balloons and asking the pilots and crew endless questions.

After an hour, the last glow ended and the balloons were quickly deflated and packed up for the next morning’s sunrise mass ascent.

Now, lest you think that all we did was enjoy the balloons, we did do a beautiful 11 minute meditation called “Wahe Guru Kriya Meditation” nearby at Glen Canyon Recreation Area. The area is mostly sandstone that has been carved by water over millennia into smooth shapes.

Arizona, like most of the Southwest has been in a severe drought for quite some time. Arizona’s drought started around 1994 according to records kept at the Arizona State Climate Office.

At one point in the video during the meditation, the camera pans left towards the river wall and you can see the “bathtub rings” left behind as Lake Powell’s water level has dropped approximately 160 feet and is now at only 25% capacity.

Lake Powell was created by building the Glen Canyon Dam across the Colorado River and was completed in 1963. Since it’s inception there have been strong arguments both against and for constructing the dam. Many of those same arguments have had a resurgence in recent years.

As the meditation part of the video concludes it changes from showing Sangeet meditating to closeups of the sandstone just a few feet away. Much of the area is made up of this sandstone and whether you are up close or far away you can always find beautiful patterns and colors.

If you would like to learn more about Arizona’s drought and the consequences of a drying Lake Powell, then this AZCentral (The Arizona Republic) article is detailed, lengthy, and informative (may be pay walled):
Lake Powell Shrinks -New Questions Surface

This shorter article by Discover Magazine is also worth reading:
Drought At Lake Powell Reveals Preserved World That Was Once Lost

We hope that you will make this beautiful and simple meditation part of your regular “Spiritual Wellness Routine.”

And for those moments when you may feel a little “down” watch this video to uplift your spirit.

You can be assured that next year we’ll be returning to the Page Hot Air Balloon Regatta!

Love and Blessings,

Sangeet Kaur Khalsa and Hari Nam Singh
December 28, 2022

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A Full Moon Meditation - Our Forever Meditation

Sat Nam Everyone!

Welcome to the Video of Sangeet’s Full Moon Meditation she led on Tuesday night November 8th 2022.

The meditation features the “Mul (root) Mantra” (sometimes spelled “Mool Mantra”), one of Sangeet’s most favorite!

Perhaps you are asking yourself: When is the Full Moon meditation most effective?

According to old yoga lore, the effects of the Full Moon begin 3-5 days before fullness and last 3-5 days after fullness. So a Full Moon meditation is most effective anytime 5 days before and after the actual Full Moon.

But remember, this is a meditation and meditations (with rare exceptions) can be done anytime. In fact, the best time to do a meditation is “today.” Perhaps even “now.” So, don’t fret over when to do a Full Moon meditation, just sit down and enjoy doing it! No worries...

This meditation itself is a universal awakening to the over-riding power of the Sound Current of the Divine Heavens throughout all consciousness.

Over and over ring the opening words “Ek Ong Kaar” – Creator and Creation are One! (God and we are One!)

This affirms The Eternal Divine Life of every Soul.

On this video we do the meditation for 31 minutes. But you can actually do the meditation for any length of time – it is all precious.

What does this mantra tell us? Our Soul was placed in body to live and learn and always learn to be as God is. Even beyond life. It is a statement of Eternal Life.

All of our living experiences continue to feed back to and inform Creator God.

Chanting the Mul Mantra allows the cycle of your karma to be “erased in a manner of speaking,” karma having been created by things left incomplete in past lifetimes and each day we move onward. Not just actions incomplete, but thoughts, wishes, promises, commitments, even sentences and phrases themselves. So the timeless Master Yogi-Teacher described karma to us.

This Mul Mantra is forever effective. Your chanting voice joins with countless millions in the Universal Destiny-sphere who continually vibrate these words as sacred.

The Mul Mantra has quite a few words. If you are not familiar with them, chant along with Sangeet the best you can, as the meditation will still work!

Here is the mantra:

The “Mul Mantra”
Ek Ong Kaar

Sat Nam

Karta Purkh

Nirbhao

Nirvair
Akal Murat

Adjoonee

Saibhang

Guru Prasaad

Jap!

Aad Sach

Jugaad Sach

Haibhee Sach

Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach

Translation
Creator and Creation are one. I am one with Creator and with all creation.
This Great Truth is my identity, confirmed as I vibrate God’s Name.
God is the Doer. I am the Doer. God works through me and through all Creation.
God is fearless. I am fearless.
God has no anger or revenge. I have no anger or revenge.
God is undying and beyond form, so am I in my Infinite Essence.
God is unborn, beyond birth and death. So am I in my Infinite Essence.
God is self illumined. I am self illumined. Within me I have the power of all light.
This is known by the grace of the True Guru, God.
Meditate and reflect on this!
This was true in the Beginning
This is true throughout the ages
This is true here and now
Says Nanak, these truths shall forever and always be true.

Here's How To Do The Meditation:

Asana (Posture)
Sit on the floor in Easy Pose (legs crossed) or sit in a chair with feet flat on the floor. Remember to keep your spine straight during the meditation.

Drishti and Pranayam (Eyes and Breath)
Eyes are closed and looking out the Third Eye point” as you can. The breath is relaxed and will adjust itself as you chant.

Mudra (Hand and Arm Position)
Hands can be either: crossed on the chest at the heart center, left hand under right, or in Prayer Pose at the chest.

We know you will fall in love with this meditation as we have. Enjoy this meditation for the rest of your life.

As a side note, Sangeet wrote a wonderful article (April 24, 2020) on her love of the Mul Mantra – click here for the article.

Bless you in all ways, always,

Sangeet Kaur Khalsa and Hari Nam Singh
November 10, 2022

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