21 Stages of Meditation at Sat Nam Fest Joshua Tree
Sat Nam Fest is deeply honored and excited to be able to offer the transformative course, The 21 Stages of Meditation, in partnership with The Kundalini Research Institute at our 2018 Sat Nam Fest Joshua Tree. During this course, you will join the entire Sat Nam Fest community for morning sadhana, meals, and evening concerts, and you will spend your days exploring the depths of meditation with two powerful guides, Krishna Kaur and Nirvair Singh.
The 21 Stages of Meditation gives you tools and experiences to deepen your meditation and come to a profound understanding of your Self. Complete three meditative journeys toward the pinnacle of contemplative awareness as defined by Yogi Bhajan: The Infinite Pulse. Students and teachers from all contemplative traditions are invited; instructors and practitioners of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® are encouraged to participate…again and again.
This course is required as part of your Level 3 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Certification, but anyone can take the course. You don’t need any certification to attend. We hope you will join us!
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?
Have you just started taking Kundalini Yoga? This program is a great foundation for deepening your understanding of meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Are you a Kundalini Yoga Teacher? This program will deepen your practice and give you new perspectives and techniques to pass on to your classes.
Do you practice a different style of meditation? This program will broaden the scope of what you understand meditation to be and open new doors of perception in your life and in your practice.
Have you been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga for years? This program will reawaken your passion for the practice and provide the groundwork for a new understanding and relationship to your Self.
In this program we will engage in three separate journeys; each journey is comprised of seven stages, taking you step by step into a deeper level of awakening and realization. We will move through the rudimentary skills of meditation to the deeper levels of awareness and integration and finally into identity, projection and merger in the infinite pulse of creation. Each journey takes 2 days. You can choose to sign up for a single journey, or complete all three journeys consecutively.
The three journeys of this course are a pre-requisite for certification of Level 3 KRI Teacher Training of Kundalini Yoga.
Journey 1: The Crystallized Self (April 9-10)
First Journey: The Crystallized Self
The focus of the first journey is to recognize, experience and crystallize the Self. The blocks are encountered in the first four stages: upset, boredom, irritation and frustration. The first ascent starts when we have a sense of our Self, separate from all the commotions, emotions and sensory impulses; we begin to focus and recognize a still point, a nucleus within, which is the Self. It is this crystallized sense of Self that is needed in order for consciousness to work.
Stage 1 – Upset
Meditation to Conquer Upset
Stage 2 – Boredom
Meditation: See Your Horizon
Stage 3 – Irritation
Meditation: Eyeglass Traatik
Stage 4 – Frustration
Meditation: Self-Hypnosis to Dissolve Frustration
Stage 5 – Focus
Meditation: For Focus and an Alert Mind
Stage 6 – Absorption
Meditation: For Absorption in the Crystal Being
Stage 7 – Experience and Crystallize the Self
Meditation : To Experience and Crystallize the Self
Journey 2: The Expressive Self (April 11-12)
Second Journey: The Expressive Self
In this second journey, the initial challenge is to develop a sensitivity to the Self, as we engage in relationships and participate in life. When we take the seed of our Self and our identity and project it into the world, it expands. In this second journey, we cultivate the meditative skill to merge with our projection yet still be able to distill our Self from the various roles we play; in this way, this second journey prepares us to maintain our integrity in action and ultimately to find the stillness within every action.
Stage 8 – Rasa
Meditation Series for Rasa
Stage 9 – Delight
Meditation: For Delight, Destiny and Creative Flow in Life
Stage 10 – Politeness
Meditation for Politeness
Stage 11 – Humility
Meditation: Bowing Before the Infinite for Humility
Meditation: Speaking Humbly before the Creative Infinity
Meditation: Bowing for Humility to Transfer Prana
Stage 12 – Elevation
Meditation for Elevation
Meditation for Rasas and the Inner Eye
Meditation for Elevation
Stage 13 – Graceful Enlightenment
Meditation for Graceful Enlightenment and Strength of Heart
Stage 14 – Express and Be Your Self
The Laya Yoga Kundalini Mantra
Meditation: To Clear the Channels and Raise Kundalini Meditation on the Laya Yoga Kundalini Mantra
Meditation: Sankh Mudra Kriya
Laya Meditation to Beam and Create
Meditation: Sukh Sadhana
Meditation to Express Your Real Self and Develop the Subtle Body
Journey 3: The Transcendent Self (April 13-14)
Third Journey: The Transcendent Self
In this final journey, we recognize all that we are as the formless presence of the infinite Self. We open the dimension of our Transcendent Self. This journey requires us to go beyond differences and similaritiesinto reality and unity. By forging an elevated identity with our infinite Self within our finite self, we become spontaneous, creative and flexible. We excel in this infinite game of the soul. Love, compassion and kindness become the core of our experience. At the peak of this journey we become the nothing within the center of all that is. Mystery is now mastery. The sacred space opens up to intuitive presence, which serves innocence, loves life, blesses all, and praises the Infinite, the all within All. You become you, nothing more, nothing less. In this final journey, we become realized human beings.
Stage 15 – Presence Like a Beacon
Tattva Siddhi Meditation for Presence Like a Beacon
Stage 16 – Everywhere Radiance
Meditation: Polishing the Radiant Body
Stage 17 – Prayerful Stillness
Meditation: Deeksha Patra for Prayerful Stillness
Stage 18 – Preacher
Meditation: Chautay Padma Nirgun Mantra
Stage 19 – Teacher
Teacher Meditation- Traatik to See the Energy
Stage 20 – Sage
Meditation for the Sage: Sarb Gyan Kriya
Stage 21 – Infinite Pulse
Meditation for Infinite Pulse: Sodarshan Chakra Kriya
Krishna Kaur, a dynamic, heart centered Yoga teacher, began studying with Yogi Bhajan in 1970 and has passionately taught the art and science of Kundalini Yoga and Self Awareness for over 40 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her teaching in Africa, Mexico, and inner cities throughout the United States. A master teacher trainer of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, she conducts workshops in Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
She is certified by the 3HO Foundation and the Kundalini Research Institute as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Trainer of both Level I and II. She is the regional coordinator for 3HO Africa, which unites Kundalini Yoga in Africa. Krishna also founded and runs Y.O.G.A. for Youth, a non-profit dedicated to training yoga teachers to work with at-risk youth and creating yoga programs in schools and juvenile facilities.
Nirvair Singh Khalsa began studying with Yogi Bhajan in 1971. He is a retired University Instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he taught classes in Kundalini Yoga for 31 years. He has authored nineteen best selling videos and four books on Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. (http://www.kundaliniyoga.net) He has also taught classes, workshops and trainings throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Currently he is the CEO and President of The Kundalini Research Institute. He is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 certified teacher trainer. He lives with his wife of 40 years, Nirvair Kaur, in Tesuque, New Mexico.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can take this program?
We’ve gotten a lot of questions about who can come—and the answer is anyone!
Have you just started taking Kundalini Yoga?
This program is a great foundation for deepening your understanding of meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Are you a Kundalini Yoga Teacher?
This program will deepen your practice and provide the skills you need to help you identify where your students are at and how to take them further.
Do you practice a different style of meditation?
This program will broaden the scope of what you understand meditation to be and open new doors of perception in your life and in your practice.
Have you been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga for years?
This program will reawaken your passion for the practice and provide the groundwork for a new understanding of how far you have come and where you want to go.
What do you mean by “First Journey”?
The entire 21 Stages of Meditation program consists of 3 “journeys” or meditative processes. Each journey is taught over a 2-day program.
Is there a text book?
Yes! This course uses the book ‘The 21 States of Meditation’ by Gurucharan Singh, PhD. This book can be purchased as an add-on when you register for the course, or you can buy it onsite when you arrive, or you can order it online from Spirit Voyage. Details about the book can be found at Spirit Voyage.
Do I have to take the journeys in order?
No. This program is designed to be taken repeatedly as you continue on your journey of meditation and contemplation. You may take the journeys in any order and retake them as often as you like.
I’ve taken this journey before, should I take it again?
Yes! Each time you approach these powerful meditative practices you are in a different place in your life and will have different experiences and insights. This is a program that is meant to be repeated.
Attending Both Sat Nam Fest and the 21 Stages of Meditation Course
We have lots of options for how you can choose to structure participation in both Sat Nam Fest and 21 Stages of Meditation. Pricing Details are on the Ticketing Page.
How You Register:
Step 1: Purchase Event Tickets and Meal Tickets
- Full 21 Stages of Meditation Course + Sunday Sat Nam Fest (7 Days: April 9-15)
- Full 21 Stages of Meditation Course (6 Days: April 9-14)
- Journey 1 of 21 Stages + 5-Day Sat Nam Fest Event Pass (7 Days: April 9-15)
- Journey 1 and Journey 2 of 21 Stages + 3-Day Sat Nam Fest Event Pass (7 Days: April 9-15)
- Journey 2 of 21 Stages + 3-Day Sat Nam Fest Event Pass (5 Days: April 11-15)
- Single Journeys can also be purchased.
Step 2: Purchase Housing
- Choose from our full housing options on the Sat Nam Fest Housing Page and add 21-Stages Housing Add On. This option will appear after you click “Check Out” for your housing type in Eventbrite.
- If you are coming only for Journey 1 and want housing, we will e-mail you a private link to register for your housing after you’ve registered for your course.