21 stages of meditation

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The 21 Stages of Meditation gives you tools and experiences to deepen your meditation and come to a profound understanding your deepest Self. 3 journeys from Me to We to Infinite.

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Meditation is the process of training the Mind to serve the Soul, to claim our true identity. With Meditation we develop the Intuitive Command of the Self to guide our lives, so we can experience joy, happiness, peace and bliss on a consistent basis, not just when something good happens to us.

We are delighted to be offering this course, for anyone who wishes to learn how to meditate, and/or deepen their meditative experience. This course fosters a deeply personal experience of your Infinite Nature. Meditate deeply and give yourself to the transformational process that will free you to be YOU—stronger, clearer, and more radiant! This journey toward more unity is a journey of self-healing.

“Happiness is your birthright. It cannot be taken away from you. But you act as if it is not your birthright. […] The only problem is you have not consciously developed your mental caliber, meditative mind, and the attitude of gratitude and contentment.” – Yogi Bhajan

Why 21 Stages?

The real question is why do we practice meditation in the first place. Happiness. Fulfillment. Refinement of our consciousness. By articulating and describing the stages of meditation, Yogi Bhajan has captured in words the states of consciousness that are traversed by those who use the power of meditation.

Yogi Bhajan divided the meditative path toward realization into 21 states of consciousness, 21 stages, as he called them. These are composed of three journeys. Each journey has seven stages which represent the mastery of a particular meditative skill as well as the development of a particular dimension of the Self. Yogi Bhajan named each stage to reflect its qualities and challenges.

The 21 Stages of Meditation course gives you the tools and experience to deepen your meditative state and come to a profound understanding of your Self. As you progress through the three meditative “Journeys”, you explore the natural structure and qualities of each of the 21 stages. The experience of one stage supports the passage to the next stage. The power of this practice is enhanced in its intensity when done in the totality of its three journeys, within a concentrated period of time and in the consciousness of a group.

21 Stages in details

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

Although not exactly what we imagine when we think of meditation, upset is a part of our human experience and learning to manage it is key:

Negative thoughts come at you like arrows. Your strong positive arcline in the aura absorbs the energy of the thought and moves it spiraling up through the central channel of the spine to create more awareness above. The Jappa of the mantra cuts each thought so its form changes from negative to positive and it can be passed on to the central channel. In this way you are still, happy and master the upset that comes from the defensive thoughts.” – Yogi Bhajan

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 / Meditations: Bowing Before the Infinite for Humility, Speaking Humbly before the Creative Infinity, Bowing for Humility to Transfer Prana

Stage 12 – Elevation / Meditations: For Elevation, For Rasas and the Inner Eye

Stage 13 – Graceful Enlightenment / Meditation for Graceful Enlightenment and Strength of Heart

Stage 14 – Express and Be Your Self / Meditations: The Laya Yoga Kundalini Mantra, Sankh Mudra Kriya, Laya Meditation to Beam and Create, Sukh Sadhana, Express Your Real Self and Develop the Subtle Body

Stage 13 — Graceful Enlightenment — marks the beginning of the end of duality. Mastery of the polarities begins at the heart; we quit judging the life we’re living and instead, begin living from compassion, insight and expansiveness.<

The three gunas, the three forces of nature, are all balanced. That opens the heart. On that the head is fixed and steady. You are aware of All and the Crown Chakra shines as the Sixth Chakra commands.” – Yogi Bhajan

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 similarities into 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

Stage 20 — The Sage. This stage marks the final climb toward the Infinite Pulse. Illusion fades away; the notion that there is a me and a you and an it falls away. There is no separation. This is the beginning of liberation.

Happy. Full above and below. Heaven and earth mingle in the heart of the sage. You are balance. Fruition comes to those who encounter you. Your prayer is reality”. – Yogi Bhajan

“My entire intention is that some fortunate ones who are seeking God-consciousness and realization as a human being should be provided this technical know-how. It is not difficult to reach that consciousness and be creative while living in this seen world while relating to the Unseen. There is nothing very special which you have to relate to. The techniques you need are all very simple processes and are in this body and mind. All we have to do is condition this lock and unlock the system for your energy and consciousness.” – Yogi Bhajan

Frequently Asked Questions

Sat Sarbat Kaur Khalsa and Satmukh Singh Khalsa are both Lead Trainers Level 1 and 2. Their priority for this program is to offer you a deep meditative experience and an opportunity to dissolve subconscious blocks. AAA focuses on how to bring together spirituality and daily life, making the teachings a place of self-confrontation from which you can elevate yourself and bring prosperity back into your lives in all its aspects: intimate relationships, children, family, work, health, … Meditation is not a place to escape. During this program we will help you to identify what you should do in order to expand to your full life potential.

You do not have to be a qualified Level 2 teacher to participate. We do recommend, however, that you have some experience with meditation and/or kundalini yoga. The 21 Stages of Meditation program in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is licensed by KRI, and contributes to level 3 certification as part of The Aquarian Teacher Training.

Have you just started taking Kundalini Yoga? This course is a great foundation for deepening your understanding of meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

Are you a Kundalini Yoga Teacher? This course 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 course will broaden the scope of what you understand meditation to be and open new doors of perception in your life and in your practice.

Meet your Teachers

Satmukh Singh
Satmukh Singh is a Kundalini Research Institute certified Kundalini Yoga Lead Trainer for Level 1 and Level 2 programs, and Mentoring Lead. He founded Ajai Alai Awakening with Sat Sarbat Kaur.
Fateh Singh
Fateh singh is a Yogi, healer and teacher trainer who lives in France. He started Kundalini Yoga in his early twenties. Inspired and truly grateful to have found such a treasure, he became a teacher in 2003.
Sat Sarbat Kaur
Sat Sarbat is a KRI Kundalini Yoga Lead Trainer Level 1 and 2 and Mentoring Lead. She offers KRI teacher trainings in several countries in Asia, Australia and Europe.