Happiness is your birthright. It cannot be taken away from you. […] The only problem is you have not consciously developed your mental caliber, meditative mind, and the attitude of gratitude and contentment.” Yogi Bhajan
21 stages of meditation
Train your mind to develop your peace and happiness, stability and grace
“Happiness is your birthright. It cannot be taken away from you. But you act as if it is not your birthright. […] If you have no control over infinity, don’t try and control it. Flow with it and you can reach anywhere! Fight with it and you’ll be unhappy. There’s nothing to it. The only problem is you have not consciously developed your mental caliber, meditative mind, and the attitude of gratitude and contentment.” – Yogi Bhajan
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 in Kunming, 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.
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 to enhance their lives in their pursuit of happiness, fulfillment, and peace of mind.
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. Each stage has its own beauty, challenges and qualities. Yogi Bhajan named each stage to reflect its qualities and challenges and described the journey that leads to happiness, and ultimately, realization.
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” towards Realization, 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. You can explore any of these stages on your own as an individual practice as the benefits of each meditation stands on its own. However, 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
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.