The 40 Days of Sadhana Begin!

[photopress:Golden_Temple_Morning_1.jpg,full,alignright]Earlier last week I posted a message about having a daily spiritual practice (Sadhana). I invited the Sangat to join me in a commitment to getting up every morning before the sun rises to meditate for (at least) 40 days. Thirty three people made a pledge to come on this journey and have the experience of Meditation in the Amrit Vela.

Today was the first official day and it was great. Starting off with a cold shower really does the trick; waking me up and getting my circulation going. It is such a great feeling to have the quiet time in the early morning to listen and tune into your inner self. Last night I remember thinking…”Yeah! It’s friday night! Stay up late and watch movies…!” (like I normally do). But then I realized that I couldn’t go to sleep too late if I wanted to wake up early. Then as morning time came I woke up a bit earlier than my alarm was set for…and I remember thinking, “I’ll just sleep a bit more”…even though the alarm was going to go off in a few minutes. Then I started thinking how warm and cozy I was in the bed and how much I just wanted to keep sleeping. Hahaha… It’s like a whole movie playing out in my head. Ultimately I just had to tell my mind to shut up…and I got up without any more dialog. I look forward to when I start waking up without my mind playing the games. I remember when it used to be like that for me when I used to wake up early on a regular basis. Eventually when you wake up every morning you probably won’t even need an alarm and will just wake up on your own…and without any mind “battles”.

Whenever you make a commitment and discipline yourself there are always roadblocks and things which come up trying their very best to pull you off the track.There is ALWAYS some excuse or the other that your mind thinks up. The mind does it’s thing and tries to take control. Man-Jeetay-Jagjeet – Conquer the mind and Conquer the World!

Anyways, myself and others have just started this 40 day Sadhana…and I’m sure many of us will go through all these challenges. I invite you to join us in this experience and start waking up early before the sun rises. You can read through my previous post for ideas and info.

The 40 days will end on March 14th and I look forward to hearing your experiences as we go through the days! We are all here to support each other…and I’m sure everyone will do their best to Keep Up!

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6 Responses to “The 40 Days of Sadhana Begin!”

  1. Prabhu Singh says:

    It’s interesting that you have chosen today to start your sadhana. Today is the 4 year anniversary for me of doing the same sadhana. Although my sadhana has been at different times of day and in different parts of the world, I have managed to keep the same sadhana. I have done it in all sorts of places under all sorts of circumstances. Travelling especially affects your sadhana.
    Cold showers are the normal thing for me now. I don’t remember what it was like to take warm showers in the morning. They still totally work to wake me up and eliminate any bad feelings or feelings of sickness and remind me to say ‘WaheGuru!’
    Good luck to everybody!

  2. gsingh says:

    Gurmustuk Singh ji,

    Thanks for your blog post today…I was looking forward to it….possibly we would have more such posts in which all 31 of us could share their experiences…..and what they felt….

    It is indeed a good feeling to wake up early in amrit vela…..Today was my third day….and I am going to continue for next 40 days and hopefully ever after….

    It would be good to have you as a role model during this journey…

    how about creating a user group for 40 day sadhana project to discuss experiences….

    Fateh

    A learner

  3. Congrats, Prabhu Singh on Keeping up with your Sadhana! You are doing great!

    Gsingh: Right now the only place to discuss would be to post a comment on this or the previous blog post. Maybe in the future I can setup a discussion area for these types of things.

  4. dre--Kulwant Kaur says:

    Today Being the 5th of Feb…Was The First Day Since Beginning..I awoke at 4am without an alarm…Cant believe how excited I am about this….I feel actually really great about this choice…Thank U…Gurumustuk…

  5. Good to hear Kulwant! Thanks for sharing…

  6. jaswinder kaur says:

    why 40 dy sadhana why not keep this continuous this sounds a bit like a ritual? is this in our bani? sorry if i have offended but am confused on this topic. is this in our rehet cos havnt come across it?