When Yogi Bhajan arrived in California in 1968 the “drug culture” was underway for the majority of the young generation. The quest then in taking drugs was to find God more than to experience temporary pleasure. Society’s material values were rejected and spirit was sought. Getting “high” for most was a sincere spiritual urge not thrill seeking.
The result of taking drugs was unknown at that time. The side effects suffered were not expected. Many youth died, some were permanently damaged, others went insane.
Yogi Bhajan reflected on the innocence of the 60s. He realized that if one of the seven plates of neurons known to yogis is changed through pulsation by drugs there is subtle damage.
Yogi Bhajan was impelled at that time to teach Kundalini Yoga in the west. He saw it as the fastest way to heal body and mind while giving the spiritual awakening sought with drugs. Traditionally it was forbidden to teach Kundalini publically because of the power conveyed. Yogi Bhajan decided to teach it anyway.
He understood the drive to use drugs was an attempt to alter consciousness in order to fill an inner emptiness. Young persons had not been taught a means to control their inner lives. Drugs allowed rejection of inner pain and a stagnant mind. But they were found to build no real basis for change. Kundalini immediately creates an actual change.
The Kundalini students may have enjoyed the “high” with the energy from within but it was repairing the nervous system and brain at the same time. Yogi Bhajan projected that it would take three years of Kundalini practice in conjunction with a healthy diet to repair drug damage. He opened a Kundalini rehab center in Tucson AZ to help persons with these problems.
Kundalini is a permanent spiritual experience. It is not easy as putting a pill on your tongue or injecting a needle because it has to be done. One of Yogi Bhajan’s memorable quotes is “There is no freedom which is free, no liberation without labor”.
Any type of drug controls the opening and closing of the flow of brain metabolism. Under the influence of a drug the brain actually functions abnormally.
One will work on the physical, mental and spiritual lives in sadhana or regular daily spiritual practice.
Yogi Bhajan states that the neurons of the brain become feeble on drugs and you will always be “dragging your life” if drugs is your habit. Instead, replace the drug habit with the habit of sadhana which is a genuine source of freedom.
In Kundalini Yoga (1996) by Kaur Khalsa, Penguin:NY, she explains that we all have habit patterns. We need them to function. But many times we outgrow the patterns we have created. We change our habit patterns because we know we want to change our lives.
In using mantra as a tool to change patterns she suggests Sa Ta Nam Ma which is the seed sound for Sat Nam and can increase your frequency. A mantra is a mind projection. It regulates the mind.
Seed sounds or Bij mantras effectively rearrange habit patterns of the unconscious mind. Sat (truth) is the reality of what exists. Nam (name, identity) is the vibration which creates names.
Sa is the infinite beginning. Ta is life and existence coming from infinity. Na is death as from life comes death or change. Ma coming back from death is Conscious joy from the infinite or rebirth.
Other tools for radical or simple change are mentioned in the book.