“Embody the idea that all the ancients walk inside us.” ~ Dawn MacNutt
Of all the guiding principles in Kundalini Yoga, the most important modus operandi is to start your class, or practice, with the Golden Link. The concept of the Golden Link (or Golden Chain) refers to your Kundalini Yoga learning lineage. It includes your current teacher, their teacher, and their teacher’s teacher all the way back to the beginning of things. It is your “bloodline” and legacy to KY teachings.
The Golden Link is the most important practice to start with in Kundalini Yoga because this chain forms the channel that the energy, wisdom, and protection of the tradition flow to you, and through you, to the students. The Golden Link helps you center-in and links you to the infinite consciousness that guides Kundalini. Now that is BIG!
Here’s how to do it. To tune-in to, and connect with, the Golden Chain, chant the Adi Mantra (first chant), “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo,” at the beginning of every class, or practice, three to five times.
Ong, pronounced like “gong“ without the “g,” means creative energy. Namo, pronounced “nuh-moh,” means to bow to or call on. Guru, pronounced “g’roo,“ means wisdom or teacher. Dev, pronounced “dave,” means divine. Together these words mean, “I bow to the divine teacher within.”
There are many benefits to chanting the Adi Mantra including: zeroing the ego, dissolving the “Self” so you can tune in to, and serve through, the flow of the Golden Chain, and it helps you put aside your fears, pride, expectations, and manipulations. Who doesn’t want more of that?
In talking about the Golden Link, it is important to mention that Yogi Bhajan is the Guru who brought Kundalini Yoga to the west. He is also my teacher, Sat Dharam’s teacher, which makes him an important part of my lineage. You may also hear of people speak of Guru Ram Das, in regard to the Golden Link. He is the 4th Sikh Guru and was Yogi Bhajan’s beloved teacher. You can see clearly, how the Golden Chain comes full circle for all KY teachers and teachings.
And now you know why the Golden Link (or Golden Chain) is one the most important guiding principles when starting each class you teach and each time you practice.
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