By Nihal Singh on July 20, 2011
(Um pouco mais sobre o mantra AAD SUCH! Desfrutem!)
Bring Yourself Back to You
You are You and always have been. You may feel that with all the changes you have gone through in your yoga practice that you are evolved. Is it evolution or has it been a cleansing process? The theory of evolution is that something was “wrong” and needed to change. What if I propose and alternative theory that you are perfect the way you are, but over time (and possibly lifetimes) you got contaminated. Thus the practice of Yoga is more like polishing a diamond than evolution. Just a thought.
When Guru Nanak reached enlightenment his very first words were the Mul Mantra.
However the first mantra he told everyone to repeat was:
Aad Such Jugaad Such Hai Bhai Such Nanak Hosee Bhai Such.
The mantra is translated as, “True in the beginning, True throughout the ages, True even now, Nanak says the Truth shall always be.”
So what does that mean to me really? Guru Dev [master of Sat Nam Rasayan] told me another way to interpret the mantra was, “You were you in the beginning, You will be you in the future, You are even You now. You shall always be You.”
Perhaps it’s like when you became a teenager and rebelled against your parents. You may have thought you were so cool. You begin to hang out with your friends more than your family and your parents try to remind you that blood is thicker than water. You don’t want to hear it. Your parents tell you that despite how cool you think you are, that they loved you before you became so cool, they will love you in the future despite how cool or uncool you get, they love you even right now while you are being annoying about being cool. No matter what you do they will always love you.” Friends come and go, but your parents accept you no matter who you are.
The Aad Such mantra is the code that really teaches us the essence of what is unconditional love. If you understand it you know unconditional love. Unconditional love first starts with yourself. You cannot love another without yourself. Just because you are having a good day doesn’t mean you have arrived to where you want to be. Just because you are having a bad day doesn’t mean you are a failure. Just because you did something wrong it doesn’t mean you are a bad person. You are you and that is deeper than your day-to-day actions. The same goes for our family, partners, friends, coworkers, etc. Keep the essence of Aad Such mantra in mind when interacting with others too.
For maximum effect, here is how to chant this wonderful mantra:
Chant like you are speaking to a friend from long ago and visualize that you are pointing to the past (behind you).
Chant like you are speaking to a friend from the future and visualize that you are pointing into the future (forward).
Hai Bhai Such
Chant with the feeling like its going on right now and visualize like your hands are pushing something down from your chest to your hips.
Nanak Hosee Bhai Such
Chant with the feeling like its going on all around you and visualize your palms up and to your sides.
**Make such you are emphasizing the CH in Such like you are coaxing a snake up your spine.