S Sadh Sangat - A congregation of disciplined ones or of the holy; a spiritual community.
Sadhana - Spritual discipline. The early morning practice of yoga, meditation and other spiritual exercises to clear the subconscious mind and attune oneself to the Infinite.
Sadhu - One who practices sadhana; a person who has achieved mastery over the self through discipline.
Sahib - A suffix showing reverence and respect for a person, place or object.
Sangat - Congregation; spiritual community.
Sant, Santji - A holy man; a saint.
Sat Kriya - One of the basic kriyas in Kundalini Yoga. It utilizes the Bij Mantra, "Sat Nam." Sat Kriya improves physical health and vitality, tunes up and balances the chakras and stimulates the Kundalini. To do:
Sit on the heels and stretch the arms up straight hugging the ears. Join the palms with fingers interlaced and index fingers pointing upward. Eyes are closed and focused at the third eye. Chant Sat Naam in a constant rhythm about eight times per ten seconds. Chant Sat from the navel, resonating it while pulling the umbilicus all the way in toward the spine. On Naam relax the belly and mentally allow the energ to flow through the top of the head like a sigh. Continue for 1 to 31 minutes. To end, inhale deeply, exhale and apply Mul Bandh. Repeat two more times. Relax for at least the same length of time as the kriya and ideally for double the time.
Sat Nam - Identity of Truth. Essence embodied in form. It is the Bij Mantra--the seed for all wisdom and all that comes to be.
Sensory Person - One who has control over his senses by using the sixth sense; one who brings all the senses into one sense; a highly intuitive person.
Sensory System - The comprehensive system of higher awareness and subtle abilities resulting from all senses being experienced as one sense; where body, mind and soul act in unison.
Seva/Sewa - Selfless, devotional service service to one's fellow beings; a cornerstone of many spiritual paths.
Shabad - Word; sound imbued with consciousness; emanations of consciousness itself. Devotional hymns composed by Sikh Gurus or by saints whose compositions are contained within the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Meditation on a shabad brings awareness.
Shabad Guru - Sounds spoken by the Gurus and others that embody the vibration of the Infinite Being; words spoken in God consciousness that comprise the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Meditation on the Shabad Guru transforms consciousness.
Shabad Hazaaray - A composition by Guru Arjan, beginning with letters to his father, Guru Ram Das, expressing his love and devotion. Recitation of Shabad Hazaaray brings the benefit of a thousand shabads, unites the soul with God and reunites loved ones.
Shakti - The creative power and principle of existence, without which nothing can manifest or bloom. The feminine aspect of God.
Shiva - God, the Destroyer. One of the gods of the Hindu trinity, along with Brahma, the Creator and Vishnu, the Preserver.
Shuniya - Zero. State of consciousness where the ego is brought to complete stillness. When you are in a state of shuniya nature acts for you.
Siddhis - Yogic powers to control any of the five Tattvas.
Sikh Gurus - In Sikh history there were ten Gurus and the Shabad Guru--the Word that guided and flowed through each of them. This succession of Gurus contributed to the development of the Sikh path over a two hundred year period, from the mid 15th century to the beginning of the 18th century: 1. Guru Nana - Creativity, humility, love. 2. Guru Anga - Contentment, connectedness, obedience. 3. Guur Amar Das - Positivity, equality, selfless service. 4. Guru Ram Das - Neutrality, compassion, integration. 5. Guru Arjan - Balance, sacrifice, devotion, teaching. 6. Guru Hargobind - Protection, projection, justice. 7. Guru Har Rai - Security, love, mercy, 8. Guru Har Krishan - Energy, fearlessnes, healing. 9. Guru Teg Bahadur - Subtlety, calmness, mastery. 10. Guru Gobind Singh - Royal courage, nobility, radiance.
Guru Gobind Singh passed the Guruship onto the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, which embodies the teachings, sound current and essence of all ten Gurus.
Simran - Deep meditation in which the Name of the Infinite is constantly remembered.
Siri Guru Granth Sahib - Compilation of the sacred words of the Sikh Gurus as well as of Hindu, Muslim, Sufi and other saints that contains their expression of consciousness of life and Truth when in a state of union with God. It embodies a transformative power of consciousness. It is a deeply revered "Living Guru" and the source of Guru's Will--random readings, or Hukams taken at the conclusion of a Sikh Gurdwara as well as of many mantras and Shabads sung during Sikh functions.
Siri Singh Sahib - Title given to Yogi Bhajan as Chief Religious and Administrative Authority of Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere.
Sound Current - The universal source of Naad; the sound frequency created when mantras are chanted.
Subconscious Mind - Realm of dreams and memories; seat of fears, negative habits, emotional impulses and commotional behavior. The subconscious mind can be kept clean through meditation.