If you have a yoga center, you definitely want to read this. KRI’s The Source now has a wholesale website! Place a minimum order of $150 and you get 40% off the retail price. That means you can buy 10-13 books instead of 6-8 books. And it is not just books… this includes any combination of Yogi Tea, mugs, CDs, and more.
This can be a great revenue source for yoga and healing centers. Spread the teachings of Yogi Bhajan® while contributing to the success of your yoga center.
Dr. Arjan Kaur Khalsa is a dear friend and chiropractor in Espanola, NM, as well as a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She recently returned from a trip to the Ivory Coast, sharing Kundalini Yoga with the people she met. She is amazing, and I am honored to tell you her inspiring story:
It has been two weeks since my trip to Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Africa. This is a place that does not leave my soul easily.
West Africa….what was I doing there? Somehow the hand of God delivered me to this place, in spite of my protests about lack of money, time, and energy. Getting on the plane, I took a deep breath and said a little prayer to get me there and back safely. That was my entire goal for this trip because I had no idea what I was getting into. But here is the beautiful silver lining to my uncertainty…
As soon as I landed, my heart melted opened as my hosts opened their arms to me. Waking up the next morning, doing my Sadhana listening to Hari Rai Kaur’s ‘Guru Ram Das’ chant, the djembe players starting their morning call to the dancers outside. I had tears of joy streaming down my face that would not stop for the next 30 minutes. Cote d’Ivoire had me at ‘Akwaba’, which means not only ‘welcome’, but ‘we-welcome-you-with-love-and-we-are-so-happy-that-you’re-here-sharing-our-beautiful-land’.
We had intended to teach classes several nights, but as life goes we stayed in the flow of our group and started with one class, held in Maria’s courtyard with about 15-20 people. The tune in with ‘Ong Namo’ was chanted powerfully and clearly by all of the men and the few ladies in dresses sitting on chairs, purses in their laps. We spoke about how energy flows in our bodies and how our Kundalini Yoga is really about becoming more aware of ourselves and our surroundings. We did a bit of Humanology, talking specifically about foods for health and healing and using plants and foods found in the markets for healing digestive issues, headaches, and fevers.
I spent 2 days doing my Chiropractic work in the SOS Children’s Village, treating the caregivers and folks from the surrounding neighborhood. These were my favorite days in Cote d’Ivoire. Madame Coulibaly (the head nurse at the orphanage) had people lined-up for me to treat. I did my work and then had them sit with Cedric, the local teacher, to do some easy chair yoga to alleviate headaches, neck strain, and upper back tightness. We had our little ‘clinic’ running smoothly by the end of the morning.
They do not have easy access to yoga manuals written in French and this was needed. I had reached out to Hari Charn Kaur from KRI to see if we could get KRI manuals in French to take over for my trip. A sincere ‘Thank You’ to Atma Singh from France for donating Kundalini Yoga manuals in French! Cedric was so grateful for the manuals and for the opportunity to continue his practice without having to translate material from the English.
My prayer is that we, as a community, continue to reach out to those countries who are ready for what we have to offer and that we can expand in our giving, prosperity, and service to include the whole world. My intention is to help each of us remember and share the deep wisdom of Africa, to remember the passion and love that is Africa, and to bring that gift to the rest of the world.
And whenever you are ready to join us on our next trip, I would love to share this experience with you.
With love and prayers, Dr. Arjan K Khalsa
Yogi Bhajan was a tireless champion, dedicated to improving the status of women. He devoted a huge part of his time and energy educating and empowering women in business as well as in their religious and social lives. He believed that women held the divine creative energy of the universe and were the key to a happy life and a stable society. He taught, “When a man falls, a person falls. But when a woman falls, a generation is lost,” and cultures that do not uphold the dignity of women are doomed to eventually fall. He often said, “Woman is double you, O man!”
One of the ways Yogi Bhajan worked to uphold the status of women was that he taught “Khalsa Women’s Training Camp” every summer. This has produced a huge body of teachings on the grace and nobility of woman, which we benefit from today. Visit The Source at KRI for all the teachings of Yogi Bhajan about women, and join us today in celebrating women in every land and in all walks of life.
I got this wonderful post from Dalmeet Kaur in Cape Town that I want to share with you. Thank you Dalmeet Kaur, and all the wonderful Kundalini Yoga teaches in South Africa, for your tireless service.
“We started teaching yoga in poor black communites in Cape Town about three years ago. Mainstream yoga in Cape Town, and South Africa in general, is concentrated in mainly white and wealthy areas. ‘Spatial segregation’ caused by apartheid means that not much non-racial integration takes place in communities. We felt the urgent need to take Kundalini Yoga to our black working class townships as a pivotal way of bringing about healing and spreading prosperity.
Revolutionary Yoga is a registered non-profit organization comprising of a core group of students and trainee Kundalini Yoga teachers. Thus far we have four teachers from our communities who are doing their KRI teachers’ training. We received sponsorships for them from our generous sangat in Cape Town (Pritam Khalsa) and Johannesburg (Ravi Kaur). We use existing facilities in communities to teach Kundalini Yoga. Revolutionary Yoga negotiated a substantial reduction in the class fees for our students with Gururamdas Yoga Studio in Cape Town. This makes Kundalini Yoga accessible and affordable to our students. We also have regular classes on Wednesdays, in a Catholic Church hall in Athlone, on Saturday mornings in a community hall in Bokmakierie, and now we have added the Isikhokelo Primary School in Khayelitsha. Our students love Kundalini Yoga. The children love the mantras and they chant loudly with great joy.”
For more information, you can reach out to Dalmeet Kaur at email@example.com
Or at Revolutionary Yoga
Written by Guru Arjan Dev ji upon the completion of the Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple, it is just as true today as it was then. There is no place on earth like Guru Ram Das’ home, the Harmandir Sahib.
Join our sister organization, Sikh Dharma International, October 23th and 24th for the Guru Ram Das Chetna Yatra in India to celebrate Guru Ram Das ji’s birthday. Chetna is a beautiful word that means “awaken.” This yatra will be a trip of seva and devotion to awaken the love of Guru Ram Das in the sangat and in ourselves.
- Together with our Kirtan jathas, the Yatra will attend programs throughout the Punjab on the 23ed and 24th. We will travel together by bus, returning each night to Amritsar. Most mornings will be at your leisure for darshan at Sri Harmandir Sahib and enjoying Amritsar.
- On October 25th, we will join Miri Piri Academy and the huge sangat of Amritsar in the streets for a jaloose in honor of Guru Ram Das ji. That night we will attend the Raag Kirtan Darbar at the Manji Sahib Hall at Sri Harimandir Sahib to hear classical Kirtan, including our own Chardi Kala Jatha.
- On October 26th, we will celebrate Guru Ram Das’ birthday with thousands of devotees at the Harimandir Sahib. The crowds will be big and our spirits will be soaring!
- On October 28th, we will complete the Yatra with Sunday Gurdwara at Miri Piri Academy, tour the campus, and enjoy the school.
This is a seva yatra and highly affordable. Make this your year to meditate at the Golden Temple of Amritsar!
By Shanti K Khalsa
I attended the classes of Yogi Bhajan starting in 1974. But to be perfectly honest, most of the time I sat in a haze of amazement. It took a long time for me to be consciously aware when he spoke, and even then much of what he said went right over my head.
So, it is with great joy that I read The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings® and explore the early lectures. It is like seeing this material for the first time. And for the very early lectures, it is actually the first time!
This month, the Library of Teachings is presenting some incredible materials from a new small ebook – “Study the Circumvent Force.” In the early 1970s, Yogi Bhajan taught about the Circumvent Force to explain the attributes and power of the 8th chakra, the aura. Over the next few years he taught extensively about the Circumvent Force and then not again. Hargopal Kaur Khalsa uncovered these beautiful teachings and complied this great ebook.
In the days leading up to Winter Solstice on December 21st, the Library of Teachings will be sharing some of these quotes in their Year End Fund Drive. You will enjoy the teaching style and syntax of Yogi Bhajan from the early 70s, only months after he came to the west from India. And all who donate will receive a copy of the ebook as a gift.
Don’t miss this! I think you will love it as much as I do.
By Sat Tara Singh Khalsa
At 13:15 on September 19th, around noon, central Mexico was shaken by a deadly earthquake. At the time, I was in Española and first learned about the quake from Param Nirmal Kaur, CEO of IKYTA Mexico, who texted me as I sat in Tarn Taran Kaur and Singh’s sunroom during the TTEC meetings which KRI holds twice a year. Param Nirmal is not easily scared, but I could tell from her messages that she was shaken (literally), so I took to my BBC news app and tuned in to the stream of news which started pouring in. I found it a very disconcerting feeling to physically sit in such a peaceful environment while I was virtually attuned to the shock and anxiety of all the members of my community, not able to help.
It was an admirable thing to witness the speed and enthusiasm with which everyone in Mexico City responded. Within minutes of the quake, ordinary people had self-organised to clear rubble from collapsed buildings in an effort to rescue survivors trapped underneath. From across the border, all I could do was follow the intense traffic on my social networks and ascertain that all my brothers and sisters of the Kundalini community were unharmed, and were getting involved in the rescue work. Both Param Nirmal Kaur and Jai Raj Kaur, who is a member of the IKYTA Mexico board, spent all night as part of the volunteer brigades helping at the disaster sites. The members of Guru Arjan Ashram were helping out at a nearby collapsed building and later on at an emergency supply distribution centre in the neighbourhood.
At the end of the TTEC meeting that day I asked Dukh Niwaran Kaur and Haridass Kaur to help me shoot an impromptu video with the meditation to readjust the brain hemispheres after an earthquake, from the Survival Kit Manual, in Spanish. Here’s the link to the video on YouTube, for anyone who may find it useful: Readjust the Brain After an Earthquake.
As the next couple of days went by, I got messages from Mexican yogis asking what we could do as a 3HO community. IKYTA Mexico sent word out, asking everyone to keep up, remain grounded and use their neutral, meditative mind to assist as part of the larger community we belong to.
Two days later, I’m finally back in my town. As I walked from the metro station to the ashram I saw a number of buildings that were cordoned off because of damage. There were also people staying in tents in a park, because it’s not safe to sleep in their homes. Siri Shakti Kaur, another of our board members, and Gurpurkha Singh, her husband, have started their own emergency supply collection at Guru Arjan Ashram for the people in Tepoztlan, a small town in the mountains which was also damaged. It’s the smaller, isolated places which are most vulnerable at this time and I’m and I’m typing this surrounded by boxes with blankets, medicines, tools and so on. A dear friend and teacher, Gurudevi Kaur, has been preparing and serving meals at hospitals and other places where they might be needed.
Many of my friends from the global 3HO community have asked what they can do to help. We’ve started a fundraising drive through PayPal so that people from across the world can donate and contribute to relieving the suffering of the people who have been hit the hardest by this event. We will keep the account open for a couple weeks, and then the Mexican Kundalini sangat will decide collectively where the funds can be applied in a most useful and compassionate way. If you’d like to participate in this effort, please Donate Here.
United Sikhs and Sikh Dharma are also mobilizing a team in Mexico City to serve langar to the community. Sometimes a hot meal served with love does much more than fill the stomach. The alumni from Miri Piri Academy are embracing this seva. To donate to the langar and read updates, Donate Here.
Also, I thank you for all your prayers and healing thoughts, for the victims of Mexico’s earthquake, and for all other beings who experience pain and suffering in this world, at this time. Sat Nam.
Each year, 3HO’s Summer Solstice Celebration begins with “Peace Prayer Day,” a wonderful day of music, dance, and prayer that is open to the public 10:45 AM – 9:45 PM. This year, a highlight of Peace Prayer Day was the awarding of $10,000 as “Live to Give” grants to outstanding non-profit organizations. Amazing!
These organizations are working day after day to improve the lives of those in need. It opens my heart, and gives me hope for making. This year, grants are given to:
• “Drop in the Bucket” – bringing clean water to schools in sub-Saharan Africa.
• “Light a Path” – connecting yoga teachers and therapists with the people who need it most.
• “Yoga4Alex” – supporting youngsters in Johannesburg, South Africa.
• “Yoga Kidz” – sharing yoga with the underserved youth of South Carolina.
• “Golden Sol” – serving food to homeless women in downtown Los Angeles.
• “Walking for Water” – providing drinking water in Burkina Faso.
See more about these great organizations at https://www.3ho.org/2017-live-give-winners.
And if you know of a non-profit doing good work, apply for a grant next year by emailing 3HO at info@3HO.org
Don’t miss out!
Yogi Bhajan was born on August 26,1929 in Gujranwala, India. After a successful career in public service, he came to America to teach yoga, and the rest is history! Mark you calendars an join us this year to celebrate his birthday in Espanola. It is a wonderful evening of food, music, and fun as we remember the remarkable man and his amazing life. It is the last weekend of the Level One Immersion, and it is always wonderful to celebrate with the new Kundalini Yoga instructors!
This is Siri Marka Singh teaching Sat Kriya to over 5000 students outside of Santiago, Chile. Siri Marka Singh is a Lead Trainer from Los Angeles who grew up outside of Mexico City and now has returned to Mexico and Latin America to teach Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. I have enjoyed working with Siri Marka Singh over the years and it is fun to see him inspiring crowds of students in Mexico.
Siri Marka Singh lives and teaches in Los Angeles. As a Lead Trainer, he has been called to teach both in Mexico and in Chile. He came to Chile where Spanish speaking Lead trainers were needed to mentor the next generation of trainers. He travels to Valparaiso to Level One Teacher Training to offer workshops. In this picture, he is seen facing a class of 5000 practitioners at an event presented by “Instituto Nacional Del Deporte (National Sport Institute). Just imagine the energy of teaching Sat Kriya to over 5000 students. I wonder how he was able to keep them all at the same pace!
This is a perfect fit for Siri Marka Singh who is a marathon runner and participates each year in the Los Angeles marathon. He now has inspired his son-in-law, Simran Singh, to run the 26-mile race. Both his wife, Dharam Dev Kaur, and his daughter, Guruparkash Kaur, have completed the marathon as walking/running participants for the past three years. Everyone in the family gets in the act. His wife is also a Level One Trainer and his daughter has served for many years in the IKYTA office. A beautiful family in service to all.