AUGUST 2009 NEWSLETTER

 

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Sat Nam and greetings from New Mexico! Directly after Summer Solstice Sadhana, we held our Level Two Teacher Training module, Stress and Vitality, June 28th through July 4th. We had more than 80 participants; and the trainers, Gurucharan Singh, Shanti Shanti Kaur, Krishna Kaur and myself delivered a beautiful experience. I always learn something new every time that I participate in these Level Two Teacher Trainings. This course was no exception, it was challenging, uplifting and fun. I hope you can join us next summer, June 27-July 2, 2010, for the new and expanded Lifestyles and Lifecycles Level Two Module.

This is a special year, in that we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of 3HO and the life and legacy of Yogi Bhajan. On August 22nd, Hacienda de Guru Ram Das is celebrating Yogi Bhajan’s life and legacy at the “Festival of Destiny.” Please join us if you find yourself in the area!

We continue our global meditation practice, as we do each year, with the Adi Shakti Mantra: Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru for 2.5 hours…followed by 11 minutes of Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru on Yogi Bhajan’s actual birthday, August 26th. These two mantras are chanted all over the world on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday every year. If you have not done it before, I highly recommend it. Check with your local Teacher for more information and join the practice your area.

There is a wonderful MP3 of our Director of Training, Gurucharan Singh, demonstrating how to powerfully chant the Adi Shakti mantra in the traditional 2.5 cycles (two and one half breaths). You can practice with him online or download it here: http://www.kriteachings.org/toolsforteachers.htm

Kind regards and blessings,

Nirvair Singh Khalsa
CEO Kundalini Research Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings


 

The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings—Keeping the Legacy Alive!

During the month of August, we traditionally celebrate and remember Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday. In celebration, we offer two new desktop wallpapers as gifts to the global community of students, practitioners and teachers. The first is a beautiful image of Yogi Bhajan at sunset, and the second is a beautiful ‘tree of teachings’. Download your gift from the new Yogi Bhajan website today: www.yogibhajan.org. We hope you enjoy this small gift and we hope they serve to remind you of Yogi Bhajan’s legacy—and how we all continue to be served by it each and every day—in ways both large and small.

So many amazing gifts have come in over the past few weeks from people inspired by this year’s Summer Solstice Sadhana and the new I AM A WOMAN Project—gifts from $11 to $10,000—saying that they want more products like these to serve the global community. These and other gifts to The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings make it all possible—so thank you!

As you remember Yogi Bhajan and celebrate his birthday this year, take a moment to reflect on all that his teachings have brought to you, your family, your community and the world. Set an intention for yourself: how can I serve the legacy of Yogi Bhajan today, tomorrow, and into the future? Perhaps you’ll be inspired to start a seva project in your community; perhaps you’ll dedicate 10% of a workshop to The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings or perhaps you’ll become a regular monthly donor; perhaps you’ll practice a prosperity meditation every day and dedicate it to The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings; or perhaps you’ll dedicate your own birthday this year to honoring the legacy of Yogi Bhajan in some way. There are so many ways to serve and honor the teachings. Find your own—and always remember: “Don’t love me, love my teachings.” –Yogi Bhajan

 

 

We Are KRI - Now Is the Time for Teachers!



This month we celebrate the birthday of our teacher, Yogi Bhajan and I have been reflecting on the diversity and the unity of We Are KRI around the globe. We have KRI teachers who are just beginning on their pathway to certification and those who have been teaching for up to 40 years and what we share is our love of the practice, our passion for the integrity of the teachings, and our commitment to our Teacher. We are so very different and so very much the same. I would like to share two powerful experiences – my recent opportunity to meet Daya Kaur of Michigan who has been teaching since 1970 and just celebrated her 89th birthday and my experience with our current Immersion Program just about to begin on August 1st.

I met Daya Kaur a couple of months ago over the phone after hearing that there was a teacher in Michigan who had been a student since 1970 and was about to celebrate her 89th birthday. I was in for such a joy for her passion for keeping these teachings as given is so contagious that I wanted to share it with everyone. You will be able to meet Daya Kaur on we are KRI on video this month. Her love of her practice and the teachings inspires everyone. She told me that every once and a while there is a day when she does not “get down on the floor to practice, but she makes up for it the next day.” Every time I speak with Daya Kaur I am more inspired to keep going, strengthen my practice and find new ways to support the Library of the Teachings.


On the other hand this month I have begun to meet our students of the The Level One Immersion which is about to being with approximately 60 students from around the world gathering at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das to begin or further their journey to be an Instructor in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. There are also 14 Trainers in Training participating in the program to progress along their pathway to becoming a Teacher Trainer. It is truly the most alive and exciting time for all of us at KRI in New Mexico. We have just completed our first four day residential training of the Interns for the Immersion Course. Next year this training will be five to six days to cover more information and give more experience of Kundalini Yoga and how to train teachers.

All of us in the Immersion course will participate with all of you on August 26th in the morning sadhana of Guru Guru Wahe Guru and Long Ek Ong Kars to honor the birthday of Yogi Bhajan – along with our global community. I look forward to joining with you for this powerful morning of meditation and a day of honoring our Teacher.

I look forward to hearing from you on what is happening in Teacher Training in your area. Through our Reach Out Teach Out Program we are brining Teacher Training to over 30 new locations this year which means there will be Kundalini Yoga Teachers serving communities where there may have been only one teacher up until this time.

Many blessings,
Hari Charn Kaur
Director of Reach Out—Teach Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the DOT



Who am I and what do I know? These are questions that each person has to ask them self. He must realize the unknown of himself and become the total known Self. This is destiny. –Yogi Bhajan

About 80% of what happens in our life is automatic. We have little to say about it. Sounds fatalistic, doesn’t it? Even so, each moment holds potential, the potent if enigmatic power to make a choice that will make a difference and move us one step closer to our destiny. How do we stay aligned and awake to our aliveness, to our purpose, so that we can fulfill that destiny? Our habits, self-discipline and quality of consciousness affect our capacity to make those key decisions—the ones that will lead us toward our destiny or the ones that drive us more deeply into our subconscious patterns and the arms of Fate.

Some people live their entire lives on automatic. But that is not living, that is just surviving. There is no human virtue in that. Virtues arise from our commitment to our values. As human beings we have the potential to live healthy, happy and holy lives, regardless of our circumstances, as long as our values remain at the core of our decisions. Living in this way begins with a clear understanding of who
we are as human beings, our self-concept, our individual identity and purpose. That sense of purpose is like a lodestone that attracts opportunities and gives us a sense of direction. In turn, our habits and self-discipline, fueled by those same values, give rise to virtues and vitality—under any conditions.

The battle between fate and destiny in each person is tangible and portentous. As a teacher, Yogi Bhajan always chose to see the destiny and give the person a wake-up call, helping them close the gap between personality and destiny. He explained what it meant to have destiny, as a human being and as an individual soul, and how fate was an equal partner in the soul’s play.

In the circus of the soul the juggling act of fate and destiny get top billing. This course shows you the cycles, habits and challenges you’ll encounter on the way to building character, overcoming fate and fulfilling your destiny. We invite you to join us in 2010 for Lifecycles & Lifestyles and allow yourself one more step along the way to being and relaxing and yes, even thriving, as you, your True Self—Sat Nam.

Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD

Director of Training

Kundalini Research Institute

 

 

NEW TOOLS


In the course of working on new products here at KRI, as well as in the course of teaching, we often come across refinements to kriyas and meditations that have been taught for years. For example, in putting together the I AM A WOMAN DVD Series, Practicing Kindness, we came across a refinement to Tershula Kriya, also known as the Thunderbolt of Shiva, found in both the Aquarian Teacher Yoga Manual (p. 451) and the new I AM A WOMAN: Essential Kriyas for Women in the Aquarian Age (p. 80). For the mudra to be accurate, the tip of the middle finger of the right hand should rest on the tip of the index finger of the left hand. In this way, the fingers align to create a perfect point, increasing the power of the mudra.

Another refinement that came to us recently is regarding the frequently practiced Prosperity Meditation, using the mantra Har (Aquarian Teacher Yoga Manual p. 439). For the meditation to work at its highest frequency, the refinement of the mudra is as follows: as the index fingers strike one another, the right thumb should be under the left. We’ve posted a new photo for this meditation to clarify the mudra. If, like me, your knuckles used to get sore, practicing the meditation in this way is also much less painful!

You’ll find many more refinements and corrections on our new Tools for Teachers and Students page. Any additional updates to manuals will be posted here—so continue to check back.

 

 

Yogic Recipe of the Month


Nut Curry Supreme

 

This is an almost perfect food for women. Almonds are for the eyes, watermelon seeds for anemia, walnuts for the brain, and chilies for the intestinal tract. It can be served plain, with rice, with chapattis or with pakoras.

1 large raw Onion, chopped
4 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
1 ½ inches fresh peeled Ginger Root, finely chopped
1-2 Green Chilies, chopped
¼ Cup Ghee
3 rounded Tbsp. Garbanzo flour
¼ Cup Lemon juice
2 tsp. Turmeric
1 ½ tsp. Cumin
1 ½ tsp. Coriander
1 ½ tsp. Garam Masala
4 Cups Yogurt or Buttermilk
⅛ Cup peeled Almonds
⅛ Cup Walnuts
¼ Cup Cashews, Pecans or Apricot kernels
⅛ Cup Watermelon or Pumpkin seeds
2 Zucchinis, chopped

Mix 1/4 cup yogurt or buttermilk with garbanzo flour and stir until it forms a smooth paste. Then stir in the rest of the yogurt or buttermilk. Sauté onions in ghee until they are clear to golden brown. Add chilies, ginger and garlic and sauté until ginger and garlic are golden. Add turmeric and sauté on a low heat until golden brown. Then add other spices. Add yogurt or buttermilk mixture. Then add lemon juice. Continue cooking on low heat. Add zucchinis, nuts, and seeds and continue simmering until zucchinis are soft. Serves 4

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

From “Food for Health and Healing” based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan
 

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The KRI Photo Archive Project

We are offering another amazing photograph this month in honor of Yogi Bhajan's birthday free for your Kundalini Yoga PR needs. Yogi Bhajan's Birthday Anniversary is on August 26. Celebrate the spirit and wisdom of Yogi Bhajan with 11 days of meditation (August 15 - August 25) leading up to the anniversary of his birth by chanting 31 minutes of Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru at any time of the day. Join the Global Community to connect with the spirit of Yogi Bhajan, offering thanks for all the blessings he so generously shared with us. Then on August 26, beginning at 3:00 AM Pacific Daylight Savings Time: chant Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru for 11 minutes. It is also traditional to do 2.5 hours of Long Ek Ongkars at a time best suited to your time zone.

This entire month, download this exclusive photograph! The password is
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Give back by donating to the photography archives! Any small contribution helps! Keep this legacy alive, support the collection of what has been built from 1969 to now!

May we be exalted by your grace. May we live to the highest potential of our souls. May we serve your vision of the destiny of this earth. May we bless this earth with peace. May we bless this earth with peace. May we bless this earth with peace.

 

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The KRI Photo Archive Project

 

 

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ALSO!

 

I AM A WOMAN: Creative, Sacred, Invincible is available August 31st! Reserve your copy today!

I AM A WOMAN: Creative, Sacred, Invincible is an amazing collection of lectures spanning the 25 years of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings for women, and includes topics such as beaming and creating your life, the radiance of the woman, woman as her own psychologist, communication and relationships, sexuality and vitality, and so much more. Stories from women who have lived these teachings illuminate the text. Look for stories about the loss of a child, the experience of mantra, and the transformative journey of self-discipline. In combination with the companion volume, I AM A WOMAN: Essential Kriyas for Women in the Aquarian Age, and the DVD Series I AM A WOMAN: Practicing Kindness, I AM A WOMAN provides the essential teachings for women of the Aquarian Age—so that you can master your Self and fulfill your life’s destiny.


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