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April 2010 Newsletter


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Sat Nam.

 

Greetings from New Mexico!

 

April 22 is Earth Day. Yogi Bhajan frequently spoke of our relationship to Mother Earth and Mother Nature. Please see The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings section for an excerpt of a lecture he gave on the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. Personally I always appreciated how Yogi Bhajan would relate a concept, like consciously taking care of the Earth or recognizing the laws of nature, to a spiritually uplifting instructing. On April 28, 1978, he said, “If you let your life flow through you, you will not find any pain in your life. This is the universal law. It is a law of Mother Nature; it cannot betray you. Let it be so, so be it. Question is to be, to be. It is not to be or not to be. That is the question. If you want to be, let it be and it shall be.” My feeling is that this flow of life can be aided in large and small ways by taking care of your internal and external environments. So, on this Earth Day, join me in making a resolution to be kind to my own nature and our shared, natural mother, Mother Earth.

We’ve included a link to the Meditation on the Flow of Life, a powerful pranayam from the Level Two Transformation: Lifecycles & Lifestyles Course, coming up this summer. We hope it energizes your connection and resolution to Life in this ‘grateful world’.

We have recognized at KRI that there are many out of print collections of lectures and useful manuals. We are dedicated to making them available again. A favorite of Yogi Bhajan’s was a small volume called, “In the Name of the Cosmos: Word to Live By”. This book was edited by Sat Hari Singh of Germany. He is graciously allowing us to make it available again. You can find it here.

And congratulations to Sat Purkh Kaur on her new Sadhana CD, “Beautiful Day”. Sat Purkh Kaur is our Creative Director and blogs for us at
http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/iamawoman/blog. Thankfully, she has taken the time to use her talent as a singer and musician. You can find the CD at our online store: The Source!


Kind regards, blessings and Happy Spring,

Nirvair Singh Khalsa
CEO, Kundalini Research Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings


 

Greetings from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings!

This month we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The environmental movement grew up alongside the consciousness movement of the 60s and 70s. People often ask if Yogi Bhajan ever taught about conservation or the environment. So we made some time this month to look around and see what the archives would reveal. We found a 20-year anniversary lecture about Earth Day from April 23, 1990, which we’ve excerpted here; and serendipitously, we found a short clip from our 25-year anniversary lecture series from Earth Day 1985.

 


We selected this excerpt in order to inspire you toward renewing your own practice, your own sadhana, which is our Mother Earth. The 25-year anniversary lecture series at www.yogibhajan.org  is made possible by the many, regular donors to The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings archive project. New Donors include:

Hargobind Khalsa, Spirit Voyage Music
Anna Body
Stacy Slawinski
James Scolari
Sylwia & Imre Schebeck
Laj Preet Kaur and Peter Straton

Our newest Stars! include:
Har Prakash Khalsa
Javier Gonzalez
Karen McGuiness
Steve Whelan

Monthly donations help us budget how many assets we can archive each month—whether it’s $11 a month or $500 a month, your gift makes a difference! Your gift, when combined with hundreds of other committed donors, allows the vision of The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings to be possible.

We hope you enjoy these commemorative lectures by Yogi Bhajan—and we hope they inspire you to give a little something back to Mother Earth.

The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings Capital Campaign
Kundalini Research Institute
PO Box 1819
Santa Cruz, NM 87567
www.yogibhajan.org


The Three Laws of Prosperity: Be Kind to Everyone; Never Speak Ill of Anyone; and Never Speak Ill of Yourself. —© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

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Sat Nam,

Greetings! As many of you know, our 3HO and KRI community in Chile was hit with an 8.8 earthquake on February 27th. I heard about this while I was visiting our communities in Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib in India. When I contacted our fellow teachers and trainers in the Santiago area, I was so relieved to hear their voices yet saddened to hear of the destruction of highways and homes. Just last year I was in India with the Chilean community. I encourage everyone to join the healing meditation for Chile by going to www.3ho.org. As a global community of Trainers, Teachers and students of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, our meditative prayer is so powerful. There is also information on how you can make a donation to support those in Chile who have lost their homes and loved ones. The Trainers, teachers and students in Chile are reaching out in teams to provide food, Kundalini Yoga classes, and much needed support in and around Santiago.

We Are KRI is growing in India! This year, we had Level One Teacher Training in two locations: Amritsar and Rishi Kesh. In Amritsar, the 11th grade students at Miri Piri Academy are completing their Level One Certification; and in Rishi Kesh where Gurumukh Kaur and the Golden Bridge Team completed a Level One Certification Program. Level Two modules (Conscious Communications and Authentic Relationships) were taught to the 12th graders at Miri Piri Academy and Gurumeher Singh of Los Angeles and Guru Ravi Kaur of Tucson offered the Mind and Meditation course at Dashmesh Sadan in Anandpur Sahib. We now have Kundalini Yoga Studios in Anandpur Sahib, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Delhi and a teacher in Rishi Kesh— and the requests for teachers is growing.

Our community of Kundalini Yoga Teachers and Trainers is reaching out all over the world. If you are not already a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher we invite you to come to the 28-day Foundations: Level One Immersion course in Española this summer or if you are currently a Level One Teacher, join the KRI Team for the Level Two Transformation Course: Lifecycles and Lifestyles.

Many blessings for this season – whether it be Spring or Fall.


Sincerely,


Hari Charn Kaur Khalsa


Director of Reach Out–Teach Out

 

 

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Message From The Director of Training

 

 

How to Make a Camel Happy and Train Your Mind

Yogi Bhajan regaled us with stories of how training the mind is like riding a camel. The camel is a miraculous beast able to travel for days through challenging inhospitable climates, over rolling perilous terrain and carrying enormous loads and passengers. But it also has an ego—and a famously nasty temperament. If you do not know how to lead it or ride it, a camel will topple you to the ground, spit and then sit on you, and grind its pelvis as it marks you and reduces you to sand. Not pleasant.

When you do not take charge of your mind, and allow your ego to lead, this is what happens. Emotions and reactions lead. Every thought pulls you into its path. The best approach to training the mind and taming the ego is mantra. Like the nose ring, which leads the camel on its journey, mantra leads the mind toward submission. Interestingly enough, camels love music; it’s even more powerful than the nose ring itself.

Second only to silence, the most effective intimate expression of the soul is music. In its rhythms we feel our emotions, passion and movement. In its harmonies we find our relationships. In its resonance and timbre we recognize our scope. In its joy we experience our ecstasy.

The shepherds of the Mongolian deserts discovered this and shaped their culture and music, over millennia, to soothe their camels and uplift their spirits. There are many art pieces that show the camels of that region laughing and singing with the gentle tunes of their riders. A recent movie, The Story of the Weeping Camel, captured the power of this music. A camel, dispirited by hardship and an extremely arduous birthing, could barely lift her head or nurse her calf. The shepherd played an evocative, simple melody that touched the heart and brought tears to the camel, the player and the audience. Gradually, as pain and confusion melt away, the camel tapped the energy of her instinctual soul and revived the newborn. This simple miracle brought joy, hope and new life to the family and the journey.

In Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®, we integrate sound, music, shabd and naad into the texture of our classes. When the mind is cranky, dispirited, insecure or scattered, a simple mantra gathers its dispersed strains and aligns it with your intention. Soothed, it can carry you across the perilous terrains of life, help you endure over the long challenges and bring you added strength when you most need it.

Your brain on music is wondrous to behold. It slowly forms new, more complex, patterns. Listening to Mozart increases the repairing, growth hormones by as much as 60%. The immune system relaxes, with interlukin-6 dropping by more than 80% and anxiety producing epinephrine dropping by half. Meditation on the panj shabd—sa ta na ma—or the doei shabd—sat nam wahe guru—has been shown to ignite the central brain: areas like the hippocampus for memory, the cingulated gyrus for complex attention and decision making, and decrease the amygdale response, which reacts with fear and anxiety. The brain uses both hemispheres to process sounds that are attentively listened to, not just the left hemisphere’s language areas. More and more discoveries are being made about the complex patterns and power of music and mantra. Add to this the essential social dimension of chanting together and we are able to call on the deepest reservoirs of energy to heal and uplift our Self as we tame and direct the mind and the brain.

If you want to tame your camel here is a simple, powerful practice:

Sit straight in Gyan Mudra—thumb and forefinger tips touching. Look down the nose with eyes just a little open.

Take a deep breath. Chant:

ANG SANG WAHE GURU

The sounds ANG and SANG must vibrate fully in the upper mouth, nose and sinus cavities. It will feel like an insistent pressure near the top of the nose and across the Brow Point. It’s a very nasal sound, with most of the breath moving out through the nose. It is like two strokes of a gong. But the NG sound is steady like a drone over it all.

The navel pulls naturally on ANG and tightens more on SANG.

Pull the diaphragm with WAHE and release everything with GURU. THE WAHE sound spreads out and vibrates the wings of the sphenoid bones in the center of the skull and exits with a release through the crown of the head.

All this is natural and automatic if you merge into the sound.

This mantra works on your vastness, calmness and divine presence. It opens you up to become a space for blessing and healing. It works on the Golden Chord, the connection between the pituitary of the Sixth Chakra and the pineal of the Seventh Chakra. It prepares you to transcend the Self and experience how all is done by the One. If you practice 11–31 minutes, then sit still in shuniya, you will feel the universe, you will open to your intuitive nature and make your mind a happy camel!

Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD


Director of Training
Kundalini Research Institute


 

 

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Yogic Recipe of the Month

 

Beet-Carrot Casserole

This dish is cleansing to the liver and the digestive tract.  To help your body do its own inner cleaning, eat as a mono diet for one week in the spring or fall.

 

2 bunches scallions, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

ghee or vegetable oil

1 bunch beets

1 lb. carrots

soy sauce

ground black pepper

1 lb. grated cheese

 

Scrub beets and carrots.  Steam beets whole. (Don't cut off roots or stems.)  After about 15-20 minutes, and carrots.  Steam until tender but firm.  Then remove outer peels from beets and carrots. (These should easily slip off.) Grate using a coarse grater.  Keep beets and carrots separate to preserve their distinct colors.  Sauté scallions and garlic in oil or ghee until tender.  Toss with beets and carrots and black pepper.  Place in casserole dish.  Sprinkle with tamari (soy sauce).  Cover with grated cheese and broil until cheese is melted and golden.

 

Serves 4-6

 

From Food for Health & Healing, Remedies & Recipes, based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, PhD

 

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