Kundalini Research Institute Newsletter

August 2011


 

In this Month's issue

 

 

August CEO Video Message

 

Nirvair August 2011 Newsletter Video

 

 

Kundalini Surji Mantra with Jagat Guru Singh

 

Kundalini Surji Mantra with Jagat Guru Singh Khalsa

 

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View this month's Message and Kriya on our homepage here

 

Recipe of the month

 

Green Diet
A good fast for beginners

 

Fasting is a powerful tool for healing and strengthening the body. However, you should never go on a fast indiscriminately because you can do more harm than good. It is always best to be supervised by a health practitioner. It is safer and more effective to go on a mono diet of those foods that possess the healing properties which the body needs, than to eliminate all food or just fast on water.

You need to prepare yourself and make sure you have the capacity and state of health to fast. Preparing for a fast begins with modifying the diet. Eliminate junk food and begin eating lighter meals composed of mostly vegetables or fruits. Then try fasting for a meal or two, then for an entire day. When you feel comfortable with light eating and occasional one-day fasting, then you may be ready to try a fast of three to five days.

Sticking to the diet is only half the challenge of fasting. Often the physical cleansing of a fast is accompanied by a mental and emotional cleansing as well. Anger and negativity can be released, particularly if the person has used food to quell emotions. Use your meditative mind to face this challenge.

Always break a fast slowly. Fasting cleanses the body, but also makes it very sensitive. If you eat nothing but steamed greens for a month and then break your fast with a pizza, you will feel it!

If you have been eating junk food for a long time, don't expect to entirely cleanse you system overnight. Go slowly and steadily, making modest changes at first. You will see gradual improvements, but don't expect to be able to go back on junk foods after you have cleansed your system! Your body will let you know.

Green Diet

This is a rebuilding diet. It is used to alkalinize the body, lose weight, clear the skin and cleanse the liver.

For forty days, eat a monodiet of only green foods. This means salads, steamed greens, avocados, sprouts, green olives, and mung beans. If you are not using this to correct a skin condition, green fruits such as honeydew melon, green apples, and green grapes can be included. Yogi tea can be taken throughout this fast.
When you break the fast, first add other fruits, then grains, and finally dairy

 

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Spirit Fest

 

 

 

Sat Nam. 

 

Greetings from Alaska! I am here in Anchorage after celebrating Summer Solstice Sadhana and our Level Two Teacher Training module, Conscious Communication course, in New Mexico. We had over 75 Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® teachers attending the course; and the trainers, Shanti Shanti Kaur, Sada Sat Kaur, Guru Dass Singh, Gurucharan Singh and myself delivered a beautiful experience. I always learn something new every time I participate in these Trainings. Come join us next summer for Authentic Relationships.

It is Yogi Bhajan’s birthday this month! I loved it when Yogi Bhajan visited Alaska. I will read a poem that he wrote while he was here in my video segment. We also have Jagat Guru Singh Khalsa, a member of Cherdi Kala Jetha, a KRI Teacher Trainer, and the Principal of Miri Piri Academy. He will talk about and lead a practice of the amazing shabad, ‘Kundalini Surjee’. You can see them here...

We are celebrating the life and legacy of Yogi Bhajan at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das on August 27th. We will also be chanting the Adi Shakti Mantra, Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru, for 2 1/2 hours followed by 11 minutes of Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru on Yogi Bhajan’s actual birthday, which is August 26th. These two mantras are chanted all over the world on Yogi Bhajan’s birthday. If you have not done it before, I highly recommend it. Check with your local Teacher about the time and place that it will be chanted in your home town.

There is a wonderful video available of Krishna Kaur Khalsa teaching about this powerful mantra. http://www.kundaliniresearchinstitute.org/tools4teachers/ . Refine your technique or explore this powerful mantra for the first time!

Visit our on line store (Coming Soon) for digital downloads of your favorite Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® books and manuals. You can now have all your teaching materials, including our new Summer Solstice offerings, on your Kindle, Ipad or Computer!

Buying directly from your local Kundalini Yoga Center or from authorized sites, such as Spirit Voyage ( http://www.spiritvoyage.com ), Ancient Healing Ways ( www.a-healing.com ), Sat Nam Versand ( http://www.satnam.de/ ), Yoga Technology ( http://www.yogatech.com ) or from KRI directly at ( http://thesource.kriteachings.org ) helps support the mission of The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings--keeping the legacy alive!

Nirvair Singh KhalsaKind regards and blessings,

Nirvair Singh Khalsa

CEO Kundalini Research Institute
 


 

 

 

 

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News from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings

 

Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings

 Happy Birthday Yogi Bhajan!
 

This month brings with it the 82nd anniversary of Yogi Bhajan’s birthday. This month is a great opportunity to reflect on all the ways Yogi Bhajan and Kundalini Yoga has improved your life.

I remember the first time I ever took a Kundalini Yoga class. I was at a festival, in the middle of the desert and had been an avid fan of Iyengar Yoga for the previous three years. I attended this yoga class not knowing anything about Kundalini Yoga, and only because there were no other yoga classes. Boy, was I in for a surprise! I left that class floating on a cloud, and it really was a rebirthing of sorts. The experience stuck with me, and upon returning to my home town, Kundalini Yoga became a part of my daily life.

In the years since, this legacy of teachings has shaped and shifted my destiny. I have witnessed this same transformation in my peers and loved ones. Yogi Bhajan was a true master and his promise of living a healthy, happy and holy life is being realized.

How have these teachings elevated and uplifted your life and your community? This question is a great one to hold in your heart as you celebrate Yogi Bhajan’s birthday on August 26th. To support you in your celebrations of Yogi Bhajan’s birthday, we have created a link that offers creative and fun ideas to help you plan your own festivities.

Another great way to celebrate is to donate to The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings. Your donations ensure that this legacy is preserved, and any amount makes a difference. You can give one time donations or you can pledge a monthly donation ranging from $5 to $500 or more!

Be sure to check out the upcoming “Rebirthing” manual from KRI. This will be available this Fall and encompasses all 31 courses Yogi Bhajan taught on the subject! Another great way to celebrate Yogi Bhajan’s birthday!

We wish to thank all of our new donors:

Jochen Kreudwig
Elizabeth Lieu
Janice Siska Hjelmgren
Colton Dyer
Valerie Pavlovich
Daniele Proefski
Margit Epstein
Erin Wilcox

Sat Nam,

The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings Capital Campaign

 

 

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We Are KRI

 

This month we celebrate the birthday of our teacher, Yogi Bhajan. 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 path to certification and those who have been teaching for up to 40 years. 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.

This month we join together as one voice on his birthday to meditate for 2.5 hours on the Adi Shaki Mantra and then to chant to Guru Ram Das. After completing 40 days last fall, I have committed to an annual 40 day Sadhana of the 2.5 hours of Long Ek Ong Kaar. Yogi Bhajan said of this practice , “This mantra is known as the Ashtang Mantra for the Aquarian Age... It has eight vibrations, and describes the glory of God. Thus said the Master, ‘In the time period two-and-a-half hours before the rising of the Sun, when the channels are most clear, if the Mantra is sung in sweet harmony, you will be one with the Lord.” (The Aquarian Teacher, page 429)

“All mantras are good, and are for the awakening of the Divine. But this mantra is effective, and is the mantra for this time. So my lovely students, at the will of the Master I teach you the greatest Divine key. It has eight levers, and can open the lock of time, which is also of the vibration of eight. Therefore, when this mantra is sung with the Neck Lock, at the point where prana and apana meet sushmuna, this vibration opens the lock, and thus one becomes one with the Divine’” (The Aquarian Teacher, page 429)

I look forward to meditating with you on August 26th and invite you to join us for 40 days of this Sadhana beginning on 11 -11 -11, as we enter the Aquarian Age together!

This month our participants in the Immersion Level One and the Trainer in Training (TNT) program will join the Española Sangat for this meditation. We have students and TNTs from China, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Germany, India, Canada, South Africa and the United States, a powerful group dedicated to being students and teachers of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. If you want more information on either of these programs, please contact us at teachertraining@kriteachings.org.

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 bringing Teacher Training to more than 30 new locations this year.



Blessings,
Hari Charn Kaur Khalsa
Director of Reach Out—Teach Out
Kundalini Research Institute




 

 

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Message From the Director of Research Studies

 

Reflecting back on Yogi Bhajan's birthday and his legacy brings to mind the origins of the scientific research he wanted us to pursue when he first created the Kundalini Research Institute in 1972. Over the years, the primary role of KRI has been to ensure the documentation and authenticity of Kundalini Yoga practices, to provide the highest quality of teachers and instruction, and in general, to provide services and resources for Kundalini Yoga students and teachers around the world. However, the clear and unmistakable presence of the word “research” within the institute's name reflects his original and continued interest and commitment to promote applications of, and scientific research on, Kundalini Yoga.

Yogi Bhajan was actively involved in consulting on the earliest of the research initiatives including the research conducted and published by David Shannahoff- Khalsa, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa (KRI Director of Training) and my own research on Kundalini Yoga for chronic insomnia. In addition to being a master yogi, he was also a very practical man, and realized not only the ultimate value of scientific research on these ancient practices but also the practical constraints involved in scientific research.

His practicality was very evident in the many personal consultations I had with him. For example, in 1977, he counseled me in a dispute I had with our ashram director as to whether I should remain involved with our ashram community businesses, or move forward with my interest in scientific research. After expressing my preferred interest in research over business and finance, he pointed out the necessity of financial and business acumen for the purposes of supporting the research. This was prophetic advice, given the enormous and consistent devotion of time and effort that researchers like myself are required to invest in order to acquire financial support for our work.

More recently, I consulted with him about the potential use of bridge pose for patients with insomnia, with respect to a clinical research trial that I had begun in 2001. He had previously recommended this powerful but challenging exercise for sleep and insomnia in several forms and kriyas. His advice was fairly definitive and he conveyed it in his flamboyant and assertive manner, suggesting that none of the research subjects would be able to do it, or that they would fall down, break their necks, and then sue me. Needless to say, I opted to conduct a study using the much more benign breathing meditation, Shabad Kriya, which he taught in 1974 for promoting sleep.

Research was also on Yogi Bhajan’s agenda when he founded the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology, a nonprofit whose goal is to bring Kundalini Yoga into the health care system. The day he set the intention for the center and directed Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa to start it, he said, “If she becomes successful in her research, it will turn America around. So do your work and save the world, if you can. And come out with the research. I know it is a hope and there is a lot of hope. There is a lot of work you have done.”

Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa also relates a related interaction with Yogi Bhajan in 1993: “In the year after I completed my doctoral research I wondered aloud to Yogi Bhajan why we even need research. We already know the practice of Kundalini Yoga has profound effects. We are moving into the Aquarian Age when we are communicating through our sensory system. We won’t need to prove or demonstrate anything; simply we sense it. He replied that the value of yoga research is in the hope that it gives. Yoga research is necessary to deliver that important value of hope to the world. This makes yoga research important to all Kundalini Yoga teachers.”

Between the research efforts of the early KRI years and the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology, Yogi Bhajan clearly saw research as one focal point for the distribution of his teachings. Increasingly over the past decade, yoga is becoming mainstreamed as a wellness and stress management tool and also as a therapeutic intervention. The interest and need for scientific research is growing accordingly with this need and interest. Scientific research studies on Kundalini Yoga, and the many other techniques and practices that Yogi Bhajan taught, are an extension of his legacy and deserve to be part of this movement.



Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa
Director of Research Studies
Kundalini Research Institute

 

 

 


KRI welcomes financial support for current and future research studies. Please send your designated gift care of Kundalini Research Institute, PO Box 1819, Santa Cruz, NM 87567. Designate your gift, “research” in the memo.

 

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