Kundalini Research Institute Newsletter

October 2011


Sat Nam and Greetings from New Mexico! We celebrate the birthday of Guru Ram Das this month. Guru Ram Das was a humble man and a great saint and healer.

Yogi Bhajan gave us the mantra, “Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru.”

The Aquarian Teacher is a wonderful reference guide to the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. On page 98, it describes this mantra:

“This is a mantra of humility, relaxation, self-healing, and emotional relief. It calls on the spirit of humility and grace of the realm of Guru Ram Das, with its spiritual guiding light and protective grace. It reconnects the experience of infinity to the finite, and therefore rescues you in the midst of trial and danger.

The first part, Guroo Guroo Wha-Hay Guroo is a nirgun mantra (nirgun means without any qualities)—one which vibrates only to infinity, having no actual finite components. It projects the mind to the source of knowledge and ecstasy. The second part, Guroo Ram Das Guroo is a sirgun mantra (sirgun means with form). It therefore projects the mind to infinity and then gives a finite guiding relation¬ship on a practical level. This mantra was given to Yogi Bhajan by Guru Ram Das in his subtle Self.”

Chant this mantra! Listen to it in the many wonderful musical versions that are available. It has helped me more times than I can count.

Our web store, the Source, has an all new section! Digital downloads of our yoga manuals and books are now available! Buy one today for your Kindle, Iphone or IPad. CLICK HERE!

The meditation video this month is a Kriya that Yogi Bhajan taught in February 2000.  This is a meditation to counteract the effect of Sun Flares. There will be a lot of Sun Flare activity over the next couple of years and they have a profound effect on us as human beings. It is interesting and fun practice!


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

 The air is getting chilly here is Española, New Mexico, a reminder that the Winter and holiday season is right around the corner. Like most people, I find that the Winter months tend to be cozy and warm, and also a time of celebration. Along with this celebration comes feasting and merrymaking! And along with this feasting comes some winter weight gain (not so merry).

This year, I have decided to start my health reviving practices now so that come New Year’s Day, I can be my best and brightest self. In Winter, it is normal for people to eat a little extra food and to be a little less active, but October is still warm enough to cleanse and get moving outdoors. Fall (and Spring for that matter) is a great time for fasting because our immune system appreciates the added nutrients and extra rest as flu season approaches.

Every individual has unique dietary needs and health goals. Yogi Bhajan recommended countless different types of fasts and cleanses (The Aquarian Teacher has an entire section on this topic). The one you choose is deeply personal and should go hand and hand with whatever other therapies your physician recommends.

My husband and I are working to make small changes every day that keep us satiated and satisfied, while staying far away from a “diet” mentality. We have switched from a sweet breakfast (whole grain toast) to a savory breakfast (quinoa, veggies and either tempeh or organic whole milk cheese). Why whole milk cheese? When you remove the fat from cheese, you are left with the sugar, which increases blood glucose and will eventually get stored in the body as fat! We have made a commitment to 50% vegetables on our plate at every meal, and we are keeping a large pot of Yogi Tea in the fridge. When sweetened with stevia, it makes a wonderful warming drink as the weather turns cold. And we have reduced our special treats and sugary splurges to only a few times a week. These changes coupled with our exercise and yoga routines are bringing about some really positive changes.

Here are some other ideas and suggestions to help boost your health and immune system this Fall:

  • Switch out all refined carbohydrate products (white bread, white rice, white sugar, etc) for the unrefined variety (whole grains, maple syrup or honey, aged, basmati rice). Commit to cooking at home one additional meal per day than normal. Crock pots make this much easier.

  • Learn how to make an excellent homemade salad dressings to brighten up that daily salad

  • Commit to a few days of fasting using one of Yogi Bhajan’s cleanses. Great choices are the Mung Beans and Rice Diet, the Green Diet and the Rejuvenating Diet.

  • Revive your exercise or yoga practice! Sneak in 11 minutes of Sat Kriya on your lunch break, or take an evening stroll after dinner.

Remember, every change begins with a step, and that step can be modest! But by taking that one step toward your health, you will be rewarded!

Cleansing does not just include physical changes. Clearing out mental garbage and rewriting mental patterns is vital for peace and prosperity in the Aquarian Age. Luckily for us yogis, Kundalini Yoga offers endless ways to accomplish this. The brand new book from KRI, Success and the Spirit, has an excellent meditation titled “Meditation for Mental Clarity & Purity”, which eliminates mental impurity. This type of cleansing may be just what you need, and if so, commit to this meditation for 40 days or longer!

Take a look at Success and the Spirit here.

If you find your life positively affected by the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, remember that with your support, we will ensure that this legacy is preserved and passed down to all the generations to come.

The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings is doing remarkable work to preserve, archive and digitize the entire recorded history of Yogi Bhajan. This ongoing process is invaluable and also, very expensive. We are always in need of your support and it makes everything we do possible. We invite you to donate whatever is within your budget. You can give one time donations or you can pledge a monthly donation ranging from $5 to $500 or more!

We wish to thank all of donors who gave last month and we are grateful to welcome these new donors:

Violet Sexsmith
Anita Mitra
Todd Ariza
Sascha Korge
April OMalley
Pablo De Buen Rodriguez
Aniko Meszaros
Jatinder Rajpal
Maria A Zunia-Lott
Prakash Menda
Amrit Khalsa
Mandy Jones

All of the following new donors are from Deva Kaur from Florida’s Fundraiser for Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday 2011. We want to thank for her outstanding efforts supporting the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings:
Julian B. Hall Jr.
Arvind Singh and Amrita Kaur
Jan R Dzurik
Diane and Alan Frank Inc.
Imagine Yoga LLC (Surjan Kaur)
Ana Cecilia Harrington
Adriana V. Zotelo
Richard S. Roberts
Sarah H. Diperna (Kamal Prakash Kaur)
Jacquelinie Schreibmaier (Jai Gopal)

Sat Nam,

Sat Kirtan Kaur and The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings Capital Campaign

 

 

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We Are KRI

 

Sat Nam,

October is here and it is the season to celebrate the birthday of Guru Ram Das. On October 9th in Yoga Centers, homes, and ashrams around the globe we will rise in the Amrit Vela and meditate on the miracle mantra of Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur. This is a wonderful time to reflect on our identity as yogis in the lineage of the royal throne of Raj Yoga. As Yogi Bhajan taught us,

“A teacher is one who links mentally with the teacher. Guru Ram Das is not away from us. When we link mentally with him, he comes to our aid exactly as a physical person would, but with much more grace.”               The Aquarian Teacher, page 54

As Kundalini Yoga teachers we are Raj Yogis, and by the blessings of Guru Ram Das, miraculous events happen in our presence and in our classes. This is a time where we can meditate with gratitude on these blessings, and the gift it is to be Kundalini Yoga Teachers and Trainers in this lifetime. Our global community continues to grow, to uplift, to serve and to heal around the world. Our Aquarian Trainer Academy now has more than 600 members with greater than 200 Level One and Level Two Programs serving the planet.

Also, Winter Solstice is just around the corner. Are you coming? Did you know that we will have our Third Annual Winter Solstice Trainers Forum on Sunday December 18th from 9:30 – 4:30 PM at the Hampton Suites just 4 miles from Lake Wales. Registration is open on the KRI website. I look forward to seeing you at Winter Solstice.

At this time we would like to remember and honor the life and teaching of Guru Ravi Kaur Khalsa, the Lead Trainer from Tucson, Arizona who died on September 1st, 2011. She founded the Rx Yoga Center and brought Teacher Training to Tucson. All of us at KRI send our love and support to the Tucson community and to her beautiful daughter Harbhajan Kaur.



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




 

 

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In this Month's issue

 

 

October CEO Video Message

 

Nirvair October 2011 Newsletter Video

 

Can't view the videos above?

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

 

Recipe of the month

 

October Cleanse
Mung Beans and Rice
(Another Very Good Beginners Fast)

Mung Beans and Rice

 

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.

Mung Beans and Rice with Vegetables Cleansing Diet

Mung Beans and Rice is a good cleansing diet that gives plenty of nourishment. It is good for the kidneys, colon, and digestive organs or when food is not being digested thoroughly by the intestines. It is good year round and especially in the colder months.

How to do it:
Eat only mung beans and rice for 30 days. Include lots of fresh vegetables cooked into it. You may eat fruit between meals as a snack. Yogi Tea may also be taken.

Recipe:
4-1/2 cups (1.25 L) water
1/2 cup (250 ml) mung beans
1/2 cup (250 ml) basmati rice
1/4 cup (125 ml) ginger root, finely minced
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chopped vegetables
2 Tablespoons (40ml) ghee or vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon crushed red chilies
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds (2 pods)
1 bay leaf

Rinse mung beans and rice. Add mung beans to boiling water and cook until beans begin to split. Add rice and cook another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Now add the vegetables. (One can alternatively add the vegetables with the rice.) As the mixture cooks it will start to thicken.


Heat the ghee or vegetable oil in a frying pan. Add onions, ginger, and garlic and saute' until clear. Add spices and cook 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. Add a little more water if necessary. Add this to the rice and beans. The final consistency should be like a thick soup. Total cooking time is about 1-1/2 hours. Add salt or soy sauce to taste. Makes 4 servings.

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