by SS Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa, Stockholm, Sweden
2022 (Second Quarter)
In March 2020 I was in Aukland, New Zealand, teaching the Level Two module on Vitality and Stress. This was right at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Kiwi authorities were rolling out severe restrictions. Day one of the course took place as planned. But a directive of closure of yoga studios was issued, with just 12 hours notice. The studio owner and I scrambled to set up Zoom and deliver the remaining five days of the training through the medium of cyber electronics.
Come the time for me to return home to Sweden, most flights were cancelled, resulting in a 4-day delay. This was my introduction to the cycle of change initiated by the Covid-19 virus. One of the recurring themes of our spiritual education was the accelerated change, chaos and sociological shift that would accompany our entry into Aquarius. And here it was.
Looking back on the last two years it is evident that those with a clear connection to Sikhi and/or Kundalini Yoga have developed a level of adaptability and a radiance that constitute their Dharma Kaya or ‘vehicle that propels you to your Dharma.’ We surely need it to process the grief, the death and the pain of forced separation from loved ones that came with the succession of waves of Covid variations.
And in a strange synchronicity for Planet Kundalini, the Covid-19 pandemic became conflated with the aftershock from the allegations of manipulation and sexual misconduct against the Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan.
My colleagues active in the Aquarian Academy will also have had the ongoing experience of attracting a round robin carousel of discussion, soul searching and reappraisal of relationships to Kundalini Yoga, KRI, 3HO, Yogi Bhajan and Sikhi in every yoga scene we visited post publication of Pamela’s book.
The shock of the outbreak of war in Europe has since taken center stage in social discourse, as the unthinkable rolls out before our eyes in a diabolical demonstration of horror.
In this maelstrom of dramas, the only cogent response is Dharma—spiritual practice creating a constant wave of inner peace, compassion and outer service. My go-to practices over the last two years are: Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru; the Triple Mantra; Gobinday Mukhanday; and One Minute Breath.
The pastoral aspect of my work has greatly expanded as people seek counsel, advice and inspiration to deal with bereavement, isolation, separation, grief and fear of the future.
In an interesting personal cycle… the curtailment of international travel corralled me into teaching regular weekly classes – albeit online – for the first time in over 15 years. This afforded me that wonderful blessing of continual re-immersion in the process of scanning, selecting and transmitting gems from our Kundalini compendium.
The last two years have manifested several of what Shakespeare identified as ‘the 1000 natural shocks that flesh is heir to’— seemingly concurrently.
I have often felt that I am playing a macabre game of catch-up in processing for myself as well as being in a position to help others to help themselves. It is purely Guru’s Grace that I found the Teachings and have had the good fortune, stubbornness and tenacity to Keep Up with their application over the last few decades.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SS Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa is a teacher, healer, author and speaker who comes from London, England. After a few years in the family business of the theatre, he gravitated towards Kundalini Yoga and began teaching in 1982. Formal qualifications in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine were subsequently earned before he established the International School of Kundalini Yoga (I-SKY) with Darryl O’Keeffe. They co-wrote the noted primer ‘The Kundalini Experience,’ which has been in print since 2002.
Guru Dharam served as Vice-Principal of the London Academy of Oriental Medicine from 1988 -1996. He currently directs the Kundalini Medicine Yoga Therapy Training program, which applies the mechanics of Kundalini Yoga to the therapeutic arena.
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