by MSS Guru Raj Kaur Khalsa, Vancouver, Canada
2023 (Third Quarter)
How are you doing after these last few years of the revelations about Yogi Bhajan, and from our children, oh, and the isolation of COVID?? How ARE you doing?
I am asking you heart to heart. It is so important at this time to be authentic; that we do the inner work as well as the re-connection work.
Finding Inner Calm
Here are some thoughts on how to find inner calm as well as re-connect to the people in our lives, whom we love and whom we serve:
- Recognize and accept that each person has their OWN journey and relationship with Yogi Bhajan and with the Teachings and with these times. Listen!
- Recognize and honor what you have served and accomplished in your many years in the Dharma. All you accomplished with your pure intention and pure love is never lost. That platform of elevation is always there.
- Do not succumb to feeling any shame. Chances are, you and your community were loving and beautiful in all these decades. And if you identify things you may have done that do not match your consciousness, then self-correct! For darn sake, self-correct, make amends where you can, and let it go!
- Do not shy away from feeling the natural state of grief. Then also be ready to allow yourself to elevate.
- Gathering in community, preferably with food involved, is the cure-all, isn’t it! Celebrate birthdays, or just get together for no particular reason. Laugh together, EAT together, SEE each other, LISTEN to each other. Be authentic!
- Never underestimate the power of the Court of the Guru, of the Shabad Guru, and of Gurbani Kirtan.
- Have Akhand Paths, and if that is not possible, do a community Sahej Path and gather at the end (the Bhog) together as a community.
- Have you ever done the Healing the Wounds of Love Meditation? Oh my gosh, check THIS out! It is extraordinarily powerful. (I recorded this shabad — Mera Man Lochai from Shabad Hazaray— for this meditation and you can use it, especially if you don’t have resident musicians to carry it.)
In conclusion, allow the power of your Soul’s Reality to become so strong through the practice of Gurbani, Shabad, and Sangat that healing and self-forgiveness can naturally, slowly take place.
See you on the Journey!
Guru Raj Kaur
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MSS Guru Raj Kaur Khalsa was in the first group of women who were ordained as Ministers of Sikh Dharma, way back in 1972. She has actively served as a Minister for these many decades, and is the Deputy Bhai Sahiba of Sikh Dharma. She was the editor of the Ministers’ manual, Victory & Virtue. She is one of the first “American Sikhs” to study and perform Gurbani Kirtan, and it continues to be an important part of her life. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband Hari Singh. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters: Nirinjan— yes, that Nirinjan—and the amazing Ong Kar Kaur, and grandmother of two boys.