by SS Siri Narayan Kaur Fuda, Buffalo NY
Yogi Bhajan presented us with the concept of the Ten Light Bodies of Consciousness, each of which represents an aspect of our Self. Through considering various components of each of these Bodies, one can come to a greater understanding of one’s Self and how one can reach fuller development of consciousness.
The Subtle Body is listed as the Ninth of Ten. It is concerned with perceptual ability to sense the Infinite and universal reality within the material and physical. It is our connection to the non-physical imprint of all experience (the Akashic records).
When our Subtle Body is developed, we are calm. We are able to master situations intuitively. We are insightful concerning causes and likely results of behaviors. We are able to make fine distinctions based on nuances and grasp the bases of innuendos. We are able to grasp and respond to the subtleties of life. Through these abilities and understandings we are able to find mastery where otherwise we might experience only mystery. We see what is often unseen and know what is often unknown. This in turn enables us to foresee long-term consequences of actions and events.
When our Subtle Body is weak we do not have this deep perception. Often our responses to situations will be inappropriate because we don’t really “get” the situation. This can result in negative interactions with others, or in making poor choices, which lead lead to negative consequences. This in turn can bring about feelings of uncertainty, misunderstanding, and frustration.
Strengthening the Subtle Body
We strengthen our Subtle Body by practicing a meditation—any meditation—for 1000 days. In my case it was and still is reciting Japji Sahib. Also, if we relate to mastering the technologies of developing consciousness rather than the mysteries of it, we will find we are more effective in dealing calmly with the realities of our lives.
Healing and Understanding
As a Minister why is it important for you to know and understand this particular Body?
When we are working with individuals who need our help, it is very important that we remain calm, so as not to exacerbate already emotionally-loaded situations. We need to be able to see beyond the narrative the person presents and be able to grasp what may be underlying the situation(s), so we can help the person to gain his/her own understanding.
It is through relating to/through our own Subtle Body and through assisting someone who needs our help to develop his/her Subtle Body that we are able to effectuate healing and understanding. Without living in the Subtle Body, we’re just stamping around in the mud! Living in our Subtle Body, we’re dancing sweetly on air and can help others to join us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SS Siri Narayan Kaur Khalsa Fuda has taught Kundalini Yoga in Buffalo, New York for nearly 40 years, and has served as a Minister of Sikh Dharma for 24 years. She served as a member of Khalsa Council for 10 years. She worked in the Buffalo Public Schools as a teacher of English/Language Arts and Exceptional Education for more than 25 years. Siri Narayan Kaur was an Adjunct Professor at SUNY College of Education at Buffalo. She taught a Creative Writing module at KWTC for several summers, and has had published two books of poetry, Unconditional Love: The Sapphire Poems (Textile Bridge Press) and Dancing with the Guru (White Lion Press).