SS Gurprasad Kaur, Los Angeles CA
We are all, each and every one of us on this path, making our journey, collectively and individually, to sahej pad, that place where we experience more and more our alignment and synchronization with Divine Will. I look around at my fellow travelers and feel a greater and greater sense of unity, connectedness, and harmony.
We have been incubating in the sacred container of Sikh Dharma for years, which seem like lifetimes; heating and cooking in the teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib ji, which delivered us to the lotus feet of the Guru where we now reside. By His kindness and compassion, we passed through saram pad, karam pad and shakti pad.
Awakening and emerging through this journey to sahej pad is a greater consciousness of acceptance, peace, and joy, which I see mirrored in the faces around me. This state of being comes from surrendering to the gift and the blessing which is the life of a Gurusikh; living in the Grace and the Truth of our Guru.
As one who spent years of self-imposed exile in the vicissitudes of shakti pad, my gratitude and love for this path as I now experience it in sahej pad, know no bounds. I was given the name Gurprasad Kaur in 1985 by the Siri Singh Sahib ji, and am only just now beginning to understand in the tiniest of ways what it means to live as the princess who is the blessing of the Guru.
The vibration of my name, by Guru’s grace, is my greatest gift. I experience it in the longing and ease of living to these magnificent and transformative teachings that are our collective gift. I recognize it in the joy and bliss of practicing my sadhana, meditating on the Naam, playing Gurbani kirtan, and sitting in the company of the holy.
I recognize it in the making and serving of the Guru’s prashad and langar, in saying the Guru’s Ardas and reading the Guru’s Hukam. I deliver it in those moments when there is an opportunity to share this blessing of Guru’s grace with others.
I deliver it when the right words that are needed to be said to someone experiencing pain or confusion just flow from me effortlessly.
I deliver it when I find the strength and clarity to step up and give of myself, even when I can’t consciously conceive of a way to do it. I deliver it in the kindness of my smile and the triumph of patience over frustration.
I deliver it in the sacrifice of my own desires to the fulfillment of someone else’s. I deliver it when I am blessed to deliver it.
The more I am blessed to deliver it, the happier and more fulfilled my life becomes. Each time I am blessed to deliver it, more of my fears and insecurities drop away, as Siri Singh Sahib used to tell us to just drop them. And now I know that it is all just by Guru’s grace, Gurprasad.
About the Author
SS Gurprasad Kaur is an ordained Sikh Dharma Minister. She is a member of the Guru Ram Das Ashram community in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband. She has been teaching in the Los Angeles public schools for 22 years, dressed in full bana, which includes wearing a white turban. She is a member of the Yogi Bhajan Morning Sadhana team, supporting those individuals who wish to wake in the ambrosial hours to practice Aquarian Sadhana.