Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Men and Yoga Music

Check out my new blog on Spirit Voyage Blog: "Men and Kundalini Yoga Music."

Blessings,
Sirgun Kaur Khalsa

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

BIG NEWS: Gratitude Works!

The New York Times posted an article today providing scientific proof that "an attitude of gratitude" can help you sleep better, feel better, and live better.

Are you surprised?

I guess this wasn't always common sense to me either.

There have been times when I felt a need complain about anything in order to fill up silent space in an awkward conversation. Don't you find it easier to relate to some people around negativity than around positivity?

For example: "Well of course I chose the longest line in the supermarket. Murphy's law."

Sometimes it's best to just give someone a smile though, rather than filling silence with a complaint.

It's nice to see people becoming more aware of how much of a disservice complaining is—for our own self and for others.

Our ability to change our perspective is related to our ability to be neutrally minded. Acting from a neutral mindset, we can choose to see the underlying (or obvious) good in every situation.

I found a Baba Ram Dass quote today that sums this up nicely:
“Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!”

Oh, and remember, being for your good, isn't always the same thing as feeling good. Be thankful for the medicine. No matter how bitter.

Love and light,
Sirgun Kaur Khalsa

Monday, November 21, 2011

Gratitude Thursday: Thanksgiving

Since becoming a vegetarian I've had varying emotions about Thanksgiving for the past few years.

Many Thanksgivings ago I mistakenly considered it a holiday designed for over-eating. I found myself at once angry, resentful and apathetic, while trying to educate people about the rights of turkeys.

Needless to say I found myself dreading this day...

This year I'm just feeling grateful for a very amazing year so far. It seems like somewhere in the hearts of holiday-makers, there must have been a spark of consciousness that evolved as "Thanksgiving." For, what a truly Aquarian concept: a day devoted to gratitude and service.

This Thursday I will be celebrating GRATITUDE THURSDAY with over 100 people, eating vegetarian and vegan food, singing, laughing, playing, and meditating.

Thank you Universe! Wahe Guru!

Blessings,
Sirgun

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guru's Bana

Sat Nam & Namaste!

I am embarking on another 40 Sadhana. It's not one you'll find in any yoga manual (that I know of). But it's one I've been thinking of for a little while.

For 40 days I will wear BANA as my "uniform."

Bana is a word that translates as "vocation" or "calling." And for the next 40 days I will see what it is like to wear a uniform I can show up to work for God in... so to speak.

It occurred to me that I do not have a lot of experience wearing this sort of dress—except for special occasions, and, of course, my own wedding. I'm excited to see what this practice will bring to my attention.

I except it should be a little challenging, as I usually opt for "comfy" clothing, especially during the winter months.

Here are some examples of what I mean by "bana":



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Free Energy—Prana

"The lifting of the veil—that's the true apocalypse." ~Luminaries

I discovered this music video last night thanks to one of my facebook friends. Facebook is like a meta-planet Earth—there is so much good information to be had, depending on who you "subscribe" to. 
In this video, Luminaries are talking about the use of the Universe's innate lifeforce energy to fuel our lives. We are at the brink of a new era in which our ONENESS becomes something tangible. The very fabric of our being is electro-magnetic. We are walking talking energy. We are fueled by prana. We are fueled by God's lifeforce. At our core, we are that very lifeforce. 

I will leave the science to people who are so gifted. I know when I tap into my "free energy" source, obstacles are removed and possibilities become obvious. An awakening is happening on this planet. Those who fight it have not yet experienced their inner Divinity. Our job is not to condemn them. Our job is to keep doing the work we are doing. 



Thank you Luminaries and Elevate Studios for this wonderful video!

In Infinite Freedom,
Sirgun Kaur Khalsa

Monday, November 14, 2011

Video: Akaal—Deathless


Wahe Guru

In Your name repeated
I heard the origins of sound
The sweet purity of being
off your frequencies resound

Your Name was carried
through our voice
Your height was realized
through our Faith

That in each moment we vibrate
to a Truth we cannot erase.

2 1/2-hour Meditations

Sat Nam Divine Being,

This weekend we went to Sedona for a retreat with one of my favorite teachers, Sangeet Kaur Khalsa. The theme was "Brahm Prakash"—awakening to God inside ourselves. Brahm Prakash also refers to the 4th Blue Ether, which is said to be the final "limbo layer" through which the soul passes on its way to merge with the Infinite.

In the spirit of this awakening, we did three 2 1/2-hour meditations in 2 days.

Can you probably can guess that some heavy stuff happened, right?

The meditations were not simply for our own growth and release. We came to release souls. We came to release "ghosts." That is, some souls leave the body only to be trapped by the magnetic field of this beautiful Earth. Sometimes it is because loved ones cannot let go of them, other times it is because of their own fear of letting go. We came with the message: "It's safe to go home."

Two of these mediations were done under the full moon at night—outside. It was COLD. It was uncomfortable and all the things you would imagine about being outside at night for up to three hours... sitting.

It was all these things and yet, despite the chilly sensations up my spine, the wind, the cramps in my legs, and all the thoughts going through my mind, 2 1/2 hours of meditation really does something!

Yogi Bhajan said this was the amount of time it took to alter our grey matter. I could really feel that. And as I said, even though I wasn't peacefully accepting the experience in every moment, the meditations did something to me that brought me into that peace.

It was magical. And the honor of serving all these souls was even more magical. I wrote a song about it which I will post later.

Thank you everyone who attended! I am eternally grateful!

Blessings of the Most High,
Sirgun Kaur Khalsa

Poem: Weeds Are All Around

Among the weeds is where I lay that day
- as the serpent swirled up my spine.

I noticed that in decay
is where the useless went to die.


The clutter of unused objects,
the negativity in my mind,
the ways I needed to be
- it all fell down to the Earth's floor.
And there it ceased to be anymore.

The sun rays weathered the objects.
And the rain ran over my mind.
All that had seemed important, seemed as fleeting as lost time.

Those objects nourished fertile soil, and told the seeds to grow.
And with rain to wash my troubled mind, I saw new things to know.

I realized that rainy day that weeds are all around.

They are the unexpected outgrowth of what we've surrendered to the ground.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Song: "Amen"

I have been wanting a melody to "The Lord's Prayer" since I took a class at Agape last year. I ended up rewriting it completely...



O Cosmic Creator of All that is
O Cosmic Source of all vibration

Inspire us be receptive,
to create internal space where your Presence can reside

Move in us to creativity
so we can be the perfect vessels of your misson

Enlighten us that we may serve the highest good
and find solace in forgiveness

May be always remember our purpose
to illuminate the wisdom in every moment

For this infity is yours
And this experience is mine.

I am yours.
You are mine.
This is ours.
And I am thine.


From the beginning without end
forever and ever
Amen
Amen
Amen

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Cosmic Song

Sat Nam Divine Earthling,

This was the question asked at an Interfaith Event I attended last Thursday:
"How does your faith perspective help you to deal with today's current economic turndown?"

THE COSMOS AND THE ECONOMY

When it was time for me to answer the question my first thought was what economic "turndown" really means on a cosmic level: nothing.
No matter what, our soul is perfect and complete.
No matter what, The Cosmos is working perfectly.
 
To the great Cosmos, which does not deal in paper currency, neither poverty nor extreme riches matter in the least. For a human being, it is preferable to be rich for obvious reasons, but prosperity is the outcome, rather than the cause of a successful existence.

In other words, our life is fruitful not because we are rich. Rather, we can be rich (or whatever our highest standard is) because we lead a fruitful life.


SO WHAT IS A FRUITFUL LIFE?

A fruitful life is one that is lived working with, not in spite of, the natural flow of creative energy (a.k.a. "The Cosmos, "The Universe", or "GOD"). Most of us are on Earth to learn this one lesson:
My self-interest is not in control of the Universe!
Isn't that a relief?

Self-interest is the little "I" that thinks it is separate from all of creation. That is our ego. That is our mind. What new teachings like the law of attraction have right is that our mind is very powerful. We can create whatever we want. However, if it's not in tune with the flow of creation, it's not going to make us happy. Why? Because this is a Uni-verse. Uni = one; Verse = song. There is only one song. And we are hear to play its melody.

Imagine The Cosmos as a current of sound (which it is), like a beautiful melody. It is so loud that all of nature hears this beautiful melody and lives according to its principles. When a soul is blessed to live on Earth as a human being, it is given the most coveted luxury: Free Will. Free Will gives us the opportunity to meaningfully participate in Creation, but it also gives us the opportunity to completely forget about it as well.

Metaphorically speaking, having Free Will means we can use our life to create a harmonious melody with The Cosmos. In each action that we take, we can be so conscious of the flow of life inside us, that everything we create can serve to exhalt that flow. This is all that is meant by "Praise" or "Worship."

Having Free Will also means we can create severely bad sounding music!—metaphorically speaking of course. We can create an existence so disharmonious with the natural "music" of The Cosmos, that we no longer hear this original melody at all anymore. This makes us feel incredibly lost.


THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

We have a beautiful responsibility as human beings on Earth. We are co-creating an ever-evolving Cosmic Song. Wow!

So, to answer the initial question posed at the Interfaith Event, I would say:
In every instant, we are taken care of. We are each Divine manifestations of the One Verse. The Cosmic Melody is playing inside us in all moments. We are never alone. We are never without. We are provided for. If you don't like the way things are... keep up and keep going. Change is the only constant.
Some many of us think the only natural  reaction to "downturn" is fear: drama, worry, and doubt. But nothing creates more disharmony with the natural flow of creation than fear. It is like sticking our hands over our ears to the Cosmic music.

How can you sing in key, when you can't hear the key? How can play in tune, when you can't hear the tune?

This is why it was so important when F.D.R. said:
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Fear is never the solution. Usually the solution is listening.

And when we listen, we start to hear the answer in the form of the right questions. Not, "why is life so unfair", but...


"What is this situation trying to teach me? How can I react to this situation differently than I have in the past? What opportunity for growth am I being given?" 
There is an unimaginable intelligence that comes through us when we ask for help from The Cosmos.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Top Three Videos on Youtube

I've had my youtube channel for a while now. I am applying to become a "partner" so I can customize the look of it and start making revenue on my videos (exciting times!). If you have a youtube account please "subscribe." The more subscriptions the more convincing my application will look to them! Blessings!

Anyway, in honor of youtube...

I was looking at my "most viewed" videos. Here are the top 3 so far. 

3rd Place - 1,972 views
"Adi Shakti"
This is one of the first compositions I made to a mantra. It is also the first one I ever performed... for Dave Stringer. Cute story for another time.

2nd Place - 2,767 views
 "Aad Guray Nameh" 
I wrote this when I first started doing Kundalini Yoga. The pronunciation is wrong. I meant well.

1st Place - 2,770 views
"Because the Night" 
This is a cover I did on the last New Year's Eve I spent in Connecticut before moving to Los Angeles in 2009. It was really fun.

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