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Publications: Japji Sahib: The Song of the Soul by Guru Nanak translated by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa. Anand Sahib: The Song of Bliss by Guru Amar Das translated by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa. Available through www.sikhdharma.org.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Like a Candle Emits Light

“Prosperity doesn’t mean that you will have wealth, health and happiness. The best way to explain prosperity is to say it is like when a rosebud flowers and opens up, and it shares its fragrance. That’s the moment, which lasts a few days, when a rose flower is prosperous. When a man or woman is prosperous, it is the fragrance of security, grace, depth, character, and truthfulness that a person can share. Like a candle emits light, a human emits prosperity.”

- The Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan from Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance

Many spiritual approaches to prosperity talk about the power of the mind, of visualization, of intention, and of attracting what you want into your life. All of these are important tools in understanding our relationship with the world around us. Yet very few people talk about the power of a person’s consciousness, of their purity, of their integrity, grace and character as the source of prosperity. The public conversation about prosperity has been about what I can “get” – rather than what I can “be.”

When we meditate and the Kundalini begins to uncoil itself, penetrating through the chakras and clearing the karmas of the past and the present – something wonderful unfolds. The light of the soul starts to shine. And as the Inner Self becomes more prominent, a change takes place in a person. Their fears depart. Joy comes in. And rather than being pushed and pulled by the environments around her, a person can settle into a place of living according to her inner truth. This strength to live according to one’s inner voice with grace and dignity doesn’t simply “attract” prosperity. It creates it.

We can see so many examples throughout history of people who challenged the time and space they lived in. They made a decision to live in the integrity of their own consciousness. Even though they met with challenges along the way, the very act of staying true to themselves eventually made them victorious. It also opened up opportunities for other people. Whether it is the communications vision of Steven Jobs at Apple or the fight for political equality personified in the life of Nelson Mandela - all those who have created a legacy have done so because they lived committed to their deepest, most genuine self.

In Yogi Bhajan’s teachings on Sikh Dharma and Kundalini Yoga, it is this consciousness of finding and staying true to that deep, spiritual self which is the real source of prosperity. Our spiritual practice gives us a chance to live according to our soul. The purer our minds become, the more the light of the soul shines. The stronger the light becomes, the more we create for ourselves and for others. The power of attraction does not come from what we want. It comes from who we are. And when we can tap into and live in our Divine Self – the entire universe longs to come close.

In the weeks and months ahead, it will be my privilege and blessing to continue sharing excerpts and commentary on a new book being published by KRI titled Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance. The book includes lectures, shabads and meditations taught by Yogi Bhajan on how to experience success at the deepest level of your being and how to leave a living legacy on the earth.

I look forward to the conversation that these columns will create with you.

With Divine Light.

Yours sincerely and humbly,

Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa

Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance contains the wisdom and teachings of Sikh Dharma and Kundalini Yoga as shared by Yogi Bhajan. The book was edited by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa. It will be released at 3HO's Summer Solstice celebration in 2011.