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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, July 02, 2007

Personal Message in Memory of Yogi Bhajan, the Siri Singh Sahib

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh.

Sat Nam.

In the days since Yogi Bhajan, also known as the Siri Singh Sahib left his body, I've watched our community struggle and grow into the responsibility that he left on our shoulders collectively. It has and continues to be a very human process. Each person sorting through their own memories of him and the teachings he left behind, striving to come to some conclusions about what we are without his physical presence here to guide us. And what we can reasonably expect to become.

Out of love, devotion and reverence for the amazing gift that he was to us, I have often heard in the last few years, "There will never be another person like him." "We'll have to collectively become 10 times greater than him - no one person will be able to do what he did." "How can there ever be another?" And in those voices, I hear the grief and the longing. Students honoring a unique soul - a Powerful Light - who came to the earth for such a brief period of time and who spread the technology of Kundalini Yoga and the practice of Sikh Dharma to every continent in the world.

Yet, as a student, it has not sat well with me - these protestations. I remember the Siri Singh Sahib saying over and over again that the minimum requirement of a student was to become ten times greater than the teacher. He never said "collectively." He said, "minimum requirement." And in the private conversations that have no public record, the memory of how great he was has, perhaps, created in us a fear. A fear of how daunting it would be to even try to become ten times greater. And how easy it is to resort to the human habit of looking at a great soul as some kind of god, as some kind of deity - who was special, who was different, and who no one else could ever hope to match.

It is, in its own way, a challenge to our psyche as we cross this thresh-hold from Pisces to Aquarius. That we in our grief and mourning deify the man, and proclaim that there shall never be another equal to him. Even though it goes against the very grain of his teachings. Where he said that he was not special, that he was not different, that any of us could realize what he realized. That it was our destiny to become that great. And in retrospect, when we honor him by saying, "No one will ever match him," somewhere deep inside my heart I wonder if in reality that's not the greatest insult, the greatest slap in the face we could give?

1000 days after his passing, in my meditation this morning, something opened up and I saw the trick behind it. The rub, as Shakespeare would say. It's difficult sometimes to put these visions into words. But in honor of him, let me have at least a little bit of courage to try.

I remember the Siri Singh Sahib saying so many times that whatever he did had nothing to do with him at all. It wasn't by his own will or his own ego, by his own machinations or own desires that he became what he became. He gave himself to the Divine - and that Divine Hand took his life and created something magnificent out of it. Something awe-inspiring and wonderful. All he had to do was to surrender to it - and keep surrendering, stay surrendered and allow that Power to guide and create it all.

The Guru says that the Divine has no limits. So when we say there will never be another like him, we are really cursing ourselves. Saying that the Divine has a limit. That the Divine could never do better than him. That the Divine could only make a life like that once a century or once an age.

But Guru says the Divine has no limits. So if we in purity of heart - each one of us - give ourselves to the Divine completely in that same state of surrender; if we follow the words of the Guru, "Man, tan, dhan - sabh tayraa." "Mind, body and earthly possessions - they all belong to Thee;" then what limit is there in what the Creator can create with our lives? What limit is there in what we can each of us become individually? Why not collectively be a billion times greater than him? Why are we limiting that Unlimited God - when everything he taught us, everything he sacrificed in order to teach us - was to give us the chance to realize that Unlimited God within ourselves?

It isn't that by our own ego we can become anything. Or by our own manipulations and machinations we can achieve anything. We can't. But we can surrender ourselves completely to the Unlimited One and in that way - 100 people, 1000 people, a million people could become 10 times, 100 times, a billion times greater than him. In the Will of the Divine.

Isn't that what's needed right now in the world? A nation of people who can do what he did - and more?

It's the prayer I hold for all of us as we cross this threshold of the 1000 days. That we experience and realize the Unlimited One within ourselves and within each other. That we let ourselves speak, project, pray, act and serve so that we do not live in the shadow of a memory of a great man. But rather - like a million suns, trust the Guru's teachings and burst into the experience of our own Light - to be a guiding force for love, healing and peace in a dark and frightening world.

May you find the Unlimited One within your own heart and allow it to create you to become whatever It chooses you to become.

All Love in the Divine,

Sardarni Sahiba Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa
July 2, 2007

(July 2, 2007 marks the 1000th day since the Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji's Light merged with the Supreme Light. The number 1,000 symbolizes both completion and mastery. As we mark July 2, 2007, the 1,000th day since the Siri Singh Sahib’s passing, we honor the experience of completion and we also honor new beginnings. This occasion of 1,000 days marks the completion of our cycle of integration as a spiritual family. It is the completion of our group karmas and the beginning of the universal destiny in which each person exists as a subtle embodiment of the consciousness of the Dharma. - Dr. Gurucharan Singh Khalsa and Guruka Singh Khalsa.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:30 AM  
Blogger Ek Ong Kaar Kaur said...

Sat Nam, ji.

As a point of clarification, everyone who is ordained a minister through Sikh Dharma International has the title "Singh Sahib" for men and "Sardarni Sahiba" for women. So it's very common title for us - hundreds of people have it.


Ek Ong Kaar Kaur

9:56 AM  
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9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sikh Dharma Intl. is another big hipocrisy. I have met so many people who are ministers and are doing seva for the Sikh Panth (not Sikh Dharma Intl.) and none of them call them selves as Singh Sahib or Sardarni Sahiba. "Sahib" and "Sahiba" are words that are not to be used so cheaply, a custom Bhai Harbhajan Yogi started.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To hypocrisy....

Why are you in so much pain and agony? what for?

Hey, every son and daughter of divine source can call themsleves whatever they wish like. When you belong to Guru Gobind Singh then according to him all daughters are divine princessess......

So, please don't react to your emotions....


5:10 PM  
Blogger Teaching Handwork said...

I enjoyed reading your blog. It is hard to describe the emotion one feels when loosing a spiritual teacher. It is different from loosing a father or a child or even a friend. A spiritual teacher is a pillar in a storm. This human journey has many storms and the need to look for guidance and directions is strong in every person...For some they look directly to a human who is called a spiritual teacher, for others its just that truck driver who always takes the same road and stops at that same dinner to talk to that waitress who speaks words of truth, uplifts his energy field and makes him think that there is somthing more to this world.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sat Nam,

I suppose I'd long to describe the emotion one feels when discovering the Sat Guru thru the Shabd Guru. I came on Sikhnet today (knowing of it for many years) for my first serious time browsing (I still have not found the recording I was after!) and journeyed to deeply engage in your sweet translations of the Guru's Bani. I cannot tell you how deeply gratifying it was to read of your concern for nuance and gradations, the details of exquisite essence. Thank you for your beautiful sewa and what it has inspired in me --- to pursue my true Guru, my teacher of truth, the Naad!

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!

10:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I know this is probably coming long after the fact. But to hypocrisy:

the term "Siri Singh Sahib" was given to Yogi Bhajan by the Akal Takhat for his great work of spreading Sikhi to hundreds of people in the West.

You should not be so close minded, appreciate the work that the man did and the legacy he has left behind and stop getting all lost and caught up in the little things like what he should or should not be called. Otherwise you begin to perpetuate all that the Gurus tried to get us away from as Sikhs.

2:48 PM  

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