Defender of Liberty

Guru Tegh Bahadur is the 9th Guru of the Sikhs. He is the son of the 6th Guru who at a young age was told by his father to move to the village of Bakala and to continue and develop his deep spiritual practice.

Guru Tegh Bahadur would then give his life as a price to pay both for his growing political influence in the then politics of Punjab and also to protect the spiritual practice of Kashmiri Pandits, a way of life and practice he did not condone and arguably preached against.

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Yogi Bhajan’s Doctor

At the Kundalini Yoga Asia Festival in 2010, I met an individual who in a short span gave me a profound impact as I embarked on new trajectory of my life. That man is Dr. Ajit Singh, a student of Kundalini Yoga and Yogi Bhajan who also served as Yogi Bhajan’s personal doctor. ¬†Long story short, circumstances in life allowed me to train one on one with Dr. Ajit for 10 days in my home. He encouraged me to begin teaching.

The reason I love learning from Dr Ajit is his background of being a Medical Doctor. When teaching yoga, Dr Ajit explains the physical changes of the mind and body with accurate detail in the simplest of terms. The Dr Yogi attracts other doctors to his practice meaning that if he does make a mistake (and he does sometimes) there are people to correct him and that increases the knowledge of everyone in class.

I hadn’t practiced yoga for almost 40 days after my nose surgery to remove my septal spur. Now that I was restarting my practice, I had to visit and restart from the person who has been my teacher, mentor and friend.

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Septal Spur

Breath Is Life

In Yoga breath is referred to as “Prana” meaning the life force. Without the ability to breathe we are dead hence breath is life. The better the quality of breath, the better the quality of life.

There is an entire school within the science of yoga dedicated to the breath. Within breath control, we can play with our energy levels, change our moods, and the speed and pattern of thoughts. Some practices of breath can also alter the physical body condition.

To understand the power of breath you can begin with the simple and powerful¬†Sitali Pranayam, a breathing technique which cools the body in hot weather. Continue reading “Septal Spur”

Wonderfruit Festival 2016

Wonderfruit Festival 2016 event got postponed to early 2017 due to the passing away of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX.

Wonderfruit festival is primarily a music festival with DJs lining up from 4pm to 9am daily. There are boutique camps and camping grounds at Wonderfruit as well as a place to park an RV. The scale of the festival is enormous and its the only festival of its kind in terms of scale, size, and offerings in Thailand. You can see their web site here: www.wonderfruitfestival.com Continue reading “Wonderfruit Festival 2016”

33 Reasons Santa Claus is Punjabi

Little known in history is that Santa Khalsa (now known as Santa Claus) is actually from Punjab. I have compiled 33 reasons why he is actually Punjabi.

1. Santa is a common Punjabi name and is found in many Punjabi jokes.

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2. Upon migrating from Punjab to Northern Europe, Santa Khalsa was mispronounced as Santa Klaus, and later to be spelled as Santa Claus.

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the Search for Surinder Singh

This story begins with a case of mistaken identity in February of 2015 in my visit to Rishikesh, India for a Level 2 Mind and Meditation course with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa of Golden Bridge Yoga.

While purchasing Amul Dark chocolates nearby “The Juice Bar” on the boardwalk of the Ganga near the riverfront entrance of Partmath Niketan Ashram, 2 people greeted me by calling me Surinder, realized their mistake, and walked away.

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Japji Sahib 6th Pauri – Actions, not Rituals, Matter

*This is not meant to be a direct translation of Guru Nanak’s Japji Sahib*

Japji Sahib is a daily reminder about our Universe and our relationship with and within it. It is a systematic ascension authored by Guru Nanak and completed with a verse from the second Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Angad.

I do remain true to my understanding of it.

Hand Impression of Guru Nanak at Gurdwara Panja Sahib
Hand Impression of Guru Nanak at Gurdwara Panja Sahib

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Japji Sahib 5th Pauri – The Source of All

Disclaimer: Not a literal translation of Japji Sahib.

Thank you for coming along with me on this ride of experiencing Japji Sahib.

At the fifth Pauri, Guru Nanak is still attempting to explain to us how limitless the infinite one is as we ascend the fifth flight of stairs.

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At the Heart – We all are One

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