Greetings from New Mexico! Spring will
bloom for us in a few weeks. The vernal equinox is a
balance of light and dark. It is a time of renewal,
realizing the strength in optimism, and an opportunity
to leave the winter behind.
Yogi Bhajan shared these thoughts about the equinox:
Today is the most important day in
every human’s life, it's the equinox. We, who have
become civilized, are most uncivilized people.
Through time we have forgotten everything about
heavens, and through our scientific mind, we feel
Jupiter hangs in there, Moon hangs in there; they
are there, we are here. […] We were much better,
when we were simple, then we understood nature, now
we conquer the nature, harness the nature, the
resources, we have become weaker, vague.
Oriental world took five thousand years of practical
human experience and five hundred thousand years of
human experiment to come to produce the science of
Kundalini Yoga. I may not be the greatest man on the
Earth, but I am the greatest student, because I
loved it, I experimented with it, and I understand
it. Today I am going to deal with you, because today
I definitely can do it, because today is the Equinox
day, hypnotic self, today is the day, today the
heavens are crossing, the cold is crossing to heat,
today the warm things, awakening—hibernation,
hibernation, seasonal hibernation is over—spring is
setting in. Today the man is sprouting.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, March, 20 1991
Tune into the meditation of the month
video and watch and practice it with me. We can
experience the beautiful technology of Kundalini Yoga as
taught by Yogi Bhajan ® on the equinox together!
We are celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8,
and we have specials at
The Source online
store on materials drawn from the amazing Women’s Camps
that Yogi Bhajan sponsored here in New Mexico.
Every time I teach, I learn
something new and my appreciation for the depth and
power of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings increases.
As teachers of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®,
it is always a good idea to continue learning. Every
summer KRI endeavors to provide exceptional courses in
the unique environment of Española, New Mexico, where
the Master of Kundalini Yoga himself loved to teach.
Among others, we are offering Level Two Vitality &
Stress, which I personally really love teaching.
The affirmation for this course is:
I cultivate my core vitality and honor the opportunities
that come with each breath—to receive them as a gift. I
recognize the value of my physical and energetic bodies
and take steps to maintain them. I thrive under stress
and challenge; I am a spiritual warrior who delivers
leadership, elevation and effective decisions. I
practice a lifestyle that incorporates continuous
preventative habits for vitality and victory. I have the
mental and spiritual endurance to cross every crisis and
be a beacon to navigate and excel in the Aquarian Age.
Join Jagat Guru Singh, principal at Miri Piri Academy
and member of gurbani kirtan group Chardikala Jatha, Sat
Siri Kaur from Australia and Los Angeles, Nirvair Kaur
from Alaska and New Mexico, and me, Nirvair Singh, for
this transformational opportunity.
More info about
Vitality & Stress.
Have you visited
Facebook? We like to keep in
touch with you via announcements, information and
interesting discussions on our page. This is another
great way to participate in the legacy of the teachings
today. Come join us there!
Warm Regards, Blessings and A Happy Spring,
Nirvair Singh Khalsa
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News from The
Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings
International Woman’s Day
from The Yogi
Bhajan Library of Teachings!
One of my earliest memories of Yogi Bhajan
is listening to him speak while lying with
my head on my mom’s lap during a ladies camp
lecture. I must have been about 5 years old.
Yogi Bhajan’s teachings have been an
integral part of my life from a young age,
but even more so as I have grown into a
woman, wife and mother. One piece of wisdom
that I rely on regularly is that ‘every
woman is a leader’.
Yogi Bhajan said during one Women’s Camp
lecture in Española
A woman who is not a
leader is a miserable person.. (A) leader has three
things. First thing, leader has to sacrifice; second
thing, leader has to stand alone; and third, leader
has to lead. And leader has to lead by example, by
action and by word.
A leader is (one) who can stand on the top of the
ladder and can stay balanced and alone. So
basically, if you do not want to be the leaders, and
you do not want to lead the home, lead the family,
lead your environments, with grace, with courage and
intelligently, you will have nothing in your life….
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, June 30, 1994
I love the
concept of a leader providing balance.
Leadership has many facets, it can be strong
and direct but it can also be subtle and
gentle. The real challenge is finding ways
to be a leader in all aspects of our
sometimes busy lives. Leading with grace,
courage and intelligence can feel like a
tall order, but it is worth it. Try it,
stand tall and notice how much influence you
have on your relationships and your
environments. This month, as we celebrate
International Woman’s Day let us recognize
and honor the leadership role of women. And
let us all be more cognizant of our
leadership: through our word, our actions,
and, most importantly, leadership through
Update on the LOT database
We are so excited announce that The Yogi
Bhajan Library of Teachings database is very
close to launching! Keep your eye out for
our announcement in the coming weeks!
Sat Simran Kaur has been one of those
working dedicatedly towards the launch and
shared some thoughts with us as launch date
nears. According to her, “The launch of this
website ends the visioning and planning for
it which began in 1997, but it is only the
bridge to its ongoing use.” Thousands of
original media are being preserved and
archived digitally for the online Library of
Teachings database, but the work spans
beyond the mere digitization. Sat Simran
explains one such project of an ongoing
nature, “We continue to work on writing up
all the kriyas that were taught in Yogi
Bhajan’s classes from 1970 until 2004 so
they too can be added to each lecture where
he gave them.” Ongoing projects to preserve
the teachings both materially and integrally
will continue beyond the launch date. This
project is an ongoing effort to fulfill the
mandate given KRI to preserve the accuracy
of the teachings and create the resources to
spread Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi
Bhajan® around the world.
And, at KRI, we sense that the online
Library of Teachings project is bigger in
impact than any of us have yet envisioned.
Your generous donations have made this work
possible and continue to support it into the
future. May the future, for all of us, be
happy, holy, healthy and blessed. May the
Library of Teachings carry with it the
essence it is meant to carry, and may it
convey that essence to all who seek, to all
who grow and to all who carry the torch of
this Aquarian Age.
Shabd Simran Kaur Adeniji
The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings
Kundalini Research Institute
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Yogi Bhajan—A Legacy of Honoring Woman
By Rampreet Kaur—Creative Director, KRI
March marks Women’s History Month in the United States,
United Kingdom, and Australia, and International Women’s Day
is celebrated worldwide on March 8th every year. Yogi Bhajan
had a particular mission to help women realize their grace
and depth of power.
Along those lines he initiated what is known as the Grace of
God movement, which is still carried on today through
various organizations such as
Mujer de Luz, founded by
Nam Nidhan Kaur Khalsa, recipient of a 2014 KRI Outstanding
Achievement Award for her contributions to the legacy of the
teachings of Yogi Bhajan. Yogi Bhajan also hosted a camp for
women every summer, which is still
operating today under the
auspices of 3HO. According to one woman who attended the
first women’s camp, Sarb Jit Kaur of Española, Yogi Bhajan
simply announced at the end of the Summer Solstice gathering
that year that all women (and men too) were invited to stay
after for a special camp for the women. Many did stay for
several weeks following Summer Solstice that year and
participated in this rather spontaneous first camp for
Why focus on teaching women? Yogi Bhajan saw women as key
catalysts in shifting the dynamic of humanity to a more
peaceful, loving and connected world:
A woman who knows how to save her
grace can always uplift humanity. The next sentence
shall be scripture: Humanity, in its dignity and
divinity, lives because of the graceful woman. I am
not talking about the humanity who boozes, the
gamblers, the thieves. They are humanity, too, but
that humanity is a polarity. I am talking of the
divine sect of the humanity that lives; whatever is
left out is because of the grace of the woman. I
said once before, and I say again today, there shall
be no peace on Earth if those born of woman do not
recognize the divinity of the woman.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 4, 1977
(The full lecture from which the above
excerpt is taken can also be found in the
I Am A Woman
lecture book, beginning with the section “Saving Grace”
starting p 131, KRI 2009)
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Recipe of the month
In honor of Women’s History Month and
International Women’s Day in March, this kitcheri
recipe is taken from the I Am a Woman: Creative,
Sacred & Invincible lecture book, KRI 2009.
Kitcheri is proclaimed in teachings
of Yogi Bhajan as one of the great staples in the
diet of a woman—and the diet of any yogi! It is said
to contain a perfect balance of protein, to be easy
to digest, and to be very satisfying or filling
(making it an excellent monodiet food). While it is
good to eat any time of the year, it makes a
particularly good winter diet. It is also an
excellent choice for times of recovery from illness.
Kitcheri in 7 Easy Steps
“Kitcheri” (also commonly kitcheree or kitchari) is
a basic mixture of rice and legumes. Among Kundalini
yogis the term has become most synonymous with a
dish of mung beans and rice.
Watch the Video Message Here!
4½ cups water
½ cup mung beans
½ cup basmati rice
¼ cup ginger root, finely minced
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chopped vegetables
2 tbsp. (40 ml) ghee or other favorite cooking oil
such as coconut oil
¾ tsp. turmeric
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp. ground garam masala
½ tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. cardamom Seeds (approximately the contents of
1 bay leaf
Step 1. Rinse mung beans and rice.
Step 2. Add mung beans to boiling water and cook
until beans begin to split.
Step 3. Add rice and cook another 15 minutes,
Step 4. Now add the vegetables. As the mixture
cooks, it will start to thicken.
Step 5. Heat the ghee or vegetable oil in a frying
pan. Add onions, ginger, and garlic and sauté until
Step 6. Add spices and cook 5 more minutes, stirring
Step 7. Add this to the rice and beans. The final
consistency should be like a thick soup.
Total cooking time is about 1 1/2 hours. If you’re
on a tight schedule, try experimenting with making
kitcheri in a slow cooker! Add salt or soy sauce to
taste. Serve plain or with yogurt.
Makes 4 servings.
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This month, Yogi Bhajan shares how to be in the flow
on the Teacher’s bench.
As a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, you have the
responsibility to respect every other school of
teachings and Teachers. You have not conflict.
Reaction is for the fool. Achievement is for the
wise. It takes the same energy to achieve what you
want to achieve or to react.
All this duality—“I’m a teacher, am I not a teacher,
am I doing it right?” This act is not required. Sit
down, as bad or as good as you are, and just
meditate and jump into the infinity of the
transparent God. Let Him take over. Allow Him to
take over. That’s all that is needed.
Question: After class when a student asks a
question that I’m not sure about, or I’m not able to
answer, what is the best approach?
Yogi Bhajan: If you’re not sure, don’t be
sure. There’s no gun to your head. If you can’t
answer, search out the answer. There’s nothing wrong
with asking for an extension. Sometimes even I
say,”Give me an extension.” Students don’t mind. You
are the teacher. You’re not the person. You’re not
discussing the question and answer as a person.
Remember: ‘You’re not a woman. You’re not a man.
You’re not a person. You are a teacher.’ That is the
oath. If you press the right button, then there
shall be the right experience. That’s the beauty of
Kundalini Yoga. It’s the status of timelessness,
beinglessness, and selflessness. It’s pure vitality
of Infinity. So… what is there to worry about? Enjoy
Question: Over the years when I’ve been
teaching, sometimes I’m not sure if what I’m
teaching is accurate or…
Yogi Bhajan: Who wants you to be sure? That’s
the most stupid thing. Sit on that Teacher’s bench
and presume hypnotically that you are the Teacher.
Go with the will of God. That’s why the first thing
your chant is “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.” It’s not a
psychological test or a biological condition. When
the heavens do not come through you, don’t worry
about it. You are serving. God also has ears and
eyes to see. If somebody’s going to serve, God shall
come through. God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and
Omniscient. Your doubts are persona. You have to
undoubtedly serve. Undeserving people all get
sunshine. There’s not a ticket for it. It’s not a
lottery. Whether you are deserving or not deserving,
just remember one thing: when you sit on the seat of
Teacher, you would not be sitting there if God had
not bestowed honor on you. How long that honor is
bestowed is your prayer. Is that clear? You’re not
teaching with your personality. You are a vehicle.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, March 23, 1990
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‘We Are KRI’ features an individual
each month who is playing a vital role in the
expansive mission of KRI.
the Executive Director of Ethics and Professional &
Morals are a teacher’s base.
Ethics are a teacher’s strength.
Commitment is a teacher’s virtue.
Character and selflessness are a teacher’s grace.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, June
Guruka Kaur Khalsa has been serving
in Ethics and Professional & Spiritual Standards for
more than a decade with IKYTA, the 3HO International
Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. Her clear and
ethical understanding has lent balance and impartial
justice to complaint processes lodged against
teachers of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi
Bhajan®, and through this work she has gained the
trust of teachers around the world.
What can make you great? That
people can trust you. What can make you trusted? If
you can talk straight.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 22, 1996
Moving beyond the scope of IKYTA,
Guruka Kaur is now functioning as Executive Director
of a new department that has been established to
serve nonprofits KRI, 3HO, IKYTA, SDEI, and SDI.
Guruka’s background and training in mediation and
restorative justice has sharpened her skill at
achieving win-win conflict resolutions. Her ability
to talk straight from the Neutral Mind coupled with
her grit, reverence and grace that allow all in a
conflict to feel uplifted.
KRI welcomes Guruka to this role and is thrilled to
have her skills more widely available as a resource
for resolving conflict. This summer at the joint
Teacher’s Conference and Trainer Forum she will lead
a workshop on ethics for Kundalini Yoga Teachers and
Trainers, the first workshop of its kind for
Kundalini Yogis. If you are planning to attend, make
time in your schedule for her class. You won’t want
to miss it!
There are certain things we are
also bound by—a certain scripture, certain moral,
certain ethics—as teachers we are not out to
exploit; we are out here to bring goodness,
happiness and better to the life of the people who
come in trust.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan,
February 15, 1989
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