The mediation that we will practice this month (video can be found on our website and YouTube channel as well as right here in the newsletter!) is from the fifth stage of the 21 Stages of Meditation, Focus. It is a beautiful and powerful meditation. Yogi Bhajan drew a picture for each of the 21 Stages of Meditation. I’d like to invite you to reflect on this picture and explore the energy of Focus as you experience both the meditation and the drawing.
Kriyas & Meditations:
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Warm regards, blessings and Happy Spring,
Nirvair Singh Khalsa
Sat Nam from the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings™
March 8th marks International Woman’s Day. On this day to honor women, events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate women’s achievements. Yogi Bhajan did not hesitate to place great honor and importance on the contribution of women to the wellbeing of the planet. In his teaching, he offered incredible wisdom exploring the depth of woman and he shared many tools to help us tap in to woman’s infinite capacity.
At Khalsa Woman’s Training Camp in 1993 he said:
So, there should not be any misunderstanding and this is how I see every woman. You see woman as a chick, you see a woman as a woman, you see woman as a mom, you see woman in many ways. I see woman, who can give birth. Because, woman is the only one individual creature, which has a liberation with God, in more ways than a man. Man has to become a man of God and woman can serve a man of God, she can be a wife of a man of God, she can be a mother of a man of God and she can be herself a woman of God.
He goes on to say:
So, I mean to say, she is endless and she can give what sometimes God cannot give. God cannot give birth, she can give birth. So, therefore, she is an instrument or a channel of the creativity of God's creation. Otherwise, without her, without the principle of the female, the world would have been just a barren world; extremely lonely and without any color. The colorfulness, the joy, the rhythm, the harmony, the music, is the creation of not a man, but a woman.
Watch the original video of the
(57 min) at The Yogi Bhajan Library of
Teachings™ to go even deeper into this teaching.
In many of his lectures Yogi Bhajan shed light on the lack of knowledge about the true identity of a woman. He explains that as children many of us are not taught the strength or capacity of a woman, but rather are tragically misinformed and led to believe women to be less than men. It is up to us to continue to transform those old cultural beliefs. Sharing wisdom like that found in Yogi Bhajan’s teachings with not only the next generation but also with peers and elders can help shift the cultural understanding and finally allow woman on a global level take her place in the world bringing “the colorfulness, the joy, the rhythm, the harmony, the music” as only she can to an otherwise barren world. This month make it your conscious priority to appreciate the women who bring color and life to your world… don’t just think it, tell them you appreciate them!
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We Are KRI–Teacher Training in Burundi
Contributed by Pritham Hari Kaur Khalsa, Trainer (South Africa)
Pritam Hari Kaur is one of the Kundalini Research Institute’s 2015 Honorees. KRI selects outstanding and inspiring Honorees every year who are doing exemplary work with the Teachings of Yogi Bhajan around the world. You can learn more about her work at the 2015 KRI Honors page on our website!
In 2011, I went to Lome, Togo for the African Yoga Festival. Drawn back by the lovely relationships I formed there, I returned and taught a Peaceful Warrior Kundalini Yoga workshop in Accra, Ghana, and saw folks for EFT Healings one-to-one.
I was asked to be the Lead Trainer for the Level One in Burundi. I have a tendency to say “Yes” right away and save questions for later! Important questions, like will I be able to speak in a language the students understand! I studied French for ten years 40 years ago, but had never had the occasion or need to speak it during my many years living in Africa. By the grace of God it all came back! The Level One training in Burundi was truly full of miracles.
Burundi has seen a previous Level One with Sat Darshan Singh (Founder of the Rama Academy) and Krishna Kaur. When Sat Darshan relocated to Brazil, Dutch Anthe Vrijlandt, also Country Director for TradeMark East Africa, became the strong yogini nurturing the dear sangat in Burundi. Burundi is a tiny, rocky nation, situated by massive Lake Tanganyika at a considerable altitude, and unfortunately affected by the tenuous conflict between Hutus and Tutsis. Some of the students in the training were even ex-child-soldiers. This tense conflict even affected our choice of timing for Teacher Training; it was deemed wise to wrap up the Level One in 2014, well before elections in 2015.
The courage and dedication of our
Burundi training group was truly humbling.
We offered the Level One in four modules. Har Bhajan and I started and ended the course, Sat Darshan visited from Brazil to see his old friends and students for module two, and Ram Singh from France inspired the students in module three. We honor how the trainees walk and travel from their rural homes with Matatus (mini bus taxis) from afar to the exquisite Hotel du Lac, a beautiful location Anthe chose for the training, right on the shores of the world's second largest freshwater lake where hippos were bathing and playing within earshot!
Beautiful Lake Tanganyika.
To test the knowledge of the devoted students who attended the training, we chose to administer verbal final exams. It was a proud moment for both Trainers and participants when we presented students with their certificates. Thank you to IKYTA for their support, YT4A (Yoga Teachers 4 Africa), Yogi Tea Hamburg, and German yogis who gave generous sponsorship towards the training and building a business for the Burundian yogis.
Students engaged in class. Another wonderful blessing for the training was Sat Nam Versand’s generous provision of books for the course.
As Anthe leaves decades of service in Africa, Guru Ram Das' grace tosses yet another yogini into the Burundi sangat: Sunderta Kaur from France, whose husband works for the Francophone University Association. As I look at my personal future with this beautiful little country, I know I would like to return to Burundi with my friend Balwant to assist with trauma healing. Beyond Burundi, I also look forward to co-facilitating a Level One with Prem Prakash Eva Wagner in Gambia and Ghana.
March Recipe of the Month
Yogi Mush (Hari Prasad)
This ‘Yogi Mush’ is taken from the recipe section of the I Am a Woman: Creative, Sacred & Invincible reader, which contains selections from the women’s teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. When eaten regularly, Yogi Mush is said to cleanse the intestines, clear the skin and even help you gain or maintain a slim and trim figure. As a monodiet, Yogi Mush can be eaten as a meal in any quantity you like three times per day. Eat only three meals per day and drink Yogi Tea for the monodiet to work properly,
4 celery stalks
1 bunch parsley
4-5 medium zucchinis
1 sprig mint
½ tsp. ground black pepper
1 cup cottage cheese
Steam the celery, parsley, zucchinis and mint for about 15 minutes until soft. Puree with black pepper. Serve with cottage cheese. This recipe makes about 2 servings.
March Specials from KRICelebrate International Women's Day and Women’s History Month with women’s teachings books and videos from KRI!
Everyday Grace: The
Art of Being a Woman
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