Blog Post 8-26-18
My Life as a Sadhu
Happy birthday to Yogiji!
I love how I get a feeling that I am supposed to write a blog post and I have NO IDEA what I am going to write about…….and that is how it is today. When I stood here to start writing, I realized that I wanted to acknowledge my spiritual teacher who passed many years ago, Yogi Bhajan. We called him Yogiji. Today would have been his birthday. He would have been 89. He passed into another dimension back in 2004. I wanted to say that although I did not follow the Sikh path as strictly in his later years, I feel that the path of Kundalini Yoga and Sikhism saved my life. * AND I have to attribute that to him.
I did not have a close relationship to him; I mostly admired him and listened to him from afar. I was a good Sikh during the years of 1974-1988. I followed all the rules and they helped me so much. AND these rules helped me to cultivate my own hearing of my inner voice. Which then lead me to stop wearing a turban. * My childhood and growing up were chaotic at best and horrible at worst. * And finding the Sikh path for me back in 1973 when I was 15 was a miracle and connection to the family of my heart.
When I stopped wearing a turban, I called myself a Reform Sikh after being an Orthodox one for so many years. * I still did many Sikh things. I still chant gurbani every day of my life. I wear a kara. I recite parts of Japji every day. I still considered myself a Sikh.
I love it that I am connected and re-connected with my many orthodox Sikh and reform Sikh friends. Facebook is a beautiful avenue for that. I am so grateful for all that I have and all that I AM. AND I attribute this to my beautiful spiritual path, which officially started, for me, with Yogiji.
Let’s talk to The Beans and whoever else wants to come out and play about this.
Hello and Sat Nam and a big wahe guru to you all! We are The Beans, which today includes Guru Nanak, AA Michael and Michael J Lincoln (Narayan Singh) and Mother Mary.
Oh yes, Sadhu, we love your tribute and acknowledgment of your official start on your spiritual path. It was May 4, 1975 that you moved into the ashram. What a joy and release and comfort that was for you. You took your first Kundalini yoga class a couple of years before that. We want to applaud your courage in leaving your mother’s home while still in high school. We want to applaud your courage in wearing a turban to high school. As you like to say, you found out right away who your true friends were. This act of becoming a Sikh, did indeed save your life, as you well know and acknowledge. We just want to reinforce and affirm. Even though your beloved does not really understand and there are many in fact who do not understand, that is ok. That is fine. It just does not matter if ANYONE else in the entire world gets it, because YOU DO. AND that is the most important thing.
How you do your path is very individual to you and is really no one’s business but your own. We consider you an excellent Sikh. You are a chanting master, and Japji has been your constant companion for the past 40 years. We like your inklings of feeling that you want to share some chanting with folks……and chant with folks. We feel that it could be very powerful to teach a class or a one time workshop or a meetup group might work well. It would be fun and uplifting for you and for many to have this connection and avenue to uplift and bring joy. Remember the snail trail of energy. Holding a chanting class/gathering would really rock that snail trail. You could use your harmonium, if you wanted. It is a matter of bringing together humans in upliftment. You uplift yourselves and therefore the world. You leave that snail trail of joy and harmony. These efforts, however small, bring joy to the whole world. Bit by bit, inch by inch, foot by foot……change is coming. The world is on fire and healing all at the same time. Do what you feel called to do. Your small steps for humankind.
Many blessings upon you. We thank you for your service to the world. AND right now for you that can mean just breathing. Bringing joy as you are you!
WE love you, Sadhu, and we love you all!!
Yogi Bhajan back in November 1988. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TtoRMa8HL4 A fun meditation to de-stress. Enjoy!
* There are much longer stories to tell about these time periods. But not for today.
Here I am at about age 19.