Celebration of Yogi Bhajan
Memory of His Passing
From Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa
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, "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,
SS Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa
July 2, 2007
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