Gifts from FriendsMany of the things that I've accumulated over the years are from other friends who've since left the dharma. . . . I'm not saying that it's a foretaste of things to come, but rather, what others have left behind have come to bless me and support me in my own path.
Today I received a care package from my friend Sahaj in Seattle. She's passed along so many things to me over the years--my first kirpan (a necklace), the kirpan I took Amrit with, the SGGS that I cherish, a copy of Peace Lagoon, turban material, etc. You name it--and she's provided it.
She recently visited me and took the Level Two Lifecycles Course here at KRI. It was great to see her, but of course I had to tease her: "Where are my turban pins?" Because, you see, I knew she had quit wearing turban. Although still a devoted Sikh and a daughter of the Guru, it's just not 'her'. And I see it now that I've spent time with her. She's coming into herself in an authentic way and she's so brave in the face of it all. Meanwhile, in response to my teasing, she's sent me some incredible turban pins today! Wahe Guru. Pieces I would never have the money for--like nectar from heaven.
So thank you Sahaj! May you be blessed as you continue on your path--and I'll do my best to honor your gift.