Greetings from the Land of Enchantment: My Soul is not Sikh

Thursday, April 24, 2008

My Soul is not Sikh

As a part of my job here at KRI, I get the honor of attending what are known as TTEC meetings. It's essentially a gathering of some of the most esteemed and long-standing students of Yogi Bhajan's and the lead trainers of our Aquarian Trainer Academy from around the world. Needless to say, the discussions are right up my alley. . . . .for example, the question posed to the group one afternoon was, "What defines Spiritual Maturity?" A beautiful conversation then followed. But the most meaningful comment for me--the one that struck right to the core of what I've been dealing with personally, before and after, my trip to India--was this: "My soul is not Sikh."

Krishna Kaur from Los Angeles said it. She to me embodies the Bhakti-Shakti Ideal that is this path. A powerful, humble, radiant woman who speaks the truth with compassion, challenges you with tenderness, and inspires you with every breath she takes. I was so struck by this simple statement, realizing that even though we define ourselves through form, we are always, ultimately, formless.

So here is a poem, in reflection of that conversation--and the power of those simple words:

My soul is not Sikh
no, my soul cannot
be confined

to one name
to many names
to any name

My soul is as wide
as a sea with no horizon
no shore

My soul is not Sikh
no, my soul
speaks a greater truth

bows to all names
or no name
my own name

My soul is as endless
as the summer sky
a mile wide

No -- My soul is not Sikh

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At 11:56 PM, Blogger manpreet kaur said...

Sat Shri Akal!

Glad to hear you are back, i enjoyed the pictures of your trip so much (probably in November i am going back!)
But even more i enjoyed your poem! it comes straight of your heart and touching mine.
Though i think many brothers and sisters will have difficulties understanding it i guess.
Is it okay with you if i put on my little blog?
Stay in Chardi Khala

manpreet kaur

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa said...

yes--feel free to put it on your blog as well....

I hope you are well and enjoy your trip!

At 10:29 AM, Blogger YummyThoughts said...

Thank you for sharing that.
It resonates with me.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa said...

well I see you have Yoga for Youth on your website--so you know the source! She is amazing...many blessings.


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