Sat Nam Goddesses,
A student who has been falling in love with chanting asked me whether or not the mantras we chant in class were Sanskrit, and why they felt so different then anything she had ever chanted before in a yoga class.
The answer to her question creates the theme of my message this Full Moon: finding bigness in the smallness. Kundalini mantras come from a language called Gurmukhi, which translates to mean “mouth of the Guru.” It was a spoken (but not written) language for many years, that some refer to as a “manjaa” language—manjaas being the rope cots that villagers slept on and sat upon to talk and drink chai at the end of the day. The language of casual conversations was the one Guru Nanak chose to spread his message of LOVE.
Sanskrit is like the Latin of India, lots of rules, hierarchy, and at the time of Guru Nanak only the higher castes were even able to learn it. So in elevating the conversational language to embody the vibration of the Divine, Guru Nanak was merely extending his mission to diffuse the power of the caste system, and to help us realize the Divine within and everywhere around us, and that we are all One Soul, many bodies.
How could Guru Nanak take a simple conversational sound, and make it so that it captured the hugeness of the Divine? That is because the Divine resides in everything, in one, disguised, and immovable, spot. This immovable spot is described by yogis as the nodes of the web surrounding the palace where the God Indra resides in the metaphysical Mount Meru. This web is made of infinite nodes, and at the center of each node is a diamond. These infinite diamonds are the Divine within—waiting to be revealed.
It is our human condition that keeps separating, keeps making rules, keeps moving the goal posts, and keeps wanting to disguise the beauty of exactly where we are: this simple, present moment. The journey of Dharma, finding out who we are and why we are here, mirrors the journey of finding the beauty of our present moment. We have to let go of what we think is sacred to remember that everything is always sacred, beautiful, and breathtaking.
This Thanksgiving and during the upcoming holidays, what if we made an effort to find the diamond in each moment? When we experience breathtaking moments of the Divine, it usually happens with big things, like seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. But what if we tried to see Nature’s beauty in our most despised feature or the annoying habits of others? What if we were open to the possibility that the True Nature of ourselves and of others as being able to take our breath away like say…the indescribable beauty of a sunset at Windansea Beach?
The power of taking something simple, something “low vibration,” and elevating to the Divine is within all of us. Just like Guru Nanak did with a simple language, so can we reveal the infinite diamonds in Indra’s web. We just have to try!
I hope to see some of you in person this Saturday at a special Full Moon class at Buddhi Yoga,10:00 am. You can also join me via live stream and on demand at yourbuddhi.com. (First month free!)
December 22, 3 pm, I will be leading a Winter Solstice event with Jon Old-Rowe at Buddhi Yoga, Tree Breathing, which will include sacred anointing of tree essences, kundalini, breathwork, and a medicine wheel. You can read more and register here.
Need a shorter, but powerful experience to practice at home? The New Moon practice is still available, $11, and can be purchased here.
Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings.
“If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.” YB