Gurmukh Yoga and the Sikh Mystic Path

by priestess, Monday, December 28, 2009, 22:47 (5180 days ago) @ Gursant Singh

I received a link to the e-book "Sikhism and Tantric Yoga" on Xmas Eve (bad timing to say the least). As a non-Sikh, I was not prepared for the information inside. I am gravely disappointed in the gossipy tone and the drama created over this issue by someone supposedly educated, well-read, and questionably, a writer. I have been teaching Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 1986, am a certified teacher, yoga studio and teacher trainer. By my own admission, I did not spend the time with Yogiji that others within the Dharma would naturally have spent. But for my part, the issue of whether yoga is compatible with Sikhism is a moot point. I don't care! For me the test of an honorable teacher rests in the words often imparted by YB in that he "did not come to gather disciples, but to create teachers." The benefit that I have seen my students (and myself) reap from their practice is beyond words and teacher training takes them to a whole other level on their spiritual paths. I have always understood as part of my own quest, that Kundalini Yoga is a path of Self Realization, whereas the repetition of the prayers, sadhana, devotion to God, etc. is a path to God Realization. Both experiences are necessary for the true seeker. To me, sharing this kind of vindictiveness and back-biting, should be an embarrassment to those participating in it.
I will continue to share the teachings at corporations, drug and alcohol rehab centers, country clubs, community centers, hospitals and more. YB left us a truly astounding legacy. I prefer to focus on that, than the self serving in fighting that I am now witnessing. What a shame!

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