Friday, December 30, 2005
"The Mantra EK ONG KAR SAT NAM SIRI WHA GURU, has 8 vibrations and describes the Glory of the Infinite. In the time period 2 and 1/2 hours before the rising of the Sun when the channels are most clear, if the Mantra is chanted in sweet harmony you will become one with the One. It opens the solar plexis, which in turn charges the solar centers and connects them with the Cosmic Energy.
All mantras are good, they are all for the awakening of the Divine but this Mantra is effective and it is the mantra for this time. It is a key which has eight levers and this key can open the lock of the time which is shaped in the form of an 8 (wheel over wheel). Therefore, when this Mantra is sung while applying the neck lock, at the point where Prana and Apana meet Sushumana, the vibration opens the cosmic lock.
In the town of Goindwal in Punjab, India, even today this Divine Mantra is still inscribed on the walls of the Bowli Sahib (sacred well) at the house of Guru Amar Das, the Guru of Guru Ram Das, through whose blessing today we vibrate in the Divine ecstacy. I disclose to you today this secret of the Divine for the uplift of humanity and those who will follow it will be liberated and be one with the Divine." - Yogi Bhajan
But first, before you get wet, massage your body all over with a little oil. Oil is more easily absorbed by the skin when it is mixed with water--and you won’t be greasy afterwards. Almond oil is highly recommended since the almond contains so many minerals, and it nourishes the body through the pores of the skin.
Go in and out of the water four times, constantly massaging your body until the water no longer feels cold. Be sure not to miss the area under your arms, which is where the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems meet. You can even stand on one foot and massage the top of it with the other foot. Women, be sure to massage your breasts."
Above Information From the Book:
The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa
Your first victory of the day! You will probably become very holy the moment the cold water hits your body, because it is likely you will shout, "Oh my God!" You might try exclaiming "Wahe Guru" ("Wow, God is Great!") or "Ang Sang Wahe Guru" ("God lives in every limb of my being.") Remembering God is always a blessing.
Dry off briskly with a rough towel till the body really shines; put on loose, comfortable exercise clothing, and you’re ready to do your sadhana, your personal daily spiritual practice. God bless you, you’re bound to have a wonderful day!
Exceptions for women: Don’t take cold showers during your monthly period and No cold showers after the seventh month of pregnancy; take lukewarm, body temperature showers instead.
The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa "When we do ice-cold water massage, not only do we open up the capillaries, but when they return to normal, that blood goes back to the organs."
In the following video, Guruka Singh talks about meditating on Gurbani, focusing and "training" your mind to concentrate.
When I was little....I used to fall asleep to the stories told by Guruliv Singh. You can hear them in the Gurbani Archive listed under his name. These are some stories made way back in the late 1970's. Narayan Singh now has the same routine of listening to the stories at bedtime. He always says after getting ready for bed, "I want to hear the Guru Stories!". Some of the stories are: Story Of Babaa Deep Singh, The Guru And The Pandit, Makkan Shah And Guru Teg Bahaadar Sahib. There are about 11 stories that he must have heard hundreds of times now...and even copies some of the lines.
It made me think that it would be great to create some more stories for children. It is a great way to teach the kids about our history. I'm surprised that no one else has done this (at least that I know of). Audio stories would be much easier to make too than a cartoon. There really are not many educational materials for kids other than a few books.
So...this is the reason why I pulled out these Guru Nanak stories to share with other kids and for Narayan to enjoy too. Maybe one of these days I can work on a story telling project with some others who are interested. We'll see how it goes. All these late nights working on this stuff takes a toll after a while. Time for some rest this weekend (this is sounding familiar).
Hope you enjoy the stories! If you have kids...download it to your computer and watch it with them :)
On different Gurpurbs and special days in Sikh history Guru Simran Kaur organizes fun educational things for the kids to do, so that they can learn about Sikh history and about the Gurus. In Nov. 2001, a few months after Narayan was born I recorded a series of stories that we had over a few nights.
Guru Meher Kaur (Mataji) who is our Gurdwara/Ashram Secretary loves to tell Sikh stories to the children here in our community and has been doing so for many many years. Here is the first part of the Stories of Guru Nanak; in honor of the upcoming Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev ji.