Sacrifice: Unto Infinity
SS Gurujodha Singh Khalsa (Mexico)
It is interesting that the numerology of this year brings together the number 8 and the number 5. Beyond the fact that Guru Harkrishan, for being the 8th Guru, embodies the virtues of the Pranic Body, he became Guru at the age of 5 and he died at the age of 8. This implies a connection between these two numbers and this can help us shed light on what this year will ask of us, through Guru Harkrishan’s life and death example. Number 5 is the physical body and represents the virtue of sacrifice, as it is through the body that we can turn our human experience into a temple, resounding with God’s name. When we transform the lead in us into gold (we sacrifice the gross for the subtle), the celestial melody of the Divine starts ringing within us. This is exactly what Guru Arjan means in the following lines:
It does not matter who we are or were and what our actions have caused in the past. Once we tune our physical body to the sacred vibration of the Naam, a process of purification occurs by which we re-establish and re-identify our Self.
This purification relates to the domain of the Pranic Body. Once the prana flows freely and abundantly through the nadis it washes away all sickness and impurity, both physical and energetic. Chanting Gurbani Kirtan is the ultimate experience of this: through the Naam you transform darkness into light and that stimulates a healing flow of prana that gives you an experience of infinity. Ultimately, when that experience is perfected the “twist” in the 8 untwists and that turns the 8 into an O—which translates into an experience of pure Oneness or Yoga.
Guru Harkrishan was an example of this relationship between the Physical and Pranic Body: he made the ultimate sacrifice of his physical body in order for the ultimate purification (healing) to happen in his community that was afflicted by a disease. This teaches us that when our sacrifice is unto infinity, it brings healing, not only for ourselves but for those who surround us too.
Personally, Guru Harkrishan’s example led me to begin this year contemplating this: “What am I a sacrifice to in this lifetime?” This is a profound meditation for me and I invite others to reflect upon it too.
Sangat-wise, I believe Guru Harkrishan can inspire us to go beyond what we think we can do for others. Our community in Mexico is very large and there are wonderful activities already taking place: social langars, teaching yoga in prisons and the service our IKYTA team does to our communities are just a few examples of how, when we are touched by the grace and compassion of someone’s service to us, this awakens within us the power to sacrifice and serve for the healing of others.
One major new project we are working on in Mexico is the creation of a Mexican 3HO Kundalini Yoga Festival! This is the next step our sangat needs to take to address its own needs and to serve all those new souls that are looking for a happy, healthy, holy lifestyle. Just in Mexico City there are over 23 million residents—so we have a lot of opportunities to serve, teach, lead and spread the light.