June: Number 6 – Guru HarGobind – Arc-Line
The life of Guru HarGobind, the number 6 and a vibrantly clear arc-line, are there to inspire and remind us, in the month of June, not to mistake hesitation for moments of meditation, and do not mistake moments of meditation for hesitation.
The Karma of number 6 includes fear, insecurity, picking a fight for nothing, personally identifying with injustices, dark and heavy silence, too many secrets, or screaming and speaking too much.The Dharma of number 6 includes clarity, sharp awareness, fighting for a true cause, sense of natural injustice, flourishing and intuitively choosing the moment for letting out the battle cry.
6 is the number of the open flower in full bloom. There flowers which open in winter and others that open in summer. June gives us the longest or shortest day of the year (depending on the hemisphere). Therefore it is a peak and a turning point. We can go no further in the direction we were and now we must make an arc to turn the wheel of life back upon itself. In the extremeness of sunlight and heat, or cold and darkness, we are wise to take cover. Taking cover due to fear is karmic and reactive. Taking cover through intuitive common sense is Dharma in action. When we lack a sense of our own presence then we fill the space with excess of false decorations. When our arc-line is in flourishing and vibrant it becomes our decoration and our effectiveness – a presence that speaks.
Though the arc-line, and 6, are partly about protective cover, they are also about expressiveness. When we have a sense of grace in our lives then we need not hesitate to step out and be exposed to the elements. The grace is that we can have faith in the protective cover of our intuitively informed consciousness. This is a good month to give breath to all you do, like the breath that gives life to the puppet. Expand the lungs, sing out loud, dance from the core to your extremities. The other hemisphere of that is to breath so silently that it gives you a loud and impacting presence. As the arc-line has two hemispheres then each needs the balance of the other. So in June we present our presence in the present and fully enter the world, yet keeping secret moments in which to return within, become silent and let the clarity reveal itself.
The Phase of the Mul Mantra is Nirbhau – without fear. God is known as the fearless one, and fearing only the fearless one we will have fear of no other. The arc-line is to tune us in to the inevitable unfolding of the next moment. In this way fear is of no use as it is replaced by awareness. Guru HarGobind was imprisoned unjustly, but the inwardness of this retreat led to him being the grace that led to the release of many other falsely imprisoned people. He wore two swords to remember and serve the two hemispheres of material and spiritual justice. And he also got built the Akaal Takht as a throne of the infinite on Earth. The Golden Temple is the other polarity which serves to bring us up from the pit of maya.