A Reader Writes
Sat Nam Guru Fatha Singh Khalsa,
What a journey I have started. I am blessed. Over the past two months I have almost read all the books that you have produced and have been inspired to change my life and seek the journey of God Consciousness through Sikhi and Kundalini Yoga. It has been an inspiring, emotional and God affirming journey for me that I would like to share with you.
My wife Kirandeep Kaur ordered some of your books and when they arrived from Canada to the Netherlands it took me one evening to read Badges of Bondage. After reading the stories for girls (and for everyone else may I also add!) I shared it with others in my family. I have been learning Punjabi slowly for the past two years as I have married to a British Punjabi family. Your generous take on the language and learning it through fun and laughter has started to bridge a gap for me.
Before the books arrived I began to read your two 'magnum opuses' - Paragons of Peace: Magic and Magnificence in the Guru's Way and then The Essential Gursikh Yogi: The Yoga and Yogis in the Past, Present and Future of Sikh Dharma. Wow! In the first book I have never read a book about Sikhism that has attempted to cover the age we are in whilst referencing the Shabad Guru, and, most importantly, the spirit of the Guru's Bani.
Reading Paragons of Peace was like a door was been kept ajar and now it has opened. I thought you used some very thoughtful examples of ordinary people in many contexts, Sikh and non-Sikh, who have done significant work in this world. In my work I am an academic in the world of community social entrepreneurship with a background in politics. You had a novel way of looking at the history of humankind from Aristotelian philosophy to the human-centred period in Europe during the middle ages at the beginning of the book. It makes sense how the Aquarian Age has come from a Piscean Age through reading and reflecting upon the historical examples in this book, the coming of Guru Nanak and reflecting on life.
In the second of your big books I was convinced, after much prior thought, to begin to rise in the amrit vela and perform a consist daily sadhana. It has now been 8 weeks since I started this and I have seen the benefits in so many ways. I am doing Sat Kriya and Punj Shabad Kriya and perfecting these for 11 minutes and between 31 and 61 minutes respectively every morning. In your book it was such a blessing to read so many passages from Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji as it is in your other books. It was carefully considered in what the Gurbani actually presents on Yoga and the Yogis from the Guru's time. As a reflection, as part of the Punjabi Sikh community I never hear reference to any of the Saints and figures that are highlighted towards the end of the book.
I am blessed by the Guru's Grace, by Waheguru, to come across and be able to absorb the knowledge that is contained within your books and begin to use it, in my own, to good practice. I enjoyed your recent article about Home on your website, and would like to connect through Facebook with you to keep up to date with you current work there too.