Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Sat Nam everyone.

Our tour is coming to a close.  We are at Kripalu, a beautiful retreat center in New England that is dedicated to the science of yoga.  I am really appreciating the opportunity to delve into the teaching experience.  It has been a little scary, at times not knowing what I would say or do next.  By God's Grace I have been relaxing into it and going with the flow. 

In class today I was inspired to talk about the concept of identity. 

Each of us has a whole set of identities.  A mother, a father, a son, a husband, a wife, a daughter, a musician, a doctor, a businessman, etc. etc.  These are simply roles that we are fulfilling. 

One day Yogi Bhajan asked me, "So you want to be a singer?" Then he started laughing... a good belly laugh.  "That is all you want to be?" he asked as he slapped his knee and continued to laugh.  I was speechless.  I didn't know what to say.  Yes, it was true, I wanted to be a singer.  At the time I was in my twenties.

He turned his attention to someone else in the living room, and began talking to them. There were many people who were sitting in the company of the Master, in a state of love and devotion.  He was in a merry mood, teasing this person, that person, asking for food to be brought to so and so, getting on the phone for a call from India.  People were coming in and out bringing in various dishes. 

I sat on the floor with my back up to the couch in a mild state of confusion, but decided to close my eyes and meditate on what my spiritual teacher said.  Amidst all the voices in the living room I went deep within and found a moment of silence.  I realized that my soul came to this earth,  to incarnate as a Sikh of the Guru, and a student of Yogi Bhajan.  With this incarnation I would have much to share and teach people based on my experience. In this moment the vibration of my soul's job, my soul's career so to speak came to the forefront.

Yes, now I am a singer.  However I have never forgotten that day and continue to pray to God and Guru that I live in the vibration of my soul. 

Yogi Bhajan teaches us that as the last breath leaves our body at the moment of death, we see, feel and experience our entire life in a matter of nine seconds.  After we have experienced this, the soul is either released to merge with God, or goes back to earth to take care of unfinished lessons.

Careers are important, taking care of your family is important.

If however one identifies so deeply with our earthly identities, and forgets the spirit, at the time of death we may just go straight back to earth because we are so identified with it.

So I urge you to get in touch with your spirit and find the way to your complete merger with God.



Saturday, June 02, 2012

(From May 29, 2012)

Sat Nam everyone,

We are at a hotel in Bethel Connecticut this morning, where we have a concert tonight.  It has been a challenging tour thus far, but very very beautiful on many levels.  For the past two years I have been traveling with my daughter and husband in our RV.  Our tour schedule was slower then, in keeping with the rhythm of having a child on tour.  My husband and I decided that we really wanted to create a space for our daughter to be with other children, and to go to school.  So, we parked the RV, found a house to rent in Santa Cruz California, enrolled her in school and created a new life together.  It worked out beautifully, and she loves her school.  To keep the music going we decided that I would still go out with a band and tour, but that the trips would be shorter and a little more packed with events.

So here we are, mid way through our first tour in this new format.  I finally have recovered from the shock of not being with my daughter and husband.  The first couple of nights I could not sleep.  That is not exactly the most ideal state to be in when you are delivering concerts and workshops.  That is what I experienced though.  I had nowhere to go, but to just meditate with God as the hours passed by.  Then with the concerts workshops the energy of the Guru came through big time.  The guys played beautiful music, and the mission of what we had come to deliver took over.  It was a beautiful experience.  I always teach people of the power of tuning in with the mantra, "Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo", that it tunes you into the Golden Chain and the Light of Guru Ram Das.  These past few nights I experienced it first hand.  God came through, God came through, God came through. 

I am happy to say that sleep has come again, and I am feeling more grounded in my experience.  Soon I will reunite with my daughter and husband at Kripalu in a few days for a series of workshops that we are teaching;

The Mantras of Spiritual Warriors 

The Mantra Medicine Wheel

God Bless You.

Love, Snatam

(Update, June 2, 2012: Snatam and Sopurkh have decided that Sopurkh and Jap Preet will not to come to Kripalu this time. Snatam is teaching her workshops at Kriplau with the help of Karena Virginia. Snatam will reunite with her family June 6th back at home in Santa Cruz, CA. Thank you, ~Snatam's Team)

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