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Woman and mother – shakti and bhakti

Woman has two qualities – the primeval power of Shakti, the creative energy before time; and Bhakti, the devotional humility and patience of the mother. These two aspects need to be in balance for a woman to be connected with her spirit and her strength.

Shakti – in hindu tradition Durga – has 8 hands, representing her ability to perform as many tasks simultaneously. She carries a sword, standing for the power of her decisive word, and she does all that balancing on one foot while riding a tiger, also representing her fierceful and fearless strenght in motion. She carries the creative power of decision, and is in touch with her animal and primal nature.

Bhakti – represented in the christian tradition by Mary – sits in deep meditation and prayer offering herself in service for her child and for the world. Her devotion and prayer is infinite, crossing beyond borders and blessing the life of her child to be a saint. She surrenders her wish of control and power into the Infinite, remaining in a constant attitude of gratitude. Her prayer is the highest blessing to her child and to the world, totally changing their destiny. She delivers her child to God, not claiming him her own.

Very often I see women who have not found either Shakti or Bhakti in their lives. A connection must be found in order to reach our highest potential as women. The Bhakti side is often neglected and even discriminated in our pursue of equality with men. Men and women must be equally respected, but each has their own character and value, and for the woman, the devotional part is essential. Woman must be able to relax and sit and just be, instead of acting Shakti all the time. Woman nowadays suffer because they have lost the ability to relax, to be with their hearts, to be intuitive, spiritual and devotional.

Here are two short texts which I put together which talk about this.The first one is an excerpt of the book Everyday Grace – The Art of being a Woman, by Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa (original link: http://www.sikhdharma.org/pages/adi-shakti-woman-and-infinity ). The second text are excerpts of a lecture by Yogi Bhajan on the Pros and Cons of being a Woman, a lecture given at Women’s camp back in 1977.

Adi Shakti – Woman and infinity
The Pros and Cons of being a Woman (excerpt)

I hope you enjoy and share it with other women. You can post comments here if you feel like.

In humble service of the Divine,

Sukhdev Kaur

Yogi Bhajan on Motherhood

“By construction, the fulfillment of a woman is motherhood; and motherhood does not mean that she gets pregnant and delivers a baby. If you understand her total behavior, you will understand her motherhood. Her motherhood is service, her motherhood is sacrifice, her motherhood is relationship. When she knows motherhood, she is fulfilled.” – Yogi Bhajan

Conscious pregnancy workshop in Helsinki

Sat nam!

Im happy to announce that I will be coming to Helsinki to share the teachings on women, pregnancy, birth and beyond from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga. Me (and my 6-month pregnant belly) will be sharing techniques, yoga exercises, nutritional tips, meditations, dances and personal experiences. All are welcome to join! Information is in the poster below.

Love and blessings, Sukhdev K

Teadlik rasedus – kursus algab juba märtsis!

Sat nam!

Varsti algab meie heaks kiidetud sari veelkord, kus beebiootel naised saavad koos joogat teha, jagada oma kogemused, küsimused, jne. Iga kord tutvustan uus teema mis on väga oluline rasedusel, sünnitusel ja naise elus. Seekord mina ise olen ka beebiootel ja samamoodi jagan enda kogemused teise rasedusega, ning loodan et leiate sellest palju inspiratsioon, vaprust, armastust ja julgust olla teadlik oma lapseoote ajal – ja pärast ka!

õnnistusi,  Sukhdev K

Autumn yoga season starting!

Sat Nam! I am happy to have finished the Conscious pregnancy course with Tarn Taran Kaur Khalsa from USA and Seva Kaur from Norway. It was great having them around, and to have about 20 lovely women who also studied and are ready to uplift others! And tomorrow Sarabjit Kaur Khalsa from Madrid is coming to teach on the KY Teacher training level 1.

  • Regular Kundalini Yoga classes will start September 1, 2010 until December.
  • and Conscious Pregnancy yoga classes are starting already next week!
  • Besides that, I will have a Beginners course in september (more info soon), a Women’s class and a Numerology course in november.
  • Kundalini Yoga level 1 Teacher Training is starting in March, 2011.
  • Also, private Sat Nam Rasayan healing sessions and numerology consultations in the autumn (call for booking)

Conscious pregnancy © Kundalini yoga classes for pregnancy:

All pregnant women are welcome! I will have Drop-in classes (in Estonian and if needed in English) until October 5th, and then a deeper 10-week course which will cover all the subjects related to pregnancy, birth and beyond, from the 120 days from conception when the soul enters the body, to pregnancy massage, facing challenges, pain and fear of birth, conscious breathing and birthing, beyond birth and baby in your arms.

to all the mothers: on departures and longing

to all the mothers,

some long gone but never lost in our memories,
some living in the everyday rush of taking care of their kids,
some living far away from their grown up children, watching them uncurl their own lives,
some who have lost their ones, but remain mothers forever,
some who are young and not yet mothers, but already girls and women who have the inborn maternal instinct in their hearts,
and one who is mother of all, mother earth, Adi Shakti, the primal women energy who created this universe.

The love and the prayer of the mother is one of the purest and most powerful energies in the world. In the womb, it can totally transform the soul of the baby to come, and in life it can bless its grown-up children with a blissful and loving future. There is no time, no space and no limits for the love and the blessings of a mother. I sometimes think that I must have prayed too much when I was pregnant, for I achieved one of the purest souls in the planet to live through me.

Yesterday I read one very beautiful quote by Yogi Bhajan:

“I believe it takes only one woman and one birth to change the whole planet. All it takes is one woman to create one consciousness equal to Guru Nanak or Christ or Buddha. Guru Nanak came out of a woman. Jesus came out of Mary; Krishna, Buddha, everybody, including me, came out of a woman. Therefore, I honestly believe that it is the glory of the woman that spreads the light on this earth.” -Yogi Bhajan

Today, I sit behind the computer with Orkita (my cat) on my lap, while Teedu sits in the ferry on his way to Finland. Yet another departure, once more alone.

Everybody says (including me!) that nobody is never alone, that even though he and Vida are not here physically, I am not alone. They are absolutely right, yet the physical and psychical feeling of something leaving, and a hole, is very much real. And I used to think that “I shouldnt feel like this” but not anymore. It is OK to feel like this, it is only human and it reminds of the human experience that we, as spiritual beings, are living in this world. Or do you think that I should be strong and spiritual and all that crap and not feel alone?

Allowing feelings and emotions arise and dissapear is a true art. The trick is not in suppressing feelings but in letting them run their natural course. Today I cried when Teet left, and though I know he is not far and he will come back soon, it is still a departure and physically it hurts. Crying is healing, and allowing the emotions to live their course is an ultimate healing. Even in the rapture of crying, I can feel the emotion but not feel attached to it. I will not die because of it. And I’ve been through enough departures to see the beauty of it, the power that love between two beings has, and the power that holds them together through time and space. In my cry, today I realised how beautiful and powerful the story of the woman waiting for her beloved is.

One of the most beautiful poems, written in over 1400 pages and in many languages interconnected, is the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. It is a living prayer, and it is very simple. It is, in simple terms, the story of the woman who is waiting for her beloved. She prepares the bed beautifully, she washes herself and puts on the most beautiful dress, she does all the things to prepare for his arrival and to serve her beloved.  She prays for his arrival, and when the beloved comes, the house is filled with joy. The union of the wife and husband is one of the most ancient and most profound stories of humanity. In the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the story is not about a physical woman and man but it is a metaphor for the longing of the soul. The soul-bride is longing for the union with her beloved husband-god. All the story, is about the thirst that the soul has to be completed, to be united with her creator. All religions, all philosopies, all capitalism, all human wish, creation and action is driven in its purest principle from this desire of union. The husband-lord, creator, beloved and god, stand for that energy which is prior to the Adi Shakti, the female power, which is the state of bliss from beyond time-space, from the zero, from enlightement, from heaven, from paradise and whatever word is there to express that infinite joy and bliss from timeless eternity which we have all experienced beyond this physical world. But it is through the physical world and body through which we have the opportunity to achieve that union.

Longing is one of the most beautiful feelings that a human can experience, because it is the longing of the soul to be united with the creation/creator that is what drives all love.

Unconsciously consciously, I am writing in this blog more important passages of my PhD than in the “official” file. It is much more fun to write it to share in this manner. So comments are humbly welcome.

Muchos besos!