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(Editor’s Note: This series is dedicated to sharing the knowledge contained in “The Aquarian Teacher”, the teacher training manual shared by all students of the KRI certified Kundalini yoga teacher training program. You can discover the wisdom in greater depth by taking the Yoga Teacher Training course. We recommend the training offered by Golden Bridge Yoga held in Rishikesh, India.)
Is Kundalini yoga a religion?
No. Kundalini yoga is a technology to access your own Infinity.
What is Sikh Dharma?
Sikh Dharma is a way of living that has been shared by the 10 Sikh Gurus and by the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the Living Guru which takes the form of a collection of holy scriptures. A “Sikh”, which literally means “seeker”, emphasizes service, humility, and being open to all.
What is the history between Kundalini yoga and Sikh Dharma?
Kundalini yoga is a Raj yoga held by the House of Guru Ram Das (the 4th Guru of the Sikhs). The first Guru Nanak’s son, Baba Siri Chand, was a powerful yogi and one who did not age (at 160 years old he still appeared youthful). Under his guidance, the heads of many schools of yoga came to bow to Guru Ram Das, and that sealed the line of energetic transmission of Kundalini yoga through his Subtle and Radiant Bodies.
Why do so many Kundalini yogis become Sikhs?
This is really a matter of personal calling. Many people come to Kundalini yoga looking for a deeper connection to something greater than themselves, and many are destined to walk the path of a Sikh. It’s a personal choice of how to experience spirituality in this world. Yogi Bhajan spoke on this subject saying, “The Guru, the Vibratory impact of the Word, unites you with the Infinite through the sound current. Kundalini Yoga prepares you and enhances your capacity so you can hear the sound current. You are a physical, mental and spiritual being.”
Many people find their experience of life enhanced by the connection between Kundalini yoga and Sikh Dharma. Adopting the life of a Sikh, you see many practitioners of Kundalini yoga wearing turbans and traditional Sikh garb (called bana), saying their daily prayers (banis), and attending service at the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple). It’s important to note that not all people who wear the turban identify as a Sikh (it is, after all, a yogic technology as well as religious symbol), and you do not have to be a Sikh to attend Gurdwara and connect with the Sikh Gurus.
Kundalini yoga is for you. Sikh Dharma is also for you. You can do whatever you please: one, both, or neither. There is no forced conversion in Sikh Dharma, and it is entirely up to you to decide what works for you in your personal practice, life, and study (and teaching) of Kundalini yoga. In the past, religions were used to codify the experience of ecstasy and often to control those who adhered to it. In the Aquarian Age, it is entirely up to you to determine how you experience ecstasy. The tools and paths are handed to you; it is up to you how you will interact with them.
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