In Honor of Cloud Eagle by Gurujot Singh
Send your prayers to this great spirit and to the Spirit, the Oneness, that he reached for and longed for most of his life and now to embrace him as it did much of his life. I knew him and shared in his spirit for over 35 years. He is my brother of many, many years this lifetime and many lifetimes before. His daughter contacted me two days before his passing to say that he was in the hospital with only a few hours to live and he wanted me to know. Too much toxicity from his life long fight with alcohol. It was a challenge that gave him so much pain but pushed him even more to know the light beyond the darkness. He is now free to know only the light of Oneness which he knew so well. The eagles have brought his sprit light into the realm of the Great Spirit and also carry our prayers for his journey home.
He was a great artist in the truest sense. He saw the Spirit is all and in all things. His art’s purpose was to bring out that spirit and longing for Oneness that is within all. He made and sold hundreds of incredible pieces of art as sculptures in his lifetime. He traveled to many places and foreign lands connecting with other tribal people and sharing in their traditions of the Spirit. He taught many how to approach their art from the concept of Spirit.
Our community knows and honors Cloud Eagle for his life and spirit. He came and shared his spirit, traditions, blessings, and teachings at the very first Peace Prayer Day and Healing Walk and many thereafter including this year. He came to the Siri Singh Sahib’s birthday celebration 6 weeks ago with his daughter. He came to give his blessings at my daughter, [Spirit Voyage CEO] Karan Khalsa’s wedding and to honor our family and community. He is remembered by our community who send their prayers to honor his life and his spirit as he continues his journey. We will put his name in our community’s daily prayer for him to merge into the light of love and Oneness that he knew so well.
He will be miss greatly but I see his spirit with me often. His life was his to give and he gave it freely and he shared that freedom with many of us.
He gave us a Native American prayer, the last time we visited with him during the Siri Singh Sahib’s Birthday celebration, which I would like to share:
Prayer to the Great Spirit
Cloud Eagle and Family
O great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me!
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand
the things you have taught my people.
Let me hear the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
I need strength,
not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy: myself.
Make me always ready
to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you without shame.