Success and the Spirit: Calling

By Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa

“Once a man went to visit a sage….He said, ‘My lord, I have heard that there is a consciousness and I have to hear it. But is there any way that I can understand it in my language?’

The sage said, “My son, there is a thing called calling. Do people speak to you? Do they ask you something?’


‘That is calling. From a stone, from a tree, from a person, from a bird – all that is God. When anything calls on you, answer it with strength and grace—that is dharma.’”

–       Yogi Bhajan,  from Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance

Many years ago, when I first met Yogi Bhajan, I remember sitting with him one day, having lunch. At one point during the conversation, he turned to me and said,

“Your religion is your reality.”

At the time, it made no sense. I had never heard the terms “religion” and “reality” used in the same sentence before, and my mind didn’t know what to make of it.

Over time, as my practice grew, I began to realize the profound sentiment behind that statement. What is real for me, what is true, what is authentic and genuine –that is my most sacred altar. Whenever I put anything ahead of that authenticity – even if it looks religious on the surface –it actually takes me away from the Divine.

When we talk about success and destiny – many of us begin by creating a picture in our minds. Then, we do what we think we need to do to manipulate our reality so that it matches that mental picture.

But there is a simpler approach. There is a calling within you. There is also a way that the world calls upon you. Harmonizing those energies in your own life takes you out of the fantasy of what “could” or “should” happen – and into the reality that your soul and the Divine are creating. Answering that calling is what dharma is really all about.

In June of 2003, Yogi Bhajan talked about it this way:

“There is no such thing as dharma prescribed by such and such a person, or God spoke to you from the heavens. It doesn’t work that way. Dharma is when you consciously put yourself together to work for others – for their happiness, for their benefit, for taking away their pain, giving them a life and serving them. It doesn’t exclude your wife and your children. It saves others – anybody other than you. If you are sweet, kind, compassionate, serviceful – that is an act of dharma and it will be counted for. How easy it is.”

-Yogi Bhajan,  June 17, 2003

When we look into ourselves to understand, “What is my destiny? What did my soul take birth to do?” – one approach is to listen to the world around you. What do others see in you and ask you to do for them? How does the Divine Consciousness within the Creation call upon you? What is it in you that people respond to? That they trust and rely upon?

All of these outer voices that call on you become a mirror for you to see your talents and strengths. The calling clues you into the unique contribution you have to make to life.

When you can honor what that mirror shows you, and when it works in tandem with what your deepest consciousness tells you – then you will find the most sacred type of success. A success that resonates on the earth and in the heavens, both.

With Divine Light.

Yours humbly,

Ek Ong Kaar Kaur

Editor’s Note: Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance contains the wisdom and teachings of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and was edited by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa.  It will be released at Summer Solstice 2011.

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