First off, I LOVED the film “Avatar.”

Beneath the beautiful graphics and special effects, the familiar humor, the trite love story, and the battle you knew they’d win, was a beautiful message about Unity, Communication, and Connection to our Self and each other.

Avatar reminded the world that this deep connection to Nature, our fellow Earthlings, and our true Self, is still tangible — just dormant in most.

But that’s not what I wanted to write about actually. This is what I wanted to write about…


1) Did anyone else notice the Na’vi doing sufi grinds by their “tree of souls”?

In Kundalini yoga, much emphasis is placed on awakening the energy at the base of the spine. Your spine is like a hose, and if there is one knot in it, the water cannot flow freely through it. If you are energetically blocked at your Muladhara chakra (Root Chakra), this severely impedes the flow of energy up your spine. You can experience this yourself by doing a few sufi grinds like the Na’vi. Just sit with legs crossed and begin to make circles with your upper body, like you are drawing an “O” on the ceiling with your head. Do this for 1-3 minutes and the switch directions. I dare you not to feel more connected!

2) The Na’vi use their hair to communicate with the plants and animals?

Kundalini yoga originates from the House of Guru Ram Das, a Sikh. Sikhs let their hair grow. One of the of the reasons for this is that they believe the hairs are like little antennae that communicate with their surrounding environment and the ethers. I once heard a Native American say that in his tribe the people let their hair grow because it connects them to the Earth.

3) “I See You” = Sat Nam.

The Na’vi’s greeting was not just something they said, like “hey”, or “what’s up?” In fact, the male lead, Sculley, was told several times he didn’t use it correctly, until he had truly understood what he was saying. To use this expression convincingly was to recognize the person and know their true identity. In Kundalini, we say “Sat Nam”, which means “Truth is our identity, or THE identity of all.”

When wisdom is applied it takes many shapes.

The same GREAT wisdom lurks behind many very different looking practices and religions. And, I think this “back entrance” point of view of what a religious practice is, would help resolve a lot of conflicts over differing dogmas the world over.

In Kundalini yoga we may not be massively tall, or dark blue, but we dedicate our practice to the awareness that everything is connected, because everything is one (Ek Ong Kar, Sat Nam, Siri Wahe Guru!). Each time we sit on our mats, we have a direct experience of our finite self connecting to the infinite.

Sat Nam,

I SEE you,


p.s. Also, in Gurmukhi, “Avtar” means “Incarnation of God.”

(Editor’s Note:  This article was first published on Sirgun’s Blog “Infinity’s Cup”.)

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