I am here on this planet Earth to be healed. You are here to be healed. We are here to heal each other. There can be no other true reality yet the truth is too often clouded by skies that hide the light. I wonder about the meaning of self-importance; we seem to spend a lot of time on it? I ask myself, why is there so much spiritual ego everywhere you look? But then I was reminded today by Daniela, that there is no such thing as spiritual ego. How could there be, the concept in itself is an oxymoron; if you are truly spiritual, there can be no ego that places you above anyone else. I am not here to tell you how you should live or in what you should believe. I am not here to look at you and think I know who you are. I am only here to tell you my story and what I think I have learned from life and to see if it resonates with you. There must be common ground between us. We are here, stuck in the human condition together; so why try to run away from it. Help me, tell me clearly how it is, and I’ll try to do the same.
Har Krishan and the Eighth Body
8 is infinity standing up and looking tall. Build your character to look tall. You will heal yourself and you will heal the world.
I begin as always in a self-reflective mood. I have to understand something if I am going to find the words that rest comfortably inside of me. For some reason, and probably because of practicing yoga all these years, I’ve come to think of the number “8” as being associated with healing. It is true that if you turn the number 90 degrees on to its side, it resembles the sign for infinity. And infinity represents the idea of going beyond earthly bonds or any limiting force.
I think Einstein felt that infinity was the source of original forces – electrical, gravitational and electromagnetic – forces that impact us all. I don’t know if we can say that they are at the beginning of life, but they certainly impact our life, keep us here on earth and create interesting scenarios that we observe every single day – like light hitting an object.
Pra – infinity, beyond; Ana – which comes from
The old yoga masters thought that Prana was at the origin of all life and sustained life. It came from the origins of our existence, possibly forming part of the theory of electromagnetism; so that, if you increased this force you also changed the molecular structure of the object, which is us, and therefore could create a new relationship of interconnecting atoms. The teachers associated more Prana with a greater electromagnetic force emitted by the person and the reason why Yogi Bhajan gave the name of the Pranic Body to the eighth subtle body.
At the place of the 8th Thoracic Vertebra, I can create as much pranic force as I want to. What is left from my efforts is an incredible feeling of well-being. It is that sense of well-being that nourishes every part of my being from the physical and body sensations to the neurological changes in my head. I feel better and think better. These are tangible realities that can be experienced. Probably, the reason why yoga works.
Guru Har Krishan, son of Guru Har Rai, was just five years old when he became Guru. You might ask, how is it even possible that a child of five can become a Guru and a leader of his people? Early on, Guru Har Krishan had to defend himself against a Hindu priest who wished to challenge him as someone who at that tender age of five, could not possibly know the true meaning of the “Bhagavad Gita.” The Guru surprised him and told him to find anyone of his choosing and that person would then act on the Guru’s behalf. The priest chose an illiterate man by the name of Chaju thinking that it would be impossible for him to fulfill the Guru’s prophecy. On seeing Chaju, the Guru merely touched Chaju’s big toe with his staff and told him he was now ready to answer the priest’s questions. The priest became humbled as Chaju answered question after question concerning the Gita with such simplicity and wisdom that it could only be the Guru who was acting through the man. Seeing the errors of his ways, he bowed low before the Guru and begged forgiveness for his own arrogance; and, in the end, becoming himself the Guru’s student.
In New Delhi there is still to this day Bangla Sahib Gurdwara. It is the gurdwara of Guru Har Krishan ji. Here is where in 1663, in the middle of a smallpox plague raging through Delhi that Guru Harkrishan is said to have dipped his toe into the “tank of nectar” located outside the temple and where people would come to satisfy their thirst. But something miraculously changed and the water became the cure for the people as they came to just take a sip of its healing waters. In the end, the Guru succumbed to the illness himself and died in 1664. Sometimes for the greater good, you take on the pain and suffering of the whole even if you are not yourself spared. Such was the life of the young Guru and even why today we remember him as a healer.
To heal is to live the mystery of the unknown: to explore what others care not to see; to believe in something etheric and divine, which others cannot conceive as being even possible. To heal is to go beyond thoughts of self and personal well-being and that probably eliminates most of us as worthy applicants. To heal is to dive, without hesitation, into the psyche and internal self of the other person, and then become a channel for infinite life-giving energy. You must fill what is lacking or just sleeping inside of the other person, and why you must have something to give in the first place.
Prana heals, ego does not. We all fall into the trap of self-importance, and that is why the true healer is at the top of the pyramid of human evolution. He or she cares not for the cost to him or herself; they just do their job. As Erich Fromm said, “The finality of life can be defined as the personal development of the self that enables us, within the possible, to approach the model set out by Spinosa, which states that man experiencing himself in his optimum condition of human existence must break the bonds of greed and self-deception within himself.”
To reach what Fromm is talking about is to give up thoughts of who you think you are and a sense of self-aggrandizement that tends to cloud the eyes of true seeing. It is also imperative to go beyond the so called “needs and wants” of human existence; therefore, being able to sacrifice all thoughts of self-gratification. To be able to serve without thoughts of receiving something in exchange. To give and never tire of doing so.
We all have heard of the “inner child” and probably wondered what it was really about. The idea of the “inner child” has probably been part of the collective consciousness for the last 50 years or more, and may work its way all the way back to Freud and Jung. To heal the “inner child,” in my own limited understanding of the subject, would be something like gently rubbing a soothing balm on emotional wounds that hurt us when we were children. We didn’t understand what was happening to us; we were only children, and there was no one we could really talk to about how we were feeling.
What could be more important than feeling loved and attended to when you were innocent and finding out what the world was about. Yet it seems that basic emotional security was too often absent for maybe even the vast majority of us. Unfortunately, you then try to fill those emotional gaps the best way you can as adolescents and eventually as adults.
Why does it take so long to stand tall on your feet as someone who has seen the world for what it is and able to understand the very profound and hidden meaning of life itself? Why do we as adults insist on acting as if we were children in need of having every whim and desire fulfilled? It is again that self-entitlement syndrome that prevents us from seeing others for who they truly are. Our focus is too often just on ourselves. It is Maya and the illusion of “living,” but is it really? Healing is finding your feet and standing on them.
Be yourself! It’s okay to be yourself and know that there is still so much inside that needs to come out of you. Welcome the sadness, the tears, the past, so that you can see it clearly for what it was – just the past. Practice blessing what you are able to see and feel inside of you. Pray that you can be a whole individual capable of seeing the world for what it is – half illusion, half real. Lean towards the “real” in your life. You must tell yourself each day as the day breaks its bonds of darkness to break your own bonds, for today flies not on the winds of yesterday and neither are you constrained by those same winds. Free yourself so that the soul will fly high on the wings of tomorrow and you may know true freedom living as you were meant to. We came here to be in this body to live in joy and happiness, Anand, and to know the secrets of the living. Heal, because it is your responsibility to do so, so that you may fulfill your duty here on earth. As Nanak said:
Pavan guruu paanii pitaa, maataa dharat mahat
Divas raat doeh daaii daaeaa, khelai sagal jagat
Changiaaiiaa buriaaiiaa, vaachai dharam haduur
Karmii aapo aapnii, ke nerai ke duur
Jinii naam dhiaaiaa, gaeh masakat ghaal
Naanak te much ujale ketii chhutii naal.
If you understand who the Guru is and that you find him hidden in the breath
Then all the rest you will understand as you go about your life
What you strive to gain in real understanding, goes not unnoticed
So heal the lessons left undone from the past with your whole heart
And you will hear what is next for you.
Those who have learned to chant the holy names and leave behind their doubt and fear
Know that it hasn’t been easy
But Nanak says that they will leave this earth with a smile on their faces and will have
Healed so many others on the way.