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Bonfire of Peace

By Atmabir Kaur/Victoria Lynes

“Men and women are going to reach out with such dignity, such devotion, such an elevated loftiness of self, and the beauty of the human character will be so bewitching, that not only will the ones who are willing be enjoying and realizing, but also their realization will be so profound that no destructive temptation by another person will work.”
-Yogi Bhajan, The Self Sensory System of the Aquarian Age, 2001

Hold this image. Close your eyes. Breathe it in. This is YOU. Reach out to others with dignity, devotion and elevation.

What a ride we are on in the world right now—and as Guru Singh said so powerfully in his lecture at Golden Bridge after the election:

“This is the time you have been waiting for!”

As a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, I feel so grateful to be living in these times—challenging, tumultuous, uncertain, dark…yes, all of these things, yet with so much opportunity to be the forklift that Yogi Bhajan so often talked about.

The class I led a day after the US election results felt so very different from any other class I have taught before. It was charged with the energy of shock, resignation, contemplation, fear. Some students shared with me after class how they were feeling. A couple said they had felt so nauseous since learning of the election results—physically sick, fearful, bitter, resentful.

But I like to believe that they left that class knowing, feeling through the teachings, that their light was brighter than the darkness they were feeling. Our fires may need some continuous stoking as we move forward, but collectively we can bring our flame into the bonfire of peace. Through the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, we can call on courage, truth, compassion. And we can banish fear.

We have a mammoth responsibility as Yoga teachers now. Our classes will fill up as more and more people find their way out of their neurosis and onto a mat. More and more people will begin to understand that the only thing that they can do to bring an inkling of peace into the world is to shine the light into their own lives.

Now more than ever before, as yoga teachers, it is our duty, our dharma to be the lighthouse, and not just for our students that come to class each week. It goes much deeper than that. We need to burn this candle at every juncture in our day. We now need to magnify this light 10, 100, 1000 times!

Everywhere we go, with everyone we meet, we need to help people ignite their light, so they too can be a face of peace, of compassion and change in their lives.

“We'll master ourselves through our service, through our character, through our commitment, and through the most powerful thing that we have—our grace. Our individual grace is the most wanted quality today. And our projection, which will give us satisfaction, fulfillment, and exaltation, is our nobility. We will act nobly, graciously, kindly, and compassionately. These are our essential features.”
-Yogi Bhajan, The Self Sensory System of the Aquarian Age, 2001

“This is the time you have been waiting for!”

Keep your practice strong, help your students do the same. Teach wherever you can—on a bus, in line at the grocery store, in traffic—anywhere at all where you have an opportunity to rise above nastiness, aggression, hatred, impatience, unkindness and even resignation and apathy.

Teach not only kriyas and meditations, but teach your children how to breathe deeply and love fiercely and embrace the differences of their friends. Encourage them to band together and speak out for change.

Chant mantras in the car. Put a simple breathing exercise in your neighbor’s mailbox if you feel they are stressed. Talk to strangers; make eye contact as you pass people on the street. Do not dismiss anyone. DO NOT play into fear; do not be drawn into drama.

This is active, loud, purposeful peace work. This is not sitting-on-a-mountain-top-meditating kind of peace. This is no time to withdraw. This is get-your-hands-dirty kind of peace work. Get INTO life. Line up your forklifts. Have them fueled up and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Your heart may be heavy too, but make your aura sparkle brightly through your strong personal yoga and meditation practice and protect yourself from negativity, close-mindedness and division. Raise your vibration. A single flame can light a million candles.

Make it your daily work to grow and stoke the bonfire of peace in your own life—in every action, every word, every thought.

Victoria Lynes/Atmabir Kaur is a Certified KRI Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Radiant Child Yoga Teacher, and IKYTA/YA Member. She teaches Kundalini Yoga in Ottawa, Canada to students from all ages and all walks of life. Her youngest student is 18 months old – her oldest, 97! Having a busy life, operating her own full time yoga business and being a mother of 2 growing boys, Victoria finds peace, neutrality and strength through the regular practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Her passion is sharing Yoga and Mindfulness with children and she runs her programs in public and private schools. Learn more at: www.yourownpathyoga.com