KRI Corner: The Caliber of the Aquarian Teacher
Sat Nam and greetings from KRI. We wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy and holy 2014!
We are thrilled to kick off 2014 with the powerful and transformational theme “The Aquarian Teacher” along with 3HO and Aquarian Times. This is a theme that is appropriate to carry through this month and into the rest of the year and for years to come. Embodying the Aquarian Teacher is making a choice to take your highest path of service and self-illumination during your lifetime.
Here at KRI we have the task of updating and maintaining The Aquarian Teacher Level One Instructor textbook and manual. A recent addition we wanted to let the Aquarian Teachers out there know about is the addition of a thorough index to the back of the manual and a revised index in the textbook. While the index takes up only a few pages of each book, it is intended as a tool to facilitate your teaching and practice, making it easier to quickly find specific exercises, mantras and benefits within the book. We hope you will find the index a useful addition to the manual, and the edits in the textbook index to be helpful as well.
Yogi Bhajan talked about the “caliber” of a teacher. The Master’s Touch (KRI 2000) discusses caliber in the section called “The Caliber of a Teacher,” beginning on p. 187. He says: “Caliber is the total capacity of an individual to project one’s identity. You do not miss, you do not fail, you do not go wrong, you do not go under. Your caliber does not fail you. Caliber is a basic, consistent power in which a person can project, communicate, and lodge oneself, like a bullet.” This teaching was given on July 31, 1996.
In October of 1979, Yogi Bhajan taught a meditation that is featured in the Aquarian Teacher Training Manual called “The Caliber of Life Meditation.” In it, you focus your eyes through a “V” shape made with your thumbs and “look through the V like a gunsight.” We invite you, the Aquarian Teachers, to practice this meditation and cultivate your own caliber and capacity to aim steady and make direct projected hits in your life and your work.
In addition to The Caliber of Life Meditation, you may also like to explore the “Caliber Kriya,” which is featured in Kriya: Yoga Sets, Meditations & Classic Kriyas from the Early Years of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® (KRI 2013).
“How do you define the Teacher’s caliber? The Teacher is not a god, but he is a God-giver. Can you believe this definition? And you have come here to become Teachers. A Teacher is not a god, the Teacher is a God-giver.”
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 31, 1996