“You are not going to find God. God is in you, around you, in everything of you. You have thirty trillion Gods in you. If you want to understand, every cell of the body and the three parts of it is God. There’s nothing without God!” -Yogi Bhajan
By Bhavanjot Kaur
I remember attending an after school program at a Catholic Church in my middle school years. I was always drawn to the front corner of the church. There was a kneeling bench in front of a tiered shelf that had votive candles lined up from side to side and some were lit with people’s prayers and behind this altar was a large statue of Mother Mary on the wall.
I remember kneeling on the bench and bringing my hands together tightly with my elbows propped up on the shelf while trying to formulate a silent prayer, but often I would get so nervous that it would be a jumbled mix of words and I would look up at her briefly in awe and then rush away to sit in the pew and await confession with the priest. I guess I was hopeful that Mother Mary’s turn around was quick and that she would put in a good word for me with the big guy.
“‘Religion’ means religio - to know your origin, join your origin, understand your origin, be your origin. Neither denying religion nor accepting religion means anything: it is the experience that can hold the mind.” -Yogi Bhajan
As a young girl, I was fascinated by the literature of spirituality, religion, philosophy, astrology and homeopathic medicine. I studied on my own and even extended my education with some classes in world religion while I attended a Catholic college.
While I was very interested in studying religion and spirituality, living and being with it was another story. I had never fully put my heart or soul into any one religion or spiritual practice since those early days of Catholic Church. I had lost faith somewhere along the way. I even considered myself an atheist at one point in my life. This was probably around the same time I was reading the monologue, “To be or not to be” in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is a text I read more times in high school and college than I care to admit. ‘To be or not to be’—how Piscean.
“The time has come of self-value. And the question is not: ‘To be or not to be.’ The statement is: ‘To be, to be.’ ‘I Am, I Am.’ The time has come not to search for God, but to be God. Time is not to worship God, but to trust and dwell in the working God.” -Yogi Bhajan
I remember walking into one of my Kundalini Yoga classes early on when I had not yet learned how to properly tie a turban. I wanted to cover my head in respect to the practice and to the teachings. I had an infinity scarf that I placed on my head and around my neck.
I still remember walking into the room and my teacher stopped and looked up at me with such kindness in her eyes while saying that she felt the energy of Mother Mary with me and that I resembled her with the way my scarf was wrapped. I remember feeling slightly uncomfortable as everyone turned to look at me and even more so that my energy and presence could be compared to someone as bright, beautiful and angelic as Mother Mary. I felt like my teacher took the clasp to a golden chain around my being that had been disconnected and re-joined me back to the Mother. I was with her and she was with me again, just like that.
“If you want God, God consciousness, and spirituality, then learn to surrender. That surrender is not to a man, rather it’s to a custodian of Truth. You have to learn to surrender to your higher consciousness.” -Yogi Bhajan
The late Wayne Dyer used to talk about the Ego as an acronym for “Edging God Out.” This is where we get ourselves into trouble. This is when we go after things and people and experiences. Often we are left empty-handed and drained of our vital energy. If we can trust the divine within then we can trust the divine plan will draw in that which is meant to be, so we can be with it.
In an effort to remind yourself consistently that God is within, you can write little notes to yourself and place them on the fridge or on the wall behind the sink where you do your dishes or in your bathroom mirror: Yogi Bhajan quotes like, “You must understand, this body is God’s temple, in it lives God.” and “If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.”
As we move from the Piscean age into the Age of Aquarius within our being, I think we need to be reminded each day that the divine is working for us, with us and through us. Not only do we need to be reminded, but we need to experience this Truth and surrender layer by layer, piece by piece to this greater awareness. We were given many tools by Yogi Bhajan to experience higher consciousness and the divine within. Meditations such as the Meditation on the Divine Mother, Meditation Into Being: “I am I am” and Grace of God Meditation can link you to the golden chain and give you that experience of the divine connection and the divine within as we navigate this new era of being.
“There is only one problem: You do not trust your powers. There is no difference between you and God. Count your blessings. Be proud of yourself. Make your children, friends and neighbors proud of you. Let your touch be the Master’s Touch. Serve the Age of Aquarius. Keep up and God will keep you up. Trust it. Stop looking down at yourself. Feel God within. There is no God outside of you.” -Yogi Bhajan
Bhavanjot Kaur is the owner and founder of Hamsa Healing Arts located in Centerbrook, CT. Bhavanjot is a Kundalini yoga teacher and Radiant Child Yoga Teacher. Bhavanjot is a Reiki Master practitioner and Teacher, Craniosacral therapy practitioner, Raindrop therapy massage practitioner and she also offers sound therapy with a 32" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Bhavanjot is a consultant for essential oils, medicinal mushrooms and CBD oil. She is mother to a delightful six-year-old little girl who overcame a rare childhood kidney cancer, which inspires her work with Lucy's Love Bus and the Connecticut Cancer Foundation.