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The Divine Gift of Acceptance

By Jagdish Kaur

I feel that I have learned the most lessons in this lifetime about acceptance and tolerance from my daughter, Guru Bhajan Kaur.

I thought that when I became a stepmother almost 30 years ago, that would be my greatest challenge.

I was wrong.

My daughter, who taught me that she is “differently-abled,” has taught me to truly be humble. I have learned through her and continue to learn the ultimate test of patience.

It has taken me many years to truly accept her for who she is and to embrace her differences. I see her now as this special rare gift with unusual abilities. I see that God wanted me to be tested in this way and it has given me great strength and endurance far beyond my expectations.

To be tolerant and accepting of others is a divine gift.

Jagdish Kaur Khalsa is a wife, mother, and lifelong advocate for her daughter, Guru Bhajan Kaur, who experiences Autism. For 25 years she worked as a Promotions Coordinator for her husband, Karta Purkh Singh, in his herbal business. She has also been a Kundalini Yoga teacher, taught pre-natal yoga, and vegetarian cooking. Before marriage she was a doula and worked with many babies and families, including being the Nanny to Yogi Bhajan’s oldest grandson.