February – Number 2 – Guru Angad – The Negative
The karma of 2 is naivety and the desperation and suffering that exists in the tension between separation and attachment.
The dharma of 2 is innocence, loyalty and obedience. And the realisation that all longing is ultimately for the Infinite.
The separation becomes known as simply the nature of the relation, and distance becomes an awakener of immortal yearning.
February is the first limb of the year – this is the meaning of the name of Guru Angad. The first limb of the seed is the roots. February is the month to nourish the roots. Though there are no outward signs of growth still the roots are moving and there is a need.
It is a good time to begin the early phase of spring cleaning; clearing out old stuff in you and around you. Maybe in the house, or the office, but more especially in the body. A cleansing fast allows you to get in touch with what your soul really needs.
The Negative Mind is a very cellular part of yourself. The influence of the Negative Mind is such that you may find yourself wishing that February just did not exist, or that it would pass very quickly. Yet it is a time to sit and soak up some wisdom into oneself. Reading scripture would be a great pastime for the still cold and wet nights of February. It means that you do not let go of your end of the thread.
Guru Angad was the First limb, or extension, of Naanak.
Even though the roots move away from the seed and deeper into darkness still they do not separate from the source. It is a time to just let the time take care of itself. Humming is the bridge that covers the gap of the time so the time does not become an empty black hole that you spiral down into.
Guru Angad celebrated the suffering of longing. He described how the longing, of which many complain, is actually the spiritual wealth because through it we come to know the divine. For this we must find the strength in the longing and the brightness that exists in the depth of emptiness.
Good mantra for the month, which expresses the non-separation of the separation, is Ang Sang Wahe Guru: Every part of me, every fibre, every limb, is in the original state of ecstasy and intimacy with the inner core and light of original being.
It is a state known as non-separative extension.
Spiritual suggestions for the month:
– Reading from books of wisdom; be thirsty for wisdom.
– Good mantra for the month, which expresses the non-separation of the separation, is Ang Sang Wahe Guru: Every part of me, every fibre, every limb, is in the original state of ecstasy and intimacy with the inner core and light of original being. It is a state known as nonseparative extension.
– Chant and reflect on ONG SOHUNG. I am that which I long for.
– Buy some plants for yourself, a relative or a friend.
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