Number 7 – Guru HarRai – Aura
The Dharma of 7 is that you can forgive.
The Karma of number 7 is all the ways you hold on to the past.
How do we hold to the past – pride, shame, anger, guilt, resentment, bitterness, souvenirs, searching for answers, analysing, explaining, justifying, excusing, and so on…. Forgiveness is one of those easy words to say, yet something our mind really struggles with.
To reach Right Understanding you can ask yourself a particular set of questions, in this order: Are you prepared to be understanding? Otherwise you will never understand. Do you realize that the terrible events of the past are already past? Do you want to be at peace? Or do you prefer agitation without any end in sight. When will you stop being afraid? Be grateful for the wounds that have called you awake or your fear will reproduce the past. How long and deeply do you want to suffer?
Most animosity comes from misunderstanding. Cleanse yourself of misunderstanding.
This is called healing the past. One result of forgiveness is that you will be less possessive and less territorial. You see the big picture; your perception is vast. You will recognize your self in the soul of others and permit that there is room for all beings – in your psyche and in the world.
July: Your still busy, living in the fast lane, seeking your success. Business has been full on and some friends and family forgotten. You may not realize it but you are probably running on empty. It is time to plan and take your break. Holiday is time to bring back the leisure and the fun. By the time of July you have just past the middle of the year. From now on there is more of the year behind you than in front of you.
This is the month to look back and assess your position so far. What you set out to achieve this year, what remains to be done, and to redraw the plans for the rest of the year. Remembering that what is done is done and that there is no value in regret, remorse or revenge. Only effective approach is to learn and implement the lessons of the past. Analytical self-evaluation needs to be done without any given set of prejudices or suspicion. Then an accurate, honest, measure of self will result in a projection which matches your capacity. This means that your aura expresses and effectively supports your vision.
Guru HarRai became the embodiment of forgiveness. He had every reason to seek compensation through revenge. Yet he, not only chose to forgive, but even, extended blessings towards the aggressor. He provided the medicine to cure the son of the oppressive tyrant. To have the consciousness of Guru HarRai is to not see the block but to see the way through the block.
The mantra that Guru Naanak gave for this phase of development, and which helps to have the vision of the way, is Nirvair. It means no enemy and, more fully, no complication from the past. Progress into the state beyond time and space can only happen when we are free of fear of the future and finished holding to the past.
Spiritual suggestions for the month:
– It is a time to deeply understand. So reflect and follow through on the lines of thinking as described for this month.
– Assume nothing, prejudge nothing, and ask questions designed to better your understanding of others around you. Questions that will help you to better appreciate and respect the other.
– Have one day a week that really is your day. A holy day. A day to forgive, be kind, to yourself and then to others. A day of no questions, no answers. A day to just be the witness to the world just as it is. A day for zooming out.
Shiv Charan Singh is the founding director of the Karam Kriya School and Kriya centre for Kundalini yoga in North London. Scottish by birth, he is an outstanding and authentic spiritual teacher. Karam Kriya means ‘action in spiritual awareness’. Shiv Charan is deeply committed to guiding students in their spiritual growth so they can bring spiritual awareness into their everyday lives and develop their full potential as human beings. He is a skilled counsellor, author of several books on human communication, the mystery of numbers and poetry. He runs training programmes throughout Europe, Russia and the Lebanon.
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