Number 9 – Guru Tegbahadar – Subtle Body
The Dharma of number 9: Calm, Persistent, Patient, Tolerance, Enduring, Peaceful, Subtle and refined.
The Karma of number 9: Impatience, Perfectionism, Tyranny, Disgust, Pressure, bluntness. Walk in the realm of the subtle; it has gifts for you.
9 is beyond the infinity of the 8. It is the other shore beyond the ocean of time and space. Everything in life has another side to it. September is a month to tune in to the other side. The other side of things and life may also reveal itself without invitation. Like after a long winter the spring reveals itself, or after a long summer the leaves start falling. What was falling starts to rise, what was rising starts to fall. The end becomes a new beginning. Sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is the best direction you need to take. And if you will go in that direction it will build in you the rare quality of spiritual perseverance. Remember it is what we become through the journey, not where we end up. The diamond we are to be, that we are making within ourselves, must pass through the stages of discomfort.
The Subtle Body and peace: Peace is subtle. It is not concrete or material. To materialize peace requires the most intense silence of the mind and receptivity of the heart. Peace awaits us to call it down. Through an atmosphere based on the common ground of all beings. Valuing tolerance more than perceptions of right and wrong, good or bad. Whatever our differences are the same spirit that flows in the same red blood in us all.
Guru Naanak’s reference to the 9th Guru came in the mantra of ‘Ajooni’; unborn, or beyond the womb. The Subtle Body never takes birth. It is the home from where we (the soul) came and to where we return. It is the soul’s resting place and the spiritual ground which makes possible an unshakeable calmness within.
It is said ‘meditate on Guru Tegh Bahadur and the 9 treasures shall come into your home’. The 9 gifts of insight, the revelation of the universal principles, which give the capacity to live by the virtues. So lets meditate on Guru Tegh Bahadur by reflecting on his final moments of life. His name means ‘Great Wielder of Sword’ yet also the enduring patience to tolerate the worst act of oppression before finally taking the sword in hand (which is what his son, Guru Gobind Singh was compelled to do). The last noble act of the 9th Guru was indeed to maintain this restraint, and instead of wielding the sword of metal he stood firm by the sword of his faith. Consider the highest level of altruism that moved him to give his head for the freedom of all beings to practice their faith in their own way. His message was not to live in fear of others, and not to live such a way that others should fear you. His example showed how, when faith is true and absolute, then nothing can take it away or destroy it. No amount of persecution or suffering or bribery or seduction can separate, or distract, one who is in love with the One Supreme Formless Being; the Unit Totality of All.
Spiritual suggestions for the month:
– To help you remember and be open to communication from the other side. Take a guiding line, a sutra, a universal spiritual principle, like a motto, and let all your thoughts, words and actions be governed by that for the month.
– Take a few moments to imagine yourself as an ancient hermit sitting still as a rock in a cave where you have confronted and cleansed all your personal and family ghosts, phantoms and demons. And from that state you are able to radiate peace into your world, like a sweet fragrance that no-one can resist.
– Invite peace into the centre of your being. And from there spread it around you.
– As one seed produces many. And as we keep a few seeds for growing more next year. This is a time to collect some harvest of your year. Generate some crystallised memory of the essence of your year so far.
– Any small and simple altruistic act where you take a stand for others rather than your self.
– Walk slowly and calmly in your environments. Start with small step – no rush.
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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