Karam Kriya and Kundalini Yoga

 

Karam Kriya

 

Numbers are like bones. Similar to how the bones of our skeleton are the basic structure around which our muscles and tendons, veins and skin - in fact our entire physical body – unfold, giving us structure, shape, stability and providing blood, numbers can be seen as the subtle bones of the universe: covered by layers of creation they are invisible, most intrinsic and real. Similar to bones numbers are essential. They are inherent to everything and everything can be expressed in numbers. Numbers, just as bones, offer an insight into the structure behind the obvious and visible. Knowing or better listening to the numbers allows an understanding of the universal as it reflects itself in the personal and at the same time helps us relate our personal stories to the universal, offering us a bigger and more complete picture of our life’s journey and a sense of direction.

 

Karam Kriya as taught by Shiv Charan Singh is the sacred science and art of cultivating an awareness towards numbers. Training and developing this awareness we gain a deeper understanding of the universal as it expresses itself in this play called life and the various roles we identify ourselves with as we voyage through the different stages of our existence. Ultimately we recognize, accept and agree our journey to be the journey of our soul.

 

Divine Woman. Divine Mother. follows the guidance of the numbers into a deeper understanding of our role as mothers and our children’s choices for us as parents. Karam Kriya helps us linking our personal stories and experiences of childhood and parenthood back to the Universal. Doing so, Karam Kriya supports us in transcending the limited capacities of our mind which is trapped in karmic patterns repeating history. Karam Kriya reminds us of a space where we can right now create a future supportive of our and our children’s soul purpose.

 

Shiv Charan Singh

 

Shiv Charan Singh (karamkriya.com) is an outstanding and authentic spiritual teacher, founding director of the Karam Kriya School, and initiator of the Karam Kriya Community. He is training students in Kundalini Yoga, Numerology and spiritual consultancy in Europe, Australia and South America. With his example of living the teachings he invites us to fully realize our spiritual potential as human beings without the renouncement of worldly things. He is deeply committed to guiding students in their spiritual growth so that they can bring spiritual awareness into all aspects of their lives.

 

As a young person, Shiv Charan had a number of near death incidents which, together with prolonged periods of reclusion gave him an intimate knowledge of the process of living and dying that we all seek to understand. As an adolescent he experienced full Kundalini rising, a term used to describe profound spiritual awakening. In his early twenties he immersed himself in the study of Sikh Dharma in the heart of the Sikh community. He studied yoga with the Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa (Yogi Bhajan), master yogi and founder of Sikh Dharma in the West.

 

Following a degree in humanities, he has undertaken extensive training in counselling and therapeutic skills. He has worked intensively and successfully with people who have drug habits and severe emotional problems, and he offers profoundly transformative individual counselling. His unique teaching style touches the heart of the listener through his compassion, his lightness, his brilliancy and sense of humbleness interwoven with a healthy amount of humour. Above all, his warmth and compassion have generated a community spirit at the school which reaches out, attracts and connects people all over the world.

 

He is author of several books on human communication, the mystery of numbers and poetry, including "Let the numbers guide you" and "Try thinking of it like this".

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

 

Kundalini Yoga is often referred to as the Mother of Yoga. It is a very ancient form of yoga and in its place of origin – the Himalayas – it can be traced back several thousand years.

 

Because its teachers and students considered it a very powerful technique it was kept secret in the Himalayas until the 1960’s, when Yogi Bhajan brought it to the West. It was clear that the times were changing and Kundalini Yoga could make a great contribution to help people to better manage the acceleration of change, the increase in stress and pressure and the growing insecurities lying within all this. Yogi Bhajan started teaching Kundalini Yoga in 1968 in the U.S. from where it spread worldwide to a global network of today over 40 countries where Kundalini Yoga is being taught and practised by many thousands of people.

 

Kundalini Yoga is the science of sequence, rhythm and sound, to work on every aspect of your body, mind and soul. No previous experience in yoga or related disciplines is required for you to begin to achieve undeniable benefits almost immediately.

 

This holistic philosophy presents a comprehensive system of breathing techniques (Pranayama), body postures (Asanas), hand postures (Mudras), healthy mental vibration (Mantra), the science of sound & chanting (Laya Yoga) and Meditation (Dhyana). It is a dynamic and powerful tool for expanding awareness and it brings practical benefits of rejuvenation and healing.

Over a time this practice provides the physiological and psychological prerequisites for total health. These include a balanced glandular system, strong nervous system, expanded lung capacity and the clearing of emotional blocks. In this way it is a dynamic and powerful tool for expanding our awareness and we develop a conscious relationship between our personal life- energy and the universal flow of Prana. The overall result is the balancing of our chakras and the alignment of our Ten Spiritual Bodies. This awakens us to who we really are; spiritual beings having a human experience.

 

Kundalini Yoga is based on kriyas, or specially formulated sets of exercises. This allows us to target specific benefits and work on exactly those aspects of ourselves that need work at the current time. Any amount of time spent practicing – whether three minutes or an hour a day – produces significant benefits, and in turn, motivates individuals to dedicate more time to its practice.

 

Yogi Bhajan

 

Yogi Bhajan, a Master of Kundalini Yoga by the age of 16 – itself a rare feat –gave his first lecture at a Los Angeles high school gym on January 5, 1969. Then a 39-year-old recent émigré from India, he left behind a government career in order to realize the vision of bringing Kundalini Yoga to the West. No matter that not a single person was present that evening; he came to teach and he proceeded to speak to the empty hall.

 

In the turbulent, drug culture of the 60s, Yogi Bhajan first reached out to the youth. He recognized their experimentation with drugs and “altered states of consciousness” expressed a deeper desire to experience a holistic, liberating sense of awareness and a longing for family, for connection with themselves and one another. Soon realizing that pharmaceuticals provided, at best, a cheap imitation to the peaceful, inner euphoria they could get naturally from Kundalini Yoga, and at worst, had debilitating physical and mental side effects, young people began flocking to his classes, arriving by the busloads. He created a family, known as 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) and soon 3HO teaching centers began springing up across the United States and throughout the world.

 

He emerged as a religious, community and business leader with a distinguished reputation as a man of peace, world-vision, wisdom, and compassion. He has authored and published more than 30 books on topics ranging from spirituality and consciousness to communication and psychology. He has founded several foods companies that manufacture and distribute natural products based on these teachings. He has fostered economic development in every community in which he participates, annually conducts business seminars, and has authored several books that provide guidance to both the aspiring entrepreneur and seasoned business executive alike. As the Siri Singh Sahib, or the Sikh leader in the Western Hemisphere, he has met with Pope John Paul II to discuss inter-religious dialogue and worked side-by-side with the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop of Canterbury to foster world peace.

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