40 Days, 40 Years, 40 Prayers

Day Fifteen

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan offers us detailed teachings on the power of the prayer of the mother for her children.  The prayer of any woman is also said to have extraordinary power.  So, I write tonight with an intention to honor the power of the mother’s and the woman’s prayers.

Recently, I attended an extraordinary concert with the renown musicians Snatam Kaur, Ajeet Kaur, Ezra Landis, Tripp Dudley, and Siri Kirtan Kaur at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas.  During the concert, Snatam had to tune her guitar before singing “People of Love.”  While tuning the guitar, she chatted with her audience.  She mentioned that her grandfather once told her that his generation’s job was to start the Peace Movement.  So, Snatam’s grandfather added, it would be our generation’s job to take on the challenge of healing the environment.  Snatam ended this little chat with a graceful and gentle reminder: vote for Bernie Sanders.

In the forty or so years (from 1969-2004) that Yogi Bhajan taught in the United States and around the world, he encouraged so many people to pray for peace.  They prayed for peace.  Now, we continue to observe Peace Prayer Day every Summer Solstice.  We have lots of great teachings that guide us to understand that peace is not the destination; peace is the way.  Peace is something we practice, not some utopian ideal to reach.  Peace takes grit, muscle, power, prayer, discipline, courage, courage, courage.  Any nation can build an army and dump way too much money into a military machine.  That’s for sissies.  I’m willing to bet that half the United States Marine Corps would collapse under the physical, mental, and spiritual challenge to hold Wheel Pose for 11 minutes.  But I am going off on some tangent that is likely to throw me way out of my Neutral Mind.

So, I return to a sense of gratitude that a generation of yogis learned directly from Yogi Bhajan while he lived on this Earth plane and were fortunate to pray for peace in his presence.

But he passed out of his human body and dwells in the hearts and minds of those who practice the teachings he shared.  He taught about the Mother’s Prayer.  Being a mother myself, I appreciate these teachings; but practicing to become a more prayerful yogi, I am beginning to appreciate another dimension to the Mother’s Prayer.

So, now that the time has come that our shared environmental crisis has grown desperate.  We need to build a powerful legacy of Earthing that is on par with Peace Prayer Day.  One way to approach this is to pray that we, in our most radiant, collective human consciousness come up with more creative, sustainable, authentic, and lasting solutions to heal our Earth.

But, even more importantly, we must listen.  What is our Mother Earth’s prayer?  Do we have the capacity to listen to the Earth, to communicate–really communicate, prayerfully communicate–with trees, plants, flowers, dirt, stones, water, clouds, animals?  Are we able to hear with open minds and hearts what it is this Earth wants and needs most from her children, from Her Creator, from Her Universe?

Mother Earth, what is your prayer?  What is your wish for your own spiritual destiny?  What is your wish for the destinies of the creatures and beings who regard you as their mother?  I am blessed to be here.  I am blessed to be with you.  I am blessed to be listening.  With a prayerful mind and heart and with open ears and an open inner ear, I bow.

Sat Nam!

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