Original airdate: February 3, 2011
He and Ramdesh met in India when he was recording, and have become dear friends. In fact, the first track you’ll hear is “Naam” from Silent Moonlight Meditation, which incorporates sounds recorded in the temples of India.
How did Gurunam become involved in sacred chant music and Kundalini yoga? “It has so little to do with me and so much to do with the grace of Yogi Bhajan and the blessing of him bringing the technology here,” Gurunam says. When he faced difficult times, Yogi Bhajan gave Gurunam a home, gave him a way to balance himself, and gave him sadhana (daily spiritual practice), which has been immensely powerful in his life. Listen next to “Calm Like a Lake” from Silent Moonlight Meditation, a glimpse into the blissful, calm state of mind to which Gurunam’s daily spiritual practice has brought him: “Like a calm lake, my mind is still.”
Gurunam shares the beautiful story of a dream he had about Hanuman the monkey god, who visited him as he was sleeping to give him a message that he was there to protect and advise him. It was a dream about unity, Gurunam says, and even though there has historically been division between the Sikhs and Hindus (Gurunam follows the Sikh tradition), he embraced Hanuman’s message, observing that “My religion doesn’t limit me.” Ramdesh agrees that borrowing the best from every tradition, and following whatever makes your soul sing and helps you to experience the divine is what matters. Next you’ll hear the track “Silent Moonlight Meditation” from the album of the same name; the piece incorporates the mantra Ang Sung Wahe Guru, which means every cell is God.
Ramdesh asks Gurunam about his personal experience with Guru Ram Das, “the patron saint” of Kundalini yoga. Soon after he started on the Kundalini yoga path, Gurunam recalls, he began praying to Guru Ram Das, and the practice has led him deeper and deeper into the presence of Yogi Bhajan. The healing power of Guru Ram Das is a blessing: “I do my best to get out of the way and to empty myself so that not only can I let it through, and be touched by it, but so that anyone who needs to be touched by it can be touched.” Adds Gurunam, “it’s so great to give, to serve, not to be thinking about what’s next, to be falling in love with, and falling deeper into the divine.”
Listen next to “Guru Ram Das” from Crimson Sadhana and allow the healing love to enter and surround you. Next you’ll hear “Gobinday Mukunday” from The Journey Home. The mantra, which repeats the eight names of God (Sustainer, Liberator, Enlightener, Infinite, Destroyer, Creator, Nameless, Desireless) was written by Guru Gobind Singh. It brings you to a calm and neutral place, and grants you compassionate fearlessness.
The podcast closes with “Ong Namo” from The Journey Home. This beautiful mantra begins every Kundalini yoga class. Gurunam explains that it means, “I bow to the guru, to the light of my own consciousness, to the divine guru who is in all the great teachers, and in all the great teachers that were and are to come.”
Bow to your highest consciousness at the center of your own heart, and join Ramdesh and Gurunam as you honor your own inner teacher. Listen to the music of an extraordinary yogi and musician whose own compassionate fearlessness shines from the center of his own heart with every note he sings.