My First Experience of Oneness….Sri Guru Nanak Dev

Dear Krishanji…… The connection with you is the main and natural way to go back to the knowledge of yoga. You are sharing in such a loving and skillful way……  I love the new look of your blog.. the inspiring sharing about the source of your yoga.. the name SHUDHAM! It is exactly what I always got from your presence and your courses.. and I know the same is for so many of your yoga studentsJ ….Beatrice

Thank you Beatrice. The new look, with the new name , is to symbolize the beauty and purity of my Spiritual Masters, and to express my gratefulness to all those who have been a part of my journey.

 

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So many of you have contributed to my journey. Thank you. 

 

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Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji   (April 15, 1469 – September 22, 1539)

 

“He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.”Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib

“There is but One God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He fears none, he is without hate, He never dies, He is beyond the cycle of births and death, He is self illuminated, He is realized by the kindness of the True Guru. He was True in the beginning, He was True when the ages commenced and has ever been True, He is also True now.” Guru Nanak  (source: goodreads.com)

 

<3 From early childhood, I was attracted to many great saints of India, three in particular, SriGuru Nanak Dev, Saint Tulsi Daas, and Saint Kabir Daas. I learnt about them in school, and at home. I liked listening to their stories over and over. They all were Enlightened Masters and mystic poets. Their writings and teachings, which have inspired millions of seekers around the world, depict Truth, Wisdom and Devotion. 

 Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (lovingly called Guru Nanak) was the founder of Sikhism.

When I was in grade seven, I started carrying a picture of Guru Nanak, similar to the one above. I don’t remember where that picture came from. It was an old and previously used picture, about 3×5″, slightly torn on the upper left corner. I always carried the picture either in my school bag or in a book. I felt affinity with it. 

On the night before my  grade eight English exam, I dreamt about Guru Nanak, looking exactly the same as in the picture I had. He asked me why I had not studied two particular chapters in my English book, which in fact I had not, because they were not considered important enough for the exam. When I woke up, I remembered the dream. but didn’t give any importance to it. At breakfast I told my mother about the dream, and she insisted that I must study those two chapters immediately. She even took my breakfast away saying that I must study first. Thinking that it could only help, I studied.

 When the question paper was given to me, I was happily surprised to see two questions from those two chapters. Though, had I not answered those two questions, I would have still done well in the exam,  but it felt good that Guru Nanak had helped me. After the exam, I was very happy and told all my friends about the dream.

However, it was not any kind of a spiritual experience for me. It was a dream that happened to come true, and after a year or two, the dream faded from my memory, but I continued carrying the same picture  with me, and even when I came to Canada to study engineering, I brought it with me.

 On the night before my exam for Power Systems in the final year of Electrical Engineering, Guru Nanak appeared in my dream again.It was a replicate of earlier dream.  He looked exactly the same as before, and asked me why I had not studied a particular chapter. When I woke up, I remembered the dream, and also had a flashback of the dream from many years ago.  Without any question or doubt in my mind, I studied the chapter which I had neglected to study earlier for the same reason as before.

In the exam, yes, there was a question from that chapter, but I was neither surprised nor happy. Instead, I felt sad.

A realization dawned on me that helping me in the exams was not the purpose of two ditto and eleven-years apart dreams.  It was His way of making me realize His presence in me.  After the exam, I had tears of gratitude and sadness. He had been with me all these years and I had not recognized His presence. He had been waiting so patiently. I was very quiet that day. I shared the dream only with Bharti, whom I married a few weeks later.  

For next few days, after the dream, I continued feeling Guru Nanak’s presence very strongly. Every time I would close my eyes, I would see Him. I felt one with Him. Oneness with the Divine had been awakened in me.

 After the exams, when I moved from the university residence, somehow, I lost that picture. Perhaps, it got lost because it had served its purpose, but I wish I still had it.

After that experience, I began to notice a shift in how I perceived life.  So many questions which I had , they began to diminish, and I began to see life more and more as miraculous, magical, and amazing.

Now, whatever happens in my life, it all amazes me. My body and mind, whether well or unwell, amaze me. When I see life without likes and dislikes, a stormy day seems just as beautiful as a warm sunny day.  When I teach, each word that comes out of me, how it comes, and where it comes from, I see it as a miracle. When I see you, I see a miracle. A flower is a miracle. So is a thorn. Birth amazes me. So does death. It is all a play of Divine love. Seeing the Divine love in both, what I may judge as good or bad, keeps me in Oneness. 

Seeing the Creator in me, I see the whole creation with amazement. I attribute this to Guru Nanak’s grace. 

Three years ago, I was teaching a yoga course at  the Art of Living Ashram in Montreal,  and I shared this story with the course participants. Navjeet, one of the participant, told me that it was Guru Nanak’s birthday that day. I didn’t know that, but I was glad that, unknowingly, I was remembering Him on His birthday, and through Navjeet, He was reminding me that He will always be with me. 

Guru Nanak gave me the precious gift of Oneness, which now is so deeply rooted in me, that nothing can take it away.  

Only a few months after my experience of Oneness, I met my first living Spiritual Master……. <3

 

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“Even Kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.”  Guru Nanak,  Sri Guru Granth Sahib