Walking with Guru Nanak...


Sat Nam Kundalini Windansea Family,

This Saturday’s Full Moon in Taurus is also the birthday of Guru Nanak. One of the most useful things I’ve uncovered from studying his teachings is that we don’t need to beg the Universe for prosperity and peace, we only need to be a clear channel (which we create through meditation) and assume our role as a co-Creator of our destiny. This is a moment to remember we don’t have to beg for blessings, but be steady in our curiosity and wonder…

I would like to share a cool story about Guru Nanak with you that illustrates this…

The captain of a ship passing though the Indian Ocean heard there was a temple dedicated to the deity of the sea, Varuna, and that all ships should stop and take darshan for a safe voyage. Despite much resistance, the Captain ordered his crew to dock at a very rocky point near what is now Karachi, Pakistan, when he saw the faint glow of candles he believed indicated the temple. 

After a steep climb with a few from his crew, the Captain reached a cave with candles. The pandit (temple custodian) knew why he was there and motioned for him to light a candle and leave in a rock niche where other candles were burning to obtain the blessing of Varuna for safe passage. After he had placed the candle in a special spot, the Captain did not want to leave and through a translator in his crew asked the pandit asked why there were no idols in this temple, only candles. The pandit told him that Varuna lives in the waves of the ocean, and occasionally manifests riding on a great big fish. Varuna spent many years meditating in this very cave before harnessing the mystical power of the ocean, and that at that moment there were holy men in the back of the cave meditating for the same reason.

The Captain wanted to see these men and the pandit discouraged him saying that if he disturbed the men deep in meditation he may secure their wrath and end up with a curse on his ship instead of the blessing he had originally come for. But the Captain said he just wanted to see, and wouldn’t make a sound, so the pandit relented and showed him the back cave. There he found yogis in various yogi ‘uniforms’ indicating their particular lineage, some were standing on their head, some were sitting in contorted positions. None of the yogis noticed him, except for one in a saffron robe. This man’s gaze pierced him, and it seemed as though he was deep into meditation even though his eyes were wide open. This was Guru Nanak. 

Guru Nanak told him of the years he had already been traveling, and how people regarded him as a holy man, but he was really only a curious seeker, just like the captain. The captain was so moved by this type of relatable spiritual discourse, steeped in truth and humility, and how it made him feel, that he asked to be Guru Nanak’s follower. Guru Nanak replied:

“You are my follower if you are willing to learn all your life. You have to remain a student forever like me. Learn from not only scholars and holy men but also from those you chose to ignore—servants, women, children, animals, plants, the sea, the land, the sky. Keep an open mind and never become too rigid in your beliefs. Dogma is the end of inquiry and hence the death of enlightenment. Have faith. Have faith, not only in your own goodness but in the goodness of others. Have faith in people even when you know they are deceiving you. Have faith that things will always work out for the good. Have faith that the sea will not betray your trust and will not swallow you even if you have not offered your prayers to the sea god. Have faith that the sea god is not a monster who will, like a jealous woman, take his revenge upon you if you don’t present him with gifts….” (Walking with Nanak, by Haroon Khalid, p. 194.)

What a freedom it is to know we don’t have to motivate ourselves to meditate in order please and appease the Universe or Higher Power. Instead, see this practice as a clearing of illusions, letting us remember: we are so loved, and so taken care of.

Happy Full Moon.