The Many Lifetimes of Krishna Kaur, Half 2 – Spirit Voyage Weblog

An interview with Krishna Kaur and Karan Khalsa, Half 2

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The inspiration of Krishna’s religious life began along with her household. She at all times skilled her mom as a religious particular person, and her mom’s devotion at all times saved a particular place in Krishna’s coronary heart, guiding her means till she discovered a spot the place she felt at house.

Her mom was one of many best supporters on Krishna’s religious journey. 

Krishna stated, “She (her mom) wasn’t an actual church goer, however she was with the church of spiritual science. She had her personal means of seeing issues, elevating her children. When my father died, we have been very younger and she or he needed to make it possible for if she died, we might be taught to carry our personal, that we might be capable of perceive what was actual and never actual, in a way. She by no means supported us feeling dangerous about something.  Something we have been feeling, she at all times discovered a technique to flip it in the direction of the divine. Generally she would use my daddy as a means of pointing us in a constructive path. She would say ‘your Daddy may be very pleased with you proper now’, or she would say ‘God is watching you proper now, there’s nothing to fret about’. She at all times made positive we weren’t relying on her alone, neither spiritually nor bodily.  She made positive that we turned self-sufficient in our relationship with the Divine. That was very particular for her, and I beloved her for that”

This fixed reassurance and devotion from her early years turned a catalyst in Krishna’s life. She was a seeker, and was continuously in search of solutions, however it’s clear she felt assured about her personal relationship with the Divine that she might ask the massive questions. “Why was I born, what’s going to I get from being in New York and many others., how was I presupposed to serve my folks. I began questioning every thing.  The solutions would come from I don’t know the place and can be one thing like, “Okay, are you happy? You’ve executed it. I’ve given you this chance, now determine your actual work”.  Krishna began feeling these existential questions of function coming to her whereas performing in New York.  Nonetheless, she felt such a must go in the hunt for solutions.  She says, “I went by so much throughout my first journey to India. That’s after I felt the Dharmic connection. I used to be clear that I might know instantly, which was my path and which was not. I knew I used to be not a Catholic. I knew I used to be not a Baptist. I knew I used to be not a Methodist. I knew I didn’t belong to the Yoruba custom, nor was II a Muslim. I checked out all these practices, appreciated them deeply and I used to be guided to be taught from them, however I noticed that they weren’t my basis. I knew additionally that I used to be not the Church of Spiritual Science.  However knew that when I discovered the factor that touched my coronary heart, that made me really feel at house, then it was for me.”

Krishna says she stopped in search of a faith and started in search of a lifestyle.  Not for one thing simply to do on Sundays, however one thing she might stay on a regular basis of her life. “I didn’t know all of the issues about this path of Kundalini Yoga and the 3HO way of life, and I at all times stated that I’ll be right here so long as it is sensible and when it stops making sense, I’ll transfer on.  It simply by no means stopped making sense to me as a lifestyle, as a means of experiencing God, as a means of instructing in regards to the Godness in all   I by no means favored when folks taught any  path as the one means.  As children, we might go go to the completely different church buildings members of my household attended, the Catholic church, the Methodist church, the Baptist church.  Individuals simply saved saying, ‘we’re the one means, we’re the one means,’ … I requested what’s going on? You all are saying the identical factor, that you’ve the one means. What you’re doing. It’s your means, however who cares the way you name it: Dios, God, Jesus, Jehová, no matter your identify for God is doesn’t matter to me. The entity is similar, and if that is the best way you select to worship it, and I select to do it otherwise, I’m good with that. My mom at all times stated, God is in your coronary heart, it doesn’t matter the way you worship God, however if you discover that means for you,  be true to it.”

After a while of being aside of the Kundalini Yoga neighborhood, it turned clear to Krishna that she ought to be instructing yoga to the Black neighborhood. “This was very fascinating as a result of the three issues that I’ve in my coronary heart, that I’ve looked for whereas I used to be in New York have been: ‘Why was I born? How am I presupposed to worship God? How am I presupposed to serve my folks?’ So at first I believed, I don’t know sufficient to show.  However then I taught my first-class, and I used to be shocked at how a lot I knew.  And it grew from there.  I began instructing in LA at vaarious excessive colleges.  The lecturers would ask me to return, saying the youngsters are in bother, we want what you’re instructing, are you able to come and educate them? So I might go the place I used to be known as. I used to be working with communities throughout Los Angeles. I used to be very energetic politically and socially.  I opened an Ashram – Yoga Heart on Broadway and 53rd Avenue.  It was humorous as a result of the yoga studio I based was on Broadway… I believed, OK, right here I’m, again on Broadway in an entire new means.” 

Whereas instructing within the Los Angeles communities, music saved being a powerful basis in Krishna’s life. She built-in music in all her courses as a technique to attain her college students, turning prayers into songs and studying shabds (sacred phrases of reward). 

“Within the locations the place I taught Kundalini Yoga, I sang. Once I was in theatre, I used to play my guitar and sing in numerous exhibits. So, I at all times had that musical aspect that I held on to a bit.  Once I got here again to LA, I discovered my guitar, and I ended up singing.  Once I was instructing, I used to make up songs. I might use songs to show my children, like my tune, “One Creator”. I sang that simply to show the youngsters, they usually insisted that I sing it on a regular basis.  It helped to resolve issues and educate classes. At some point, as I reached the campus of Lock Excessive, I heard these women singing this tune from the highest of their lungs and I stated, sure! It was a bit tune I made up. The phrases have been, “ I’m I’m love, I’m I’m, I’m I’m peace, I’m I’m, I’m I’m pleasure, I’m I’m, I’m inside every thing I see. ‘trigger every thing I see is me”.  If I sang it, and made a tune out of it, they’d bear in mind it, and in the event that they sing it, they’d get it.”

Krishna realized to play completely different devices all through her life: harmonium, piano, guitar, violin and tambora. “I grew up enjoying the piano. I performed the violin within the Orchestra College.  I began enjoying the guitar earlier than I used to be on Broadway.  However when I discovered the harmonium, I beloved that I might play with one hand.  I realized that on my first journey to India. I purchased a harmonium and a tambora, and realized to play some Sikh shabads whereas I used to be there, and that was how the subsequent evolution of my musical life began. It type of occurred, there was no intention, no design, no thought.”

For a few years, Krishna would sing, not simply when she was instructing, however at neighborhood gatherings throughout the nation.  She composed songs like “You might be my lover Lord” and “One Creator” and these turned favorites.  She was at all times invited on stage to steer a whole lot and hundreds of yogis in tune.  These songs turned a part of her first solo album launched in 2013, One Creator.  On her second album, Longing, launched in 2017 she added some extra of her favourite songs to sing, from the previous days and newer compositions.  This 12 months, she is sharing new music along with her quickly to be launched album “Wanting Up”.

Each phrase that Krishna Kaur sings glistens with knowledge, longing and a deep love for the world she has spent over 80 years inhabiting. This album is like the attractive, aged pores and skin of a grandmother, imprinted with the tales of her travels all over the world from Europe, Scandinavia, New York, North Africa, West Africa, China and again, looking for that means and a way of making neighborhood each place she went.

Krishna’s prayer in sharing these sacred mantras and songs of hope and religion throughout these extremely difficult occasions, is that they’ll increase our spirit on a regular basis and convey consolation to all irrespective of the place all of us are on the planet.

“The One Creator is embracing us all. Now allow us to all embrace one another as properly.”