We can revel in infinite gratitude to Yogi Amandeep for gracing Sat Nam Fest blog with a special interview.
If you do not know Yogi Amandeep, he is a leading authority on the history of yogic traditions. He also carries a special flame; he is a bearer of yogic oral traditions—UdasiSampardha and NirmalSampardha—traditions that pass wisdom from teacher to student through the ages through oral teachings and transmission. This means that to receive the special wisdom Yogi Amandeep offers, it is best to be in his presence.
If you are seeking an experience that puts you in direct contact with the enigma and wisdom that is your own consciousness, Yogi Amandeep invites you to sit with him at the Sat Nam Fest.
He graciously answered some questions for this blog post. This turned out to be less of an interview but more of a provocation to dwell in consciousness.
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What does your intuition tell you about the Sat Nam Fest? Why is it unique?
I feel at home at Sat Nam Fest. Sat Nam Fest is unique in that it offers an environment where Yoga’s roots and traditions are preserved and passed on. When roots and traditions are passed on in the ways they were intended to be passed on, then a seeker knows that he or she is flowing in a stream that would one day merge into the ocean of Dharma.
To expand further, some of today’s spiritual teachings seem to bloom out of nowhere; they come from one person’s personal experience and that one person is sharing his or her own experience. However, Yogi Bhajan gave the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, which are teachings that have been handed down through ages and developed, —they have roots—and many enlightened masters contributed to the cultivation of these teachings. Yogi Bhajan brought highly cultivated yogic teachings to the West, and the effect was the blooming of lots of different flowers: One of these beautiful flowers is Sat Nam Fest. This festival creates a space for the transmission of an authentic yoga tradition.
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What do you plan to offer at Sat Nam Fest Joshua Tree 2017?
This year, I will offer teachings that help us to dissolve and let go. We will dissolve the individual self to experience the universal self. There is an old Sufi saying, “When you learn to lose your self you will reach the Beloved; come receive the secret.” When you lose your self, you become All. Dissolve your self and dwell in creative consciousness.
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What does someone need to hear if they feel unsure if the Sat Nam Fest will serve them?
The greatest obstacle is not a situation or people, but one’s own mind. How can one dissolve the mind? Surrender. Set an intention. Feel that you are supposed to be there, and you will be there.
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In your workshops, you blow the Conch. Can you explain why you blow a Conch and what the Conch means?
In yoga classes that Yogi Bhajan taught, he would often shout or scream to divert energy that people release when they are meditating. Instead of shouting, I blow the conch to direct the negative energy out of the space so people have deeper experience.
The conch is one of the eight symbols of the Dharma. Not all conches can be blown in a meditation. Some conches are for meditation; some conches are blown to create war; some clear the energetic path of someone who has passed away. Blowing the conch is a total science, and maybe in the near future I would like to share this science in detail. Wherever the right conch is blown, negativity destroys itself. The conch carries the sacred sound current, the primal sound before the universe was created. It is one of the sounds heard within the body during deep meditation. The sounds of the gong, the trumpet, the conch, these are sounds that occur internally; in the deep center of meditation.
There are 8.4 million frequencies heard at death, the conch is one of those.
In Palmistry, the symbol of a conch is in the palm of a master. Other symbols appear in the palm of a master: an umbrella, lotus flower, club, chakra, along with other symbols. A master will also have the symbol of a conch on the foot.
Can you tell more about the specific Conch you blow?
I have two conches. Both of my conches have undergone an Opening Ceremony. This is a ceremony to open the third eye of the conch. This is a ceremony to sanctify the conch. It is a ceremony handed down from ancient wisdom: Any object you use for spiritual growth has to be awakened so that it knows the difference between right and wrong, so that object has consciousness. Blowing a conch may appear to be a simple thing, but it is a science passed down from ancient wisdom.
If you look at the sword of Guru Gobind Singh, it has a human eye engraved on the top of the sword. That sword went through an opening ceremony which infused prana onto it. Sacred objects need to be given life; they go through a prana infusing ceremony. Before the ceremony, the object has no sense of right and wrong. When you infuse your prana into an object, it becomes part of you. Now you and that specific item have become one, and that object will be directed by you, even on the mental and energetic level. So this opening ceremony can also be referred to as an infusing prana ceremony. Even the gong should go through this ceremony. About four years ago, for the first time in the west, through the grace of the Guru, I shared this ceremony and we awakened seventeen gongs in Salt Lake. It’s a two hour ceremony where there are different sounds used to awaken or open the third eye, or infuse that object with prana, and make it alive. In the past, no object could be used for spiritual growth, unless it had been infused with prana. And then, after the ceremony, you give that object a name. It’s a lost science being revived.
My conch is named Goraknath, after one of the greatest sages who developed most of the physical aspect of yogic wisdom. The great sage by the name of Guru Goraknath is also the founder of some of the many Himalayan Yogic traditions.
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You mention 8.4 million frequencies heard at the time of death. Can you speak more about yoga teachings and death?
There are two types of death, one is physical and one is psychological death, the death of the superficial I. For now lets just dive into the psychological death maybe some other time we would talk about the physical death.
I will describe the structure of the mind. The first part of mind, Yogic call it Budhi – the discerning intellect, that which is working even now, in fact this is the only part of your mind which is in action all the time. We only have access to this in our moment to moment experiences. Budhi picks up all the information from its surrounding and its imprint is caught on Chitta. Chitta then creates a personality in you which you think of as the I . Yogis call this Ahangkara. Ahangkara is what you think yourself to be your I, your personality—your individual being that is actually a collection of thoughts, feelings, emotions, and experiences that you have accumulated from day one till now.
This is an outsider’s information, not the internal reality of your true self. This is a superficial I that yogis refer to as the Ahangkara. Dissolving of this superficial I is called a psychological death. Until you dissolve this superficial I, you can never come face to face with who you really are. In the Gurbani there is a question to a seeker, who are you in reality? This is not a question of who you are in memories which you have collected from your day-to-day life from day one until now; but, who is the real you. This is not a question of what society, your parents, your education, or your religion has branded you as. Those are all things that the Budhi aspect of the mind has imprinted on the Chitta aspect of the mind. All that has to be dissolved in order to access the true self. The purpose of the yogic teachings is to dissolve the psychological I to get to what remains after that, the real you, your true self.
It is like an empty room filled up with furniture. The crowded room starts to think: I am the furniture. I am the bed. I am the chair. I am the table. I am the lamp. But if we take away the furniture, what remains behind is the room, which is just an empty space. Similarly, once Ahangkara is removed, what remains is you. Krishna says in Bhagvad Gita, You are that which cannot be collected, cannot be destroyed, cannot be named. This is what Gobinday Mukunday, Udaray,… means. Go means the moving universe; the constant moving of your mind, thoughts, emotions. Binday means the center point. The whole mind is moving but right in the center of you there is a point that does not move that is called a bindhu; so Gobinday means the center point that is not moving in the whirlpool of my life. Identify with that center.
It is an illusion that the thinker is in charge or that the mind is in charge. This voice in your head is not in charge. What is in charge? Consciousness. The consciousness is the empty space. Only when you start dwelling from the perspective of consciousness do you really live. If not, you are in illusion, yogis call this Maya. Dwell from the perspective of consciousness, not from the thinker’s perspective. Most of us only relate from the thinker’s perspective. We only relate to the voice in the head, and every action that we do, we do that in relationship to the voice in the head but this voice in the head is not the one in charge of you. If the voice in the head is you, then who is the listener? There is something behind the voice—that is called consciousness.
This is what the Guru calls karta purakh. Purakh means consciousness; that is the creative consciousness in you, not the thinker, not the mind but the creative consciousness, Karta Purakh means creative consciousness. You are alive, not because of these thoughts in your head. You are alive because there is consciousness in you.
The So Purakh mantra is a long poem that some people recite as a daily practice to attract a good partner. So Purakh refers to that consciousness which is in charge of you. So Purakh describes the creative consciousness, and that is your real soul mate; that is your real mate; that is your real and only partner.
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Walking along the spiritual path, how is one to be sure she or he is being directed by the mind or she or he is dwelling in consciousness?
If you have to ask that question, you are still being directed by the mind. Dwelling in consciousness, you just exist; you do not think.
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Well then, let creative consciousness close this conversation!
I invite those who are longing to find their soul mate—which is their own presence, their own consciousness—to be with me at Sat Nam Fest so that we can sit together, meditate together, contemplate together, dissolve together and experience that consciousness together.
When that consciousness is experienced, it is the same consciousness in me as in you. There is no difference. The empty space in my house is the same empty space that is in your house. You can be living in any country. When consciousness is experienced, it is one in all. That is what is called Ik Ong Kaar, one universal consciousness. There is one light reflected in all. The spirit is one. God is one. Experience the oneness of God, not a philosophy of the oneness of God.
I invite you to two sessions with me at Sat Nam Fest where we will dwell together in creative consciousness.
Finally, if you wish to dive deeper into a unique yogic experience and teachings, I invite all seekers to the Himalayas this September for Making of a Yogi, which is a Yatra/Training/Adventure/Pilgrimage all in One. This is an invitation to seekers to the highest lands for the highest teachings.
Please visit makingofayogi.com to feel the powerful presence of Yogi Amandeep and his invitation to dwell with him in the energies of the ancient sages.