Death and Enlightenment
Death is the death of our physical body and five senses not of our soul. The soul moves either on to its next incarnation or to join with the infinite. Yogi Bhajan joked that it did not matter if you believed in reincarnation or not it happened despite one’s belief.
One of the reasons we practice yoga is as a preparation for the moment of death. That in the instance that our final breath expires, the soul is confronted with all you have done throughout your life and you must choose to forgive yourself at this moment otherwise attachment to shame, guilt, or pride can bring you back to the incarnations of life. We must make the conscious choice to move on into oneness or continue with the world as we have known it. Yogi Bhajan referred to this time as “choosing the cold path”. He said the soul would confront two roads, one cold and unfamiliar, one warm and cozy. The cold path would lead the soul onwards and the warm familiar path would lead one back into the womb for rebirth. To escape the wheel of karma is the goal of each soul, and so the moment of death is incredibly important, as that is when the choice is made. The discipline of sadhana, cold showers, waking up before the dawn and keeping up in meditation. These practices train the mind to follow choice and intention rather than laziness and habit. We are literally training ourselves to take the difficult cold path but ultimately more rewarding road to enlightenment.
In the moment of death, mantra can help a soul move into the blue ethers and escape the electromagnetic field of the earth. The difference between dying with a swear word on your lips and dying with “Waheguru” can make all the difference. There are many stories from India of parables about this. One story that I love is that a very bad man, a thief and liar was killed by a man named Ram. In surprise, he exclaimed “Ram!” (a name of God in addition to the man’s name) and was surprised to find himself elevated in a more powerful incarnation, such was the power of the vibration of the name.
Whether you believe the parables or not, Yogi Bhajan gave a mantra called the “Pran Sutra” which literally means the “Teaching of Life Force” and gives us a tool to use at the moment of death to train and focus the mind onto a higher vibration.
The Pran Sutra mantra is “Nanak too(n) lehanaa too(n) hai Guru amar too(n) veechaariaa Dhan Ram Das Gur Jin sireeaa tinia savariaa. This mantra brings you through the energy of the first four Sikh gurus, ending at Guru Ram Das, Lord of Miracles and the Guru associated with the heart chakra. It focuses the consciousness of the reciter onto the energy of the heart, the energy of miracles, and entreats divine assistance with the passage of life.
The Pran Sutra is a tool given by Yogi Bhajan to prepare our soul to take the right steps in the moment after we pass. It is a beautiful gift that we can give to ourselves and a wonderful teaching to include in our life as well as our death.
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