- Sep 16, 2004
[SIZE=+2][/SIZE]40 Days to Perfect Peace, Tranquility, and Joy
[SIZE=+2]THE END OF KARMA[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+2]THE END OF KARMA[/SIZE]
By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
Hay House, October 2005
The following excerpt has been taken from this new book.
As a spiritual seeker and meditator, you’re no doubt aware of the importance of positive self-talk and the powerful effects of a mantra. Moreover, if you have red books by Louise Hay, you also know about the incredible healing power of affirmations, which produce changes at a very deep level.
This book’s words, meditations, and spiritual thoughts are very effective affirmations, for they speak directly to your highest self. They penetrate your spiritual essence, thus taking you to the next stage of your personal growth—toward experiencing your Higher Power on a daily basis. This is important because I believe that the whole issue of spirituality has become overly complicated. It’s been made far too philosophical and intellectual, when in reality, it is quite easy to understand. God is within you; and you have the right to experience that peace, happiness, and joy while living on Earth in the here-and-now, regardless of your life circumstances. The End of Karma will help you awaken to that truth within you.
Practical and beyond intellectualization, this little book will transport you effortlessly into the realm of spirit and soul. Reading, meditating upon, and studying its chapters, preferably first thing in the morning, will help you move from traveling on the too-often bumpy highway of fate to the smooth royal road of your destiny: being a very loving person living a highly spiritual life.
A great master, Guru Nanak, originally composed its words over 500 years ago. He called this work Japji Sahib, “respected meditation of the soul.” Here is how the original words came to pass. One day, Nanak went for his morning bath in a river near his northern Indian home. Not seen for three days after entering the water, his family feared that he had drowned. Then he reappeared and began singing the very verses in this book. Nanak said that God spoke to him in the water and gave him this discourse. Thereafter, he became known as Guru Nanak.
In the late 15th and early 16th centuries, Guru Nanak traveled on foot with his musician companion, Mardana, through northern India, Pakistan, Tibet, Iran and southeast Asia. He brought together people of different religions and social classes to sit together in love, singing meditative songs of the Creator and of life’s greatness.
He was a pioneer and a revolutionary, tearing down prejudicial walls against women. He saw the Creator’s Divine Light equally in men and women, and established a path where women were held in the highest honor. Hence, his legacy lives on in the hearts and souls of millions of people.
The translation of Guru Nanak’s beautiful words has been brought forth by a young woman, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa, and from her book, Japji Sahib: The Song of the Soul.
Each chapter begins with a short sentence depicting that section’s benefits as described by Yogi Bhajan. After the poetic verse, I will render my interpretation of it, and suggest a follow-up idea to enhance your daily experience. Each chapter ends with a space to record your own thoughts and ideas. I promise that you’ll find that action very enlightening.
Occasionally, you may find the book repetitious, but that’s a good thing. Each chapter’s words act like many beautiful mantras, repeated over and over again, and often linked to a particular breathing pattern. Moreover, many of the chapters are similar or in the same vein in order to emphasize certain points. As the book progresses, the ideas and thoughts conveyed by its words will lead you to a very high level of spiritual experience.
To use this book effectively, read and reflect upon one chapter a day for 40 days, preferably upon awakening. The world is still and quiet in the early morning, and life’s static has yet to interfere with your ability to touch your soul. If you wait too long or start too late, you may feel harried, rushed, or frenetic, and that’s not conducive to meditating. Shaking hands with God every morning is the best way to reap this work’s benefits.
A special meditation section, containing two mind/body exercises to help end your karma, follows the 40 chapters. The first exercise brings harmony to your life by balancing your five elements, and the second has the very beneficial effect of uniting the unending circle of infinite prosperity. You can choose to practice one or both after reading and reflecting upon the day’s chapter. If you do want to meditate using one of Part II’s exercises, you’ll have to go to that section after reading Chapter 1. I suggest that you recheck the instructions almost every time you meditate until you know them well. Alternatively, you can wait until you’ve read all 40 chapters to begin doing the meditations.
At the end of 40 days, your karma will end, and you’ll be in touch with your dharma.