by Dr. Siri Atma Singh Khalsa, NM, USA
Life is not about earthly outcomes, riches or a perfect body. The question I find most valuable in working with yoga students and patients is: Can you listen to and act on the voice of your soul? The simple act of not listening to that voice can lead to your fate; conversely, acting on the voice of your soul can deliver you to your destiny. You are on these parallel tracks your whole life, and at each stage in your spiritual growth the test is of greater magnitude until you are free of ego.
The job of a Spiritual Teacher is to help us overcome the trap of ego, which makes us act out of selfish personal concerns. When I was taking care of Yogi Bhajan’s physical form, I would discuss his physical health and my medical recommendations with him. He was very gracious. I can still hear his words, “Now we know the probability, let’s see what God wants.” He would figuratively sit on his hands and do nothing.
And the next day when he was fine despite my warning, he would look me in the eye, and without saying a word I could hear him say clear as a bell, “My soul is set. I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do in this life. I’m not worried about my body; I'm worried about your soul.”
He taught me that ego is an illness of the soul. It causes us to act out of survival mode instead of group consciousness. And that is what we’re to heal to be healthy, happy and holy as yogis. The remedy is sacrifice and service; actions that are truly anti-ego in nature.
Siri Atma Singh Khalsa is an Internist who served as Yogi Bhajan’s personal physician, which gave him a unique perspective on yoga, healing and medicine. He currently offers Yogic Consultations by phone and leads workshops on the role of Kundalini Yoga in healing.