Friday, October 19, 2012

Oct 19 - Photo a Day - Letters

According to Yogi Bhajan, this is the most high Kundalini yoga mantra (read and chanted or sung from bottom to top). "These eight syllables are the 'code' letters, the direct personal phone number connecting you, the creature, with your Creator." How fabulous is that?

I look at this hand-painted poster resting against the wall of Rama Lotus' yoga room nearly every week. To me, not knowing the language, they are just letters. Obviously, to many, they are extremely powerful words, and when chanted for two-and-a-half hours before sunrise for 40 days, can lead a person to enlightenment.

Translated, the words are nearly the same as the beginning of my daily prayer:
There is a creator. Truth is his name. Great is his wisdom.

Letters... strung together make the language of words -- some which nurture, some which wound, and everything in between. Everyday each of us does what we (seemingly) can not help but do: fill words with meaning. True power comes when we realize that we are the authors and the meaning-makers, and every word's interpretation is actually ours to decide.

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