Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga and the man who brought Kundalini to the Western world in 1968 shared 5 principles of the Aqaurian Age. They are simple and easily applied to life in any situation you find yourself in and are just as deep and powerful too. Sutra means knot and the Aqaurian age is the time we are now in.
Over the next two weeks I will be going through each Sutra. I could of course post it in one but where’s the fun and feeling in that?
I came across a free postcard at my first white tantric one year that had all of the sutras on it. I wanted to remember them and practice them off the mat too so I put it beside my mirror in the bathroom and looked over at them as I brushed my teeth. Such a simple yet great way to involve yoga in life. They are also non invasive, I put them in the bathroom for anyone to see to possibly get something from without coming across as pushy or invading the space with ’spiritual stuff’. Now, whenever I feel to call on some yogic or spiritual wisdom, I think of a Sutra, choose one that applies with what’s happening or what I’m doing and everything becomes much easier or I see light in a situation. Works every time.
Let’s start at 1 – Recognise the other person is you
Just let that sink in. What is you mind telling you? Is it agreeing with compassion and joy or trying to wiggle out of it and resist the idea completely?
STOP and reflect – Recognise the other person is you, mentally go over your thoughts or write them down.
When you break it down, recognise the other person is you has a deep whole meaning and can be taken into several situations.
Recognise the other person is you overall means to recognise that we are all the same. We love the same, fear the same, breathe the same, start again the same. We are all people. We are more connected than separated, in fact we can tear down the barriers between us right now.
See that other person as a mirror of you, that person is simply a reflection of you. They are helping you grow, learn, look at qualities embodied and can make them physical.
This sutra reminds me of The Golden Rule: Treat others who you want to be treated, though I believe goes deeper. The Golden Rule is great on an outer physical level but the first Sutra Recognise the other person is you is an inside to outside job.
It also serves as a good reminder in being non judgemental as it is only yourself you are judging anyway! I notice this all the time, as before I started Yoga and then started practising Sikhi, my life was very different. When I see a person drinking alcohol on the streets or on the train, shouting down the phone in the streets, going out in full make up with not many clothes on – I can’t judge them, because that has been me! If I judge them, I am only judging a past version of myself. That’s just silly.
It’s a great Sutra to practice when talking with someone, even if that someone has annoyed you to the core. Why? Because it brings stillness, you slow your breath, you listen, give them your attention and can better communicate consciously as after all, it’s all you!
Recognise the other person is you – you are connected, that other person will mirror anything you do/don’t want to see of yourself and you’ll learn more, as you learn you will also come to see that you can walk away from any moment thinking – wow that person is a great teacher, that was a useful lesson.
Try it this week, make it your personal mantra – at home, in the shopping mall, on the bus, in a taxi, with your boss and so on. You can write your experiences in a journal or make interesting conversation. For other stories and a deeper look at the 1st Sutra check out this video.
Check back each Sunday for more in this series of the 5 Sutras of the Aquarian age!