At our conscious communication training yesterday we worked on three modes of group communication: Debate, Discussion and Dialog. The exercise was about making Prashad. We rose from heated debate regarding the “correct!” way to make prashad, to a discussion about the blessing of making and receiving prashad, and finally to a dialog about how more people wanted to learn how to make it and a plan for group prashad making. It was so elevating to experience the transformation from people defending their “position” to ending up in a heart-centered, enthusiastic desire from people who had never made Guru’s prashad to want to prepare and serve it.
My son, Gurushabd Singh (15) is home from Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar spending the summer here in the Espanola sangat. He’s working at SikhNet and having a great summer eating lots of macaroni and cheese (which is hard to get at school!) It’s so sweet to have his darshan every day. He’s been an active contributor to the Conscious Communication training and all the summer activities.
He is a very wise soul and a healer. I remember when he was about 10 years old, I got mad at him for not cleaning up his room as I had asked him to do. I yelled at him, “What’s the matter with you? Why didn’t you clean up your room? Don’t you remember what I told you? Why can’t you remember? Don’t you have a head on your shoulders!?” He looked at me silently for a few seconds and calmly replied, “No Papaji. I don’t have a head on my shoulders. I gave it to my Guru.”
Tears filled my eyes. I bent down to touch his feet and we cleaned up his room together.
There is an artist here in our community named Hari Jiwan Kaur. She paints the most unusual portraits. They are pictures of the person’s soul, not their physical form. They are quite amazing. At summer solstice she offered to paint Gurushabd Singh’s soul portrait. Here it is.
It actually looks exactly like him. Wahe Guru!
Here is the “Soul” Portrait: