Khalsa helps Mystic Heart participants find ‘moral compass’

Yogi Bhajan, Subagh Singh Khalsa’s spiritual teacher, once told him that the sign of a spiritual person is that he or she always knows what to do.

Week Four will be Khalsa’s second week this season facilitating the Mystic Heart Program’s meditation sessions and seminars. The meditation sessions are from 7:15 to 8 a.m. weekdays in the Main Gate Welcome Center. The seminars are held from 12:30 to 1:55 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Hall of Missions. People may go to either seminar or to both. There is also a centering prayer from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday in the Welcome Center.

The Mystic Heart Program’s goal is to educate visitors to Chautauqua Institution about the meditative practices of various wisdom and religious traditions around the world, such as Sufism, Zen Buddhism and Kabbalah. Khalsa draws from Sikh Dharma, a sect of Sikhism founded by Yogi Bhajan, and also from Kundalini yoga and meditation techniques. This week’s seminars are titled “Discovering the Moral Compass Within.”

“People are confused sometimes by their emotions, their obligations, their sense of responsibility and their fears,” Khalsa said. “But stripping away all that, they always know what to do.”

Meditation can be a means of stripping away those barriers to understanding. By practicing it regularly, people can overcome anger, pride and attachment and by doing so can achieve a greater understanding of their higher selves, Khalsa said.

Each morning in the meditation sessions, participants will practice different types of breathing exercises, such as silent breathing. They will also learn to use mantras, which are sounds, phrases and words that are repeated either aloud or silently.

“Every morning meditation is different,” Khalsa said.

Khalsa meditates daily. He said that no matter what problems he has to face for the day, meditation gives him clarity and allows him to figure out the answers he needs. He has written four books on meditation and spiritual healing and is a retired dentist and a former minister of Sikh Dharma.

The meditation sessions and seminars are welcome to people of all spiritual or religious beliefs.