Karta Purkh has been a member of the Sikh path, or Panth, for 35+ years. He came to the teachings of Guru Nanak as the result of his practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation. The logic and precision of his yogic practices, discovered after a number years of searching for a “spiritual path” blended perfectly with the beliefs of Sikhism and his own personal beliefs developed over the years.
Sikhism requires meditative remembrance of God through chanting and repeating God’s name on a daily basis. It also requires the Sikh to work by the sweat of his brow and NOT profit by the sweat of others. An honest living must be earned honestly and righteously. Additionally, a Sikh is obligated to share these blessings with those less fortunate.
Karta Purkh rises each day (usually) at least two hours before the Sun. He bathes (usually) in a cold shower in preparation for prayer, yoga, meditation and scriptural reading. It is through this process that he has been able to adjust and change his life from one that might be called dissolute into a life of effort towards excellence.
One of his favorite quotes from his teacher Yogi Bhajan is, “It’s not the life you live, it’s the courage that you bring to it.” Karta Purkh sincerely believes that while living this kind of life is neither simple nor easy, it is worthwhile. He believes that all of life is merely training for us in how to die with the Remembrance of God in our hearts, minds and on our lips.