Crystals: Another Point of View

One of my favorite teachers through the years is kundalini master, Guru Singh, who lives and works in Los Angeles.  He has the most penetrating eyes and speaks from a place of deep — even magical — wisdom.  He is dead serious and also hilarious.  He was a student of Yogi Bhajan who brought kundalini to the US.  I first met Guru Singh about 15 years ago at a yoga conference.  He gave an esoteric talk about sanskrit.  He explained that the sound vibration made by each syllable in sanskrit has an actual physical effect on the hearer.  In fact, if a sanskrit syllable is vibrated against a drum that holds sand, the sand will form the shape of the letter!  How cool is that.

His knowledge of sanskrit and the mystical language of sound had particular interest for me because of a dream I had had about 6 months before attending the conference.  In the dream, a yogi came to me with two assistants, a man and a woman, who were dressed in the most wonderful mystical garments of leopard skin.  The yogi was wearing a white turban and smock (not unlike Guru Singh’s garb).  He had a twinkle in his eye and said to the assistants, “She is ready for the jute.”

“Jute,” I said.  “What’s that?”

The yogi smiled as his male helper opened an ancient book of sanskrit (which I don’t speak or read!).  They pointed to a specific line of text, and the yogi said, “Jute!”

“Well, I can’t read that.  What is it?” I said.

The yogi again smiled and laughed as did his helpers.  He stepped closer to me and placed his thumb in the middle of my forehead.  My entire body was filled with the most orgasmic, blissful feeling.  In the dream, I levitated and saw symbols flash before my eyes.  It was a beautiful heavenly experience.  When I floated back to the ground, the group was laughing with joy, and the yogi said again to me, “Jute!  Now you know.”

Well, I was moved and mystified by this dream.  It had felt very real, and my body hummed for days after the jute experience.  I researched the term “jute” as much as possible, trying different spellings (“chute” “choot” “jhute”) but never found anything remotely helpful.  Then I met Guru Singh.

It occurred to me that he might know what “jute” was, so when he finished speaking and he was packing up his things, I approached.  He smiled (like the yogi in my dream) and nonchalantly said “Oh yes, jute”  He pronounced it exactly as had the yogi.  “It’s archaic sanskrit.  Not used at all anymore.  It means prana or chi.  Energy.”  He didn’t seem the least bit surprised by my dream or that I had been initiated into this experience.  He said, “Oh, yes.  You had your kundalini activitated.”

Well, I thought this all pretty cool so I began to attend his weekly classes at Yoga West in LA.  I learned so much from him over the three years I spent in his class.  After a while, the commute and life got too busy and I stopped attending his class.  But recently, I reconnected with him via his website and his wonderful daily email he sends at 6 am so it’s ready for me first thing after I finish meditating!  Although, I haven’t been back to his class, I feel that I am again learning from his lineage.

So, that’s the long way of me saying that I want to share this morning’s email from him regarding crystals.  Whenever I try to explain how crystals work to support different issues in the human body I end up feeling like a flighty new-ager.  So I thought I would share Guru Singh’s concept of how crystals work.  He has been a wise and reliable source for me over the years!

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Sat Nam Dear Ones-

Silicon crystal is a source of incredible usefulness on the Earth’s surface since the earliest volcanic rock flowed from the molten core. It’s the second most abundant trace mineral in the Earth’s crust — twenty-seven percent of average rock. It’s been a friend of humans for thousands of years. In its earliest usage it formed alloys out of metals; was then melted down to create glass; hourglasses were formed out of it to measure time’s passage, and glass lenses looked into and beyond time . . . through microscopes and telescopes. From the hourglass — in its earliest timekeeping — to right now where silicon microchips keep massive amounts of time in the data memories of history storage. Silicon links with oxygen, which makes up another fifty-five percent of the earth’s crust and atmosphere, to form the most common of minerals called silicates — silica — silicon dioxide — an essential part of your body’s flexible joints, vital skin, and strong nails, teeth, and bones. Quartz is a silicate made of pure silica, and it’s this quartz crystal — in nanoparticles — that produces the electromagnetic fields in all biological and botanical tissue. When you apply pressure to the tissue of an animal, or plant, you create a piezo-electric charge. This electricity — although a separate element from magnetism — is never found without it. Once a piezo-electric charge is produced, a magnetic field is formed around your body. This is the aura surrounding your life. Quartz crystal is the only mineral that reacts with this electric property. This was used in the first crystal radio sets, which gave way to vacuum tube radios, which gave way to transistor technology, which gave way to the microchip . . . a complete circle of silicon . . . a story told through the world of minerals that’s mimicking the circle of life. Our prayer is that the stories you tell through the crystals in your body, are the stories that advance these circles of evolution . . . great stories that circle out of this current human social cul-de-sac and into a more crystal clarity, which you have in you. 

Always with Sacred Love, Blessings, Prayer & Gratitude…
Sat Nam,