Narayan “Cy” Sevak, formerly known as, is a Kundalina Yoga teacher at Divinitree Santa Barbara. A former D1 NCAA wrestler, rock climber, and motorcycle racer, Narayan went through a spiritual transformation when he found Kundalini Yoga through the 3HO organization. Kundalini is a harsher, extreme version of yoga practiced by the warrior Sikhs and brought to the United States by Yogi Bhajan in 1968. The practice of Kundalini yoga focuses on rising energy from the body’s lower centers to the body’s higher centers through mantras chanting, breathing techniques, and performing challenging exercises called kriyas.
Jimmy: Can you give us another rundown of what spirituality is?
Narayan: In one spectrum, spirituality is to know your self and to live that truth. In another regard, spirituality can be considered through consciousness. We zoom out of self and realize how unimportant our problems are in the whole scheme of things. You gain perspective and that consciousness helps us recognize that we are infinitely small. We find our truth through yoga and sitting still. Moving meditation and meditation. Then we go out and live that truth. Know your gifts and know yourself.
We practice balancing those two perspectives: our consciousness on one end and the whole universe on the other end. Our self is being the center of our universe. Balancing the center of our universe with the outside universe.
Jimmy: What advice can you give to someone who has recently embarked upon a spiritual journey or to someone who wants to practice more spirituality in his or her life?
Narayan: There are five sutras I can tell you really quickly that can help guide people.
The first is to recognize that the other is you. Anytime you are involved in anything, the person is you. There is no other.
Jimmy’s Commentary: Ultimately, the essence of our relationships with others is a reflection of who we are, how we choose to see the world, and how we choose to see ourselves. We cannot depend on other people for our happiness or expect others to take control of our emotional needs for us.
Narayan: Second is that there is a way through every block. No matter what’s happening in your life. Persist and be patient and there is a way through it.
The third is when the time is on, start so the pressure will be off.
Jimmy’s Commentary: AKA Just do. Don’t overthink. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t fall into analysis paralysis. Just go. A bad start is better than no start. Done and barely good enough is better than not done but perfectly planned.
Narayan: The fourth is to understand through compassion or misunderstand the time. We got to give people the benefit of the doubt. If someone cuts you off and flips you off, just bless. Let him be on his way. Even if someone is closer to you is giving you trouble. Everybody on this earth is going through his or her own journey. Their own trip. We got to give them space to do that. Even if what it does hurt you. That is a test in your faith in the infinite consciousness of whether that something is meant for you.
The fifth is to vibrate the cosmos and the cosmos will clear the path. In other words, tap into who you are. Tap into your purpose, live it, then everything will come to you by the law of attraction.
So to recap, these are the five sutras given to us by Yogi Bhajan:
1) Recognize the other is you
2) There is a way through every block
3) When the time is on start, the pressure will be off
4) Understand through compassion, or misunderstand the times
5) Find your purpose, and the universe will clear the path.