When I began teacher training already people had different names and it took me awhile to get the “jist” of these different names. My teacher trainer “Sat Dharam Kaur” was the easy one at the time as I had already had discussions with her before I went to training. However, upon my first day there was Daya Kaur, Nirmal Singh, Har-Prakash Singh, Hari Dayal Kaur and the list went on. I found it very hard to get use to all these different names and at the time wasn’t exactly sure why everyone had them.
To get a quick “coles note” definition, the 3HO organization states that “A spiritual name is a vibration and a tool that helps to elevate your energy through the power of its nadh (inner sound current), and meaning. It is your spiritual, soul identity. It is challenging you to live in your highest consciousness. Making the choice to receive a spiritual name is taking a step toward leaving old patterns behind and connecting more deeply with your infinite self.
How does having a spiritual name impact your life?
- It’s your spiritual identity.
- It’s an opportunity to leave the past behind.
- It’s a rebirth in consciousness.
- It’s a tool and road map to your highest destiny.
- It’s life changing.
So with that, and all the use of these names and understandings, it took me quite a while to decide whether or not I was going to have a spiritual name. I found myself undecided especially when I had recently divorced and went back to my maiden name. After all that was the name I was born into. That was a name chosen for me to describe who I was. If I didn’t use this name then who would know me to be me.
A lot of our identity is wrapped up in our names. At one point before I got married I found it very difficult to think that I was going to change my name and considered leaving it Angela Baldwin. I went through many confusing conversations with myself about what the real reason it was that someone change their name. And then in Kundalini Yoga it was something that was considered part of our journey. So here again I needed time to figure out what I wanted to do.
“Your spiritual name is your designated destiny, your heavenly identity. That’s all it is. You may or may not live to it, but it is your guiding force. And it’s a prayer. When somebody calls me ‘Yogiji’, it means ‘one who is united with the greater soul.’ when somebody calls me ‘Bhajan,’ it means a ‘divine song.’ and if somebody calls me ‘Harbhajan Singh,’ it means ‘the lion who sings the divine song.’ It’s a prayer in the other man’s word. What is prayer? It is a calling. And you answer the calling. You get uplifted. It’s a plus. It’s a way of receiving people’s blessings.” – Yogi Bhajan
Students of Yogi Bhajan began requesting their spiritual names in the 1970’s. “Our spiritual names became our tools – which daily touched our hearts, impacted our words and delicately influenced our actions – transforming us and releasing us from the insecurities of the past” – Nirinjan Kaur (Director of Spiritual Names).
Finally in September I realized that this name was also part of my growth as a teacher and student of life and I welcomed the change gracefully. I went onto the 3HO website and requested a spiritual name for myself, my two kids and my husband. I figured if I was getting a name to elevate my consciousness so should they. I won’t go into detail of my families spiritual names but I will share mine.
“You have been blessed to live as Basantprem Kaur, the Princess/Lioness who falls in love with God every moment like the fresh and new energy of the spring. Basant means spring time, ever fresh and new. Prem implies love or beloved. Kaur is the name that all women receive – the Princess/Lioness of God who walks with grace and strength throughout her life.
Using the name Basantprem Kaur opens you to the fresh and new energy of the spring that inspires a constant love of God within. Love is an experience of selflessness within your own self. Where there is love, there is no ego, there is just harmony with God’s divine flow. Your love will comfort many.”
I have come to love using my spiritual name. I love knowing the community of Kundalini Yoga know me as Basantprem. When I teach students at my studio and they know me as Angela, I know that when I tune in and deeply connect with my truest inner wisdom, I am Basantprem. I have known this name my whole life. I have been deeply connected to some form of God energy always. I haven’t always understood it but at an early age my brother and I would go “church hopping” because we were searching for that one thing that was always in us. And I knew it but didn’t know how to describe it or talk about it. To me it was always bigger than me and wiser of course.
If you would like to check out more information on your spiritual name, the link is https://www.3ho.org/spiritual-names.
The only cancellations in February to date is Family Day which happens on Monday February 20th. Please enjoy the day with your family, close loved ones and share the love with all.