Honoring the Undying, Akal Max

Sitting with a group of more than a hundred, chanting and singing at Sat Nam Fest East. I was very close to the stage, and felt the presence and power of the chanting crowd behind me.

I thought of the words: Akal, and the meaning, undying. Consciously, I begin directing my voice with love towards my friend Max, who passed just over a year ago.

As a result of his death, the relationships of his friends have been cemented together, in our self-proclaimed family: the soul tribe. I feel deeply connected to those who knew him. Through shared experience, like a secret that can never truly be told again, the experience of a soul.

 

 

Knowing Max was an experience. I see pieces of him in others, the wild ones. As much as he was a special soul, he gave a specialness to life itself. He lived - really lived. He was brave and vulnerable, and always did what he thought was right. There were many times that I was angry or annoyed with him, but it never lasted long because I couldn’t be mad at someone who was just being himself. He was always being himself, and uncovering more of himself.

Being with him during his earthly time, and honoring his life after his passing is one of my most heart-opening experiences. That is what overwhelmed me as I chanted: I vibrated with the undying, and let the cooling saltwater relieve me.

 

Akal

I chant

Akal

Feeling a burning in my throat, I tilt my head back.

Akal

The burn travels down to my heart.

Akal

It expands, and breaks, and opens more.

Akal

Traveling up from the base of my spine.

Akal

The burn is cooled by water streaming down my face.

Akal

I chant

Akal

 

Akal is Undying. The soul is passing through the existence of the pranic body, out of the electromagnetic field of the Earth, continuing on the journey to it’s true home.

“Earth is like a hotel; it is not our true home.” - YB

 

 

Snatam Kaur chants the sacred mantra "Akal" which means "Undying" to honor the souls of the departed. This powerful chant can be used anytime a loved one passes to honor their spirit and help them 'cross into the blue ethers', as it is known in the Kundalini yoga tradition, essentially helping the soul move on to another dimension of life.