MAY THE LONG TIME SUN SHINE UPON YOU COMPLETE MANTRA
"May the long time sun shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you,
Guide your way on."
WHY DOES KUNDALINI YOGA CLOSE WITH LONG TIME SUN
Just as every Kundalini Yoga class is started with the Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo mantra (watch that video here), so too is it closed with a dedicated mantra. It just so happens that the closing mantra is a Scottish blessing.
So how does a Scottish blessing become the closing mantra of a spiritual practice originating in India? The original song can be credited to a Scottish folk band in the 1960's called The Incredible String Band. The band regularly toured the USA during the 60's, even playing the famous Woodstock Festival, and made a point of finishing each of their live sets with May the Long TIme Sun.
Around that same time Yogi Bhajan was introducing the practice of kundalini yoga to the west. A group of kundalini yogis had formed a group - the Khalsa String Band - and, as Gurudass Singh of Virgina wrote in an Aquarian Times Winter ‘05 issue: "One day as he (Yogi Bhajan) entered the room, a group of yoga students including Guru Singh were playing a round of a piece by the Incredible String Band. Yogiji asked them to keep playing it, and from then on requested them to play it after his classes. It quickly became a tradition that continues today at the end of every Kundalini Yoga class taught throughout the world.”
The song has now been used worldwide for 47 years to close Kundalini Yoga practices and has inspired generations of musical covers. In case you were wondering, here's the original:
MUSIC FOR LONG TIME SUN MEDITATION
This song has been redone innumerable times over the years and I am constantly discovering new versions. That said, here are a few of my favorites:
ABOUT RACHEL SIRI ATMA KAUR, YOGA TEACHER
Rachel is the co-founder and creative director of KOOSHOO. She is also a certified KRI Kundalini Yoga instructor, Khalsa Way Prenatal teacher and Yin Yoga teacher.
YOGA MEDITATION CLOTHING AS WORN BY RACHEL
Rachel is wearing the hand dyed Amrit Vela Shawl - one of KOOSHOO's original pieces. The shawl was hand dyed in a solar powered facility in downtown Los Angeles and the colors were inspired by the sacred Amrit Vela meditative hour before the dawn. This shawl is currently sold out (it may reappear at some point in future) though the 2nd generation Journey Shawls (12 outfits in 1) are a wonderful substitute.