Yogi Bhajan, Parrot Needs a Carrot

Sat Nam Dear Family,

We were in Hawaii in June in 1996, staying at an interesting hotel. It was a very nice place, but you had to take a boat to your room. It may sound romantic, but, after a time or two, the journey took too much time. Anyway, a small price to pay for being in Hawaii. As you can see, I can always find something to complain about even being in maya paradise.

The Siri Singh Sahib was beginning to not be the same physical person he was and his fragile health was beginning to show. This hotel was perfect for him. It was isolated, there was not much to do outside the hotel complex, and relaxation was mandatory. He would spend the day talking with local students, dipping in the beautiful winding pool facilities, riding with me as I played a round of golf, hanging out at the next door beach, or generally just “being.”

There were four staff members, the Siri Singh Sahib, and I staying at the hotel. Each morning we would gather at the romantic pool side restaurant for breakfast. He was a man of routine, so we would request the same table every day of our stay. The table was towards the back wall overlooking an ocean vista “to die for.”

Close to our table was a large perch on which a multicolored parrot stood. There was no cage, no guard, just the perch and the parrot that would stay there all day.

About every half hour as if on schedule the parrot would say, “Let me out, Let me out!” The Siri Singh Sahib got such a kick out of it that, no matter how many times we heard it, he would still laugh each time. And I don’t mean a cursory chuckle; he would belt out a belly laugh straight from the heart. I was happy as I knew laughing was good for his health.

The day before we left we were sitting by the pool and I mentioned to him that he’d be sorry to not see the parrot again. I said, “You really got a kick out of that parrot, didn’t you, sir?” He said, “I love that parrot. That parrot sees more than most humans. At least he knows he’s in a cage when he’s apparently not, very few humans realize the same thing.”

Stay tuned,

M.S.S. Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa,

Chief of Protocol

Sikh Dharma


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