About Baba Siri Chand
Baba Siri Chand was the son of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh way of life. He was well-known in Northern India in the late 1700’s as a baal yogi: a yogi who had mastered the self-knowledge and technical disciplines of yoga to extend life and retard the process of aging. It is said he lived to the age of 160 and looked like a young man till his death.
Although Baba Siri Chand taught a reclusive discipline of yogic practice, celibacy and meditation and lived the life of a monk in the jungle, he used to emerge from his seclusion to take over the supervision of the farms and kitchens connected to the langar (community kitchens) for his father during Guru Nanak’s extended absences. Guru Nanak would often walk on long journeys through Northern India, and as far as the Middle East, teaching the principals of the Sikh way of life.
At his most active time, Baba Siri Chand had over a million and a half followers in India, as well as teams of teachers who would travel out and share his teachings and the messages of his father with any who were drawn to them.
The Shree Matra
The Shree Matra is a profound discourse by Baba Siri Chand on yoga and the spiritual practice, applicable to any dharma (divine law). The Shree Matra begins with a query by a group of elder yoga leaders to “Speak oh child,” referring to Baba Siri Chand’s very youthful appearance. They then ask him who initiated him, why he was deserving of it, and how he came to be born. His reply is beautiful and explains his origins and the nature of the “True Guru”.
Then Baba Siri Chand goes on to advise real attainments of character traits and expanded awareness, rather than outward symbols and displays of religiosity and rituals. He then continues to advise contentment, patience, a neutral mind, fearlessness, and the ability to be mindful of the sacred breath – the conveyor of the life force – which brings oneness. He finishes the Shree Matra stating his deep understanding and appreciation of his father Guru Nanak and his teachings.
My personal experience with reciting the Shree Matra daily for several months before I made the Shree Matra album is that it manifests things from the mental realm to the physical. In other words, I had several projects going on that were in various stages of planning and execution. While working with the Shree Matra all the projects came into alignment and manifested. It was for me a very powerful experience, and I recommend reciting the Shree Matra to anyone who has things they are seeking to bring forth into the world.
Special thanks to Amandeep Singh for providing the English translations of Baba Siri Chand's writings and for his research into his teachings.