My religious and spiritual side is multifaceted. From my father, Kabir Bedi’s side, I’m the 18th direct descendant of Guru Nanak. In addition, my Paternal Grandfather Wrestler, Freedom fighter, Oxford graduate, author and Marxist, Baba Bedi, (1909-1993) who later lived in Italy, was an energy healer and healed thousands of people of various diseases. There is an institute in Italy, just above Venice in Cittadella devoted to his alternative healing practices.
My paternal grandmother, and English lady named Freda Bedi (1911-1977) shaved her hair, donned Buddhist robes and took on the avatar of Sister Palmo, under the tutelage of His Holiness, The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. She is mentioned in many Buddhist books and there are many photos of her with his Holiness in his commemorative book. She founded a nunnery Karma Drubgy Thargay Ling which is active till date.
From my Mother, late Protima Bedi’s side, I grew up watching her beautiful and dramatic renditions of the Ramayana, stories of Lord Krishna, and even a dramatic Kali Tandav through Odissi Dance.
I laugh and say, my Hindu name is Pooja, my Sikh name is Bedi. My given Buddhist name is Karma Saraswati and my Muslim name by virtue of marrying my ex-husband Farhan is Noorjehan. I’m a cocktail. A heady mix of religious diversity. I certainly do enjoy the story telling and festivities that religions with them and I celebrate Christmas, Idd, Diwali, Holi, Baisakhi with equal enthusiasm and joy.
On the other hand, my leanings, perhaps through listening in on all the incredible, profound and thought provoking conversations between my mom and her artist, thinker & poet friends was more towards spirituality. My mother emphatically nurtured the spiritual connect in us through books, discourses, conversations and way of life.
To me, the essential difference between religion and spirituality is that in religion there are rules, many rituals, teachings, do’s and don’ts, right and wrong, hell and heaven and Gods to fear or worship. Spirituality however is your own connection with the universe. A direct hotline. When you access frequencies and energies that strengthen the inner good within and enable you to shine through storms, and keep your soul light, happy, buoyant and vibrant. When you’re not a mere citizen of the planet, but a child of the universe and part of a larger cosmic consciousness The magic of the Universe surrounds us. You just have to tune in!
With me the most dramatic experiences and connections happen outdoors. Whether under the stars or just lying on the sand... I feel this incredible connection with the Universal energy. It surrounds me, cocoons me, fuels me and guides me.
My spiritual centre is my petrol stop, as and when my fuel runs out or anytime I feel an imbalance within I simply reach out...!
We often find religion leading to war and conflict and divisiveness.... with spirituality there’s only awareness, happiness, harmony, love and peace... and if the intention of both is to make man a better person, spirituality definitely has an impeccable track record.
I’ve researched many modalities in Metaphysics and Theosophy. I’ve done courses in Usui Reiki, Karuna Reiki, Magnified healing, Shamanism, Soul Temple, Angel Cards, Heal your life, Done diploma courses in Spiritual, clinical and behavioural hypnosis, attended philosophy courses, and much more.
Whether you use meditation, books, hypnosis, motivational courses, alternative healing modalities or any other method the goal is always to help open your heart to be able to love to its fullest, to enable your chakra’s to function in perfect balance, and to be a store house of positivity, happiness and inner peace. And also, that despite any storms that may come your way, to always be able to convert a negative into a positive.