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Living in a big city, he had the opportunity to see occasional
Indian films as he felt emotional attachment with India. Wagner
met Nyela at a beach and got married soon thereafter. He left
the bank and moved to De Guariba, hometown of Nyela. After
trying his hand at some business, he joined his father-in-law
who had a printing press. Wagner had to face problems because
of competition with Neyla's two younger brothers. However,
his father-in-law chose him as his successor in business.
Wagner is presently also the Director of the local Commercial
Association, while Nyela is the President. Nyela knows very
little of India and did not have a good image of the country
and the Sikhs. The only information they have is through television.
India is considered as a backward and poor country. Sikh image
was negative because of Indira Gandhi's assassination and
the secessionist movement.When seeing the author off at the
airport, they said they were richer now because of two cultural
heritages, one of Brazil and another of Sikhs/ Punjab. They
felt assured that the Sikhs are prosperous and well educated.
Both husband and wife are now keen to visit India.
SUBHAGH KAUR KHALSA
Interviewed on 1st September, 3.00pm in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Of special interest is the emotional process she went through
before becoming a Sikh and her passion in propagating the
Sikh dharma and the difficulties she is facing.
”It all started for me through yoga when I was 21. I
was not looking for spiritual path consciously. I was looking
for yoga. It makes you feel great and I felt good. During
the next five years which I call my crisis years, I wanted
to run away from the deep experience that yoga at 3HO was
taking me to but I realized that I could not go away from
it. So I decided to go to India and try to find another teacher
who would not quite shake me up like Yogi Bhajan. Before going
to India, I went to Europe for a year mostly working with
a 3HO French Group. During this period, I got to do Tantrik
in Amsterdam and that is where I met Yogi Bhajan. It was a
very penetrating experience, the white Tantra with Yogi himself
directing. That was like another rebirth. It was hazy before
the Tantrik experience and from that point on I was clearer
as to who I was or what my destiny was. On return to USA,
I had the opportunity to attend Solicites in Mexico. It was
there in Solicites that I had a very deep experience in the
Gurdwara and that was another change. It was a very intense
practice for about seven to ten days. I remember the Gurdwara
and I could not stop crying. It was another impact making
experience. It was the first time I put on the turban. It
was at that time just an act of putting on the turban and
taking it off. There was no association of my turban with
my role. But after a few times when I took off the turban
I started to feel strange. For another five years I was in
turmoil of having turban and kirpan etc. It did not feel logical.
Ultimately you have to throw the logic out of the window.....
Article Published in The
Sikh Review - February 2005 - No. 626