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"When you don't go within
you go without." Yogi Bhajan
"I do not believe in miracles,
I rely on them." Yogi Bhajan
"A wise woman is never old. She is
a place of worship." Yogi Bhajan
disability is imagined.
Every achievement an experience.
Develop your courage to overcome
your imagined disability." Yogi Bhajan
is talking to God. Meditation
is letting God talk to you." Yogi Bhajan
“When the time is on you, start, and
the pressure will be off." Yogi Bhajan
character and consciousness
conquer everything." Yogi Bhajan
is the job of a spiritual teacher to poke,
provoke, confront and elevate." Yogi Bhajan
your known is, that is you. Whatever
your unknown is, that is God." Yogi Bhajan
"There is no progress if there are no challenges;
there is no progress if there are no calamities; there
is no progress if there are no mishaps." Yogi Bhajan
you want to learn something, read about it.
If you want to understand something, write about it.
If you want to master something, teach it." Yogi Bhajan
"Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. Religions come out
of it. Kundalini Yoga is not a fad, and it's not a cult. It
is a practice of experience of a person's own excellence,
which is dormant and which is awakened." Yogi Bhajan
"The purpose of all our efforts is simply to extend your awareness in
your consciousness so you can have this foundation in experience and
a base in positive habits. Then you can smoothly plan your life to any
extent you like. You can radiate creativity and Infinity in all aspects
of your life. That is the practical result of yoga. It is the capacity
and right to live a healthy, happy, and holy life." Yogi Bhajan
"Prayer goes where it will. And when the heart gets into the prayer, every beat
of the heart creates a miracle. If you want to see and feel the power of man;
man's power is in his prayer. And where prayer goes, God follows. That is one
area where Almighty God follows man. That is the power of prayer." Yogi Bhajan
Sat Nam. Yogi Bhajan, my spiritual teacher (see Yogi Bhajan's Teacher), is far and away the most influential person in my life next to my parents. I am truly blessed to have him as my teacher and mentor. Yogi Bhajan, I love you, and I love your teachings even more.
December 1971, in preparation for the first 3HO Winter Solstice, Yogi John Twombly arranged for the gathering
to occur at the newly acquired ashram in a residential area called
Pine Hills, in western metro-Orlando. I was employed by the Orange County Health Department as a drug abuse counselor and yoga teacher at Thee Door. I advised
Yogi John against holding the Winter Solstice at the Pine Hills location.
The ashram site was seen
as being too small and without adequate facilities and permits. Yogi John
however, indicated that he preferred not to engage any “establishment
red tape” with the authorities and that despite my
advice he would proceed as planned.
A few days later, on Friday the 17th, when people began arriving to set up for the Solstice gathering,
the neighbors immediately began complaining, and calling Orange County
officials. The Orange County Sheriff’s office sent two deputies
to the Pine Hills ashram location. Subsequently, a call went to Dr.
Wilfred Sisk, my boss, the medical director of the Orange
County Health Department, because of health risk concerns and prospective
code violations at the site.
Yogiji took charge of the scene and phoned
me to get engaged with the situation, and lend any assistance in order
to mitigate the dilemma. Shortly after I and Herb Brockman, a colleague
from Thee Door, arrived at the Pine Hills ashram, Yogiji directed Yogi John to contact the Green Acres Mobile Home Park about 4-5 miles away.
Arrangements were made and Yogi John advised all the Solstice arrivals
of plans to move the Winter Solstice to the Green Acres site.
Orange County Health Department staff members from Thee Door,
left, Herb Brockman with me and Yogi Bhajan, far right 1971
We returned to the Pine Hills ashram with our kids in the early evening
intending to drive to the site in a caravan. Upon arrival, Yogiji
met us and directed the four of us to take him in our little VW Bug
to the Green Acres campsite, which was located at 9701 S. State Road
434, on Forest City Road in Seminole County, before its demise in
the late '90s or early 2000.
He directed us to catch up with the lead vehicle at the head of the
caravan, which required us to encounter considerable numbers of oncoming
traffic on the narrow two-lane rode. It was turning dark, and when
we got to the head of the column we approached a fork in the road.
Yogiji asked for our flashlight and directed me to stop the car.
then got out of the car and proceeded to direct the following caravan
to the right fork that led to the site, waving the flashlight, whereupon
he jumped back into our VW and directed me to proceed to the front
of the column again before we reached Green Acres, which was about
a 10-15 minute drive from the Pine Hills Ashram. What a great ride!
What a great night! What a great Winter Solstice! --
Be The Lighthouse
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