"I do not believe in miracles,
I rely on them." Yogi
disability is imagined.
Every achievement an experience.
Develop your courage to overcome
your imagined disability." Yogi
is talking to God. Meditation
is letting God talk to you." Yogi
“When the time is on you, START, and
the pressure will be off." Yogi
character and consciousness
conquer everything." Yogi
is the job of a spiritual teacher to poke,
provoke, confront and elevate." Yogi
your known is, that is you. Whatever
your unknown is, that is God." Yogi
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
"We are not permanent here. Nothing around us is permanent.
Everything moves on. This is the Spirit of the Universe. As the
Aquarian Age has to come, the Piscean Age has to leave.
And so, the people who are Pisceans shall eliminate
themselves in many ways." Yogi Bhajan
"You will never be given time to prepare yourself to face a challenge.
You have to act spontaneously… you must develop
your intuition… to match the need." Yogi Bhajan
"Each day, live to elevate yourself, each day elevate one person.
Make elevation your religion and you shall reach Infinity." Yogi
"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
“A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Adams
WHO IS YOGI BHAJAN?
Motto: "If you cannot see God in all, you cannot see God at all."
Credo: "It’s not the life that matters, it’s
the courage that you bring to it."
Challenge: "Don’t love me, love my teachings. Be ten
times greater than me."
"It’s not the life that matters...
It’s the courage
that you bring to it."
Yogi Bhajan is a Master of Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga
of Awareness, and a dedicated and inspired teacher. Since arriving
in the United States in 1969, he has dedicated himself to bringing
meaning, dignity and a reconnection of Spirit into the lives of people
everywhere, especially those people who have become lost and confused
through the use of drugs.
"We are not permanent here. Nothing around us is permanent. Everything moves on. This is the Spirit of the Universe. As the Aquarian Age has to come, the Piscean Age has to leave. And so, the people who are Pisceans shall eliminate themselves in many ways." Yogi Bhajan
"The purpose of life is to watch and experience living. To enjoy
living every moment of it. And to live in environments, which are
calm, quiet, slow, sophisticated, elegant. Just to be. Whether you
are naked or you have a golden robe on you, that doesn't make any
difference. The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful
- great and full - that you are alive, and you enjoy it." Yogi Bhajan
It is the most difficult thing to be a teacher. I definitely agree with you that it is a very huge experience. First of all, it means you have to be a very good student to begin with. You have to go through all the practices and you have to be very one-pointed to always maintain your sadhana so that your sadhana will maintain you through every test of the time. You cannot be a teacher if you cannot live to the teachings, because if you cannot live to what you ask of your student, then he will never have faith and he will never grow.
It is a very heavy situation, where I have asked you to become teachers and where the time demands that you become the teachers and the leaders of the Age. The life of a teacher is the last incarnation on this planet. If you can do it, then you stand as liberated.
Remember what I have always taught you: 'If you want to learn a thing, read that. If you want to know a thing, write that. If you want to master a thing, teach that.' It means that as a teacher of righteousness and truth, you must master the truth itself. You must become a living truth.
It is not that you have it overnight, but it is a gradual experience and a perfecting of your own projection and the mind which have to be brought in tune with the God-consciousness. And that takes a practice and a sincere effort on your part. You have to be sincere because you will definitely be tested and you will have so many hassles, so much slander, so many abuses, and there will be clouds and storms and hail to tear you apart."
M.S.S. Livtar Singh Khalsa tells of when he accompanied the Yogi Bhajan, aka, Siri Singh Sahib, to the Atlantic Pop Festival. Livtar Singh said there were a half dozen, or so, different self proclaimed gurus at the event, and all of them were scheduled to go on stage to speak before the Siri Singh Sahib. However the kids were restless, impatient for the concert to begin, many were getting high, and no one paid much attention to guru after guru going onto stage and talking in their quite broken English about how they should meditate.
Then it was finally time for the Siri Singh Sahib to go on stage. Livtar Singh said it was profound to see how within ten minutes or so he had everyone chanting together, singing Sat Nam and moving their arms in what we now call celestial communication.
Afterwards, Livtar Singh asked him, "Sir, I do not understand what happened. You came on stage to an unreceptive crowd and spoke in the same broken English as the others, and yet the result was so different. Why? What do you know, what is your secret."
Livtar Singh said he answered with just one word: "Sadhana." --
"It is incumbent on those who know to teach those who do not know." Hari
"The mere act of teaching implies that one wishes the world well." Roger Rosenblatt
But you all have been handed the banner of Sat Naam, to keep it flying, come what may, and there will be many difficulties to test your devotion, to make you more and more strong and committed to that one reality of existence, that infinite truth. Those who can maintain through all the situations shall be known as the teachers. There may be many, may be few; it is the Will of God. -- Yogi Bhajan, The Life of a Teacher, 3HO Beads of Truth, 1972 Winter Solstice Edition
My request to you is do not let your calmness go. Do not let your peace of mind go. Be with the Guru through this time. Your spirit shall be content, and out of that contentment you'll find yourself with a lot of richness. It is very essential at this time. The majority of the world is living in a terrible fear. Nobody knows what is happening. There's too much information available to process. That is not the way. Just feel within yourself content and satisfied, peaceful and unique. Yogi Bhajan
Today anywhere you go you will find that this is a living legacy which is not only for now, not only for the next one hundred years, but for the coming two thousand years of the Age of Aquarius, when mankind will find shelter in the 3HO way of life. And then, you who are here now, who are just considered to be a handful of people, shall be considered as the most Divine." Yogi Bhajan 1/5/1994
You are walking on the path of the Guru, where you must glow in that radiance and that truth so that others may recognize you are people of grace. And that's the way we are. If life is that short or long or small, it has a reason, a purpose, and you will do your purposeful living on this planet. That's why you are here. You have the right to prosperity and proportionate happiness, within yourselves and with each other. I pray, and pray deeply, that nothing should upset you. The Guru has designed your setup to guide you. Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Yogi Bhajan
1. There is a way through every block.
2. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
4. Recognize the other person is you.
5. Vibrate the Cosmos and the Cosmos shall clear the path. Yogi Bhajan
Your development period is 27 years of age. Your living period is another 27 years. And your dying period is another 27 years. That's how it's proportioned. Your achievement is during the first 25 years. Your time within yourself and with your family is the next 25 years. For the next 25 years you roam the world to share and experience. Then for the next 25 years, you wait to go home. That's how these systems were set. Yogi Bhajan 7/23/1996, The Master's Touch, Page 39
what you know, don't teach what you don't know. Yogi Bhajan
When you don't go within, you go without. Yogi Bhajan
Sadhana, Aradhana, Prabhupati. Those who do sadhana and do it--they put their whole self into it. Wholehearted sadhana is called aradhana. Prabhupati is you become the master of the Almighty God which created you.
Yogi Bhajan 1/7/1990
There are three values. Feel good. Be good. Do good. Yogi Bhajan
greatest teachers never left behind billions of dollars. They left
behind a priceless way of life, a destiny and a distance that can
be traveled by everybody and experienced within a lifetime. Yogi Bhajan
What is maya? Temporary things you think are permanent, permanent things you think are temporary.
Yogi Bhajan 7/15/1981
The Age of Aquarius recognizes no religion,
only whether a person is with experience or without experience. Find
your spiritual frequency, your spiritual efficiency and your spiritual
existence within you. Yogi Bhajan
The sensory system that will develop automatically out of us will be our archangel protecting us and glorifying us... We'll master ourselves through our service, through our character, through our commitment, and through the most powerful thing that we have-our grace... We will create a new humanity that will have the new sensory system, and thus we will establish the Age of Aquarius. Yogi Bhajan 8/1/2000
have to bounce in life with joy. Your strength lies in your smiles
and your songs. Yogi Bhajan 6/28/1998
can fight stress with food but the intake, the quality and the quantity
must be regular. For the first 18 years, you can eat all the time.
Up to age 36, eat four times a day. Up to 54, eat three times a day.
Up to 72, eat twice a day. Beyond that, once a day. Yogi Bhajan 11/17/1993
Conduct must have a connection and it must have a straightforward
hope that you are speaking in service, not to control. That's a fundamental
definition of communication. Yogi Bhajan 1/9/1997
There's no relationship between you as a human and your God without
identity. And between you and your earth, your surroundings, there's
no world without identity. The first word you utter must identify
you. It should be your password. Otherwise you will have more pain
in your life than happiness. Yogi Bhajan 7/31/1987
When the mind is backed by the will, the mind is always positive.
When it's backed by ego, the mind is always negative. When it is backed
by your will, the hand of God will protect you. Miracles will happen. Yogi Bhajan 7/22/1982
The greatest reward of doing sadhana* (personal spiritual discipline)
is that the person becomes incapable of being defeated. Sadhana is
a self-victory, and it is a victory over time and space. Getting up
in the morning is a victory over time, and doing it (sadhana) is a
victory over space. Yogi Bhajan
Yoga will give you Intuitive, Comprehensive, Comparative Mind;
it will give it to you.
Kundalini Yoga will give you an all over sky type color. As the sky
covers everything, it will cover every aspect of your personality
Kundalini Yoga will make out of you a perfect, complete, happy human
Kundalini Yoga will give you the prospect and prosperity in any walk
of religious life and achievement.
It will develop your undeveloped corners. It will give Grace to the
most weak points of your life.
It will give you what you have thought not to achieve.
Of all the sciences so far known to man, this is a science of living
as a complete man or a complete woman. Yogi Bhajan 3/18/1980
*Editor's note: The word Sadhana is derived
from the Sanskrit Sa, meaning all, and Dhana, meaning blessings.
“Recite mantra to cleanse the Soul.
Meditate to cleanse the Mind.
Bathe to cleanse the Body.” Yogi
greatest mantra of the time is "Keep Up". Keep up, you will
be kept up. "Keep Up" is not a small mantra. If you ever
want to know who you are and where you are, just keep up. The world
shall bow to you. Yogi Bhajan 3/27/1979
America wipes out everything in its passion and its sex and its glory, and it drowns everybody in its drinks. The second miracle you have done is that you have taken the Niaaraa Panth (distinctive form and discipline). You are wearing the Baanaa (gracious, noble attire), you are reading the Baanee (Japjee and other verses of the Guru), and you are understanding how to do Seva (selfless service) and how to do Simran (meditation) from those two, and your excellence is coming out.
America doesn't want excellence, neither in any part of the world, nor in America. There is a handful of people, there are a handful of corporations, they want to totally rule the world inside out and they want to do what they want to do. They are very afraid of you. That's why they don't want you in the army.
Tomorrow perhaps if it comes to them, they will not like you in the United States, but they do not know that we shall rule tomorrow. Things will come to us and these idiots who think they have the whole world in the palm of their hands will come with folded hands and beg the mercy. It is so written in the heavens, so it shall be done on the Earth. Yogi Bhajan, Espanola, New Mexico, April 24, 1983
Your thinking pattern is based on what you normally speak. If you
speak the word of God, your thinking patterns will become divine.
The nerves create the patterns of the brain function by the movements
of the tongue. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/1975
two most important things in your body are the upper palate, which
is the base of the hypothalamus,* because the hypothalamus controls
the entire nervous system, and the tip of the tongue, which affects
the central nerve channel, shushumna.
That controls your entire psyche. Yogi Bhajan Women's Camp 1992*See Details
Mostly we see God as a big, terrible, impossible, scary thing. Instead,
make God a little friend. God should be nothing more to you than your
little teddy bear. If you can do that, God will love you one million
times. Yogi Bhajan 7/15/1987
Somebody asked Guru Nanak,
"Why is a musician always with you? And Guru Nanak answered,
"The instrument he's playing brings music to my words. For those
who have trouble hearing them, the trouble melts into the melody of
the words, which are sent to me by my God. He is not just playing
the instrument -- he is the instrument for reaching out my words to
people." Yogi Bhajan 11/24/1990
If you give your tomorrow to the hand of the One who created you,
you shall have no sorrow. You don't have to come to a spiritual teacher.
He may cheat you, misguide you, he may be a fake. Just become your
own student. Yogi Bhajan 11/17/1993
Compassion is for the very strong. Compassion does not come to the
weak. People who are unkind, bullies, use rude language, are not strong
people. They are very weak people. Yogi Bhajan 7/31/1987
You don't have to learn to be wise. If you just flow you can be successful.
Mother Nature will carry you. Yogi Bhajan 6/11/1990
According to Yogi Bhajan
I remember Yogi Bhajan talking about the mantra Guru Guru Waheguru Guru Ram Das Guru. He told the story of a man who walked into his class when he was teaching it. After the class, as this man was walking down the sidewalk, a crazy-acting person approached him and begged him to heal him. The man suggested he bow down, like in baby pose. He then touched him on the shoulder and did the Guru Guru Waheguru mantra as best he could remember -- basically jumbled up like "Guru Wahe Ram Guru Das Guru". Then he walked off to do an errand. On coming back that way an hour later, he found the fellow still sitting in baby pose, so he tapped him to see if he was okay. The guy got up, gave him a big hug and thanked him, saying he was totally healed.
The point Yogiji was making is that we only need to recite this mantra once, and whether or not it is pronounced right, healing will happen on the spot. -- SS Guru Prem Kaur Khalsa
In my life I train my mind with the knowledge of perfect harmony in
every relationship. Yogi Bhajan 12/01/1981
Experience yourself and all in you; in that unisonness is the beauty
of life. Otherwise you will be a victim of your own perpetual fear. Yogi Bhajan 6/11/1990
You can see the hand of God working only through intuition, then you
do not fear. Intuition is knowledge you see behind the Creator's hand.
Otherwise you only see time and space working, and that is very annoying.
That is the difference between a man with intuition and without intuition. Yogi Bhajan 6/11/1990
The Gong is the first and last instrument for the human mind. There is only one thing that can supercede and command the human mind, the sound of the
Gong. It is the first sound in the universe, the sound that created this universe. It's the basic creative sound. To the mind, the sound of the Gong is like a mother and father
that gave it birth. The mind has no power to resist a Gong that is well played. Yogi Bhajan
If a woman sits with folded hands in her lap for a few minutes everyday,
and feels she is a container so vast that she contains the whole universe,
she will never feel weak or have any problems. There is nothing beyond
woman except God. Yogi Bhajan 7/18/1987
Those who do the prayer and give their time in prayer, they are never
preyed upon by evil and doubt. Yogi Bhajan 7/14/1975
Can a child get into meditation and prayer? Children are the best.
I had a brother who was meditating when he was three days old. I have
seen children who are very meditative. Yogi Bhajan 7/23/1987
The best medicine that a person can have is the knowledge and experience
that he can swim through every tide and change of the time. If you
have the mental competency to deal with every situation that arises,
then you are very happy, very healthy, and very well-balanced person. Yogi Bhajan 11/17/1993
You must search yourself, compare yourself in strategy and find out
through your planning what God is, so you can trust God. Wake in the
morning with trust of God. Come home at evening trusting God. Sleep
at night being God. Yogi Bhajan 11/17/1993
If you can rhythmically slow down your breath to four breaths a minute,
you can indirectly control your mind and slow it down from its obnoxious
behavior. Yogi Bhajan 7/23/1998
The pelvic bone is where the breath of life is triggered and
where the breathing power of the pranic body is found. The lungs
are cleansing processors, the diaphragm is an aid to that process, and
it is through the the
spinal column that the energy flows. -- Yogi Bhajan
The total sum of you is equal to how you project out and how thoughts
propel in. If thoughts propel in, you run after neurotic, subconscious,
unconscious fantasies. It is called: "Interlock of the propelled
thought." You cannot get out of this unless you add a meditative
mind. Yogi Bhajan 11/17/1987
To cross this ocean of the universe, you have to see the Unseen between
these two eyes which can see. You have to know the unknown, you have
to hear the unheard. That is naad, that's
the rhythm, that's the psychological, sociological, biological self
of you which is only in you, which you can develop. Yogi Bhajan 3/27/1979
The question is, "Are you spiritual or are you not?" The
truth is you are. The reality is you don't believe it. Yogi Bhajan 4/17/1990
There are three things you cannot hide: smell of the garlic, fragrance
of the flower, and the wisdom of the teacher. Yogi Bhajan 1/10/1997
You cannot be trusted if you misdirect. If you cannot put yourself
in the person you talk to, in his or her position exactly, then you
cannot think, you cannot work it out, you cannot guide. Yogi Bhajan 10/22/1985
Friendship means only one thing: you don't create fences around you,
but try to remove fences from the life of another person. Yogi Bhajan 10/22/1985
The Guru (The Teacher) is the
ocean where I totally merge myself and come out washed and clean. Yogi Bhajan 12/01/1981
Any move you make, you must pray because that ignites the power. Ignite
your power and then go. Then let God take care of it. Yogi Bhajan 7/29/1985
Middle-aged crisis come from the fear of being old. Instead of being
joyful about maturity, people start getting scared of being old. Yogi Bhajan 6/11/1990
nobody, but trust God. Yogi Bhajan
There is nothing more powerful than your self. God couldn't make anything
better than you. He took seven days. And prayer gives you yourself.
Prayer doesn't give you God; you are already God. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/1985
Any individual whose breathing rate is eight per minute or less, cannot
be dissuaded or taken away from the fundamental truth of life. Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969
Give people your goodness, God will give you goods and goodness. Yogi Bhajan 1/16/2000
As long as you don't compliment yourself, your environments and your
job, you will always be miserable. Complaints bring misery, compliments
brings strength. Yogi Bhajan 10/16/1997
Adversity, calamity and misfortune, these are three sisters. They
only come to visit those who react to them. Opportunity, fortune and
good luck, these are three sisters, too. They come to visit those
who are calm, quiet and peaceful. Yogi Bhajan 11/2000
Life is simple. Life is not complicated. Life is only one thing: Identify
yourself. Yogi Bhajan
The greatest education is the science of self. The science of self
and self-awareness is the highest knowledge a man can posses because
then you can pull yourself through all circumstances. Yogi Bhajan
All training and all knowledge is meant for only one purpose, and
that purpose is very simple and clear. That you may be in a position
to control your mental self as well as your physical self. Yogi Bhajan
Man is a social animal. One who socializes with compassion and kindness
is a human. One who socializes with compassion, kindness and grace
is an angel. Yogi Bhajan
The Way To Develop Your Intuition
According To Yogi Bhajan
"You cannot live by feelings and emotions;
you have to live by your
intuition and consciousness."
Posture:Sit with a straight spine or sit on chair with feet flat on floor. The shoulders and hips should be in line. Now,lock the tips of the front teeth together.
Eyes: Look at the tip of the nose towards the chest.
Tongue: Touches the upper palate (this should occur automatically within about 1 minute).
Mentally project the mantra 'Saa Taa Naa Maa' out from the third eye. Beam it out, creating an internal harmony. Continue for 31 minutes.
Dhrib Dhristi Lochina Karma Kriya is the "action of acquiring the insight of the future." This powerful yet simple meditation was first taught on the eve of a full moon. When practiced at this time, the effects are great as the subconscious mind is fully open to the vibratory action of the meditation. The pituitary gland is stimulated to secrete, which develops your intuition.
Although most meditations and Kriyas require long periods of practice and mastery, it is possible to master this one in a single or several sittings. This is explained by the wide range of individual differences between yoga practitioners and the uniqueness of this particular meditation.
Time: This meditation should be practiced for at least 31 minutes at a sitting. The minimum time is 15 minutes, and to master it you should practice for one and one-half hours. 3 hours practice will open up the psychic capacities.
Effects: If you honestly practice this kriya the following things will happen: 1) your eyes will have the power to heal anyone; 2) your words will have the power to penetrate deeply; 3) you will learn to talk inspiringly and your words will always represent the truth of a given situation (this is known as "vac siddhi"); 4) you will be able to project your personality or your bodily sensations anywhere; 5) you will always know the consequence of any sequence that you may start.
Total Time: 15-90 minutes
All knowledge, all scriptures, all wealth, all environments, all energy
is meant to perform duty. When righteous action is done, God is pleased. Yogi Bhajan 8/6/1975
Any woman on this planet who values herself as a woman is great. She
is a giver of life. And when you are a giver of life, what more is
there? Yogi Bhajan
When a human acts under impulse, as an animal, that human shall never
be redeemed. You have to act under intuition. If that is not developed, then
you have to act under your spirit. Yogi Bhajan
Prosperity message for the Age of Aquarius.
Prosperity, prosperity, prosperity is perpetual with people who prefer
to be penetrating, prepared and purposeful. But prosperity only comes
to those who are trustworthy, deliver, and are content and consistent.
Basically it boils down to commitment. If you put your soul into anything
you can plug the whole world. It will be yours. You can sweep prosperity
with your commitment. Contain, commit, and be continuous. Yogi Bhajan
It takes the same energy to complain as it does to compliment. When
there is a short circuit there is a complaint and when the energy
is flowing there is a compliment. Yogi Bhajan
Don't just talk to a person. Don't just befriend a person. Don't just
shake hands with a person. Save that person. Elevate them. Yogi Bhajan 4/4/1997
Yogi Bhajan with family
The radiance of your spirit can be measured according to how the name
of God vibrates within you and around you... so give 10% of your
time to God in the ambrosial hours of the morning... 3 am - 6 am. Yogi Bhajan
May God bless you with purity and piety, which are the best for armoring
oneself in the coming Age. May you be fulfilled in your thoughts;
may you be fulfilled in your endeavors and make yourself a life fulfilled
with compassion, kindness and care. Yogi Bhajan
Human love is for one thing only; to love your soul. Then the Infinite
world around you will be in love with you. Yogi Bhajan
The fundamental law of truth is that it penetrates through all darkness. Yogi Bhajan
If your word does not mean anything, your prayer does not mean anything
either. Yogi Bhajan
The strength of the man does not lie in what he has, but what he can
give. Only those can give who have the capacity to tap into the Universe.
If the Universe is not in your mind, your heart cannot give. Yogi Bhajan
When you get pregnant it is your duty to bring that child in vibration,
keep that vibration right through that child, right in your womb.
Make that child a saint. Yogi Bhajan 8/6/1975
A failure is only a step on the way to your success. Yogi Bhajan 4/1989
Let us sincerely sit down, talk to our heart and head, speak with
our neutral mind, and see what is our path. And let us walk on that
path, totally conquering our mind, so that the world can trust us,
believe us, and be with us. Yogi Bhajan 10/8/1998
If for eleven minutes you do Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, it will keep
your chakras from slipping. If you are kind enough to do Bowing Jaap
Sahib, it will take away your sickness forever. Yogi Bhajan 4/1997
Project yourself in one way only -- in God you dwell. You belong to
God. Yogi Bhajan 7/8/1981
Whatever you say consciously, your mind should listen consciously.
You will be surprisingly successful. Yogi Bhajan 6/1/1983
Man is a social animal, but does not know how to form society within
his self. You see and feel your social contact outside, and that is
called pain. When you get your social contact inside, that is called
pleasure. Yogi Bhajan 2/28/1992
Our limited mind is our enemy and our unlimited mind is our best friend.
When you become a slave of the mind, it will limit you. When you use
it, it will bring you the whole universe. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/1975
You have to become learned, experienced and candid and you have to
show steadfastness of your expertise. Then people will trust you,
and you will not need to hassle. Things shall come to you wherever
you are. Yogi Bhajan 9/10/1995
You have to learn only one thing: You are you -- within you, around
you, after you, before you, and for you. Yogi Bhajan 12/20/1994
There are three things in life which destroy you: Being alone, being
unsuccessful, and not facing tomorrow. Yogi Bhajan 2/5/1992
As you train your mind, shockingly it brings you prosperity as well
as the faculty to maintain it. Yogi Bhajan 9/28/2002
When you are mad, angry, emotional, insecure, naive; then just find
the Infinity of God. The coin has two sides. Turn it over, look at
the other side. Yogi Bhajan 2/5/1992
What we have done in our practical life is to separate God from us.
As God is separate, God's house is separate. Isn't a whole day a Temple?
Isn't a whole life a Temple? Yogi Bhajan 5/3/2000
Brush your hair, front to back to front,
three times. Your entire personality and energy will change. Using
a wooden comb is best. Yogi Bhajan 9/9/1995
If you become your own teacher, prosperity will be there. Good things
and good ideas will come to you. Yogi Bhajan 1/10/1997
You are a human being. You are suppose to have simple food. Not food
that is tasty but food that can be digested and come out of you in
twenty-four hours. Yogi Bhajan 9/9/1995
I am requesting everybody to live without your hang-ups. We have to
move, we have to clear our blocks,we have to shed our fears. If you
cannot do it with everyone, at least do it with someone whom you consider
as your benefactor, who loves you, who is your teacher, who wishes
you well, who wants you to open up and who wants you to realize truth.
At least with that individual be honest and clear. Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969
The greatest power in a person is when he has realized that he is
God and then he acts like a god. Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969
The touch of the Khalsa (pure
one, one who contemplates the Lord) is radiant and makes everybody
else radiant. How to be Khalsa? Think to be. Yogi Bhajan 7/8/1981
Let us have control over our lives so nobody else can control us.
Let us walk in this life objectively so we do not have to subject
ourselves to undesirable elements. Yogi Bhajan 6/21/2002
If we take judging ourselves and others out of our life, we will mostly
be living in paradise. Yogi Bhajan
Why We Wear White
According to Yogi Bhajan
We wear white because it's a simple scientific fact that every piece of matter or material has a foot and a half aura. Every animal has a three and a half foot aura. Every human has a nine foot aura. And if we wear the cotton and we wear the white, this color therapy gives us one extra foot of aura. So, I trust my students will behave right, but in case they behave like animals, they will still have a margin, an edge. And that is what it's all about. You have to wear a natural fiber and you have to wear white. It's a pure color therapy and it's called auric color therapy. Yogi Bhajan, 3HO Beads of Truth, 1981 Spring Edition
NOTE: Properly tying a Turban head covering enables
a person to command the sixth center, the Agia
Chakra. Covering the head stabilizes the cerebral matter
and the twenty-six parts of your brain, which are interlocked
with the neurological system and the electromagnetic field.
Covering one's head creates a focus of the functional circuit
of the hemispheres, and tunes up the neurological system.
The whole head should be covered, not just the Crown
Chakra. Any head covering that covers the whole head is
acceptable; white natural fabric, such as cotton, is the ideal. See GoodGuysWearTurbans.com.
Life is a balance. The swings in the mind are there to give
you experience and let you discover the You within you. For all those
who will praise and recognize you, there may be equal number who wants
to slander you. That balance and swing lets your standard be tested.
You cannot hold to something external. You must find your own depth
and test it, confirm it. So, calamity is not a bad thing, it is a
right thing. Yogi Bhajan
It is my feeling that now you are ready. Keep walking. Feel God is
with you, and understand that life is an opportunity we must not miss. Yogi Bhajan 6/21/2002
Your mental process comes from two sides; one is love, other is fear.
I can guarantee you do not know love. Fear, you all know. Yogi Bhajan 6/7/1989
The purpose of life is to reach God within you. Try it so you can
be happy, rich and prosperous, beautiful, bountiful and recognizable. Yogi Bhajan 9/28/2002
A time will come when you shall meet your teacher for a tenth of a
second. When you see your teacher, you will feel it in your heart,
not your head. That is the end, beginning and middle of it. Yogi Bhajan 9/22/2002
You fight between yourselves like cats and dogs. A human is not suppose
to fight. There is no wisdom in fighting. You create conflict for
emotional satisfaction and because of your sexual misgivings. Yogi Bhajan 6/19/1998
you come upon a difficult task... start. Yogi Bhajan
When you will become nothing; you shall see everything, you shall
feel everything, you shall know everything and you shall command everything. Yogi Bhajan 3/12/1989
The test of time is the test of the soul. When the soul belongs to
somebody then the body feels no pain, commitment comes easy and God
serves those beings. Yogi Bhajan 5/26/1975
Whatever your belief is, it shall be tested. Keep on increasing your
beliefs. You will keep on living. As long as what you believe is not
challenged, you cannot die. Yogi Bhajan 4/17/1990
The unknown fear, fear of tomorrow, is the enemy of every person.
Tomorrow should make you happy, you have to embrace and face it. If
you are afraid of it, you can never enjoy it. Yogi Bhajan 3/27/1979
You cannot live by feelings and emotions; you have to live by your
intuition and consciousness. Yogi Bhajan 7/11/1995
Your problem is that you think everybody is thinking the same thing
as you. It is not true. Keep Up and you'll be kept up. It is a law
of nature, it can't go wrong. It is the law to which God Himself shall
bow. Yogi Bhajan 12/31/1991
You must have manners so a person cannot doubt you, and cannot be
betrayed. Then you win the trust of heart and head at the same time.
That is what we call manners. Yogi Bhajan 4/1997
The Siri Guru Granth Sahib is
not paper; it's not a book. It is bound in the spirit, the language
and prayers of those who conquered their minds, and enriched themselves
enough to become Siri Guru Granth. Give yourself one second when you
listen and before you speak. In one second you can see the light.
And if you stop just one second, you will have total effectiveness
because then the third eye, the Ajna,
will act. Yogi Bhajan 11/2000
I feel God is bound by the state of purity of a human. Yogi Bhajan 4/1998
Your supply is equal to your demand. There is no lack of supply, only
lack of demand. Yogi Bhajan 4/1989
When wisdom serves you, intelligence does not. Wisdom takes leave.
And when wisdom leave, you are an egomaniac. Yogi Bhajan 6/1/1983
We live in the world with unawareness. That is our habit and we love
to live like that. That is our problem. Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969
If you become a teacher of your child, the relationship will be everlasting.
If you become parent of your child, then after the first eighteen
years you have to depart. Yogi Bhajan 1/10/1997
You have not yet learned what spirituality is. It is not religion
or knowledge or happiness or good luck or tragedy. Spirituality is
facing yourself with a smile when life confronts you. Yogi Bhajan 12/31/1992
When wisdom serves you, intelligence does not. Wisdom takes leave.
And when wisdom leave, you are an egomaniac. Yogi Bhajan 6/1/1983
You do not speak if you do not experience. You must remember this.
Words will not come out of you if you do not have an experience. If
there is no wax, candle cannot have light. Yogi Bhajan 3/12/1989
What is hate? When love is not maintained, when people don't stand
under. Yogi Bhajan 8/6/1975
Take one little thread, another and another and twist it -- it becomes
a rope. The power of that rope is many, many times more than that
of one thread. In the same way we can bring our psyche, spirit, mental
muscle and nervous system and position and being into a very consolidated
intertwine. Yogi Bhajan 5/3/2000
When your existence does not count, something else starts counting.
That is the beginning of your transcendence from physical egomaniac
presence. Yogi Bhajan 3/27/1979
Everybody wants to get their palm read. Isn't it amazing? You all
want to know your tomorrow and you don't care to know your today. Yogi Bhajan 9/10/1995
Where there is a Dharma there is no Karma. So we have to lean on dharmic
values, we have to build a dharmic family, we have to relate to that
family and we have to relate deeply. Yogi Bhajan 3/16/1981
We forget God because we think our limit is this Earth. That is our
limiting mind we apply. In reality we are here to experience the Infinity. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/1975
If you want to pass the test of time, life, self, grace, projection
and reality, you must decide to Keep Up, no matter what. There is
no other way. And you have to keep up in the face of everything. Yogi Bhajan 12/31/1991
game of life is not based on security, sex, love, emotions or feelings.
It is based on balance and imbalance, stability and non-stability. Yogi Bhajan 2/28/1992
There is nothing in this world that can block you. What blocks you
is you. You think you are miserable. Another person may not think
you are miserable, until you tell him you are. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/1975
don't have to remember anybody; all you have to remember is you. God
rotates this Earth; God shall take care of your routine. Yogi Bhajan 12/31/1991
without tolerance is milk with cyanide. Yogi Bhajan 7/8/1981
asked me why they suffer. Well, sometimes we don't eat pure food,
or have pure thoughts or pure deeds, or our environments and landscapes
are not pure. All those impurities get to us. Yogi Bhajan 3/16/1981
Service creates permanent love and friendship. Self-discipline creates
grace. And the neutral mind creates wisdom. These are the rules of
life. Yogi Bhajan 7/11/1995
Life is by breath, not years. The average breath is 20-25 times a
minute. In good health you breathe 10-12 times a minute. But if you
practice one breath a minute for 11 minutes a day, you can be in control
of your mind. Yogi Bhajan 9/10/1995
Can you believe I am never going to die? Do you know this body does
not mean anything? This body is not me. I have absolutely no identity
as a body. Yogi Bhajan 3/27/1979
The only thing that is heard and understood and communicated at the
same time is truth. Therefore you should be truthful. Do not speak
for your advantage or my advantage. Yogi Bhajan 6/1/1983
People who indulge into the lower chakras will never reach the higher
chakras. And people who are stuck in the higher chakras are called
"spaced out". There has to be balance. In that balance you
bounce in life with joy. Yogi Bhajan 6/28/1998
You have been designed as human and you have been designated as human
and you have a destiny as a human. Live it and you are God, deny it
and you will never find God. Yogi Bhajan 5/26/1975
When you speak a word it is recorded in the heavens. We call it the
Akashic record. The Earth reflects it. Yogi Bhajan 2/5/1992
long as we fear death, we are just animal. Only humans have the faculty
of the meditative mind to conquer death and to become fearless. Yogi Bhajan 3/12/1989
As long as you exist, God does not. When you do not exist, God does.
Under the ego nothing is experienced. Yogi Bhajan 6/19/1998
We love our discipline more than our own life and deal with the world
as a whole. We walk tall and talk tall, as exclusive, straightforward
and truthful human beings. Yogi Bhajan 9/22/2002
When you concentrate and find your self through your own meditation,
you can know the status of any person, and find the fountain of your
kindness and caliber. Yogi Bhajan 9/28/2002
Just say to yourself, "I am a character, my acts will be pure
and pious, my projections will be gracious, and I shall be as I am."
That is all it takes. If you can do this, you shall achieve the kingdom
of all God has created. And you will be shocked, for when you meet
God face to face, you will find it is your face you are meeting. Yogi Bhajan 9/24/2002
Our way of life has to be gracious so we can attract people to this
way of life, and we have to have peace of mind so that we can spread
peace on this Earth. Yogi Bhajan 6/21/2002
Any act you can turn to a worship, an act of higher consciousness,
an act of giving, surrendering, committing to the absolute; that act
will take you to the absolute. Yogi Bhajan 10/16/1973
Blames and claims are the worst way to live. Live and let live is
the best way to keep going. Yogi Bhajan 9/16/1985
We are doing a million things to our human body that do not keep its
strength intact. We do not have time for meditating so we can command
our own body. Our breathing habits, our cleaning habits, our eating
habits are very bad, still we live. I think that's the greatest miracle
we have. Yogi Bhajan 9/9/1995
Purpose is not to say; purpose is to reach out with what you want
to say. Purpose is not to speak; purpose is to penetrate. Purpose
is not to communicate; purpose is to find the common grounds of understanding. Yogi Bhajan 2/5/1992
Know your mind. You need not know God. God shall know you forever. Yogi Bhajan 6/01/1983
In the beginning, the middle and the end I am going to say, "Be
excellent!" Because I see that God made you, God has a purpose,
God has a destiny, God gives you everything. Yogi Bhajan 12/31/1991
When you build anything at the cost of another person, you create
unhappiness for which there is no answer. Yogi Bhajan 1/10/1997
The infinite Infinity and the most ruthless insecurity are two sides
of the pendulum in which the mind moves. Mind has to be trained, mind
has to be talked to; mind is not the master, mind is a servant. Yogi Bhajan 5/3/2000
After age 40, take just one meal a day. It will save you from many,
many things. Before age 40 we need physical strength, after age 40
we need mental strength, and from the beginning we need spiritual
strength. Yogi Bhajan 6/21/2002
Passion is like waves; it comes and goes. Compassion is the constant
flow. Yogi Bhajan 10/16/1973
you check out your life, eighty percent of your mistakes occur because
you are not inside you. Yogi Bhajan 9/9/1995
Teacher is not a great popular person. They teach what they know and
make people better than them. Teacher must create a student better
than him or her. Otherwise that person is not a teacher but a preacher.
There are tons and thousands of preachers. Yogi Bhajan 1/10/1997
You need three things: to be healthy, happy and holy. Those who want
to be happy as egomaniacs cannot be with us. And those who want to
be happy because of consciousness shall never leave. Yogi Bhajan 12/30/1980
Everybody is a pitcher - same earth, same Maker, same seasoning. You
can put honey or nectar or dirt or bad smelling water in your pitcher.
The choice is yours. Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969
Come to an understanding that life is one, and within this life you
must enjoy yourself minus this crazy glue called ego, so that you
can experience the universe within you. Yogi Bhajan 9/22/2002
There are two ways to change things: Either you are forced to change
or you have the intuition to change. Yogi Bhajan 5/11/1991
This nature around us, the vastness, the unlimited creativity and
productivity and resources of it -- that is the woman. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/1975
Our depression and our dissatisfaction doesn't come out of the sky,
it comes out of our non-fulfillment of our duty. Yogi Bhajan 8/6/1975
Knowledge, happiness, purity and piety cannot be achieved from outside.
They are always within you. Yogi Bhajan 3/12/1989
Imagine how wise, caring and complete you will be if you apply to
your self all of the energy you waste. Yogi Bhajan 9/28/2002
You have depth, you have dimension and you have direction. You have
to balance it out. Yogi Bhajan 3/16/1981
We have a very powerful magnetic Psyche. We can attract things. But
we don't have the training, so we sweat and hassle and go after things. Yogi Bhajan 9/10/1995
Depend on the cosmic energy as a beloved depends on the fragrance
of the lover. Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969
The time has come to become your own master and stop chasing masters.
Become your own reality, stop chasing religion. Become your own God.
Stop chasing God, be you. Yogi Bhajan 9/10/1995
God is nothing but your own power of Infinity. It is our romance,
it is our imagination, it is our reality. I can't give it to you.
You have to make it your own, as I made it my own. Each one has to
make his own reality of Infinity. Yogi Bhajan 5/11/1991
Sometimes you think potential is a reality and reality is a potential,
that's the biggest mess. If you have a potential for something that
does not mean you have it. Yogi Bhajan 8/6/1975
Dharma is when we take action to uplift and serve others. Seva (selfless
service) is our Dharma. Doing Seva we will receive abundance a thousand
fold. Yogi Bhajan 8/26/1996
It is not good enough to be good all the time and talk about your
good. The fact is you have to share your goodness; you have to spread
your goodness; you have to give people everything you have. Yogi Bhajan 1/16/2000
We are Atma (soul) born for a human experience; we are not a human
born for spiritual experience. Yogi Bhajan 6/25/1995
When someone says anything, don't interrupt and don't try to interpret.
Let a person speak and listen. And then stop for a second and answer.
You'll be shocked how much you know, how impressive you are, how effective
you are and how deep you are. Yogi Bhajan 11/2000
This Dharma is not personal. It is not anybody's property; it is not
anybody's affair. It is a combination of people who will work for
the future. It's the strength of the people who conquer their own
mind. It shall belong to those who will work selflessly for the beauty
of tomorrow and its generations. Yogi Bhajan 10/8/1998
It is not how much wealth we have,how learned we are; it is how much
tolerance we have to serve and uplift. We have to act as a forklift
to all those who come within our touch. Yogi Bhajan 1/8/1999
When you feel upset about a situation, write it down, put it in an
envelope and mail it to me (place the letter on your altar). You will
feel lighter when you write it, you will have hope for an answer and
it will give you a space which you need. This process is self-curing,
self- elevating and self-purifying. Yogi Bhajan 7/8/1981
You think a vegetable is just a food. To me, a vegetable is as good
as a medicine. Yogi Bhajan 2/28/1992
By your ego you get yourself, which is very earthly and limited. Whenever
you want to get to your own unlimited self, you have to relate with
gratitude. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/1975
Do you understand the word, "family"? Family means, under
all longitude and latitude, we keep our nucleus together. Yogi Bhajan 3/16/1981
you go to the root of your neurosis, you will always find the root
cause. The moment you find it, you will be surprised, the root will
be gone. It takes time and self-service. People do not want to recognize
their own neuroses because it is very easy to blame others. Yogi Bhajan 9/16/1985
You live by breath, you grow by breath, you die by breath, and you
do not know the science of breathing? Yogi Bhajan 9/9/1995
Teacher doesn't take help. Teacher is the help. Teacher is a very
unique relationship. Yogi Bhajan 1/10/1997
Without the experience of Infinity you become everything except Infinity.
And everything else does not mean anything. Yogi Bhajan 3/27/1979
If a person knows how to be ready, that person is ready. The only
difference is time. Yogi Bhajan 6/19/1998
The purpose of life is to go beyond time; into the future of clarity, unisonness, grace and power of radiance. This is the divine in you. Yogi Bhajan 9/24/2002
Let compassion win and you win. Yogi Bhajan 10/16/1996
Commitment does not begin anything; commitment is the end in itself. Yogi Bhajan 10/16/1973
When your breath is eight times a minute you are near God. When it
is four times a minute you are the perfect image of God. When you
breathe one breath per one minute you are the living God. Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969
Every 7 years consciousness changes. Every 11 years intelligence changes.
Every 18 years lifestyle changes. It is the rule of the sun. Yogi Bhajan 2/28/1992
Every person has animal nature and angel or God nature. You have to
develop so that the angelic or God nature is handy and the animal
nature is under control. You need the beast nature, but it has to
serve you. Yogi Bhajan 7/8/1981
We work to conquer the mind, to open our intuitive eye, so we can
see all is one and one is all. Yogi Bhajan 10/8/1998
No one else can limit you. If you want to limit yourself, you can.
Otherwise the entire resources of the Universe are yours to use. Yogi Bhajan 4/1989
In this path of life, you have to call on your impersonal. When you
call on your personal self, then "I" has to come through
with "my" problems, insecurities, handicaps. But when you
call on your impersonal, then you call on your spirit, your Infinity.
When you call on your Infinity you can come through anything, you
shall never be handicapped. That is how you will enter the Age
of Aquarius. Yogi Bhajan 12/20/1994
What is karma? Half finished actions. Yogi Bhajan 8/6/1975
When a woman limits herself, there is no peace. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/1975
The ego is psychologically and biologically meant to sustain our identity.
It is not our purpose in life. Yogi Bhajan 9/10/1995
If you just go with the flow of your spirit, your mind will just serve
you and life will be creative, elevated, beautiful and authentic. Yogi Bhajan 6/1/1983
Love is consistent memory. With each breath, it comes, it lives, it
excels in you. Yogi Bhajan 3/12/1989
You are the Master of your destiny, you are the prediction of your
horoscope, you are the leader of your day, you are the light of your
life. Yogi Bhajan 6/1/1983
Wherever you are, if you study to be healthy,
happy and holy you will end up finding the Dharma. Yogi Bhajan 3/27/1979
God is the realization within self. Projecting that realization into
practical action makes us God. Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969
God made you as best as He-She-It could, would or should. Do not make
doodoo of yourself. The breath of life is to be exalted. Walk tall
and feel free. Have no fear, no vengeance. Yogi Bhajan 9/22/2002
If you flow with the flow of life, you will be healthy, happy, holy,
prosperous, intuitive, well-respected and understood. Otherwise you are trouble to yourself,
your neighbors, your pets and worst of all to your children. Yogi Bhajan 6/19/1998
Every day, you have to look at yourself and feel that you are getting
a little better. It does not matter whether you are eight or eighty
years old. Yogi Bhajan 9/28/2002
If a person in his lifetime has not achieved the progress to conceive
or perceive or experience what he or she is, everything else is totally
fake. Yogi Bhajan 10/16/1973
If you train to mentally send your white cells to where your red blood
cells are sick, you can heal yourself miraculously. Yogi Bhajan 9/9/1995
Why We Are Vegetarians
According to Yogi Bhajan
matter how good the diet is, we tend to exceed the self cleaning capacity of our bodies. Uric
acid, (a byproduct of meat consumption), calcium
crystals, and many other wastes and poisons get stored in tissues and joints. They make us stiff and may cause many diseases. In Kundalini Yoga, muscle stretching along with internal massage bring waste back into circulation so that the
lungs, intestines, kidneys and skin are able to remove it. Yogi Bhajan
each and every environment, good health and sustained wellness is dependant on the rapid removal of waste.
In terms of our personal health, one needs to void solid waste two to three times a day or once between each meal, without straining, in order to maintain basic health and wellness. Toxins can be harmless if removed quickly from the body.
The banana is the only complete food (except for Vitamin C) and it
has sufficient potassium to keep your potassium and magnesium in balance.
The moment they are in balance, then calcium digests in the body perfectly
and your bone structure and mental structure becomes right. Yogi Bhajan 9/9/1995
When you take even a calculated risk of overusing yourself, even though
time and space demands it, you have to pay for it. That's called Karma. Yogi Bhajan 5/3/2000
Put your hand on the top of your head and bless yourself. Yogi Bhajan 6/7/1989
The person who meditates knows when to change, how much to change,
why to change, what to change for. Yogi Bhajan 5/11/1991
When you can conquer the rhythm of breath, you can conquer your mental
attitude as well as your behavior. When you can do that, you are perfect. Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969
Knowing is not enough, you have to know what you know and then you
have to know what you don't know. When you know what you don't know,
that will give you the experience and the conviction of life and then
you can have the performance of life. You will be successful. Yogi Bhajan 8/6/1975
Let us understand the Age of Aquarius is upon us. It is the age of knowledge. It is the age of giving people
tranquility, peace, dignity, divinity, grace and sharing. Yogi Bhajan 8/25/1996
Let all be blessed in their own essence, in their own honor, in their
own commitment. May the creator bless all creatures in equality and
reality and knowledge. Sat Nam. Yogi Bhajan 1/10/1999
God gave you, keep that as a gift and do not shift it; then you do
not create a rift between you and God. Yogi Bhajan 12/20/1994
Make no excuses for your desire to be prosperous; it is a divine desire
that should be given divine expression. Yogi Bhajan 4/1989
You must have the attitude to eliminate yourself completely so that
you can just focus on the general good of another person. Yogi Bhajan 2/28/1992
Everybody wants to feel good - it is not a sin. Just follow the path
of wisdom, not the path of the mind. Yogi Bhajan 7/8/1981
All your personal and financial problems are because you do not care
for your spiritual strength. You have wasted energy on petty things.
Cut out all that burns you out so that your light can keep burning
forever. Yogi Bhajan 10/16/1997
We need to calculate our total strength and serve people from our
hearts. If it is heart to heart, you will never be handicapped. Yogi Bhajan 11/1999
We are the boat keepers of the incoming age and we welcome people
from every walk of life. That's why Guru has blessed us to be a combination of all traditions: Judeo-Christian,
Islamic, Brahmin, Buddhist, Anglo, Aryan; you will find us united
at the feet of the Guru. See Religions. Yogi Bhajan 2/11/1996
Sometimes you think God is a big guy in the sky with 30 hands and
40 legs who does everything. That is not true. Whatever your known
is, that is you. Whatever your unknown is, that is God. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/1975
the rhythm of your life you have to create harmony. And harmony can
only come if your motivated life is subjected to your intelligence
and your conscious personality. Yogi Bhajan 10/29/1984
We are born as spiritual beings. We have to become human. A human
is one who balances light and darkness. This is what life is about. Yogi Bhajan 9/22/2002
In the spiritual world you cater to nothing, not even to yourself.
Live in the spiritual world because life wants you to live. Every
moment you are requested by life, "My Lord, please live."
That is the spiritual world. Yogi Bhajan 3/27/1979
You have to conquer your laziness and ego. Insincere effort is a treachery
with your own self, because you are not trying to reach an experience. Yogi Bhajan
Just remember, from today onward promise to speak sacredly, to live
sacredly and deal with life sacredly. Prosperity will be yours forever
and through your generation. Yogi Bhajan 8/29/1985
You have never learned that if you give time to the spirit and soul
you can be more excellent than all the professions in the world. Because
as all rivers come to the ocean, every profession seeks spiritual
guidance. Yogi Bhajan 1/10/1997
You are here. Be so! Yogi Bhajan 9/28/2002
You are never to old to become a saint. All it takes is a turning
of the wheel of thought, a committing yourself within your self. All
it takes is committing to the world that from this day on your words
are just to exalt God. God shall exalt you on this Earth. Yogi Bhajan 10/16/1973
Let us be virtuous and share our values with the world so we can bring
peace to ourselves and to all those around us. Yogi Bhajan 6/21/2002
You are never to old to become a saint. All it takes is a turning
of the wheel of thought, a committing yourself within your self. All
it takes is committing to the world that from this day on your words
are just to exalt God. God shall exalt you on this Earth. Yogi Bhajan 10/16/1973
When you take a cold shower you open up your capillaries in exactly
five minutes and your chance of getting a common cold will be very
small. Yogi Bhajan 9/9/1995
God is nothing but your own inner consciousness. Now I will agree
with you that you cannot always feel this God, but that is because
you think that you are separate from God. We call it Maya. Maya is
the illusion of separateness: it is the quicksand of this life. Sometimes
we sink into this quicksand and then we need a hook; we need some
guidance to help us pull ourselves out so that we can continue our
journey. The hook that we use to do this is called the Guru. Yogi Bhajan, Summer Solstice, 1976
The shocking truth about prosperity is that it is shockingly right
instead of shockingly wrong to be prosperous. Yogi Bhajan 4/1989
The storm is on us. Human beings are getting emptier inside, and we
can't face the challenges of the pressure. Everyone must meditate
and clear their minds. Yogi Bhajan 1/8/1999
It is your duty to speak the truth to your children and stand to it.
Don't lie to them, don't cater to them. When you cater to the child
you are trying to cover up and child has the super psychic power to
see behind it. The moment they uncover you they will not respect you.
Therefore, it is your duty to be straight with your own born. Yogi Bhajan 8/6/1975
One thing you cannot handle is simplicity. If you are given a simple
way to do something you won't. You don't trust anything which is simple. Yogi Bhajan 6/7/1989
Regardless and reward less, duty must be done. When regardless and
reward less duty is done, God is experience. But if duty is done with
regards and within rewards, then ego is experienced. Yogi Bhajan 8/6/1975
If your actions are base on kindness and compassion, you should be
judged kindly and compassionately. If your actions are based on selfishness,
you should be judged accordingly. Yogi Bhajan 5/11/1991
Grace will come to you, glory will come to you, happiness will come
to you. Everything will come to you when you will act like God. God
gives, never takes anything. God love everyone. God lives in you.
God guards you. Yogi Bhajan 5/7/1969
Attitude of gratitude brings you opportunities beyond your concept.
And when the prayer becomes the vibration of the soul, mind, and self,
we can create a miracle. Yogi Bhajan 12/8/1989
Those who belong are those who long to belong. And the sense of longing
is the self-ecstasy; it has no barriers, no walls and it does not
end. Yogi Bhajan 1/10/1997
Any offering given in the name of God multiplies faster than time
and space. Contribute one-tenth to your higher being. Give yourself
a chance. Yogi Bhajan 1/16/1900
are virtues and wishes are wishes. Every human being wants more virtues,
and wishes for much more than virtues. The question is: how to have
it. You can go to a restaurant and have a thirty-six-course meal and
enjoy your evening. That is possible. The question is -- can your stomach
take it or not? The question is not how you live -- you have the right
to live, as you want. The question is: are you living within your
understanding of who you are? The question is not whether you are
virtuous or wishful. The question is: have you understood your commitment
and the depth of your commitment?
A full life is when a person has his commitment and an understanding
of his commitment, and even death cannot change it. Guru
Nanak had a commitment -- death couldn't change it. Jesus Christ
had a commitment - death couldn't change it. Moses had a commitment.
For forty years he carried the Commandments through the desert. No
change. When someone has spiritual ecstasy and elevation -- forget
about temptation -- even death can't change him. Then such a man creates
a legacy. Then man dies and legacy lives. This is the only beauty
granted to a human being.
a person and God there are two paths, the path of fate and the path
of destiny. Those who create a distance from their destiny shall fall
into the path of fate. When you walk on the path of fate, you may
feel very happy and egomaniacal, but when death comes, you will be lost
again. When you walk on the path of destiny, it doesn't matter what
distance you cover, when the fatal blow of death comes, you shall
be liberated. This is the difference.
All the chanting, the religious rituals and the religious ceremonies
we do are for that last moment: "Was I true to my Dharma, or
was I not?" because right before death, there are moments when
the trinity of you, your destiny and your fate are judged. It is your
decision. Nobody else can do it.
It is the distinct nature of the soul that it comes on the earth to
deliver you forever by merging in the Creator. We call it God. There
is a price. That price to pay is the science of Dharma: the teachings
dictate, and art of living is given in whichever Dharma it is that
you follow. You can change to any religion, to any form and shape.
But what matters is whether you have understood reality or not. You
are a human. Have you understood what "human" means? That
matters. Whether you are a good person, a bad person, a rich person,
poor person, religious person or a fake - doesn't mean a thing. Yogi Bhajan 4/24/1991
follow the mind,follow the grace. Keep the dignity, be divine. You
will win. Yogi Bhajan 7/8/1981
Fear is your own limitation. When you apply the brake to your soul
with your own limitations, that is fear. If fear saturates the self,
it becomes frustration. Then it becomes anger. Yogi Bhajan 7/10/1975
In the beginning, the middle and the end it is you and you only. So
live well in your inner peace and inner strength. And when you feel
weak, call on your soul, your best friend. Yogi Bhajan 9/10/1995
Never compete, never compare and never confuse yourself with everything
here. You have come from God. Be with your God and see the glory of
God in all, big and small. God shall be with you. Yogi Bhajan 4/21/1996
The question is: Are you spiritual or are you not? The truth is you
are. The reality is you don't believe it. Yogi Bhajan 4/17/1990
When joy and faith come, then one commits, lives through commitment
and feels the fulfillment of the commitment. Then life is fulfilled. Yogi Bhajan 5/26/1975
It is good to fill only half the stomach when you eat, because a loaded
stomach puts pressure on the heart, the diaphragm and the longs. The
stomach is not meant to be fully loaded-our suspension is not built
that way. Yogi Bhajan 2/11/1977
Your strength lies in your smiles and your songs. Yogi Bhajan 6/28/1998
It is not how good, how spiritual you look or how wonderful you appear.
It is what is inside that matters. Yogi Bhajan 9/22/2002
Commitment is knowledge within itself. You don't commit to get the
knowledge. When you commit, knowledge comes to you. If you can commit
and hold on to it, there is nothing more you have to learn. Yogi Bhajan 10/16/73
If you do not know what wisdom is, the only thing you will have is
your neurosis. Yogi Bhajan
You must know that you have the right to heal yourself. Each one of
you can heal your tired brain and your fatigued body. Yogi Bhajan 9/9/1995
If you appreciate your life, if you appreciate your job, if you appreciate yourself, if you appreciate your surreptitiousness or rich, whatever they are -- you are divine. The principal is that you are divine when you appreciate whatever you are. You must appreciate your job, no matter how dirty it is. You must appreciate your misery no matter how painful it is. The moment you start appreciating misery it will run away. You don't have to do anything. Misery does not need appreciation. Misery needs to give you pain. The purpose of misery is to put you through pain. As soon as you start appreciating misery, its purpose is lost. How is misery going to be there? Yogi Bhajan 6/27/1984 (Woman's Camp)
This is the day to call upon yourself -- beyond politics, beyond social, persona, sensual, sexual, all needs; to understand. You have to serve and you have to lead to surround all other humans to uplift their souls. Yogi Bhajan 1/15/1997
"I must accept myself the way I am made by God." That's the first positive statement a human can make to him or herself. Yogi Bhajan 11/22/1977
The Case Against Using Pacifiers
According to Yogi Bhajan
With all the medical and scientific reasons given pro and con pacifiers, let me reiterate that this is a Kundalini Yoga group, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and he said we should never put a pacifier in a baby's mouth. His main point was that it adversely affects a child's brain to suck and receive nothing. I have also seen, as a mother and daycare provider, that fussy toddlers and pretoddlers who have been overly silenced by a pacifier are inhibited in baby talk to the point that they put the pacifier in their mouth by themselves, inhibiting verbal responses and speech development in general.
My feeling is, parents and caregivers do this for themselves to have peace and quiet, rather than for the true welfare of the child, who needs to learn that true comfort comes from within. Naptime swaddling is the best pacifer, for it turns a child inwards to enjoy a deep and blessed sleep. -- SS Guru Prem Kaur Khalsa
Make no excuse for your desire to be prosperous; it is a divine desire that should be given divine expression. Yogi Bhajan 4/1989
Falling into prayer is exactly the same as falling in love. It is an infinite fall; you never come out of it. In all of human existence, these two experiences are the highest. Yogi Bhajan
Spirit has no end and no beginning. A spiritual person shall not draw the line. A spiritual person shall not judge what is right and what is wrong. A spiritual person will always aspire to make other people feel right, feel good. Yogi Bhajan 7/24/1988
If you cannot see God in all, you cannot see God at all. Claim God and stop blaming. Try to help. Try to be. And the fantastic situation is, God will come trough. Yogi Bhajan 4/23/1997
Those who live for their lineage destroy their family and their lineage. Those who live for their legacy, where all will be remembered, will be light for others. Yogi Bhajan 6/27/1993
A person who has a teacher is corrected each time because, if you are not corrected, and you don't have a tolerance to be corrected, your neurosis will eat you up like termites. Yogi Bhajan 4/23/1997
Nobody is complete. Everybody has a cavity. One may have a complete personality, but still have a throbbing heart, which doesn’t rest. If you can reach this always-moving heart, you can move anybody. Whenever you start going head to head you are creating a clash because it is the habit of the head to clash. If somebody is all in his head, get to the heart. If somebody is all in his head and you get to the head, then you are playing a game. If you can’t play it, then you will blow it. Yogi Bhajan 10/5/73
Watch your heart and watch your head. Watch your heart and watch your head in relation to others. If the heart gets stuck, the head will get stuck automatically. When somebody pounces on your heart, use your head. When somebody pounces on your head, see the heart. Then you can always balance out your life. It is a practical way of living. Yogi Bhajan 10/5/1973
Don’t repeat mistakes. It will empty your life. Don’t feel sorry. It will empty the joy of victory. Plan graciously before you play your hand. Yogi Bhajan
Losing a friend or facing an enemy is sometimes purely circumstantial. Things do happen because of time and space. Keep moving -- Otherwise, you will jam the traffic of life. Yogi Bhajan
If you need God’s help in your life, be graceful and God shall be grateful to help you. How you are known will not depend on your demand, it will depend on your commitments. Yogi Bhajan
Every life has a purpose and strength to process a pathway to success. Prayer is the power. Meditation is the guidance, and love is the strength. Yogi Bhajan
Every life has a purpose and strength to process a pathway to success. Prayer is the power. Meditation is the guidance, and love is the strength. Yogi Bhajan
Marriage is to lose your self into one another. It is the process of amalgamation. If you put copper and zinc together, you'll end up with a new alloy -- brass. There is neither copper nor zinc. In the institution of marriage two people become totally inter-merged. They lose their basic properties and come out with a common alloy, which is socially known as a married couple, with totally different virtues and different allocations of duties in life. Yogi Bhajan
First consider life is a play, and take an overall view of the play. Then, take an overall view of yourself. Define the mission you are undertaking, and the mission you are going to achieve. Understand that a mortal must become immortal. Whatever you do must endure to keep guiding coming generations. Yogi Bhajan
The art of being smart is to be small, which can contain all. The art of success is to answer the call of duty with grace and compassion. The art of happiness is to serve all, and all shall serve you. Yogi Bhajan
If you want to think about everything with the head, you won’t make it. Everything is not head and everything is not heart. Passion and compassion, advantage and sacrifice. They are the interrelated facets of human action. Yogi Bhajan 10/5/1973
There's no fault in us. Nobody on this earth can be unhappy. It is that prejudice that we want to be on one side. Then we become judgmental. When we become judgmental, we start testing -- we are not trusting. When we are not trusting, we are unhappy. Yogi Bhajan 10/5/1996
Don’t worry about tomorrow. To face it you shall have to become today, and you are facing today very well. Tomorrow shall be another day to face. Yogi Bhajan
Who is right and who is wrong? Don’t get into that problem. See that you don’t place any burden on yourself. Live light. Don’t put the weight of karma on you. Let your impulse always be shining, adjusting and calling. Don’t become uptight and don’t put up any blocks. To put blocks against your own vibration is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Whosoever will do this to oneself shall never find the Self. The Light of God shall always show you the way. It’s a very simple and very honest way of living on the earth. Yogi Bhajan 10/5/1973
Wisdom has no criteria. Stupidity has no age. Woman has one defense, which is a crossbow between her humility and her grace. Beyond that she has no armor. Yogi Bhajan
If a human being does not know how to be a human being, what advantage does he gain by being human? If you cannot adjust the impulse of your brain, and if you cannot coordinate your impulse of the brain with the signal impulse of the other personality, how are you going to create a relationship? I have always said, “understand,” “Stand under,” if you want to live in harmony. Stand under each other. I understand you. You understand me. Stand under me. I stand under you. This is how life goes. Nobody can take advantage of you. Nobody can take advantage of me. People have the right to get into your holes. Block them well. Guard them well. There is no such thing as taking advantage of someone. Who takes advantage of whom? There is a saying in Punjabi. “Guard your own house. Don’t call others a thief.” Yogi Bhajan 10/5/1973
There is no tragedy worse than the way you feel it. There is no poverty worse than when you cannot give. There is no misfortune worse than your broken word. There is no gruesome sin worse than you betraying your own trust. And there is no insanity worse than when you let down yourself or a friend. Yogi Bhajan
Anybody who wants to rise must pay for it. If you want to levitate your personality, then the art of sacrifice has to be mastered. It is only in giving that you receive. That is the law of conscious existence, for any person at any stage of mind. If someone only wants to get and does not want to give, it won’t work out for him. Yogi Bhajan 10/5/1973
"In Prosperity three things work: Security, Security and Security.
Because Security manifests Prosperity. Security manifests the entire
manifestation. Because Security is the Rule of Harmony." Siri Singh Sahib
Monitor all activities occurring in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib as well as any other activities in order to maintain a safe, hazard-free environment, and a peaceful, respectful Gurdwara decorum.
Assist Sangat members in the performance of their worship and other activities, especially to include the arrival and departure of families with young children, giving aid and comfort to the elderly and the infirm, and greeting visitors.
Take direct Protective and/or Defensive action in the event of emergency circumstances such as fire and emergency medical response, disruptive or disorderly activity, or any act of aggression occurring within or around the Gurdwara or amongst Sangat members, and ensure security of building perimeter (doors and windows) while maintaining appropriate access for Sangat members and guests.
Gather and disseminate intelligence data, and subsequently alert Sangat members, and appropriate local authorities to the existence of issues or circumstances involving imminent or potential risk to the security of the Guru, Sangat members, or Gurdwara property.
Interface with and assist Local Fire and Medical Emergency or Law Enforcement Response Team members in order to maintain appropriate and respectful decorum in any emergency conditions occurring in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib or upon the Gurdwara property, circumstances permitting.
NOTE: General Protocols For Gurdwara Sevadars are intended to be general in nature as opposed to specific since these apply to the commonalities of all Gurdwaras.
Special Operating Protocols or SOPs should be formulated and implemented by respective Sangat leaders after consultation with local First Responders, i.e., Fire, Medical Emergency, Law Enforcement or other agencies. These Special Operating Protocols then will reflect conditions peculiar to local circumstances, which may vary according to any unique layout, structural, or geographical, economic, or technical requirements.
In addition, each community should contact their local First Responders, especially Fire Prevention and Law Enforcement Agencies, for a comprehensive risk assessment survey of Gurdwara property, and management policies and procedures to include a comprehensive Safety and Security Audit. Audits may possibly be provided free of charge, and should include procedures related to the following issues:
For assistance, call 800-528-0413 Ext. 354 Eastern, or click here. For security skills training, see RamDhanSingh.com.
Security does not happen by accident!
Security is those actions or systems, which prevent or minimize
the occurrence of adverse events within specific environments.
The most effective security is preventative as well as proactive,
and serves to minimize any risk to life, property or environments.
American Sikhs are free to pursue happiness, but there's no guarantee we will achieve it.
NOTE: American Sikhs are free to pursue happiness, but there's no guarantee we will achieve it. We can view the subject of Security as an unpleasant, even terrifying concept, or as a fearless, even exhilarating exercise in courage. We can choose to be passive, wimpy victims,
or proactive, fearless survivors. To those members of the Sadh Sangat who choose
to remain in denial with regard to matters of Security
and Safety, who either claim that Gurdwara Security is unnecessary,
or who dismiss any thought of improving Gurdwara Security, I suggest
that you not only recall the tragic events of the August 5, 2012 Gurdwara
assault in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the Sandy Hook Elementary School
killings in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012, and the U.S. Navy Yard massacre of September 16, 2013, but that you
recall the days of Operation
Blue Star, the tragic assault on the Guru in Amritsar, India, June 1-6, 1984, a week which will live in infamy...
the event that involved the desecration of the Golden
Temple, and the destruction of the Akal Takht.
(See video.) Going back much farther, remember Aurangzeb?
Beadbi of Siri Guru Granth Sahib
Keep in mind also that the Siri
Singh Sahib of Sikh Dharma established a policy whereby a Security
and Safety Sevadar is posted at the door of the House
of Guru Ram Das Gurdwara in Los Angeles, California, even to this
day. His vision being that Gurdwara Security and Safety is not about acting out
of fear or anger, it is about selflessly serving the Guru and the Sangat while
fearlessly defending the weak and protecting the innocent for which
Sikhs have a sacred duty. See Our Youth Deserves Leadership Training.
SANT SIPAHI - SAINT SOLDIER
JAPJI SAHIB - 37TH PAURI
Karam khand ki bani jor. Tithai hor na koi hor. In the realm of Karam, the Word is Power.
No one else dwells there,
Tithai jodh maha-bal sur. Tin meh ram rahia bharpur. Except the Warriors of great power, the Spiritual Heroes.
They are totally fulfilled, imbued with the Lord's Essence.
Tithai sito sita mehma mahi. Ta ke rup na kathne jahi. Myriads of Sitas are there, cool and calm in their
majestic glory. Their beauty cannot be described.
Na ohi marahi na thage jahi. Jin kai Ram vasai man mahi. Neither death nor deception comes to those
within whose minds the Lord abides.
Tithai bhagat vasahi ke loa. Karahi anand sacha mani soe. The Devotees of many worlds dwell there.
They celebrate; their minds are imbued with the True Lord...
is a blend of Saint and Soldier (Sant Sipahi); this is a complete person.
If you are not a soldier your sainthood will be kicked around. If you
a soldier, not a saint, you will start kicking others around." -- Yogi
"I can think of a number of fanatical, over-zealous religious groups who
would do us all well to take Yogi Bhajan's advice." Hari Singh Khalsa
Sat Nam. The Siri Singh Sahib was asked to express his priorities for a community gathering in the early ‘70s. His reply, “Security, Security, Security.” I share his vision. I have the concern that with the passage of time, nay, even as we speak, the memory of the Oak Creek massacre will fade away just as the memory of the infamous 1984 Operation Blue Star attack on the Sikhs in India seems to have disappeared from our recollection. Many Sikhs simply tag these events as the will of God and Guru, which is true, but we cannot stop there. There is a deeper message, a challenge, that has apparently gone unnoticed, i.e., our sacred duty to fearlessly "defend the weak and protect the innocent," just as Guru Gobind Singh taught us. So, I am requesting that the Sikh ministers act to meet our present day challenges. Not out of a sense of fear or apprehension, but with the same courage and fearlessness as did Guru Gobind Singh and our beloved Siri Singh Sahib. I urge my fellow ministers to answer this call by purchasing the Active Shooter Survival Training DVD shown below, and sharing it with their respective sangats. See Jai Jagdeesh Kaur's Ad Guray Nameh.
Active Shooter Survival DVD is
a reality-based training production.
Training covers the following topics.
Planning for Survival
Stopping the Shooter
Escaping the Violence
Hiding from the Shooter
Preventing Violent Intrusions
Collective Survival Strategies
Disrupting the Shooter’s Intentions
Training includes a step-by-step how-to, such as:
Protecting you from extreme violence
Responding to an active shooter
Managing workplace violence
Improving Gurdwara security
Becoming better prepared
Saving innocent lives
Who is responsible for your security?
Most people are reactive when it comes to their safety and well-being.
Most people respond only after threats have materialized and the problem is acute.
This approach brings little solace to the victims and is dangerous.
The most effective security is preventative as well as proactive.
The radicalization of fringe elements in society is increasing.
The targeting of minorities is nothing new and will continue.
Community preparedness is a must; its absence is a liability. --
Alon Stivi, CEO, Direct Measures International
value is not in how many experiences you have had.
It is in your stability -- in how much sacrifice you can do.
Your value is in how effectively and how consistently you can
live for others. Your value is in how you can take command of
yourself and others in any situation. Your value is in your capability
of firmly planting yourself in the neutrality of your higher consciousness
and standing as a pillar of strength, turning every negative to a
Your value is how quickly you are there when the call comes." -- Yogi Bhajan
consciousness is a state of being whereby we live in service
to humanity, inspiring and assisting others to do the same. And while
it is our sacred purpose to celebrate Naam and live as saints,
it is our
sacred duty to defend the weak and protect the innocent." -- Hari Singh
Q: DOES YOUR SANGAT OR GURDWARA NEED MORE SECURITY? CONTACT YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT TO GET A SECURITY AUDIT.
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SHARE YOUR STORY HERE OR CALL 800-528-0413 EXT 354 EASTERN.
RESPONSES ARE CONFIDENTIAL
A POST 9-11 HISTORY OF DISCRIMINATION
remains true today, in the ancient tradition of ignorance,
that people of faith and otherwise good sense hasten
to ostracize and demonize any person or group
whose beliefs and customs are unlike their own.
at the Sikh Gurdwara in Fresno, California
Photo courtesy of Christian Parley, The Fresno Bee.
after September 11, 2001, an epidemic of hate crimes against minorities
swept the United States and other countries. The wave of hate crimes and hate violence affected Muslims especially, and anyone perceived to be a Muslim, e.g.,
Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians, Latinos, and other brown-skinned people.
Incidents occurred in every part of the public sphere: houses, roadways, workplaces,
airports, school grounds, and street corners, as well as churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and gurdwaras in nearly every major
city in the United States. In targeted communities, places of worship have been burned,
homes vandalized, families threatened, jobs denied, children bullied,
women harassed, men and women beaten and murdered.
RECENT VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES
On Sunday morning, August 5, 2012, people were praying, cooking in the kitchen and preparing for the day's kirtan (musical) program at the Sikh temple, the Gurdwara Sahib, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Tragically, a deranged man entered and opened fire with handguns, killing six innocent people and wounding three others, including a heroic police officer, before taking his own life. -- (See History of Sikhs in America.)
Who are the
We are all
MUSLIM GIRL WOUNDED
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Malala Yousuf Zai, a 14 year old girl, was seriously wounded by religious fanatics for speaking out for peace and human rights. More.
Security is those actions or systems, which prevent or minimize
the occurrence of adverse events within specific environments.
The most effective security is preventative as well as proactive,
and serves to minimize any risk to life, property or environments.
Sat Nam, Brothers and Sisters! I am a former U.S. Marine and someone who has been involved with Gurdwara and Solstice security for decades. I would like to address what I see as a general absence of security/soldier consciousness within Sikh communities by quoting the Siri Singh Sahib, who said: “Human is a blend of Saint and Soldier; this is a complete person. If you are not a Soldier your sainthood will be kicked around. If you are only a Soldier, not a Saint, you will start kicking others around.”
The Siri Singh Sahib was once asked to express his priorities at a 3HO Solstice Sadhana gathering in the early ‘70s. His reply was, “Security, Security, Security.” And since the establishment of the Guru Ram Das Ashram in Los Angeles, and until this very day, a sevadar is posted at the door of the gurdwara as ordered by the Siri Singh Sahib. Security has been a priority consideration since the earliest days of 3HO/Sikh Dharma.
recently speaking with a sangat member regarding the subject of Gurdwara
Security and Safety, she mentioned how she thought she would engage an active-shooter incident
within her community. She said her first instinct would be to physically
cover any potential victims with her body as a shield. I advised her
that this would be exactly the wrong action to take. I suggested that
she think about the instructions given by airline attendants concerning
an in-flight emergency. Passengers are advised to take self-saving
actions first by utilizing their oxygen mask on themselves before
attempting to assist anybody else.
may seem counter-intuitive, but self-preservation must be the first
response in order for other potential victims to be protected and
defended. Contrary to the unfortunate outcomes of numerous recent
horrific events, an active-shooter event is not a situation where potential victims
are without recourse. This is addressed in numerous, simple, and surprising
ways in a survival training video called Survival
Edge: Active Shooter Survival, available at ACTCert.com (ACT stands
for Attack Countermeasures Training), which I urge all communities
to acquire and view. This DVD provides a reality-based, step-by-step
training program that covers how to protect you and others from
extreme violence, including responding to an active shooter, managing
workplace violence, improving Gurdwara
security and safety, becoming better prepared, saving innocent
lives and surviving terrorism.
Though the outcome of the shooting event in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 2012 was horrific, those murders might have been preventable to a significant extent. There are specific actions (some even at the time of the attack) that could have possibly mitigated the outcome.
Since the incident, many Sikhs have opined that as unfortunate as it was, it was the will of God and Guru. This is true. But I opine that the event did not just happen in order to happen. It happened with a clear and challenging message to the Sadh Sangat: as Sikhs of Guru Gobind Singh, it is our sacred duty to defend the weak and protect the innocent.
My question is, what are we collectively doing to meet this challenge? What are we doing in the way of securing our communities, whereby we honor our sacred duty?
My concern is that with the passage of time, the memory of the Oak Creek massacre and other tragedies will fade away. I strongly encourage all members of the Sikh community – and especially Sikh Dharma Ministers – to act now to meet this ever-present challenge – not out of a sense of reactionary fear, but with the same attention and fearless dedication as our beloved Siri Singh Sahib.
As a member of the 3HO Solstice Security and Safety advisory team, I am working to help develop programs and awareness, and I am happy to receive communication from sangat members.
Nam, Khalsa ji! In the wake of the attention now being given for and against gun ownership, I have frequently recalled a scene from many years ago with a wince, even a shudder on one hand, and a smile with a head-shake on the other.
Women: Wimps or Warriors?
I was in a mixed group discussing security and gun safety training in which a young woman reluctantly picked up a handgun between her thumb and forefinger as if picking up a dead mouse. The scene stuck with me ever since. And all the recent talk about guns and violence has especially caused me to recall that silly albeit sad scenario. Silly because it looked so comical, sad because it is indicative of where I see the mind set of many women, today.
a woman is attacked by a gun-toting assailant, her chance
of survival diminishes greatly if she has no training in
survival skills, e.g., martial arts and
of where you stand on gun control, knowledge of firearms equates with strength, ignorance
of firearms equates with weakness.
OUR YOUTH DESERVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING
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Those who shall not learn to obey shall never be
in a position to command. -- Yogi Bhajan
A woman who is not a leader is a miserable person… A leader has three things.
First thing, leader has to sacrifice; second thing, leader has to stand alone; and
third, leader has to lead. And leader has to lead by example, by action and by word.
A leader is one who can stand on the top of the ladder and can stay balanced and
alone. So basically, if you do not want to be the leaders, and you do not want to
lead the home, lead the family, lead your environments, with grace, with courage
and with intelligence, you will have nothing in your life... -- Yogi Bhajan
children, not dependent children. Give your children
the basic values to face their own tomorrows, not be blinded by yours. Make
them proper personalities, not helpless puppets. Position them for success; do
not paralyze them with the commotion of your emotions. -- Yogi Bhajan
The basic aspect of you as woman is not in your sensuality and in your dramas.
You are not only the givers of life, you are the manufacturers of character. Whatever
character you will give to your children, that shall be their future. -- Yogi Bhajan
Your reliability will give people the courage to trust you.
Their trust will give you the power to carry a situation. A leader
carries and serves people. Learn to lead as a ‘seva’ (to sacrifice your
time and resources for the benefit of others without wanting anything in
return); people will love you, and you will continue to expand. -- Yogi Bhajan
Children are born with intrinsic leadership traits, which prepare them for life.
These must translate positively into the lives they lead as citizens of the world.
These are: Service, Justice, Courage, Compassion, Decisiveness, Reliability,
Integrity, Initiative, Knowledge, Loyalty, Enthusiasm, Endurance. -- Hari Singh Khalsa
Sant-Sipahi is their heritage
Nam, Khalsa ji! I am a passionate proponent of more balance
between our claims to accept and understand the concept of Saint-Soldier, and actually living our lives as authentic Sant-Sipahi. To this end I strongly urge Khalsa parents, especially
our women, the first teachers of our children, to consider the following points.
WOMEN Are The First Teachers
.) I urge you to consider enrolling our children at the New
Mexico Military Institute, located in Roswell, New Mexico. My
kids graduated high school with honors at NMMI in the early '80s,
the first children of Sikh
Dharma to attend a military school in America. The Siri
Singh Sahib expressed pleasure upon observing
cadet training when he visited NMMI in 1983. He advised us then that he
would have enrolled his own children at NMMI if he had known of its existence. Another group of children
who attended school in India later attended NMMI in the early '90s.
Sikh minister, M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird, addresses Sikh cadets in front of the NMMI chapel, 1992.
New Mexico Military Institute offers an outstanding two year college option for your sons and daughters after they complete their
time at Miri Piri Academy. For those families for which MPA is not an option, NMMI has an excellent four year high school college prep programin addition to theirtwo year
college program. New Mexico Military Institute has been ranked No. 5 on a list of the nation’s top 50 community colleges by an independent organization, i.e., TheBestSchools.org, which has described the Roswell, New Mexico school as the “only state-supported, coeducational, military boarding school in the United States.” The school offers college prep, a four-year high school and a two-year junior college. See NMMI
Strategic Measures Statistics.
Each of the former Sikhi students/graduates
of NMMI provide a testament to the advantages of attending NMMI, which
include a rigorous and challenging lifestyle, camaraderie and fellowship,
and outstanding leadership
training especially, along with NMMI's excellent scholastic program.
This experience prepared them for additional university training, and exciting
careers all over the world. NMMI is the only American prep school I know
that has a history of accommodating the Sikhi lifestyle, i.e., sadhana, kesh, turban, sipahi training, and vegetarian diet. And it is an excellent environment for Sikhi youth to learn leadership
and soldiering skills for which the Siri Singh Sahib was a passionate
The NMMI program offers MPA students and other Sikh youth
a unique and reasonably cost-effective opportunity to transition
from the Indian program into the American experience as a unit, and the obvious advantage of continued
bonding with their peers. See NMMI
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.) I urge you to reflect on the Siri Singh Sahib's words, "Human
is a blend of Saint and Soldier (Sant
Sipahi); this is a complete person. If you
are not a Soldier your sainthood will be kicked around. If you are
only a Soldier, not a Saint, you will start kicking others around."
Again, our youth deserve leadership training going forward. I know of no readily available source of formal leadership
training available to our Sikh youth other than the New Mexico Military
To: M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa
Sent: Thu, Aug 1, 2013 12:24 pm
Sat Nam Hari Singh,
Hope you and your family are keeping well.
As you must have heard, another Gurdwara in California got vandalized recently. Please let me know your comments on security measures we can suggest to various Gurdwaras that they can take to prevent these incidents. Also, what do you think the local, state and federal government can do to protect our Gurdwaras.
Bhai Sahib ____________________ --
Sat Nam, Bhai Sahib ji!
Thank you for your inquiry!
I am truly saddened to hear of the recent Gurdwara vandalism.
Regarding your request for my thoughts about local Gurdwara actions, I suggest that immediate consideration be given to adopting and distributing the General Protocols listed at GurdwaraSecurity.com.
These should be supplemented with any appropriate Special Operating Protocols unique to a respective Gurdwara.
In addition, I suggest that Sangat leaders make contact with local law enforcement, medical emergency and other first responders, ASAP, for the purpose of initiating a security and safety assessment audit in order to determine the actual security status of the Gurdwara environment plus the adjacent property and neighborhood, followed by the implementation of any appropriate recommendations. Communications with key people within these same agencies should remain well established and maintained, as well. (Note: It may be helpful to direct local agencies to this site, WhoAreTheSikhs.com, for historical reference, especially regarding the Oak Creek tragedy.)
Further, I suggest that Sangat leaders immediately execute actions that secure Gurdwara environments, e.g., employ an on-site uniformed, and armed law enforcement officer along with an on-site marked vehicle presence during high visibility Sunday activities, especially. This action will provide the Sangat with a) an on-site, professionally trained agent with arrest powers, and b) legal cover in the event of potential liability issues.
With respect to vandalism concerns, I suggest that security video cameras be deployed at key points around the Gurdwara perimeters as well as inside the Gurdwara. This will also provide a means by which safety issues such as fire and-or hazardous and emergency medical events can be monitored. The security audit will more than likely cover this issue.
A final thought, although this may not be practical for obvious reasons, remember that the Siri Singh Sahib directed that a Sevadar be stationed full-time at the entrance of House of Guru Ram Das Gurdwara, Los Angeles. To my knowledge, this remains the case to this day. See Interior-Guard.com.
M.S.S. Hari Singh Bird Khalsa --
"Forgiveness doesn't mean you forget what happened...
If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-
measures, you have to take counter-measures." Dalai Lama
If you cannot walk together, you
cannot work together. Yogi Bhajan
Those who shall not learn to obey shall never
be in a position to command. Yogi Bhajan
The synergistic equation is 1 plus 1 equals 11.
this synergistic equation is applied, the 'me' perspective
morphs into the universal 'we' perspective. The result is each action is
accomplished exponentially for the common good. 1Plus1Equals11.com