I count my blessings and give thanks each day that God sent the Siri Singh Sahib Yogiji.
I don’t know what he means to you, but he means everything to me.
Gratefully accepting everything that comes to us as a gift of God invokes a remarkably dynamic response from God. An “attitude of gratitude” invites and allows the power of God to work faster and easier to bless and heal us.
Thirty-four years ago, when I first heard Yogi Bhajan speak of his vision of creating the 3HO Foundation, a “Healthy, Happy, Holy” Organization, I didn’t like the word “holy.” It sounded too churchy to me. Holy? I thought: sanctimonious, holier than thou, bor—ing! Of course, that’s not what he meant at all.
Fortunately, I kept listening. He explained, “If you’re holy, you don’t do to anyone what you don’t want them to do to you.” So far, so good—the Golden Rule. Then he added that to be holy also means that you receive each inhalation gratefully, aware that it is God’s gift to you. Wow. Having that consciousness is a big order. It would require amazing focus to actually be aware of each incoming breath, but what a profound impact the acceptance of such a concept would have on our lives. Such a belief might cause us to be a lot more careful how we use each breath. We might change how we talk to one another. We might choose our words more thoughtfully. We might decide our actions with the thought in mind that God is living and breathing in us 24/7.
The reason KWTC changed my life was that it was when I became immersed in the teachings, having the Siri Singh Sahib with us every day. I was always working; I’d be drenched with sweat; I’d get into an ice-cold shower; rush to get into my nicely-ironed kurta and arrive just in time for class.
I was like a young tree, sucking up all the nectar, and it made me who I am. Of course, not everyone had my experience, but to me, it was the most precious gift on the planet.
During these summers we got to disconnect from life as we knew it and immerse ourselves in the company of just women with Yogi Bhajan as our only male polarity, and it was transformational. I learned that prayer was my every projection, my thoughts, words, actions. At first it was a bit overwhelming to be told again and again that we as women were the nucleus of it all. That women hold the power to bring peace, save generations from falling, and keep families together.
It’s a long way to go
Time is moving very slow
Stars are shining very strong
Guiding my way so nothing goes wrong
You are still far away
Like the Milky Way
I see you in me
You want to be
Light in you and light in me
Make me you and you as me
As the Aquarian Age dawns, action is the language of the awakened self. The old defenses and manipulations based on hiding or controlling access to information no longer work. We need the capacity to assess each action and its consequences before we take it.
They say you don’t know Punjabi…
Well who taught the Duck how to swim?
How low can mean and slanderous people stoop!
How can anyone limit the Divine soul?
After circling the Parkarma,
Bow your forehead with love,
At the Door of Harimandir.
The Karmas of 8.4 million lives fall away,
And the accounts are all erased.
Wisdom, meditation and God’s Radiance
Are deeply embedded within you.
I am the Dog of the Guru,
While they are the dogs of the status-seekers.
I bark vigilantly all night and day,
While they lie sleeping, lazily.
They sniff from door to door, begging for votes,
Telling everyone what great spiritual leaders they are.
By praising their own empty words, they mock the Body
of the Panth,
For they have never done even the tiniest honest job
for the Panth.
“Guru Nanak’s own sons, Baba Siri Chand and Baba Lakshmi Chand, were perfect. Don’t think that there was anything less in them. But Guru Nanak wanted to give the grace to the householder. One gadee or throne of spirituality was given to Baba Siri Chand for the Udhaasee mat (school of thought), the unattached sect of that time. Therefore the other throne was to be given to a disciple, and that was Lehna who became Guru Angad.”
The Siri Singh Sahib was serious. He said what he meant and meant what he said. The Gurdwara needed a dome. He called a meeting of the key builders and explained a dome would signify that our temple was not just a holy place, it was the Court of the Guru. The Dome must be covered in gold, not just painted, or looking like gold, it must be covered in real gold.
You are the soul consciousness of God. Try to understand and realize your basic value. These values will become virtues. Virtues will bring you a lot of opportunities. Opportunities will bring you peace, and the story of success will begin. You will expand.
As long as you will have spirit there is nothing which can stand before you. Everything will manifest around you when you will relate to your spirit. That is the secret to live above the clouds.
You can always make and mar the day, you can always make and mar the hour, you can always make and mar the relationship. It all depends upon the intention of what you want in your life for yourself, that is the base. All advice, all help, all input, all profits, and all losses are just circumstances of time and space. The base is always you. Always you shall be the base, and always you were, you are, and you shall be.
The Cosmos works for those who have discipline, who have longing, who have some goal to reach in their lives, and who make a constant effort to reach it. That is dharma. Dharma is in every day, in every action, on every side of the day. Don’t waste yourself into the maya of this Earth.
Most of the folks enjoyed acid rock music, but we preferred the music of the Mantovani Strings with full orchestra. Most of our 33-1/3 stereo recordings were of this easy-listening genre. Yogiji indicated that he really enjoyed this type of music, so we placed a sign on the stereo indicating, “This stereo is to be operated by the Birds only,” which ensured that Yogiji’s favored music would be played. Yogiji indicated several times that he really appreciated the gesture
This science of hydrotherapy is very precise and sophisticated, and very simple. If you take a cold shower and let it fall just below the lower lip for ten or fifteen minutes, you will be bright and your mind will be very clear. If you put the water between the eyebrows and the upper lip, you will be very energetic. And if you put the water on the forehead, you will be so sleepy that you can’t match it. If you massage the upper arm under a very cold shower from your elbow to just below your shoulder on your upper arm, you are totally curing your stomach. From your elbow to about two inches above your wrist corresponds to your digestive tract. Two inches above the wrist to the start of the wrist corresponds to your heart. The wrist corresponds to your liver and the finger tips correspond to your brain.
Let us be holy, happy and bright
Beautiful days and cozy nights.
Joyful living and loving care,
You and me and us we share.
Smiles and our songs they’ll live forever
We’ll leave these memories for our children’s ecstasy.
That is our legacy, a guide to destiny, our destiny.
A Teacher doesn’t hear—he’s deaf. He doesn’t speak—he’s dumb. He doesn’t see—he’s blind. He just carries the teachings. He never amends them, never adds to them, never subtracts from them. You don’t interpret it; you just respectfully carry it to another, and that to another, and that to another. When you do this, all knowledge will come to you. Everything will dawn on you. Your Teacher will speak in you. Your Teacher will guide in you.