This is an excerpt from Shakti Parwha Kaur’s remarks on her 52nd Birthday at Summer Solstice 1981, and was shared in the Feb/Mar, 2008 Aquarian Times Magazine.
There was a time when I knew everyone in our 3HO family by name. Now when I see you, I have to say, “Please tell me your name.” But whether you realize it or not, we are all very closely linked together as part of this divine family.
Yogi Bhajan is a builder of people, he is a Teacher of teachers. He is seeing a long way ahead. He is seeing what we can become. He is the sculptor and we are the raw material. We do not like the hacking and the chipping and the pounding, but what can come out of it is going to be beauty and grace.
We can’t expect it to not be painful. He wields that chisel with total love, with total compassion, with total impersonality. He has a universal love, which is so vast that it can encompass each and every one of us equally.
It’s a big ego trip to be depressed. It’s a big ego trip to think you are no good. It is a big ego trip to think, “I can’t live up to this or that,” because if you can just get your ego out of the way, God can work with anyone. Each one of us is unique and special and valuable. And we are here on this planet among these billions of souls to do something. Here we all are today in this incredible Land of Enchantment with the greatest spiritual teacher in the whole world. And all we have to do is just get our egos out of the way, open up our hearts, open up our ears, and actually follow his advice.
The most incredible caliber of people belong to 3HO. There is nothing like us anywhere. I realize that we are few in numbers compared to the billions of people on the planet, but do you realize what a tremendous impact we few are making, and can make?
We are a whole culture, we are a new era, we are the pioneers of the Aquarian Age, and we are building a spiritual family. And each one of you is vitally important to that; don’t sell yourselves short, you wouldn’t be here today if you weren’t meant to be a part of this. Nothing happens by accident, everything is according to God’s plan.
We are all very, very blessed to be here, we belong to each other. We have a lot of problems to work out, none of us has yet made it. So we have to accept ourselves as we are and yet try to improve. Don’t feel bad about yourself, look to the Divinity within, but mainly just keep up,
“If you keep up, you will be kept up” (Yogi Bhajan).
Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa was Yogi Bhajan’s first student in the United States. He gave her the title ‘Divine Mother of 3HO.’ She started teaching Kundalini Yoga in 1969 and she produced the 3HO newsletter, The Science of Keeping Up, for over thirty years. She is the author of Marriage on the Spiritual Path and Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power and Heroes Saints and Yogis: Tales of Self-Discovery and the Path of Sikh Dharma.