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There is such an immense library of Yogi Bhajan wisdom, I love sorting through it to find the most potent quotes! I offer you my hand picked best here. Enjoy.
☾✩☽ LIFE ☾✩☽
“It isn't life that matters, it's the courage you bring to it.”
"You must dive deep into the core of your I-Am-ness. Your life must be a challenge and that challenge must come from the very heart of you. You must know who you are, and you must submit to your essence."
"Just understand one word. Take it from me, I’m not giving you any Sanskrit word or any religious word or anything. I’m just telling you something which will help you survive through all odds.Whenever you face anything and you don’t have an answer, just call yourself inside and say, “Victory.” Lean on ‘Victory.’ Make it a guide word, make it a precious word. I don’t know what you are, who you are, why you are. Don’t ask questions. Don’t do your analysis. Don’t try to solve problems. Just utter the word ‘Victory.' With just the mental utterance of this word your whole life will change. Mentally utter the word ‘Victory.’ Try it. You’ll find the strength of a hundred angels behind you."
"I give you one commandment today. Behold! God is in us. Let His presence be felt—that’s it. Simple. Feel it, practice it, and live it. God shall live through you, I can vouch for it. "
"I still say every human who breathes is God, provided that person realizes this truth and acts like God."
“Your Infinity is you when you stop thinking. Have you stopped thinking? That’s the end of it. Awareness takes these things away from you: thinking, reason, logic, argument, fantasies, planning, scheming, knowing and worrying. These nine things must go before you can say that you are on the path of awareness. Do you know why? Because the One who rotates the Earth can take care of your routine. These nine things you do are unwanted. They only satisfy your ego. Where there is ego, there is no amigo."
"We are not asking you to become religious. We are definitely asking you to become spiritual. for God's sake, find your soul. Find out where you have come from, what you are doing here, and where you are going. Look at the map of your life.
Our mission is simple, the Age of Aquarius is dawning -- it can't be avoided. There shall be people who will believe in experience and spirituality, who will need a healing hand, who will need a committed, strong character and heart. They will need a person who is vast like Infinity, who's high beyond the sky and deep beyond the center of the Earth -- who's everything. But you don't want everything. you want what you want; you don't want what you don't want."
"The question is, "Are you spiritual or are you not?" The Truth is you are. The reality is you don't believe it."
"The fundamental law of Truth is that it penetrates through all darkness."
"Caliber will make you deliver.
Character will sustain you.
Consciousness will carry you.
Courage will bring you honor.
Commitment will bring you trust."
"This is the most funny, most idiotic, most insane thing I have heard: "Oh, I am an old soul, he's an old soul, he's my soul mate." And they screw each other. Can you believe this soul-mate business? Souls have started screwing. God bless America, this great country! When I heard that, I said, "Wow, we've had it." "This is my soul mate. I want to marry her." Souls marry? Souls don't marry. They don't. Really, they don't. Souls don't marry, and souls don't mate. Souls have no mate. Everything is a soul mate. The entire existence is one soul, as there is one sun and there are a million rays. That's how it all is."
"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.
These are three fundamentals."
"You have not yet learned what spirituality is. Religion is not spirituality. Your knowledge is not spirituality. Your happiness is not spirituality. Your good luck and tragedies are not spirituality. Spirituality is facing yourself with a smile when life confronts you."
"Trust is the keynote of life. If you trust in God the entire creativity will trust you because everything belongs to God. Trust is the key of love, happiness, dignity, divinity and grace."
☾✩☽ WOMEN ☾✩☽
"If a woman sits with folded hands in her lap for a few minutes every day, 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."
"You are woman, not a playmate. You are a woman, not a good-for-nothing. No creature on this planet has the beauty, the strength, and the power that you have as a woman."
“You do not understand your features. Your features are not your beautiful nose, your beautiful cheeks, beautiful lips, and so on. These are not your features. Your features are your beautiful behavior, your beautiful character, your beautiful health, your beautiful spirit, your beautiful advice, your beautiful wisdom, your beautiful inspiration.”
“You don’t need make-up; you don’t need to make up for anything. You are known by your spirit. You shall project out by your radiance. You shall be loved and honored by your excellence.”
“Not only are you powerful, you are prestigious. Not only are you prestigious, you are beautiful. Not only are you beautiful, you are consciousness. Not only are you consciousness, you are the spirit. Not only are you the spirit, you are the security of the future, the most bountiful beauty ever God created. Men call it ‘woman.’”
“May the light within you guide your way on. Because when you look to the outside for light, there is a possibility that you may be blinded and exploited. But one thing shall never betray a woman: her own light and her own radiance as a woman. If the light within you can guide you, you will definitely excel. The time has come when this exploitation must stop. The time has come when a daughter should be treated as a daughter, a mother should be treated as a mother, a wife should be treated as a wife, and over and above all, woman should be treated as a woman.”
"By construction, the fulfillment of a woman is motherhood—and motherhood does not mean that she gets pregnant and delivers a baby. If you understand her total behavior, you will understand her motherhood. Her motherhood is service, her motherhood is sacrifice, her motherhood is relationship. When she knows motherhood, she is fulfilled. "
“When are you going to decide, ‘This is the end of my exploitation—I am going to live today as a woman.’ When are you going to learn to stop being anything other than a woman?”
"The universal Infinity we bow to, this Adi Shakti, this kanda, that represents Infinity. That's our symbol. When we worship Infinity, then we appreciate the Infinity, we bow to the Infinity, and we ask the Infinity to be with us. When you are with Infinity, you are not limited."
“Accept yourself early in the morning when you look in the mirror or when you open your eyes—just say, “By the Grace of God, I am a complete woman.” One affirmation only, and remember it throughout the day. Dress up for yourself, be for yourself, and carry yourself. You will never be handicapped.”
"Woman has to understand her role. Her role is not to worship God; her role is to be the very self of God. Her oneness can affect and open every heart."
"You must, in your own mind, understand that you are the keeper of your own grace, your own character, your own commitment, your own standard.”
☾✩☽ YOGA ☾✩☽
"Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity and the art to experience Infinity in the finite."
"Longitude and latitude are given to everybody. Altitude and attitude are given by Kundalini Yoga. When the spiral rises to penetrate through all the chakras, the man knows he’s Brahm. That’s why they say Kundalini Yoga is dangerous. It’s dangerous because it takes away from the man the ability to be exploited by another man. And for some, life without exploitation has no juice."
"Actually, Kundalini Yoga means awareness. Awareness is a finite relationship with infinity. That's all it means. This dormant energy is in you. This awareness is sleeping so you only experience (a limited part of) your full capacity. When it can be extended to Infinity, you remain You! In that state, nothing is lacking. This is the basic human structure, the framework through which we have to function."
"I have found that people lack a basic understanding about the goals, process, and techniques of Kundalini Yoga. They do not understand the core concept of yoga. Some people think yoga is a religion. Some people think it is physical exercise for vitality and health. Some people think it is a psychological system that develops the potential of the psyche. In reality, this is all based on misunderstanding. Yoga is essentially a relationship.
Consider the origin of the word “yoga.” Yoga, as we in the West understand it, has come from the biblical word, yoke. This from the root word in Sanskrit: jugit. They both mean "to join together" or "to unite." Yoga is the union of the individual’s unit consciousness with the Infinite Consciousness. The definition of a yogi is a person who has totally leaned on the Supreme Consciousness, which is God, until he or she has merged the unit self with the Infinite Self. That is all it means."
"Yoga is a technology of awareness. It starts with the universal human predicament that regardless of your individual level of experience and awareness, the underlying reality of every human mind is that it is both infinite and creative in potential. This unlimited potential is limited in practical action. Your possibilities meet with your actualities at the border of awareness. Awareness varies and gives you different choices and capacities. To break the unconscious limits, a person needs a technical know-how. That know-how is required to expand the caliber and capacity of the mental faculties, to bring about an equilibrium, to control the physical structure and to experience the Infinite Self."
"The techniques of Kundalini Yoga form the owner’s manual for human consciousness. Yoga explores your dimensions, depth, nature, and potential as a human being. In simple terms, that is all that yoga means."
☾✩☽ MANTRA ☾✩☽
"We meditate so that our minds can be sharp and alert. We chant mantras so that your souls may be ignited like candles. We walk in the light of this beauty."
"Mantras are not small things, mantras have power. They are the mind vibration in relationship to the Cosmos. The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having structure, power, and a definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche."
“Just see how powerful a mantra can be. All the stars and the Universe are very powerful, I am not disagreeing with the powers. But, by chanting a mantra, just see how powerful you can be.”
“What is a mantra? Mantra is two words: “Man” and “tra.” “Man” means mind. “Tra” means the heat of life. “Ra” means sun. So, mantra is a powerful combination of words which, if recited, takes the vibratory effect of each of your molecules into the Infinity of the Cosmos. That is called “Mantra"."
“We have totally forgotten that this Universe is the outcome of vibration. This Universe is not communication. This Universe is not money. This Universe is not love, it is not sex, it is not beauty, it is not even God. That one line is true: "In the beginning there was the Word, Word was with God, and Word was God." That's all it is about. What is a word? Creative vibration.”
“Every element of the Universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested to us as light, sound, and energy. The human senses perceive only a fraction of the infinite range of vibration, so it is difficult to comprehend that the Word mentioned in the Bible is actually the totality of vibration which underlies and sustains all creation. A person can tune his or her own consciousness into the awareness of that totality with the use of a mantra. By vibrating in rhythm with the breath to a particular sound that is proportional to the creative sound, or sound current, one can expand one’s sensitivity to the entire spectrum of vibration. It is similar to striking a note on a stringed instrument. In other words, as you vibrate, the Universe vibrates with you.”
☾✩☽ TEACHING ☾✩☽
"The first role of the teacher is to be humble...the character, the courage, the grace, and the magnitude of a person is in practicing humility. One who cannot go under can never grow. The first power of the seed is to go under, and then grow.
So, the first principle of a Teacher is, “I am not.” If you cannot practice shuniaa you cannot be a teacher of Kundalini Yoga. Shuniaa means zero. The moment you become zero, then all powers will prevail through you. The moment you become that, then everything radiates from you."
"Call yourself anything, be anything, label yourself with anything. But there is no identity for you, except your spiritual identity. There is no grace in you but to learn. There's no achievement other than to become learned. There's no power but to share what you have learned with all and everyone."
"A Teacher only sees the flow of God and is just a vehicle. Have you seen a water tap in a building where you press the button and water comes? You quench your thirst and you leave. Understand?"
"There are three things you cannot hide: smell of the garlic, fragrance of the flower, and the wisdom of the teacher."
"A Teacher gives you an experience; a preacher gives you philosophy. Without experience you can never become a Teacher, you become a parrot. There's a difference between a wise Teacher and a wise parrot Teacher. They 'quack quack' everything, they know everything, they can talk about everything, but there's never an experience."
"You do not give anybody anything. As a Teacher of Kundalini Yoga, it is your subtle body which has the power to reach everything and anything and can change the molecular structure in 0.0003 trillionths of a second. That is your power. Your power is in your sight, in your touch, in your word. Sight, touch, and word. These are three things you have. You spoke, “Eat this, you will be healed.” You are healed. You look at it and you say, “You are healed.” There’s no power in Almighty God to change it. Do you know what I’m saying?"
"You shall refuse none, therefore you shall accept none. That’s the most difficult thing in the life of a teacher. Therefore, in Kundalini Yoga we don’t initiate. We are not swamis. We are yogis, and the pair of opposites do not affect a yogi—neither praise nor insult."