25th Anniversary Program, and Talk by Yogi Bhajan

 
Date:
June 24, 1994
Location:
Ram Das Puri, NM
 
 
 
 

YB: Please sit down and enjoy yourself. I am very grateful that we have held our grounds for twenty-five years. I always believe test is always there and test must lead to triumph. Whoever we are, what our belief is and what our faith is, whichever parents we come from and whichever graveyard we go we have one thing to remember, we have come on this planet Earth and we must leave behind a trail, something to follow. With that attitude when I started working with people I had a one idea, fortunately I was in the custom department and I saw western people coming and bringing with them tons of money and leaving with no money, seeing swamijis and yogijis and this and that, and learning nothing. Opportunity arose that I had to come to the west and I came with an idea that I'll create teachers.

I am very grateful to God that yesterday Sardarni Sahiba Shanti Kaur in Ludhiana taught all the Sikh Granthis, which are supposed to be very ministers how to be, how to behave and what should be code and conduct. It is allover the newspaper and they faxed us the cuttings. A dream, which I took upon myself, came true. Doesn't matter who you go to, I knew in my heart they will not teach you a thing because you come from Judeo-Christian, Muslim tradition. Therefore you are untouchables. And scriptures will never be open to you. So I had in my mind a idea that one day these western people will go back to India and shall teach. I am very sorry that I didn't consider your emotions and feelings, I was in a hurry. So anybody I could see I send them anywhere I could to start teaching.

My purpose was not to become a GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. or recognize as a special man or I want your importance. I was very rich I was born, and I shall be very rich when I'll die. My God has never abandoned me, I have been a pauper twice and a prince twice but I always know I can make it. I think that was a lesson to me that everybody can make it. I always believed that to be healthy, happy and holy is birthright and we all live for one thing common happiness. And I knew the science, why we create a mess in our life and that is when we cannot keep the balance, we cannot keep the harmony, there is a fight between you and me throughout this era, the era was good.

I know this planet belongs to God and you belong to God, there was nothing to fight. Simply I want to remind you and simply your ego doesn't want to listen. That was the fight. I can't believe still today with all the knowledge we have why we are doing many things, which we are doing. I cannot believe why we have to suffer the way we suffer. My only joy is not, I like you, I love you, I adore you but I shall not tolerate you. The reason, I am a teacher and you are nobody until you become teacher. You understand the fight? I am telling you on the 25th Anniversary.

Maybe I am too crude, too rude and too perfectionist but bear with me if you are not fulfilled and you cannot share your happiness and fulfillment to the standard of wisdom, intelligence and consciousnessConsciousness The nature of the self and being. In the realm of nature, awareness becomes consciousness. It is from the being itself. Being is expressed in consciousness through contrasts and sensations, in awareness through merger, clarity, and reality. of other person, what you are talking about. That's why I openly started teaching KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. Kundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. YogaKundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. , never initiated anybody, never expected anything in back. Now unfortunately KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. Kundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. YogaKundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. has a problem, Itragashtam-Tatragashtam. You can't come to class empty hand. And I used to make money and give it to people so that they can honor that pledge. I don't believe if a man knows KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. Kundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. YogaKundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. and teaches KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. Kundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. YogaKundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. he can be insecure or he can be poor. Wisdom is priceless and applied consciousnessConsciousness The nature of the self and being. In the realm of nature, awareness becomes consciousness. It is from the being itself. Being is expressed in consciousness through contrasts and sensations, in awareness through merger, clarity, and reality. is the pure wisdom.

I still want you to be very strong effective, creative, and guide your life happily because you should have the capacity to balance yourself. Well, they were arranged marriages or they were diets, and they were living in difficulties and what not. But today we walk tall. We are a spiritual nation and we are very effective. The impact of us is felt all over the world. We know tomorrow it will be bigger, better and best. Because I always believed every human has a soul and soul is power, it is pure, it is pleasant. What keeps us alive is so good, how can life be so bad! The Judeo-Christian guilt. When I heard you, 'I don't know,' I didn't know what to do. I have never seen in my life human beings who can answer so daringly 'I don't know.' To me in India saying, 'I do not know' is a hara-kiri. There is not such thing 'I don't know.' All maximum I can say is that this has to be studied. But there cannot be answer 'I don't know.' The next minute I heard 'I am freezing.' And I'll say how many people can freeze in California!

(Students' laughter)

What are these people! I am starving, three o' clock you ate five chapattis with two pounds of yogurt and five o' clock you are starving. So I told you at that time I have nothing to learn from you, I have nothing to know of you, I don't care, all I want to see by your own right you become the best. It was that best in my heart, it was that best in me today and in that best in me tomorrow I'll leave my legacy. From the very first day all properties I purchased I tried to somehow managed to keep it in Sikh Sikh Dharma A living experience of values as taught in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. DharmaSikh Dharma A living experience of values as taught in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Dharma A path of righteous living. It is both an ideal of virtue and a path of action that is infused with clear awareness and comprised of actions that are the soul in total synchrony with the universe. It is action without reaction or karma. . All businesses I am running, I gave the ownership to Sikh Sikh Dharma A living experience of values as taught in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. DharmaSikh Dharma A living experience of values as taught in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Dharma A path of righteous living. It is both an ideal of virtue and a path of action that is infused with clear awareness and comprised of actions that are the soul in total synchrony with the universe. It is action without reaction or karma. . My best idea was that when I came I never brought anything with me, when I am going to leave I am not going to leave anything with me so what you have is yours and it is for your generations. It is not that I have not collected the best things. The museum of the Sikh Sikh Dharma A living experience of values as taught in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. DharmaSikh Dharma A living experience of values as taught in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Dharma A path of righteous living. It is both an ideal of virtue and a path of action that is infused with clear awareness and comprised of actions that are the soul in total synchrony with the universe. It is action without reaction or karma. shall match any museum and shall be the best in the world that I want to leave as a legacy to our children. I kept teaching pure, if I didn't study anything I say, I don't know. I learnt it from you. Before that I used to say, "Well, this is how it is, there is no further explanation." That was a long sentence. Then I learnt to say easy, 'I don't know.'

(Students' laughter)

Why to bother! That ends the situation. And when I came I never saw a family life and I was shocked. So somehow in hurry I wanted to create families. Otherwise I used to call it one-hour family relationship, everybody had it so free that I couldn't understand is love so bad that it cannot last more than an hour? I had some questions, the answer, which I wanted to have was to make you so strong, so enduring, so courageous doesn't matter what it is, you come through plus and I still believe that. I am sorry I couldn't share your emotions, feelings, your philosophies and your great lessons. I didn't have to because to me there is a human and human knows no defeat. Therefore your language and my language, your inspiration and my inspiration, your fears and my fears are different. Weak human to get sympathy and apathy is not my lifestyle.

I believe all of you can be healthy, happy and holy. And I made a mockery of the fact, anybody who has nine holes is holy, simply watch out what goes in and what goes out. I was very simple. I am a technician, I am a scientist, I have found God as it is. I don't play big gimmicks and long stories; I know the fact of life. You have the right; you have the right to be divine. The fight is I call it imperial Divinity. ID. You must be royal and you must be soldier and a saint. That's the way it was folks when we started, that's the way it is today folks when we have stood twenty-five years, that's the way it shall be tomorrow when tomorrow will have no sorrow and we shall be all what there is to be. After all every family, every village, every town, every nation, the world depends on unconquerable people. People of will, people who do not give an inch, people who shall not succumb to temptation, and attributes and attitudes. People who can take all what there is and face calamity with that smile what even God wants to hear.

I have a definition of a man, man is who called the calamity, the misery and the misfortune and also invites of the neighbors and eats it as the breakfast. A man who takes all the weaknesses and all impossibilities and all nothingness and makes a salad out of it at lunch, a man who takes all the sorrows, all the grieves and all the pain and drinks four p.m. as a cup of tea. At night man in gratitude to his Creator takes all the negativity, all curses, all bad vibrations and makes it into a supper. That is what I believe and that's what I am.

God is my friend, GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. is my guide, and people are my love. If I cannot see God in all, I have not seen God at all. This philosophy may take a long time to live but also it will take long time to walk. I understand the problem, I am very aware, and I have gone through lot of hell. But tonight I honor you for coming and all those who have stood with me twenty-five years are better than me because I am your yesterday and you are my tomorrow. I have no sorrow, no pain, no shame, no guilt and I have no regret. I have no apologies to make. And I will like you to do the same. Trust in God, adhere to the GuruGuru That which takes us from ignorance to knowledge; from darkness, gu, to light, ru. It can be a person, a teaching, or in its most subtle form - the Word. 's wisdom and walk with your handicaps hand in hand with your Creator become a hope, example and a friend of all those who are hopeless, who are shelterless and who seek help. To me that is the beauty. If you honor me with any gift, only gift I need is have no rift between you and your God inside you.

All the books of the world if you study, all the libraries if you know, all the sex and its pose, posture you practice, every woman and every man loves you. All the abundance you have, it means nothing if you do not know who you are. Self-knowledge and self-experience is the first enjoyment happiness in life. And that's what I taught, KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. Kundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. YogaKundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. is the science and the yoga of awarenessAwareness The pure nature of existence; the power to be consciously conscious without an object or need. A fundamental property of the soul and true self; it is Kundalini as it folds and unfolds itself in existence. , I didn't come here to sell a gimmick, neither I had to. And I am a proven success. I believe one should earn his own money and I did. Rather I earned so much to pay those who couldn't afford it I got physically sick because physical body only can take that much pressure beyond that it has no capacity. And you can't work sixteen hours, eighteen hours a day in a row and go through yell and scream and this and that and then still meditate and be nice and then come to a class and become very divine in two seconds.

Sharing the shift stick was so fast actually it caught up with me but still I want to let you know one thing, you are still greater than me. I knew my speed, I knew my dream, I knew my self, it is so great to see you still being here. I am not going to change my attitude, my ways, and my straightforwardness. Unfortunately I am blind, I wish I should see your beautiful features all the time and be bewitched by your beauty. But I see the soul and your destiny and your capacity and that's my push. And I know that outside stimulants can make you high but fall will be very deep. But inside stimulation of meditationMeditation Dhyan. It is a process of deep concentration or merger into an object or a state of consciousness. Meditation releases reactions and unconscious habits and build the spontaneous and intuitive link to awareness itself. and Kriyas and concept and intuition can make you always high. I have done my job, as faithfully I knew it. I served well, and I love you all not in the terminology you understand. Now in spite of my hell of giving you diets some of you are still fat.

(Students' laughter)

In spite of my giving you six hours of KundaliniKundalini Comes from the word "kundal"; coiled energy; the creative potential of an individual. Kundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. YogaKundalini Yoga It is a Raaj Yoga that creates vitality in the body, balance in the mind, and openness to the spirit. It is used by the householder, busy in the world, to create immediate clarity. The fourth Guru in the Sikh tradition, Guru Ram Das, was acknowledged as the greatest Raaj Yogi. (See Raaj Yogi.) He opened this long secret tradition to all. some of you are still divorced. And in spite of many things you are many things. But neither that will stop me nor you can stop me. One day the day shall come when we will be just like steel, no rusting, no busting, and we will be all but a heal, healing to the Infinity of time and the crisis of the life we will always understand how to face the strife. We will be the people, people of love and we know how to live and doesn't matter God tests us through calamity and tries to be hard and stiff we shall win, we shall win, we shall win, because we are the people of love. You understand that?

We are humans we brought God on Earth. We are humans we played with God. We are humans He created us and we created Him. We are human our understanding history has proven is beyond Infinity and our reality is our excellence. There is no more pride than to be a human. As mother loves the child, the father loves the child, the nature and God loves the human. In my humble way with the qualification what I have, I only try to make you as best humans and best human is that who has infinite tolerance, infinite patience, and infinite love. When love is defined, it has a boundary then it is not in love anymore. Then it's a business.

So I'll urge you tonight in a very simple English. This is my last mile of life. But if you think I am weak in any way, you are stupid. I'll not change my attitude and my contribution, I still believe in the most strong invincible standout personality of a man whose very presence and very silence can affect the world. You may call it impossible, I call it easy. You call it a dream, I have done it. Please understand me very well once for all, love is when you elevate somebody to Infinity because God is Infinity. So if during the time and the space I have done what I have done, and also I'll like to apologize to young children, youth today that I have no duality, I have oneness that they are mine and I have to make them strong.

I judge the wealth of a person from his songs and from his smiles. I'll not give up on them; they have every right to give up on me. When she was asking how many here for twenty-five years, ten years, twenty years, I tell you I am here for last thirty-five years, in other twenty-five thousand years I shall stand as YogiYogi One who has attained a state of yoga (union) where polarities are mastered and transcended. One who practices the disciplines of yoga and has attained self-mastery. Bhajan who came and served the people of God without discrimination, without question, without initiation and without any benefit to himself. I'll leave this Earth in physical body with utmost clean KarmaKarma The law of cause and effect applied to mental, moral, and physical actions. Ego attaches us to and identifies us with objects, feelings, and thoughts. These attachments create a bias toward certain lines of action. Instead of acting you begin reacting. Karmas are the conditions required in order to balance or complete these tendencies. Though necessary, karma is not dictatorial or fatalistic. It is the mechanism that allows the finite experience of existence to maintain and stabilize itself. We all have free will and can take actions to re-direct the momentum of a karma. We can transform it or neutralize it using meditation, jappa, good deeds, or intuition that remove your sense of ego and the identification with that past line of action. and record. I'll handover you an empire, which I have built because it is yours. It's not mine, I never came in this country except with one idea that you can have the right to knowledge, you have the right to be privileged to be yogisYogi One who has attained a state of yoga (union) where polarities are mastered and transcended. One who practices the disciplines of yoga and has attained self-mastery. , you have (the) right, the privilege to be very spiritual leaders and you have the right to be yourself.

Please don't misunderstand me, you try to sell me left and right, it didn't buy anything. And I want to ask you, you have told me the knowledge and whatever shall stay pure, and shall continue, I believe you and I trust you. You are all what I have and there is no choice with me but you. But that's the choice, which God gave me. If it is my choice I'll push you still another step. My job is to test you and clever as I am and intelligent I am and very charismatic I am, my job is to put you in trouble to see whether you got into it or not. And this job to test you all the time sometime is very unpleasant. But I have no choice. Either I make you strong, intelligent, intuitive or time will test you.

My fight is not with you, my fight is with time. I do not tolerate people fall into the pit of time and space and suffer. You have honored me enough and you will honor me for centuries to come. But actually I know the fact you will honor yourself. I am not in any existence, it is you, your love for knowledge, your love for endurance, your love for growth, your love for knowing the unknown, that is what has attracted us all together and whatever I could be sharing with you or serving with you it brought out of me was your love. So please enjoy this night, this is your twenty-fifth anniversary, and it is my twenty-fifth endurance.

(Students' laughter)

I know you very well, you are nuts!

(Students' laughter)

And you put me into lot of trouble and I know it. I know when I asked few figures, two hundred thousand dollars here and thirty-seven into that and multiply by six total comes to this, you run for that little machine and then you come wrong. Now how can I satisfy myself? So please remember you are not only my tomorrow and my hope, you are the hope and tomorrow of the United States. You are the hope and the tomorrow of the world at large. This technology will make you hopeful people. Now we have been through three days Tantric, you only did it as person. I did it with all of you. My coming here is a miracle endurance. That's why I requested to intervene and ask your forgiveness. That's why I am talking so long; I actually do not want to leave. That's a fact, but it's better me to leave now so I can get up tomorrow again.

I have abused my physical body beyond repair but sometime it is not very intelligent to keep on abusing it. Therefore I'll ask goodnight, forgiveness for going and you can continue your program and moreover I am not going to go. I shall be in your dreams, I shall be in your thoughts, I have ten bodiesTen Bodies We are all spiritual beings having a human experience. In order to have this experience the spirit takes on 10 bodies or vehicles. They are the Soul Body, the three Mental Bodies (Negative, Positive, and Neutral Minds), the Physical Body, Pranic Body, Arcline Body, Auric Body, Subtle Body, and Radiant Body. Each body has its own quality, function, and realm of action. I can get in anywhere I want,

(Students' laughter)

You have no defense against me. And some people said, "I am leaving you." I said, "Where? I can get you anywhere."

(Students' laughter)

It doesn't matter. When I go at the airport, somebody said, "Hi YogiYogi One who has attained a state of yoga (union) where polarities are mastered and transcended. One who practices the disciplines of yoga and has attained self-mastery. Bahan, I met you in nineteen seventy-two, I met you..."

I said, "Yeah, I met you too. Thank you very much."

Because this way of life will bring people to their being healthy, being happy and being holy. And that is 3HO stands for and its symbol is like this. "Open arms." When I came I had thirty-five dollars and terrible situation. Watch here what you gave me in twenty-five years. You see it?

(Applause)

I wore this in your honor tonight but I have my own jewelry too and that's pretty good. See, I matched up. I want you to match up; I want you to be rich in head, rich in heart and rich in being. I believe in royalty, I believe in majesty. You know what basic spirituality is when you are depressed, everything is wrong, nothing is right, everything is hopeless, useless, horrible, miserable, terrible, you smile say 'I am I am.' If you can't do that you made it. So after this if you keep here and don't disperse and don't mess up the program, you made it. Thank you very much tonight.

(Applause)

No, no, no, keep, keep, keep sitting.

(Applause)

I shall get you tonight!

(Music tape is played and stopped)

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