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Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji
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Lecture on: 04/22/1997
Category: Master's Touch Course
Location: Espanola, NM

Let Go Let God

Some Teachers do not want to look like a Teacher, because they think they cannot reach students. To become a Teacher is an election? Is it an election? The student will come to you if you are a Teacher. It is fundamentally wrong to go after a student. The second wrong is to depend on a student, and the third wrong is not to be absolutely neutral with a student.
These are the first three requirements of your own honor as a Teacher. Because on one hand, as a Teacher, you are going to stretch the student; on the other hand you are dependent on him. How can this oil and water meet? On one hand you have to be in the command center and command the situation. You have to goad and guide the student; on the other hand you are looking for help from him or her. On one side you are teaching about God, on the other side you are dependent on God's creation? Has your God gone on holiday?
All right, Jesus was crucified on the cross. But his purity and his piety created a billion and a half Christians on this Earth. That is the power of the mind of a man. When Nanak traveled around and told the religious people, "You are lying to people; what you are teaching is not divine, and you are teaching duality," they threw stones at him. But in five hundred years there are twenty-two million of those who shape themselves into the form of a Sikh, and who live by Nanak’s word.
Some people are very ashamed of learning; they are very shy. The majority of people window shop, and many people want to become Kundalini-God-awakened instantly. God has given you that much energy at the time of birth that at one moment, on one instruction, or at the sight of your Teacher, you can become a Teacher if your discipline is pure. The power in you is not your power; the power in you is your purity and piety.
You are born pure, but you forget to live purely. You put too much commotion and feeling into your love life. I understand spermatozoa mature when you are young. But you must not forget one very important thing: Sex is not in the second chakra. The sixth is the command center, and it's the sixth center that will serve you, not the second.

So when you talk to another human being, sort it out. One way to test something is to say: "Does this make me noble, does this make me Divine, does this elevate me to my Creator?" If the thing does not align with these three things, depart. And make it as a habit. First ask yourself, are you noble or not? If you are not, do anything you want—anything, it will not matter, because you are not noble, and your decision must be blessed. But if you care to decide you are noble, honorable, truthful, and pure, then whatever comes to you, filter it with one word that is very personal and selfish. "Does it make me noble, pure, truthful? Is it a love without condition or with condition?" Just do this for forty days, and your life will change. In forty days you will develop a habit.
If I am noble, why should I allow myself to be insulted? Why should I have a result which is nothing but good-for-nothing? You are a human being. “Hu” means "halo, light" which we all have. "Man" means "mental." "Being” means "for the time being." For the time being, you are a mental halo of light. Once you decide to be noble, Mother Nature and Heavenly Father will treat you so. Otherwise your life will be a yo-yo—up, down, up, and down, left, right, and left, right, left. But you will be marching in place. You won't go anywhere.
Our relationship is not what our relationship is here. It comes from many lives, and it will go on for many lives. As a human you have a breakthrough chance. You have come from Infinity to finite to merge back into Infinity. This is your temporary place. It's a motel. Do not take the pillows from the motel away with you.
Why pollute this beautiful human life with emotion and commotion, and ruin the whole thing? Why? There's a beauty in spiritual grace. That beauty is very attractive, very real. Conscious living is better than God itself.

When you live consciously, you dwell in God. Then you have a very beautiful power. Wherever you cast your gaze, elevation occurs. Wherever you touch, elevation occurs. Wherever you speak, elevation occurs. You uplift even the dead. You not only release a person from bondage, but you free generations from bondage. That's the beauty of a Teacher. A Teacher is not a circus monkey. No, my dear friends, a Teacher is God, and God is the Teacher, and the only difference between the two is that man feels he is not God.
For three thousand years you have been told by every religion, "Find God." Where are you going to find God? God is everywhere—Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omni, Omni, Omni. That is "Om, Om, Om." All-prevalent is “Om.” You call it "Omni." And you are nowhere. Why are you looking for something that is everywhere? Why don't you find yourself? Why are you not at peace so God can visit you? Why do you want to run after God? And all the time you are praying, "Give me this, give me this, give me this," as if He's deaf, dumb, and cannot speak. He knows what to give you, and what to take away.I have only one line on which I live. The one line I practice is:

Ketiaa dookh bhookh sad maar. Eh bhee daat teree daataar.
“Many suffer privation and pain and are continuously beaten; even these are God's gifts.”
Guru Nanak, Japji SahibSo I made a granite headstone, and I had these two lines of mine engraved on it. The translation is: Ketiaa—many, many, many. Dookh means discomfort. Bhookh means hunger. Sad maar means it is multiplied a hundred thousand times. "God, if you give me pain, hunger, and displeasure, and multiply it a hundred thousand times, I will take it as Thy gift." If you cannot live this, you cannot be a Teacher, it doesn't matter what comes. At least God thought that you are capable, and He trusted you, so you must come through. Eh bhee: That is. Daat: Gift. Teree: Belongs to Thou, Oh Giver.
You know, if just a needle sticks in your butt and you start crying, God knows what happens. If something goes wrong, the Doer of all is God, so why not? Why don't you see Him? If you cannot see God in all, you cannot see God at all. In every action see His play. You’ll be Divine. Nothing is wrong; nothing is right. It is His world. He rotates it. And if He can give you a night and day by rotating the Earth, why can't you be sure that He will take care of your routine?
1997 YB Teachings, LLC

Live and Let Live

From 72 Stories of God, Good, and Goods by Yogi Bhajan

Once a young man was walking down a road, and in the pathway he saw a cobra. It was a king cobra, and there was no way around it. He had been taught that if you ever came upon a king cobra, you were never supposed to run from it. He knew he had three alternatives. One was to take a stick and hit it and try and kill it. The second was to stay where he was until it left. And the third was to stay still and see if it was going to attack, and only then try to attack back.
But instead of any of these alternatives, he decided to do something altogether different. He put his walking stick on his shoulder, and leaving as large a distance as possible between himself and the snake, he slowly began inching past the creature.
The king cobra is pretty intelligent. The snake knew that if he wanted to bite the young man, all he had to do was to leap and then he’d have him. But he also knew that if he didn’t leap far enough, the young man would get him with that stick. Therefore he decided, since the young man was letting him live and was just passing on, that he would also let the man live and not try to attack. And so the matter ended.

Late that night the young man reached his home. He opened the door to his house and went in. It had been a very long day, and he was pretty hungry, so he headed for the kitchen, fixed his dinner, ate it, and then decided to go to sleep. Yawning, he entered the bedroom where he saw his wife sleeping very peacefully. But much to his surprise, right on the pillow next to her sat the very same king cobra he had seen earlier that day!
Now this was an extremely intelligent young man, so he didn’t panic. Instead, he quickly thought up a plan. He calmly and quietly walked past the cobra, leaving a large distance between them. Once he was out of the room, he rushed back into the kitchen, took a pot, and put some milk in it. Then he brought it back into the room and placed it on the floor next to the bed. To his relief, the king cobra slid off of the bed, went up to the pot of milk, drank from it, and then slipped out of the house.
The next day, out of gratitude, the young man and his wife both went to the temple to pray and give thanks to God that they had not been harmed. While they were there, the head priest came up to them and invited them into his personal sitting room. The priest said, “Son, I have a job for you if you will oblige me.”
The young man said, “Babaji, my pleasure. What can I do for you?”The priest said, “Would you like to sit down on this seat, please?” And he pointed to the seat where he, the head priest, usually sat.The young man was very much surprised. A devotee, a real devotee, will never sit on the seat of the teacher. Never. Because to him that seat is just like his altar, and you don’t sit on an altar. The master’s seat is the altar of the student. So the young man said, “Sir, I cannot do it.”The priest said, “I am telling you to do it.”He said, “My master, you are like a place of worship to me. This is your seat. I cannot sit there. I am only your student. I am your disciple. We have come to thank you and to pray to God. We have brought these gifts. That is all.”The teacher said, “If you cannot sit there, then will you do me another favor?”The student said, “Yes, master, anything.”
He said, “Could you just sort of slip into the seat and be there?”
The young man was extremely surprised. There really was no difference in what the priest was asking. He was still asking him to sit in that chair! Finally the young man said, “Well O.K., because you are the master, and you have asked twice, I will obey.”

Next the priest left the room and came back carrying water and towels. Much to the astonishment of this young couple, first he washed their feet, and then he drank some of the water. Next he called to everyone in the local village to gather in the temple. When they had all arrived, he gave everyone some of the water to drink, also.
After this ceremony was over, and everybody had gone home, the young man got down from the master’s seat and asked, “Sir, what are you doing all this for?”
The master said, “Son, I must tell you something. In seven days I am to leave my body. This morning I dispatched my messengers to go to every congregation in the country and invite them to come here in seven days. But I must also request that you not be here at that time. You’ll be asked to come later and at that time you will sit on this throne, and you will be proclaimed the master.”
In shock, the young man said, “My master, my spiritual teacher, in seven days the entire world will be invited here to see you leave your body and go to the heavens. They will hear and feel the vibrations of the angels who come to carry your soul off. Am I to be the only one deprived of this experience? What have I done that is so wrong as to deserve such bad karma? I, whom you slipped into this seat, I, whose lotus feet you washed and then you drank the water and gave some to everybody who came to drink, what sin have I committed?”
The teacher said, “My son, you have committed no sin. You have been a great disciple. You have practiced the ‘Let Live’ principle so much in your life that even I, who want to die and go to God, would not be able to do so in your presence. So at the time of my death, if you should happen to be here, I could not die, even though it is my time to die. I want to go Home to my Ultimate Master. And you are to be the next master here on earth. Therefore I have ordered that you should come here around 6:00 p.m. Everyone else will come early that morning as I am to leave that day at 11:00 a.m. So you are to arrive about five hours later.”
“Whatever you say, my master,” said the student as he bowed and touched his teacher’s feet.
The master squinted at the face of his student and he said, “Wait a minute! I know what you’re thinking! I have read your thoughts. You thought, ‘Wherever I am physically, it doesn’t matter because mentally I shall be here.’ Isn’t that true? Isn’t that what you were thinking?”
The student’s face reddened as he admitted it. “Yes, sir, you are right. That is exactly what I was thinking.” And he let out a little laugh at being caught.
The teacher said, “O.K., then you must make me one promise, and only then will I let you attend the ceremony along with everyone else.”
The student said, “What is it?”
The teacher said, “My only command is: Please let me die.”
The teacher said, “Unfortunately, I have a student like you, and now I cannot even die if you do not wish it. Your love is so powerful that you won’t let me die. The principle of ‘Let Live’ is so powerful in your life that I must now command you to let me die. Only then will you be allowed to attend.”
So this student, who later became very famous and was able to heal people from diseases and death, came that day and prayed and sent his own master through the valley of death and helped him to drop his old tattwa body.
Do you all just think healers are human beings? No. A healer is only a person with the consciousness of the ‘Let Live’ principle. To ‘Let Live’ is the real worship of the principle of life. It is not enough to believe that ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ One step further is to ‘Let live.’ Sat Nam.
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