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Yogi Bhajan Lecture: Our Journey - It’s Time to Step Up

Excerpts from a lecture by Yogi Bhajan on July 28, 2002

We come here to start our life at a certain latitude and a certain longitude. There is only one thing that we forget. We come here to travel our journey and distance unto our destination. And, we've got to go.

Each molecule in us is put together with that essential map of the past and the karma of what we earn here—being rich or poor, balanced or unbalanced, mentally wise and creative, depressed or oppressed, discoverers, losers or gainers, conquerors or defeaters—or whatever each of us is

The opportunity that we are given for a life of consciousness is to clear this debt and live in the highest peaceful allocated self. Guru Nanak said it all starts from Ek Ong Kar, "The one Creator who created the creation." To live in the highest Self is what human life is all about, but we waste our lives on small things. Our poverty doesn't hurt us, but our neighbor's richness does. We are always competing and comparing and planning and imagining things. We rarely allow the flow of life as God wants us to flow with it.

But now, as we are entering the Age of Aquarius, we have to know what life is all about, and we have to become responsible, outspoken, leading teachers of this Age. That's what we have trained for and that's what we have grown into. You cannot live under a camouflage. You have to live openly, honestly, brightly, and forthrightly. Your words should be so strong that they affect every heart; your truth should be so pure that it lifts a person's soul to the heights.

You have to have an understanding that you are like a lotus flower in a pool of mud. You are not to let your leaves get dirty with it. The skies are yours, and so is the land; the mountains are yours, and so is the ocean. They all belong to you during this time that we are entering. It is a time of prosperity, good will, and good luck.

The sophistication of the Shabad Guru[1] to which we bow, and the knowledge and guidance of the comparative study of the Shabad Guru are our rewards so that we may not have to be on any shaky ground. In our integrity, in our personality, and in our duty, we have to keep going and take along with us all those who come our way to those heights of experience to which we truly belong.

In our ‘micro-consciousness’ we have to be pure, so we can build a ‘macro-consciousness’ that should just be a constant flood of purity. Let us decide once and for all that love is the essence of life. And let us qualify it to the extent that we can go to that beautiful end of life,when we can say “Wahe Guru"[2] with all of our accounts cleared and all things checked. Even if life is lived with purity and piety, happiness and abundance, still it's the journey which we are supposed to take and supposed to finish. Let us finish it with Victory so nothing falls short in our lives. God and Guru have given us this chance with every breath of life, every moment of life.

Reprinted from Aquarian Times Fall 2002

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan


[1] Divine Word as source of spiritual wisdom and guidance

[2] Mantra of ecstasy expressing the magnificence of God