Excerpts from a lecture by Yogi Bhajan given on May 11, 1990 in Acapulco, Mexico
You have the windshield wiper on your car. Why? In the rain you cannot see. That wiper moves the water so that you can see. If it is snowing, it wipes the snow away. The purpose of life is that you can see. You can see what you have to see. The unseen eye in you must see. It should see clearly through the fog, through the snow, through the rain. The rain of richness, smog of mental pollution, and snow of ego have to be cleared so that you can see where you are going.
Don't forget that this Earth is a temporary place. Once you are trapped by your commotion and it becomes your haunting thought, the moment you are a victim of it, you are your own slave. You shall have no happiness, no relationship, no friendship. You will not be you. You will just be bewitched by that haunting thought. By the subconscious, you will become your own victim. You will do those weird things which will destroy you, by your own will. People can counsel you, they can help you, they can ask you to stop, they can yell and scream at you. Are you going to stop? No. You are drunk and bewitched by that thought.
If your whole life you say, "I'm not a saint,” okay, be a devil. But recognize that in the end you are not going to be able to say, "I was a devil for 68 years; now I am a saint." It doesn't happen that way. If you want to be happy, you have to be happy when there's no happiness around. How can you be happy that way? Because you feel the Infinity in you. It will take away that soreness, that pain, that belittlement, that power in which you belittle yourself.
God is nothing but our own power of Infinity. It is our romance, it is our imagination, it is our reality. I can't give it to you. You have to make it your own as I made it my own. Each one has to make his own reality of Infinity. In our language, we call it Ang Sang Wahe Guru. “With my every limb, God is.” Ang Sang Wahe Guru means “With each limb of mine, God is.”
There are sixteen facets of life of every human. They call it, Solaa Kalaa Sampuran. Solaa Kalaa Sampuran means one is perfect in sixteen facets of his life: the communication of touch, spoken communication, thought communication, the touch of life, the good will of life, the elevating factor of life, being careful, being caring, being kind, being compassionate, touch of wisdom, firm in wisdom, perfect in wisdom (and wisdom means when you know the answer to the question, "Why is...", when you have the answer of every “why is,” then you are wise); you respect your identity, the touch of identity, you believe in your identity, and you are identity. All total, you are a human being. For the time being, you are the mental light. These are the sixteen facets. They are right in the palm of your hand. You can throw them away, or you can believe them, you can trust them, and you can do it.
There's no God somewhere else. God is what you are. If you are stupid, your God is stupid. If you are wise, your God is wise. If you are obnoxious, your God is obnoxious. If you are compassionate, your God is compassionate. God is an Infinite impulse. It is how the living pulse is represented. If the heart is going at a hundred beats a minute, the pulse will read 100 beats a minute. If the heart has no impulse, the pulse will be dead. That is your life, my friends. It cannot change. If your love of earth is total, and you have no love for ether, no love for air, no love for water, no love for fire, then you'll be dust to dust. That's what we have done to the planet Earth. We have made it a ball of dust in which our own lives are now threatened.
Everywhere we are told that you are born in sin, you live in guilt, and pay to the holy man. What a foolish idea. Anybody who God made, who has nine holes, is holy. What is a holy one? You have nine holes—two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, right there, six, seven, (points to mouth), eight and nine (points to the lower part of the body). You have to be conscious that what goes in you, what comes out of you, is based on judgment. Judgment. I repeat the word 'judgment,' that it should be based on kindness and compassion. If all your actions are based on kindness and compassion, you shall also be judged kindly and compassionately.
If your actions are based on your selfishness, you shall be judged accordingly. Nobody can get away from this action. This is Newton's Third Law of force. Action has a reaction equal and opposite. When you start a sequence, you must face consequences. You are very happy to start a sequence but you are very afraid to face the consequences. When you are faced with the consequences, you say, "Oh, I am miserable. Oh my, it is unexpected. I didn't want it. I didn't want to have it. I even don't deserve it." Very good. Who created it? You. Nobody else.
In your life first you create habits, then habits create you. And today is a day when you can create a habit of meditation. Then meditation will make you intuitive, and intuition will solve your problems. As a human, you have to know before you face life, that you cannot live the life of impulse. That is how the animals and birds live. You cannot live that way. You as a human, whether you are a Christian, Jew, Sikh, Hindu, nobody, atheist, whatever you call yourself; you have to have intuition. Yesterday's gone, my friend. Today is going away. Only you can know tomorrow. If you know tomorrow, you'll be happy and hopeful. If you don't know tomorrow, you'll be happily miserable. That is the deciding factor.
When we meditate, there are a lot of promises. It is totally bogus. When we meditate, it is a totally simple thing. Our mental subconscious garbage starts floating through our arcline. Meditation is cleaning your own subconscious so you can feel and think and totally act right.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
Reprinted from Aquarian Times, May/June 2006
 Hu means light; man means mind