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Yogi Bhajan on Shabad Guru

Yogi Bhajan, excerpts from a lecture given on 11/1/92

The word is shabad. Sha-bad. Sha means ego, being macho. When “I” is bigger than “Thou,” that is sha. Sha means provoking and conflicting. Boosting and boasting is called sha. Bad means when you chop off the neck of something. From there the word come badi. Badi means bad deeds. What is not morally, ethically, or spiritually right is called badi. But it comes from bad. From that word you can understand shabad means something which 'kosher-izes' man’s destiny to God. Shabad cuts down that badi, that bad luck.

Shabad Guru. Guru is a word. Gor is called grave. Ru means what brings light even to the grave. Ru means soul. I am trying to tell you the naad, the elementary sound from where this word came to man. Shabad Guru.

What does Shabad Guru actually mean?  It means Naam (identity). It means perpetual experience of happiness. It means ecstasy. It means anand (bliss). It means sat chit anand (truth, awareness and bliss). It means a lot of things. But it is not practiced. It is not understood right.

Naam means noun. Noun means personal identity. My personal identity bows to the Shabad Guru. It’s a very simple human thing. I bow so that my words bring light to me and to my surroundings, even if I am in a graveyard, myself. What does ecstasy mean other than that?

It doesn't matter what is wrong with you. It is immaterial. But when you speak, it should be heavenly. It should be authentic. If you teach, it should be penetrating, cut throat straight truth. It is what it is.  

Therefore, the Shabad Guru means we are free from man’s opinion, worship or experience.  If we are free from worshiping a man, then what are we worshipping?  Then we are worshipping ourselves as a man. The domain of the Shabad Guru practically means that you worship yourself by yourself. Be yourself. Worship yourself by yourself. That is exactly what Shabad Guru means. 

If you want to know what it means in a practical way, it means that you read the Guru, you read Gurubani, you understand, you preach, you translate, and you do everything. But there is one thing you have to do. You have to be you. Your every shabad, when spoken, becomes part of the akashic record and it matters.

The concept of the Shabad Guru is made in a very particular way. It is made in a very scientific way and it is very arty.  Every shabad has a sound and that sound directs the intellect. 

The process to change a man out of his graveyard and to bring him to light is to rotate the stem of the brain which controls the vibratory continuous process of the intellect. The intellect gives you a thought on which intelligence is developed. The wisdom contains it and your human effort fulfills it. That is how the process works.  What happens when you read Gurubani and pronounce it right is that you can change your whole everything - if you want to change. “

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan