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8 Priceless Things to Live By from Yogi Bhajan

By Sewa Singh Khalsa

My teacher, Yogi Bhajan, was a powerful and intense man, feared by many and loved by many. I would like to share some of the things he taught me that I pray may be of some use to you. They are priceless to me:

  1. The past does not exist. Don't relate to it. You are the only one who can free yourself from the imaginary illusion of the past. Stop the indulgence.
  2. If God wills it then it will happen, it helps if you ask for the help from the Infinite.
  3. Keep up and you will be kept up.
  4. "Keep up!" Is the greatest mantra.
  5. A man is known by his actions and his words and his actions must exactly match his words.
  6. Guilt is always an additional unnecessary sin that we add on to the first mistake we make. The procedure of a wise man is to forgive himself for the mistake and not make the second mistake of feeling the crippling guilt. To accomplish this task the proper words after a mistake are, "I will never make this mistake again." The proper action to follow these words are to never make this mistake again. Simply saying and feeling sorry, just complicates the mistake with guilt and pretty much guarantees that you will make the mistake again. This is because the energy to stop the mistaken behavior is taken up with the guilt and ensuing depression and anger cycle.
  7. Everything comes from God, everything goes back to God.
  8. See God in all or don't see God at all.

Sewa Singh Khalsa is one of Yogi Bhajan’s early students. He has acted as a counselor for many couples and individuals, basing his approach purely on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. He is also an accomplished artist and his work can be seen on www.sikhphotos.com. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Sewa Kaur.