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Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving by Yogi Bhajan

Thanksgiving 1971

Our thanks to every environment where man is supposed to grow in peace and harmony, in love and in tranquility.

Our thanks to all that is graceful around us and our thanks to all that forces us to become graceful.

Our thanks to that negativity which has made us positive. Our thanks to that power to overtake us, which has given the power to love to sustain our self.

Our thanks to all those natural calamities which have given us the joy and beauty that we have crossed them.

Our thanks to all those sicknesses and weaknesses and laziness which has given the power to triumph over it and survive to chant the holy Naam.

Our thanks to all those enemies who made us strong, that we love to live, and our thanks to the Almighty Creator, who has created us to go through all this experience in the name of that Holy Name which prevails through everybody—

That cosmic power which is the instrument of our life and our dignity, that Adi Shakti of which we all are part in one brotherhood as pure beings, to that height and consciousness which holds this world.

We pray in Thy Consciousness, oh consciousness of all consciousness, to be with us and bring love, tranquility, and peace to every heart.

Sat Nam.

Right here everybody should meditate and bless the food. O Creator of this creation—the cosmos; O Universe of the Universe and yonder than the Universe, known and unknown to us; O guru of the guru, O guru of the truth; that light, thy sound which created this Universe has created this day and the environments that we have to be together. Convert this food as an offering to thee, into that energy of love and happiness that we may remain in Chardee Kala (uplifted spirits) into the highest tone of our energy to fulfill, to chant thy name and praise thy Lordship, so that we may bring peace, joy, happiness and bliss to this planet through thy grace.

[Reprinted from The Game of Love: A Book of Consciousness—The Poems and Art of Yogi Bhajan, published by Sikh Dharma]