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Yogi Bhajan Quotes on Spiritual Practice

It doesn’t matter if you know everything. The question is, do you practice?
3/27/95

Sadhana is an exertion of self-will to steady the projection of your personality towards the positivity of life.
11/30/79

If you stop doing Sadhana, it will not make you progress on the spiritual path. And for a while you can get along, but later on your past will catch up and eat you up.
1/25/79

When a person gets up in the morning and does sadhana, do you know what accompanies that person? All the angels, all the saints and sages come to listen. Their souls fly to those places to listen where God is chanted.
10/4/77

When you pass through your own commitment you have fulfilled yourself and that fulfilling of the self is the fulfillment of destiny. Every other design fails before this fact. I committed, I did it, I have seen it happening, I am in ecstasy, I said it, I did it, because I am, I am.
5/26/75

Getting up in the morning to do your sadhana does not mean you will become God. No, getting up in the morning, you will become you! 
6/27/93

The greatest reward of doing sadhana is that the person becomes incapable of being defeated.
7/6/81

Sadhana is where you have a triumph over time and space. It is where your majesty shows and you conquer the temptations around you.
11/30/79

Give yourself a chance. Take the next step. Do your Kundalini Yoga set every day. Do your Sadhana every day. Breathe so that the nervous system can balance. Breathe so that the circulatory system can bring you good healthy blood. Breathe so that you can live long. Breathe so that you can understand that you have self-confidence. Breathe consciously. 
8/8/80

Sadhana is where you sit, dwell in the thoughts and words of the soul, and peel away all your non-reality with the vastness of your spirit.
-The Mind, Recognize Your Reality

One part of sadhana should stay constant long enough for you to master, or at least experience the changes evoked by a single technique. Each kriya and mantra has its individual effects, although they all elevate you toward a cosmic consciousness. Learn to value the pricelessness of one kriya, and all others will be understood in a clearer light.
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

It seems that on a daily basis, when you do sadhana, nothing happens. But you don’t do it out of greed. You do it to conquer your laziness, your ego, your stupidity, with your essence of commitment. That’s all sadhana is. We don’t do it to get anything.
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

Sadhana is a means through which you can defeat all your miseries, misfortunes, and handicaps. It is a very personal thing which does not relate to anybody except yourself.
7/6/81

If you must do sadhana by yourself, then while you are chanting, imagine a million others all around you. Hear them all chanting, with you in the middle. Feel that you do not chant physically, and yet are leading the chant and letting the chant lead you.
-KRI International Teacher Training Manual Level 1

I request you to re-shape and reformulate yourself and start regrinding yourself so that you may remain polished and shining and beautiful.
1/25/79

As taking a bath every day is essential, as eating food every day is essential, as changing your clothes to look pretty is essential, as exercise is essential, morning Sadhana and one set of Kundalini Yoga in the evening is equally essential. There is a call of time we have to match up. It is my prayer that before we get into more clouds and more darkness we may have our own development of our own light .
8/8/80

The little act of sadhana will contain your mind and make your consciousness the ruler.
-The Mind, Recognize Your Reality

If your Sadhana is more important to you than your neuroses, you are fine. If your neuroses are more important to you than your Sadhana, you are not.
1/22/91

Once you meditate, you are in trouble. The moment your mind is set and you are set in meditation, all the garbage of the subconscious starts floating and then you start fighting. Now when the garbage is floating around and you are fighting, you call it beautiful? The beauty is when you finish it. You have done your day. You have some space so you can face the day. You can invite the day. That's why we get up in the morning and meditate—not that we are crazy—we understand the life must start with self.
8/27/94

I am asking you, before your mind fails you it is better to repair it, and anything which can repair in the shortest possible time and give you a clear mind is the yoga of awareness and it is called Kundalini Yoga.
8/8/80

By doing a regular sadhana we develop a meditative capacity and we have a higher, stronger will to carry ourselves into the applied consciousness.
5/29/80

Take half an hour to forty-five minutes and do a good set of Kundalini Yoga. That will keep you going. Being alive is not enough.
7/31/84

Once you get up in the morning and do a regular Sadhana, you arouse your energy, you benefit your chakras, you enlarge yourself, you compute yourself, you become intuitive, you understand life. The whole day you can beat the day, it cannot beat you. 
3/12/89

Ninety percent of people are mentally sick because they don’t have the satisfaction that they have committed. Because when you do not have the satisfaction and experience that you have committed, you will sidetrack your life. You will not be guiding your life under the very you. Mind cannot be allowed to master the intellect. Therefore, the experience of commitment is the highest experience.
5/1/75

It is not possible that you miss your Sadhana and you will not get burned out mentally. Your batteries are meant to be charged and they cannot hold more than twenty-four hours.
8/8/80

The isolation which can hit anybody and make them go totally crazy is defeated when you do sadhana in the sangat. And when all of you meditate on God, the total effect of your sadhana becomes multiplied by the number of people participating.
7/6/81

I see you suffering, why you are suffering? You have no right to suffer, you can't suffer, you cheat, you cheat on teachings, you cheat on practice, and you cheat on your conscious effort, but when you don't you are okay.
8/8/80

My personal feeling is when I come in the morning I just confirm that I am pure. It's a confirmation. We have to confirm and reconfirm our integrity, that's why we come for Sadhana,
3/20/84

What is sadhana? Sadhana doesn't start at 4:00am in the morning or 3:00am in the morning. Sadhana starts a week before. Sadhana starts when it is early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. That is sadhana. Waking you up at 3:00am doesn't serve the purpose if you don’t go to sleep with a feeling that I have to get up for sadhana tomorrow. That's meditation. Not that somebody reminds you, that's outside. Inside, inside,
7/3/83

The purpose of the entire wisdom is commitment, and honoring the commitment. The art of commitment is the essence of life. Commitment is the seeker's path. 
5/26/75

There is no way that in a man's life, before he gets up to do anything, without taking care of his mental priorities, properties, faculties—there is no way without knowing your depth, dimension, and direction, you should even have the privilege to walk out of your house, no way. Without a positive morning there is no guarantee that the whole day will be positive.
8/8/80

Commitment is not irrational, nor is it rational. Commitment is not reason nor is it out of reason. Commitment is not emotional; it is not commotional. Commitment is nothing but commitment. It is that deep, deep, deep, deep honor which death cannot separate. There is no compromise.
9/22/82

Fulfillment of this human life is when you see you are living by your commitment. 
5/26/75

Life is based on commitment and commitment is not easy at all because what commitment can give you, God cannot take it.
9/22/82

Do your Sadhana and one set of Kundalini Yoga regularly. Is it asking too much? I am asking you something very logical: that without a clean mind, good luck cannot be enjoyed. You have a technology through which you can always develop your mind to the clarity unto intuitive infinity.
8/8/80

When man becomes committed and his commitment become his commitment, then Almighty God becomes the slave and that man becomes the master.
9/22/82

Commitment is nothing but the action of the inner self to support the outer self. Commitment is when the inner self promises under certain longitude and latitude to support the outside of your self. 
5/1/75

What is the idea of commitment? Commitment makes you stronger and stronger. It gives you Shakti; you don't get Shakti from anything else. Shakti power, success, happiness—the source is one: commitment. And commitment is a power in itself.
9/22/82

Simran is the direction of the outside to the inside to go into the deepest of the inside to trigger the very inside so the entire outside may correspond.
5/1/75

Without commitment there is no character; without character there is no man. You are dealing with a paper tiger. Man without character and character without commitment is just a paper tiger. It's a paper flower. There is no originality in it, there is no reality in it, and there is no truth in it.
9/21/81

Remember and remember in your heart that you cannot get away from this law: as you sow, so shall you reap. Sow right so that you can reap right. If you won't reap right you will weep right and I don't want to see you weeping and crying.
8/8/80

In our caliber of consciousness the purity of our mind needs to have a base. Is there any house you can build—don't you build a base first? If a human wants the life and the life is without the base of character, do you think that life will be life? Without character do you think life will be life? And do you think without commitment there will be character? 
9/21/81

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