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Yogi Bhajan Lecture: Living in Love

A lecture by Yogi Bhajan, June 1970

It is a universal phenomenon that man always seeks union with God. Kundalini Yoga[1] is the yoga of awareness that makes it practical today for the man to be with God. If one can be one-pointed on the Name of God, one can always find God in his heart.

We have eight centers of God consciousness in the body. The lowest is located at the rectum. Second is the sex organ. Third is where these two centers meet when they are pulled together. Then comes the heart center where we can come out of the lower triangle, or our animal nature. That is where love, equality, and service begin. At the next center (fifth chakra, Throat Center), if the consciousness can be pulled to dwell there, man knows the truth. Then above the two eyes is a triangle known as the “third eye,” or ajana, where all the knowledge of the past, present, and future is known. Real humility, flow of love, and kindness come through here. And lastly, we have the seventh center at the crown of the head, the highest of all, a lotus petal with a thousand petals in it where you only want to know God, and everything is nothing but God. Your personality and ego are merged into that great Universal personality and Universal ego. While we live as human beings, we can bring together our physical, mental, and spiritual beings, and be God-beings. The circumvent force, the entire force which is the aura around us, the God-light which protects us, is the eighth living center.

Up to this time, in the United States of America, there was no place for people to learn or teach Kundalini Yoga. It is the grace of that Bhagwati, the creative power of God, that now everyone is free to learn this great supposedly secret science. Now there are American teachers who teach this science too. One only bows to that One great God, because we have created channels through which the knowledge, truth, and technical know-how to raise your consciousness from your lower centers of consciousness to the highest can be learned, practiced, and perfected.

We have all material wealth, but there is no contentment. Man wanders from morning until evening, but he does not know that between God and man there is one link only: that is the breath. The breath is the key to the control of one’s emotions. One can easily feel that when the breath becomes irregular and shallow, man becomes mentally upset. Therefore if we can practically control the breath in such a way that it is normal and simple and soft, man in behavior will be normal, simple, and soft. In other words, he’ll be a happy man.

One thing man forgets which is a reality and truth: Death. We are not permanent on this Earth. We have come here under the command of a Universal force, that cosmic energy; some people call it God. It is that great master computer in which we are all the unit computers, and we are here to perform certain practical duties. All our vibrations are time-clocked into that master computer and our balance sheet is struck every minute. Sometimes, because of our ego, we draw different lines than that of the master plan and we mess up the whole system and society, jeopardizing our own happiness in life. Fortunate are the few who start the day always looking to the vibrations. With each breath they vibrate the Divine Nam, the Name of God, to cleanse themselves, to enrich themselves, and to energetically charge themselves so that they can be positively effective for the whole day.

When the sun energy in the evening is low because Earth is between the man and the sun, man’s mentality and consciousness leap towards the low, shallow behavior. At that time, if one has a system to do sadhana, to practice for awhile with these few precious breaths— the Divine Will which prevails through him—to glorify the Name of his Creator; or as a unit computer he tunes into the great master computer, one is saved from the cycle of karma. Let us not cause a cause which shall have a negative effect. Each negative will bounce back on us and shall bring us unhappiness.

Man has to live in love—love which is not lust. Love where there is no possession, no slavery of another person. Love which is a giving. Love which is for the sake of love. Love which lasts forever. Love which is a total sacrifice. Love which is more than the grace of God itself. Love which gives a halo around the face of the person. Love through which one can see God in the eyes of the person. Love with which the body shines, the words become sweet, and the communication is absolutely beautiful. That love for which one sacrifices his own life to save a little bit of injury to another person. That love with which one pleasantly and peacefully takes all the pain in his heart to redeem another fellow being. That love can only flow when one knows how to tune into that universal God.

Some people make it possible to pretend that lust is love. They are really successful for a short while, but when they are caught in the clutches of time and smashed, and time is gone, then they are left alone to pay back their karma ten times.

Man does not know that this world is a restaurant and he has come here to stay only for awhile. And this is a period for liberation. If he will possess whatever he has to possess but will not be possessed by the material things, and not be a slave to them, it will be most beautiful for him to feel free and light and live in love. That is what love is.

Sometimes man behaves even worse than an animal. His attitude is very steadfast, because his ego does not let him feel he is wrong. That not only gives him unhappiness, but it becomes a permanent sore.

Man has to understand that it doesn’t take a long time to tune into God’s Name, and the flow of that Divine energy will flow through him and he will be filled up to the brim with the love and the light of God. His consciousness will be clear and pure and his animal nature will become helpless right before him. Instead of his being helpless before his animal nature, he will be able to ride his animal nature and travel the distance into the kingdom of God much easier than he can think.

When one can see between lust and love, this discrimination makes him not only a pure being but a Divine being. And the flow of energy from him goes to other channels and brings them out of the negativity. One day this world will be nothing but love, nothing but pleasure, nothing but happiness. Everybody will be happy together; love will flow from one person to another person. Truth will prevail through all and Sat (Truth) shall be the guiding Name for all. And that will be the dawn of the new age—the age of happiness, the age of pleasure, the age of understanding, the age for man to know God within himself. In the love of God men shall dwell under all circumstances as one unit with the constant flow of that energy which they call God. We call Him Cosmos, ever-living, ever together, ever-existing, ever in us. He was, He is, and He shall be.

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

[1] Kundalini comes from the root word kundal in Sanskrit, which means, “the lock of the hair from the beloved.” The uncoiling of this “hair” is the awakening of the Kundalini, the unlimited potential that already exists in every human.