Excerpts from Success and the Spirit: Inner Calling, Outer Calling
For thousands of years we have been taught that everything is ours, everything is our action, everything is under our control. “This is my property. This is my son. This is my daughter. This is my religion. This is my guru. This is my God.”
But isn't it the same God? Isn't it the same guru? Isn't it the same temple? Isn't it the same worship? You can sit on your heels or you can stand up on one leg. Whatever you do, isn't the One all there is? We have never understood the message of Nanak. “ln One,” he said. Nobody has understood the words, "Ek Ong Kaar.” Ek Ong Kaar doesn't need anything but the recognition that I am one with every one. In every one is Ek Ong Kaar. People are so shy to understand it―to be it.
When you sweat and hassle, you will never get royalty. You will not get bounty. It's not that you don't deserve bounty or that you don't deserve prosperity, but you are a thief. You are stealing a part of you from the One. Therefore you will get only a part. You will not get the whole.
You make fences. All right. You're controlling yourself, “I am me. I am for myself. Thank you very much.” But prosperity comes, it will find all the hurdles you, yourself, have created. You are not for all. You are not for goodwill for humanity. You are not unique and open to all winds.
That was the beauty of the tall ships. The trade winds would blow. They could change their direction, grab the wind and sail the ship. Had those winds not existed, they never would have sailed.
This life of yours is meant to be a life of all within you and all existing in you. God is omnipresent and omnipotent. So are you. When you say, "I am not this. I am not that. I am not here. I am not there,” who are you talking to? Every lie you have ever spoken has been understood later by another man. Why start a lie that has to be understood later? Why start a sequence for which you are not willing to face the consequences? You have a life. You have a responsibility.
If honor has been bestowed on you, carry that honor and honor everybody. That honor is no good that cannot honor others. That grace is no good that cannot shower grace. That power is no good that cannot uplift others. That knowledge is no good that cannot comfort and give the heavens to others.
What is wrong with being social? What's wrong with meeting others? Why do you act like baboons jumping all the time? Why do you talk about miseries all the time? All this karma adds up.
You are a human. It is your dharma to show the light and the path to all. It is your day. It has dawned for you. It is your gift. You must carry your dharma, your duty. Let your memory ever be that you will uplift everything.
©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan