Excerpts from a lecture by Yogi Bhajan on February 9, 2003
Some religions say that, once you become a human, you end there. Some say from here you go to heaven or hell. There are different theories. But the fact is, you create hell and heaven here, every day, every minute. Whenever you make yourself limited, you confine the ability of your soul to guide you. Without that guidance, whatever you do will be nothing but trouble, pain, and tragedy.
We never have developed our magnetic field, the Infinite force in us. That is why we don’t attract things. Everything is a molecule, and when your molecules dance with strength they attract everything.
All the passion you have from the Universe you can use for creativity, for greatness, for purity and piety. But often you use all that for attachment or greed. What a mistake.
If you get a gold coin, and you throw it into the mud, and then later on start looking for it in that mud, you will get dirty; and perhaps you will not find it at all. Likewise, why throw away your preciousness in the falsehood of maya and then expect mercy? For what? It is your actions which decide your heaven or hell.
You are the soul consciousness of God. Try to understand and realize your basic value. These values will become virtues. Virtues will bring you a lot of opportunities. Opportunities will bring you peace, and the story of success will begin. You will expand.
If you become a role model of virtues and values, your children will follow it. Definitely. You will live in peace, trouble-free, secure, knowing what to do or not do. All will be done. Nature works this way.
Practice this from today. Feel you are the Universe. Practice this for some time. If you won’t become the Universe, then all of Nature is wrong. When you relate to Nature, and Nature becomes you and your nature becomes the Nature, who can touch you? From where shall the power come which shall interfere with your prosperity, piety, purity, character, characteristics, values, virtues? Is there any power? None.
You must reach a state that you must glow. When you are young, and through middle age, you must grow to the point that in the end you glow, and your light lets people feel the blessings, the virtues, the happiness.
Don’t waste time doing small things, playing small games, trying to hurt or slander people.
There are many human things that can cross but your soul shall never cross if it is being broiled and roasted in your hidden cold anger. Hot anger in you bursts out, but you get wrapped up in cold anger. Sometimes you can’t let habits go. The habit of lying is forever. The habit of belittling yourself is forever. The habit not to be virtuous is forever.
We create these habits layer by layer, layer by layer, as with not speaking nicely to people and not having manners. These are not virtues; these are misfortunes. Who creates them? You! It is your essential character that you are the most precious body, mind, and soul, but you destroy them on valueless things. And then later on you complain that you are in trouble? Thank God you are only in trouble, not in a disaster.
Values and virtues come from discipline. The Cosmos works for those who have discipline, who have longing, who have some goal to reach in their lives, and who make a constant, constant, constant effort to reach it. That is dharma. Dharma is in every day, in every action, on every side of the day. Don’t waste yourself into the maya of this Earth.
In the end, what they say is, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” You are not ash; you are not dust. You are that precious soul who has used this body, the ash, just to achieve its goal, to walk the distance. It’s like a car in which you travel. It’s not you. It is some convenience that saves time.
Let us reach out, let us hail Guru Ram Das and heal the world from treachery and from torture, from this mental confusion, from permanent depression, from cold anger that never leaves, and let us only like our real self. The real self is gracious, is recognizable. The real self shines.
Try to understand once and for all, the purpose of life. Why can’t you learn from a rose? The purpose of life is beauty. See the rose. It opens, it gives its fragrance, and its petals fall apart. But it gives, for four or five days, a beautiful color and beautiful joy to every eye that sees it, every nose that smells it.
Value your independence and virtue, your sovereignty. May you always be sovereign in your personality, your nature, and your action. And may Guru bless you. Take the flag of nobility and walk with it. There is nothing like being noble. Remember, nobility is the basic virtue to be human.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
 The illusion we mistake for reality.