Gratefulness will make you great.
The purpose of life is to be beautiful, to be bountiful, to be blissful, to be graceful and grateful. What a wonderful English word—grateful. If one is great and full, one is God. And whenever smallness faces you, you should be great. And full. Full of that greatness.
It is good to say, “Hello, how are you? Good morning, my Creator. Thank you very much.” It is called gratitude. Attitude of gratitude brings you opportunities beyond your concept. And when the prayer becomes the vibration of the soul, mind, and self, we can create a miracle.
If you just feel happy for what you have, have an attitude of gratitude, and be grateful, then it will come true—you will be GREAT and you will be FULL.
Speak truthfully; speak simply, straightforwardly and with a smile. Never try to impress others; try to impress yourself. Find happiness within you. Find an attitude of gratitude. Be happy for what God has given you. All happiness will come to you if you are happy. Happiness will come to you because happiness wants to go where happiness is.
What happens when you speak positive? When you speak positive there is no negative left to express and then there is a gap. Then in that gap comes the super-positive and that's what we call God. It is an attitude of gratitude. Attitude of gratitude is when you are grateful for every breath of life.
People ask, “What should we do when we feel something is wrong?” When there is something wrong, thank God that it is not you. When you feel there is something good, thank God that you have learned something. And this way you can process your life and progress your life. What will happen? You will get high-spirited. You will rise and fill the vacuum. From nature will come wealth and prosperity.
Every human being needs loftiness, exaltedness, self-confidence, and appreciation to be grateful that we are alive at this moment and we are alive together. It's like stars in the sky on the same night. Some are big. Some are small. Some are shining. Some come late. Some come earlier. But in the brim of night, all are lit on the axle. On their orbit, they exist. That is the condition of every human.
Wealth is a different thing than money. Wealth is in values, so please give yourself values. And attitude of gratitude is the only way that you will not mess up your life. Be grateful that the tragedy has fallen on you. God must have thought that you can lead through your strength and courage and guide yourself through it, so others can learn it.
There is exactly one word in the whole dictionary which can represent God in you, which can bring knowledge in you, which can make you everything that you want to be, and that is “gratitude.” Attitude of gratitude is an ecstasy, a bliss, an accomplishment, an achievement. In English the word is 'thank you.'
Ordinarily you say 'Thank you.' But do you say thank you to your parents? Do you say thank you to your neighbors? Do you say thank you to a tree, which gives you shelter? Do you say a thank you to the car, which takes you somewhere? Why not? The human birth is meant for thanking. You have enemies. Thank them. Without them you will never be alert. You will never be smart. You will never enjoy your existence.
If you call me names, I'll be very grateful, because it reminds me to lean on God more and understand Ang Sang Wahe Guru. And it's my prayer that you may have the same attitude. Those who live in God, have attitude of gratitude. Those who live in ego have attitude of self.
All these marriages, divorces and all that, they are on one basis: "I am not happy. I am not happy because I am not grateful. I am not grateful because I am neither great nor full." When we say, “Be grateful” this is a very serious condition: be great first and then be full. When you are not great, you are not full.
Do you think to give thanks for your arms and your legs? Your eyes and ears? In those moments as you come out of the sleep state, acknowledge how wonderful is this vehicle the Creator manufactured for you to use during your visit to planet Earth.
-Kundalini Yoga: The flow of Eternal Power
To start with, you should have an attitude of gratitude. Without an attitude of gratitude, neither prosperity nor pleasure, joy nor happiness means anything, and it works this way: to those who have an attitude of gratitude and who do it with innocence, Mother Nature brings all the wealth, health, and happiness.
If you just feel happy for what you have, have an attitude of gratitude, and be grateful, then it will come true, you will be great and you will be full.
The attitude of gratitude is the highest way of living, and is the biggest truth, the highest truth. You cannot live with applied consciousness until you understand that you have to be grateful for what you have. If you are grateful for what you have, then Mother Nature will give you more.
When you meet an ungrateful person, be great. The moment you become great, you will become fulfilled. There is no other secret. Nothing else will give you fulfillment.
If you feel just one thing in your life—that life is nothing but the gift of God—you are divine and the most courageous person. Try it! Try it as a thought. The moment you feel that life is a gift, you’ll become prosperous.
Sometimes you have tons of money, and still you are miserable, you are not satisfied. The bow of gratitude and arrow of mercy will give you everything. Gratitude will turn your attitude into mercy, mercy will bring you dharma, and dharma will give you solid prosperity.
You do not understand your job. You are not running an election, you are not winning wealth. You are being taken care of. But you cannot pocket anything. Whatever comes to you: “Unto Thee, unto Thee, Oh Lord, unto Thee.”
The law of balance is a law of applied consciousness. You can never change it. You will get one thing, you lose the other, you get third thing, you lose the fourth. Always there will be a gap. The ‘law of gap’ is that there is no gap and how can that gap be filled? Be in gratitude. Make an attitude to be in gratitude, you will find the whole Universe will come to you.”
Write it on your forehead, write it on your heart, on your third chakra, on your second chakra and your first chakra. You will never go short, never will you have less. God will prevail by God’s True Nature. If you have discomfort and hunger say, “God, that is Thy Virtue. Thank you for accepting me for that tragedy.” This is the attitude of gratitude. “My shackles will be removed by Thy Will.” God is so great, to Him the whole of what we have is just like a sesame seed.
This Universe is made by God by one universal rule: everybody has a standard of birth, growth, and death, except man. God is extremely forgiving, but if you do not acknowledge what you have, in gratitude, you will never have more, and if you care to get it, something will be lost.
If you appreciate your life, if you appreciate your job, if you appreciate yourself, if you appreciate your surroundings—poor or rich, whatever they are—you are divine.
Don't count your wrongs, count your blessings and you shall not fail. Any human who calls himself a creature of God and does not count, many times during the day the blessings, but only counts what he doesn't have is insulting to God and to himself; he is a living non-reality.
Do not get attached to that which is given, be attached to the Giver.
Everything should be considered as a gift of God. When anything wrong comes to you and you think it is a gift, it won’t stay with you. Do you know that? Try it sometime.
Love is not enough; intelligence is not enough; powerful strength is not enough. You may put everything on one side of the scale, but if you are missing gratitude, you shall lose.
The only way a relationship between you and God can be established is if you become grateful and build up a standard of gratitude. Only then will fulfillment come in life. Only then can you be happy in life. Because in God we trust and in God we dwell.
Appreciation is an art and a lifestyle and a source of happiness and fulfillment. It’s called gratitude—an attitude of gratitude.
When you see something rotten just bow, and thank God in gratitude that you are not the one. And when you see something very precious and good, then bow. Thank God that you have seen something very good and you can aspire to be it.
The attitude of gratitude is yoga. Ingratitude is “unyoga,” like “uncola.” Where gratitude is, there is yoga. Where there is ingratitude, yoga is gone. That mind which does not live in gratitude is just like a junkyard. There are great cars there, but they don’t work; they are useless, because they are junk. What are you without gratitude?
The purpose is to be in gratitude forever. Live with applied consciousness, prosperity will break through the walls, flood you with it. You do prayer when you are in difficulty. Pray when you are not in difficulty! That is the attitude of gratitude.
It is not that it is religious or it is not religious, it is called attitude of gratitude, it is called thanking God for giving you elbows and knees, giving you ribs and the glandular system, giving you head and skull and brain.
The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful—great and full—that you are alive, and you enjoy it.
A person who develops an attitude of gratitude is absolutely divine.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan