Q: What does it mean to be a spiritual teacher, to have a spiritual teacher?
A: To have a spirit. A spiritual teacher should have a spirit and live with the spirit. He should teach fearlessly and graciously and nicely and humanly and humbly.
Q: How do you find this spiritual leader?
A: The heart will find it, the head cannot. A spiritual teacher is not a matter of the head. It is a matter of the heart. It has nothing to do with the head. When you find your teacher, you find him/her. That’s it. When you don’t, you don’t.
Q: What do you mean that the relationship of a teacher and student is like a chiseling stone?
A: Chiseling is the ultimate touch. Without chiseling, a stone remains a stone. Nothing comes out of it. A life that is not ready to be chiseled shall have no shape. Don’t I chisel you these days? So, you’ve been through the experience. Master’s Touch is when your teacher touches your central nervous system and gives you the inflow to your own ocean of self where you can find no corner to hide and you become free—free of fear, because your greatest and most typical enemy is your fear. Your fear creates doubt. Your doubt creates bad language, your bad language creates fights, your fights create misery, your misery creates hell, and your hell creates unhappiness. That is the path we normally adopt. But somehow, through very clear consciousness, Master’s Touch is that touch which turns your fear to non-fear, your vengeance against self to non-vengeance, your unawareness to realization, not valuing yourself to honoring yourself, etc.
Q: The first time I met you, you provoked the living creature out of me because you were so straight about everything.
A: I am unfortunately very clear in one thing: that God made you the best He could, would, or should. Do not make doo-doo of yourself. That’s what I believe. My realm is that. No man or woman has the right to act condescendingly or harshly to anyone. No, that’s not your right, neither is it your privilege. You should not do that. Wherever there is the breath of life, be exalted, walk tall, and feel free. Have no fear, no vengeance.
Q: What are the ways to drop fear?
A: Take that pen. Raise it. Drop it. That’s how. When you drop something, just drop it. There is no other way. Don’t listen to the lies of people. No kriya can help you drop it. Only you can. Just drop it.
Q: Sir, what will be the role of teachers in the Aquarian Age?
A: Honesty. Nothing more, nothing less. Be frank, straightforward, and honest. A teacher has to emit a radiant psyche, and that truth which he practices has to be radiant. A teacher is not a storyteller, though he might like to impress people. A teacher is a teacher.
Q: How do you maintain balance as a teacher?
A: In the world of infinity, a teacher belongs to that flow of infinity. He is not an idiot who just gets lost in beauty, charm, and money. You can’t bait a teacher. Let’s put it in a simple way: he is not a fish that is ready to be caught.
Q: You said something earlier about the atomic makeup of the human changing in the Age of Aquarius?
A: The Age will change. Your menstrual cycle will change. Your cells and the inner atomic energy of the atom will change. Your projection and sensory projection will change. Your feelings, your dreams, your thoughts will change. Everything is going to change upside-down. Nothing will be the same.
Q: Does it happen just like, “boom”?
No, no, slowly. And in the process you will be hammered and chiseled. An Age never changes quickly.
Q: Do you think that human nature has changed in the last 3,000 years?
A: Human nature changes every second. Every moment the longitude and latitude changes; the altitude and attitude of the human changes. The fastest changing mammal is the human.
Q: Will you talk about the ancient gong?
A: The gong creates the sound, which projects you out of your realm to Infinity, provided you know how to play it.
Q: Sir, would you explain your personal experience with touching the Infinite?
A: Do you know what it is? Nothing. You can’t believe in “nothing.” You need something to believe in. That’s a handicap. We are from zero, we live through zero, and we end up zero. You meditate and you reach that stage, and you start experiencing it, and things will start coming to you. It is a backward idea to grab for things, to ask favors, etc. I don’t believe in that. God is the Giver—giver in the sense of creativity of the elements. The elements that belong to you shall come to you.
Q: Joseph Campbell said the last myth for us to really get by is our myth of a belief in God and that we have to get past that myth in order to experience Infinity.
A: The purpose of the entire practice of all of human life is: number one, when you breathe the breath of life, you know you are breathing it. Number two, you give it to Infinity as an offering. Number three, then close your eyes and say “Wahe Guru” and be One. That act of that moment is the purpose of life.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan