Excerpts from a lecture by Yogi Bhajan published in Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance
Life is based on touch. We touch each other with our eyes. We touch each other with our ears. We touch each other with songs and words. We touch physically. We touch to kill. We touch to give birth. If you look at the whole spectrum of life, it's nothing but touch. And if you want to know the Master's touch, then you should live by these words of Nanak:
Aad sach, jugaad sach, hai bhee sach, Naanak hosee bhee sach.
The world in the beginning was true, world throughout time is true, world now is true, Nanak says this shall always be true.
That's the definition of touch. And that definition should become your touch. Nothing less than that will work. I am not teaching you philosophy or religion. I am teaching you reality. This is how you will enter the Age of Aquarius as leaders—rich, happy, healthy, creative, conscious, trustworthy, and worthy.
Touch a person, hold a person and then carry a person. You can't drag anybody. You can't lean on anybody. Carry them, simply and truthfully. And what are the words that dignify the carrying? Can you repeat after me? "I am with you." That's all. One line, "I am with you.”
You know what I do when people curse at me? I sit there. It lasts from fifteen to forty-five minutes, depending on the capacity of the person. And you know what I say? "I am with you, don't worry. Nothing is going to happen. Go home, enjoy life." That's all.
You ask me why? The psychosomatic frequency in the molecule into the mega form can be changed into alpha, beta, and theta, in the simple sense of the voice. That's a law nature must obey. It's not something people understand in a subtle way. But that's what the power is. That is the power of the word. Nobody can beat it. But you have to say, "I am with you."
The most veteran, courageous, and pious act of a human is to be with another human, because we are like stars in the sky, born at one time and space, to be ourselves. Everybody is our coherent neighbor. All we have to do is say, "I am with you." When you start being one with everybody, then you are actually with God, because if you cannot see God in all, you cannot see God at all.
Do not misunderstand Guru Nanak. The whole life of Nanak is to help others. He walked, he talked, he visited places, he undertook impossible journeys, he started young. From the very first day, his job was to help others.
Symbolically, when you help others, Nanak comes in you. Don't call on him. He will be there. Forget who you are and help others. Nanak will take care of it in your life, in your family life, in your surroundings, in anything.
But one thing you have to do: forget yourself. If you see only one word and understand the meaning of it, Any Sang Wohe Guru, you don't have to learn anything else. Nanak shall come through and Guru Ram Das is nothing but a living miracle.
How beautiful will you be in the memory of another person if your very touch or presence or your few words can miraculously take care of the other person? Will he ever forget you? What I am saying is that for three thousand years, mankind has been taught that they are sinners, they are wrong, they are this, they are evil. That's one part.
The second part is that they need heaven. We need to have a comfortable time now. Heaven after death and this thing after that thing you don't need that. All you need to do is to forget who you are and help another person. Reach out. This is life. "Hail Guru Ram Das and heal the world."And remember when you heal somebody's problem, your problem will disappear right under your own presence. You will love it. My problem, your problem, our problems are only there when we are not taking care of others. Do you understand? Marriages break, children go astray, neighbors fight. It doesn't mean anything. The Age of Aquarius is taking care of others.
You are you. But when you deal outside, touch everybody with the longing of the soul. That enriches your soul. That's why Guru Nanak gave only one order: Jap. It means repeat. There is one commandment, very martial: Jap. And what do we repeat?
Aad sach, jugaad sach, hai bhee sach, Naanak hosee bhee sach.
If you just believe that, then Mother Nature will give you a place where your legacy will live forever.
The human race without grace shall not enter the Age of Aquarius. I am not sure that you will not experience tragedy after tragedy, because the psychosomatics of the earth’s axle, the magnetic field, and the flare of the sun into the creativity and reflection of the moon have already changed.
Soon you might ask for a day of atonement and want to lie down in a coffin, so you can close your eyes. That's how bad it can be in the years before the Aquarian Age begins. These years are the years of challenge. And what is the challenge? You must come to embrace the truth. You must come and experience the truth. You must come and be the truth. Like Aad sach it was. So you are Aad sach.
Keep your sadhana regardless of how you feel about it. Do not feel somebody is better or worse than you. If you continue your sadhana, the end result will be that you will be needed by the Age of Aquarius. Try to understand how lucky you are. We are going through a change of age and we are participating in it. It is not that a huge disaster should happen and only then will people see the age is changing. If you look at the evening news you will find that disasters are happening everywhere. But you are changing. You are changing to challenge the ultimate challenge—to help humanity through it.
When you don't have patience, then you don't have yourself. It's a most cowardly act. When you lash out and flash out and do all that mischief, you are cheap and you are a creep. It's not you. Hold your ground and behold. Every day is yours and yours alone. It is not anybody else's. Behold, the breath of life is yours. This life is yours. You are yours. How many of you are yours? How many have given themselves to themselves? What kind of lover are you? What an idiotic thing to do—to love everybody, but not yourself.
Paaras is the philosopher's stone. When it touches anything, it makes it gold. Then all the cycles, the circle of life is finished. We have to do that now. The world is going to hold onto us. If we will not prepare ourselves to face it, we may become failures.
People say to us, "You look beautiful. Help me." They don't want to tell you a story, they don't want to take time. You have to help them. You can't hide under this nonsense, under your neurotic life. "Oh, I am an attorney. I am a doctor. I am an executive. I am successful.” People won't care who you are. People will mob you. They will ask for help. They will like your energy; they will want the touch. If you know how to touch the heart, you will be great. You will be positive. What more I can tell you? It's on us. It is coming. We have prepared ourselves for thirty years. Nobody can tell you what to do. You have to go sincerely inside your psyche and say ,"I am radiant. I am a reality. I have my own reverence.” Let people know you are a graceful reality, with reverence of courage. You have to protect your own reverence. Nobody can protect it for you.
Now I have done my job. I am on my way out. I have come, lived my promise to create teachers. Teachers are those who will practice the teachings in reality. If there is no experience, get the experience. The time has come now that you should become teachers and cover me. I have covered you. I did not come here for students. I came here to create teachers. I have done my job silently, in shame, in pain, in slander, in praise, in appreciation, in service, and in disaster. It didn't matter because the pair of opposites does not affect a yogi. I have given you all that you need. For your sake, practice it and experience it so you can share with people who will fall on you like hordes.
Thank you very much. May you all be blessed, blessed, blessed and may Guru Ram Das bless you forever. This is the time for you to declare yourself. You are teachers and even if you have been the most lazy, lousy, bedridden, nonsense, come out and just touch people. Leave the rest to God. Be kind, compassionate and caring. And just touch. Everybody has obnoxiousness and passion and everybody has compassion and grace equal to it. So, there is no dearth of natural faculties to be positive. We are going to play the biggest show on this Earth—the greatest show of all time—as Aquarian teachers and that's what you all are.
Kindness knows no defeat. Caring has no end. And touching a person's heart is the only language God knows. I hope God and Guru will bless you throughout this time, here and hereafter.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, published in Success and the Spirit.