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Before You Turn the Key

Yogi Bhajan’s Advice for Drivers

"When you put the key in the car, and you start it, you have started. Give yourself 11 feet by chanting first:

Ad guray nameh

Jugad guray nameh

Sat guray nameh

Siri guru dayv-eh nameh.

Wahe Guru ji ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru ji ki Fateh!

(I bow to the Primal Wisdom, I bow to the Wisdom of all the ages, I bow to the True Wisdom, I bow to the great invisible Wisdom. My purity belongs to God, all victory is God’s.) 

Then start, right? If you take a moving car and measure the distance created by the period you chant, over time it is 11 feet. Kaal means time. Desh means space. The law is, if time and space—kaal and desh—don’t meet, things can’t happen. Good and bad, you give yourself 11 feet of distance. You are 11 feet short."

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan (from I Am a Woman, p. 55)