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Yogi Bhajan Lecture: Living as a Slave to Habit Patterns

Excerpts from a lecture given on 12/16/70 in Los Angeles, CA

Life becomes a pattern. Our happiness becomes a pattern. If something suits that pattern we are happy, if it doesn't suit we are unhappy, and this way sometimes we become a total slave of a habit. That is why they say man is a slave to his habits and as the years go by, his habits become his comforts.

So, let us have a habit to relate through our consciousness, through the vibration that is Mantra. As a habit, that gives you happiness. When we are unhappy and we start chanting those words, they will give us peace. When we make that a habit, that gives us peace.

What I am trying to tell you is that this deep Mantra is nothing but to create a habit. It is a habit like sending a telegram by giving a signal to a particular station, and if the station is a supreme consciousness, you get consciously related to the supreme consciousness through the sound current or through the magnetic field. In times of difficulty they become immediately handy if you have that practice.

Man has pleasure and displeasure subject to his living pattern. His living pattern becomes a living habit. A man who is supposed to command himself becomes a slave to these habits. If we have to ultimately become a slave to our habit patterns, why not begin with creating positive habits? If man develops himself this way, it will be very convenient to live on this planet Earth with other brothers and sisters because positive habits always bring beautiful positive results.

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan