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Yogi Bhajan Lecture: Mantra and the MInd

Excerpts from a lecture given on June 8, 1994 in Los Angeles, CA

If you can remember that you are a human being, you can survive through everything, no matter how much adversity is upon you.

The day you find you are this, you are that—I am a girl, I am a boy, I am young, I am old, I am a doctor, I am PhD—whatever you are, it doesn't matter to me. The fundamental thing a man can afford in his life, no matter what you are doing and what the environments or circumstances are, or you are black, white, yellow, pink, red, orange, whatever you are, beautiful, ugly—just remember, you are a human and so long as you breathe, God is in you.

I have no disciple but I have a discipline and very few people can follow discipline. You want to satisfy your emotions, your feelings, but you do not satisfy one thing called Identity. How many of you are not emotional? How many of you do not enjoy your commotions?  

What is truth? Every breath of life is the truth. How you use it, that's your option.

If you cannot see God in all, you cannot see God at all. Bad and good, all is God. Small and big, all is God and I give you one proof: God rotates this Earth. He can easily take care of your routine. If the wind is behind you and the tide winds are taking your lifeboat in the full ocean, in the height of speed, have gratitude be grateful.

If it is a storm and things are into the face of death and life, and you are hustling to make it, do it with gratitude that you are facing a challenge in life. Either way, you are facing a challenge in life. Things are too good for you or things are too rotten for you. Both ways, it's you in the beginning, in the middle and in the end. There cannot be anything else. Neither was, nor is, nor shall be.

The personality of a human is controlled by the frontal lobe and the automatics are controlled by the hypothalamus. For the hypothalamus there is a japa, and for the frontal lobe there is a meditation. Kundalini Yoga expresses itself in that way. If you think that you are you, aha, not true. It is the set of the frontal lobe, which controls your personality and you will just do the pattern again, again and again, because that pattern is set. You cannot change the pattern by counseling and by this and that. You can break the pattern by rewriting it.

There is no way to control the mind except mantra. The word ‘mantra’ means the vibrations of the mind. The projection of the mind is called mantra. Mantra is a very powerful thing. It's not a just a few hotchpotch, lalalalaa, go. Mantras are permutations and combinations through which man's voice sound system is originated. After all, when you talk to each other, that's a mantra too and when you talk to each other, you affect each other. But when you take a specific mantra and you project that, that shall penetrate.

How powerful are mantras? Let me tell you something. There are five elements and there are five senses. There are ten bodies and there are one hundred eight basic elements of the Universe and there are stars and there are millions and millions of angels. All that and the power of man is, when he or she recites the mantra, it penetrates through everything and it's effective. Japa is not a small science. Japa means repeat.

Now this mantra, which you have recited, Aad Sach Jugad Such Hai Bhee Sach, Nanak Hosee Bhi Sach, that is part of the mool mantra. Whenever you are shaken, it will fix your root. If you can live to repeat it, you can get the grip, no matter how shaky you are. And these are the mantras which will never go astray.

Suppose you are stuck, can't move: Aad Sach Jugad Such Hai Bhee Sach, Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach. Anything which is stopping you shall give the path. So that's the power of mantra, because mantra moves the elements—all five elements, plus heavens, plus the Earth.

It's up to you to live, it's up to you to die. God only gives you the breath of life. When you recite a mantra, you make yourself positive, pure and your vibration is very penetrating. When you depress yourself, when you deal with nonsense and create nonsense, then you totally synchronize yourself to absolutely nothing and open yourself to every kind of weakness and disease.

Therefore, my friends walk tall or don't walk at all. Living in insult and self-insult is a treachery to life. Life is a gift; don't create the rift between you and God.

If sometime, there is odd time, just understand even time is on the corner. Because after every rainstorm there is sunshine.

There is a question in your life: to be/not to be. There is an answer to it: let it be. As long you live to be/not to be, you are a rascal, you are stupid, you are messing up this beautiful gift of your own life. Once you decide, it is because it is. To be is to be. You will be free.

Good and bad, happy and sad, are all in the mind.  The mind can be enslaved, totally trained like an elephant. It's a big huge thing. But with mantra, your mind works for you and God wants you. That's how beautiful you can be.

Blessed God, give us peace of mind, give us peace for living and bring peace to the world. Give us grace, give us the power to serve and love. Take our everyday under thy will, beautiful, bountiful and blissful. Sat Nam.

Thank you very much. Good night and best of dreams.

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan