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October 21, 2014

From “The Mind, Its Projections and Multiple Facets” by Yogi Bhajan, PhD with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD, Kundalini Research Institute, 1998.  pp. 27-33.  Used with permission from KRI.  Click here to purchase this book.

We are at a crucial change of the time—a change of an Age.  The basic sensitivity of people to their own psyche and to each other is shifting.  Now we must all experience and know our mind so we can choose to act in an elevated and effective way.  Nothing less will be acceptable in this Age of Awareness.  This is the practical technology to elevate ourselves.


Regardless of your history of abuses or kindness, opportunity or challenge, it is within you to direct your mind.


 You can be a saint, you can be a human, or you can be a demon.  You can act as an animal at the altitude of impulse and ground, as an earthling human at the altitude of feelings and horizon, or as an angel at the altitude of essence, Infinity, and the cosmos.  It is your choice.

Each of you has all three gunas or qualities in you: an animal, a normal human which I call earthling, and an angel—the sensitive, awakened human.  All three are there. 

When you act as an animal, you ignore your sensitivity.  As an animal you act by impulse and necessity.  An animal acts in a very focused way.  If hungry, he has to eat.  If horny, he has to mate.  If threatened, he has to run or kill.  The impulse is so strong it acts as a unifying force for the psyche of the animal.  As a human when you act as animal you are direct, focused, and robotic—ruled by habit and impulse.

When you act as a normal earthling human you depend upon emotion.  All you have is feelings, thought, and emotions.  You can have so many you do not know whether you should act or not, what you feel or not, or even who you are.  The more you depend on that flood of feelings as if that is you, you become more and more mentally corrupt. You lose innocence and the clarity of you as You.

When you act as an angel, you are kind, compassionate, helpful, and true to your world.  You are peaceful in action and peaceful at rest.  You are innocent and direct.  You can listen and act in the Will of God and the reality of your Soul.

In this way the rule of life is very simple: each day increase the angel in you and decrease the animal in you.  That is all that is required. 

Most people act like and animal or earthling.  But you also do the worst thing—you falsify your own quality.  You develop a false ego, a false fantasy, and live in imagination about yourself.  You are a human, and angelic reality, but you live as if you are an earthworm, burrowing in the earth and darkness!  And you are worse than the earthworm.  At least the earthworm is what an earthworm is.  There is no duality. 

Your habit is to doubt everything, question everyone.  You doubt so much, you fear so much, you live in fantasy and cannot learn anything.  You do not become wise.  A wise person does not question anything.  He has a sensory system that is alert and has intuition.  He has an understanding that reads between the lines.  Duality is when you have a chance to learn and instead you question.  You promote your feelings and fantasy but you cannot listen.  Though you have a mental quality, sattva, to be able to listen, you question intentions, relevancy, ability, everything.  That is the worst position of the mind.

Your mind has qualities and they must support your personality and character.  Your behaviors will directly reflect and be supported by the qualities and projection of the mind. 

There are five earthly tattvas—earth, water, fire, air, and either—that are qualities in our senses and in the world.  These engage three kinds of behaviors or three qualities of your life, called gunas that determine the altitude and attitude of your life.  These three gunas are:  tamas, rajas and sattva.

If your mind is tamasic, you will act stupid, angry, dull, and confused.  You may have hidden anger or ingrown temperamental anger.  That’s the worst state of mind.

If your mind has a rajasic guna, you will be demanding.  You will be royal, positive, and active.  For your goals you may make a war, but it’s a royal thing with a purpose.

If your mind is ruled by the stattvic guna, regardless of conditions, with all things as they are, you will be angelic, and sail through every situation as a saint.  You will be peaceful, tranquil, content, and full of grace, honor, and discipline.  Your personality will be perfectly united with your Spirit, and you will be nothing but radiance.

Your gunas and their qualities of behavior are summarized below.


Personality Split

Angry, Confused, Stupid

Red Spectrum


God as Existence


Rajastic—Earthling Human


Personality Aligned

Demanding, Positive, Active

Yellow Spectrum

Emotional, Commotional

God as companion


Sattvic—Angelic Human


Personality Unified to Spirit

Graceful, Peaceful, Disciplined

Green Spectrum

Intuitive, Sensitive

God as Personal and Present


… In the end, we live without sensitivity and create poverty and insecurity.  We neglect the need to direct and conquer the mind regardless of what we invent and possess.

… We have forgotten our own sensory system and our basic guna of the angelic self.  We react to the environments and act emotionally.  We try to manipulate with emotions and feelings instead of projecting an impact from our Soul.  We do not trust and rely on the angel in us.

All of you can be real, compassionate, and choose to live with altitude.  Then you teach.  One way or another you elevate everyone by your words, actions, and prayers.  If you start to deal only with emotions and feelings and not your heart and self, you will be a tragedy. 

… Real success as a human and as a teacher only comes as you are angelic, as you let go the earth.  Feel the earth.  Exalt the earth.  But do not attach and try to hold to it.  It is against a basic law of God and your Soul.  Have everything, but let it serve your Consciousness.  That is what a teacher is for.  To shake you and wake you.

“Without the Guru, there is darkness and without the Guru, understanding is not obtained.”

Without Guru (the teacher aspect of God) there’s an absolute darkness, and no one will have any awareness.

“If a hundred moons arise and a thousand suns appear, even with such light, there would be pitch darkness without the Guru.”

With all that light, still without Guru there is darkness.  You can read every book and own every house and gem, but without experience of your Soul and fundamental Self, it is worthless.

That is why if you choose to walk on the path of spirit and people look to you, and then you betray your own spirit and basic guna, your fall is enormous.  The pain and disgrace is indescribable.  You just eclipse, and disappear; become remote to your own Soul.  The Guru shows the way.  Otherwise, it is treacherous and complicated by your own mind and impulses and gunas.

… To be happy as a human being you must recognize your basic guna and live to it.  You must have an effective personality.  Your tattvas and gunas must support you.  Your mind needs to project in unisonness the power of your facets to deliver you own angelic self.  You must call on your own spiritual and genetic strength.  You have been given everything you need.




From “The Mind, Its Projections and Multiple Facets” by Yogi Bhajan, PhD with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD, copyright 1998, Kundalini Research Institute, Espanola, NM, USA, p. 53.  Available at

The Beginning of the Era of Happiness!

Published as a SoulAnswer Newsletter, Dec. 6, 2011


“Sometimes you sense when you are caught by your mental intrigues and feel limited and small.  You react and try to expand any way you can.  You may try to blow apart the feeling of limitation by stimulating the mind with drugs or with some type of extreme or extraordinary experience.  That approach just causes more problems and pain.  Anything that pushes you up and out instantly and unnaturally will have a powerful reaction of at least equal force that pulls you down and back in.  Your efforts will backfire.  You can’t become spiritual or wise overnight by some grand effort.  You cannot be impatient and greedy and gobble God like It is a cookie.

To stop the games and mental intrigues and to truly be happy you must develop a consistent attitude of human life in which you can excel above time and space, using your mind at the frequency of your Soul.  That is the attitude of a happy person.  Every other approach and short-cut will prove to be false.  Any approach that relies on holding onto some aspect of finite time and space will fail because time and space constantly change.  Everything that changes will always create duality and paradoxes because of the Law of Polarity and Complementary.  That is why you have a deep and profound instinct to feel the Infinite in you, a spiritual longing.  The One that you all worship and love, and that you want to be is also that which never changes, is beyond time and space, and is always present.”

The first signal that lets you know you are in trouble with your mental intrigues is the feeling that you have to confront your own mind.  It happens when you begin to feel you cannot handle a situation, and suddenly you are here and your mind is over there.  Nobody wants to lose his or her grip on a situation.  It is threatening and you react immediately.  You and your mind confront each other.  The mind is the only tool you have.  Whether you succeed or fail, you do it with your mind.

Recognize that your mind has its own nature, virtues, and mechanisms.  It has both a Positive and a Negative Mind.  Let it have the swings and polarities that come with the play of its parts, but do not allow it to confront you.  When you confront that which gives you your strength, it only creates confusions, weakness, and mistakes.

Instead of confronting it, what should you do?  Train it.  You can train a dog.  You can train parrots to walk a tight-wire and fire a toy gun.  Monkeys are trained to help the disabled; they serve also as the best human assistants.  What about training your mind?  The best approach is to apply the mind.  When you apply the mind, it becomes engaged in the task or the experience you give it, so it won’t confront you.  Talk to your mind.  Create a relationship to apply and engage it.  Tell your mind, “I am the source of God.  I am the Soul within myself.  I am living with the Light of God, therefore you must go with me.”  Create a partnership with your mind.

When you talk to your mind, assess it.  Don’t be anxious or afraid.  As you start talking to it, it will stop working on its other games.  This mind is the biggest game player in the world and it’s right within you.  Once you have a relationship to it, it listens and it cannot play a game to slip something past you or to skip over you.  It cannot do anything to you.  You begin to use it and ultimately to master it.  When you master it you will become masterminded.  That marks the beginning of the era of happiness.


 Avoid Injury to Self!

By Yogi Bhajan

From:  “The Mind.  Its Projections and Multiple Facets” by Yogi Bhajan, PhD with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD, Kundalini Research Institute, Espanola, NM, 1998, pages 20-21.  Chapter 2 “Win the Game of Life,” a lecture by Yogi Bhajan.

Published as a newsletter 10/28/2014 


Your mind can be educated.  Take your mind and start it on a thought. 

Have the thought: “Do I have reverence, or don’t I have reverence?”

Now, I’m telling you how the mind can be educated.  Ask if you have reverence or you don’t.  If you have no reverence, don’t communicate.  Stop right there.  If you do have reverence, then you must revere your thoughts, and that thought must be honored to prevail and command every aspect of your communication.

The creation acts on cause and effect.  It will honor each cause you cause unto Infinity, even if your mind does not.  So ask your mind if you, not your mind, has reverence.  Project a postitive reverence, an eternal respect, for everything whether it is negative and unwanted or positive and desired.  Show the same reality, compassion, and understanding.  If you give reverence to all, the universe will revere you.  Ultimately you will revere and trust your Self.

When you conquer your mind you can listen to wisdom and let it find deep roots in your mind to serve you to come to you whenever you need direction.  You can also speak that wisdom simply.  Such wisdom forms rules for life.  If you listen carefully to simple wisdom, it enriches the mind and opens the heart of your own intuition.  To complete this talk, let’s share some wisdom, some rules to help you live happily and successfully in life.  Rules that help you deal with your mind and the challenges of life.


Ten Principles to Live By and Avoid Injury to Self.

By Yogi Bhajan

1.       If you don’t want enemies, don’t have friends.


2.       Love is not a dove.


3.       Don’t be so sweet that people will want to eat you, or so bitter that people will want to throw you away.


4.       Open the lips, sink the ship.  That means don’t talk unnecessarily.


5.       Excellence, elegance, and grace are the three elements of a human being.  If somebody challenges any of these three in you, avoid that person.


6.       Only show your strengths, not your weaknesses.


7.       If somebody says, “I love you,” wait for the next step.  People use love as a hook.  They say they  love you, but often they’re only out to get something from you.


8.       Trust all for nothing.  Trust everybody.  Expect nothing.  Need nothing.  Want nothing.  Those who trust everybody for nothing, Mother Nature and Heavenly Father will come through, it doesn’t matter what.


9.       Remember your blessings over your weaknesses.


10.   Don’t utter words in friendship that can be used against you in animosity.



Yogi Bhajan on



“If the entire divinity and domain of God sits in the heart of a person, and his longing becomes timeless, then man can develop the capacity to love.”

“Love is a process in which ego is lost and infinity is experienced.”

“Love is a creative energy, an experience of one’s Self within oneself. Love knows no pain—no sacrifice is too much for it. Love is an absolute one-pointed state of mind, focused on the well-being of the other person, who is called lover or beloved.”

“In love we honor. In love we grace people. In love we support. In love we sacrifice. In love we give. In love we elevate. In love we pray.”

“Human love is for one thing only: to love your soul. The Infinite world around you will be in love with you.”

“Man has to live in love—love which is not lust. Love where there is no possession, no slavery of another person. Love which is a giving. Love which is for the sake of love. Love which lasts forever. Love which is a total sacrifice. Love which is more than the grace of God itself. Love which gives a halo around the face of the person. Love through which one can see God in the eyes of the person. Love with which the body shines, the words become sweet, and the communication is absolutely beautiful. That love for which one sacrifices his own life to save a little bit of injury to another person. That love with which one pleasantly and peacefully takes all the pain in his heart to redeem another fellow being. That love can only flow when one knows how to tune into that universal God.”

“The game of love means to identify ourselves as Infinity, not as an individual—that’s the difference. It’s a huge difference, you have to understand today. You cannot identify yourself as an individual. You have to become a very simple, solid, neutral, well-mannered, and loving person.”

“Love is the experience within one’s self of one’s own selflessness; that’s why love is God.”

“Love is the most secure place in an individual. It is very secure, very deep, very curative healing. It has no pain. It’s not limited. The highest state of security of an individual is when a person is in the state of love. It is a consciousness which can penetrate through anything for that thing and nothing can penetrate it.”

“When you feel and experience selflessness within yourself and you can vibrate for someone, then you are fulfilled with love. This is the highest state of individual consciousness.”

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, from


Yogi Bhajan's Formula Regarding Prayer

For prayer to be effective, our frequency must intertwine with the Infinite electromagnetic field, the Creator.

For any progressive contribution made, you must have an absolute connection with the entire psyche of the electromagnetic computerized system: we call God.  You project a certain frequency through your little tiny electromagnetic field to the Universal psyche.  If your signals are correct, the results shall be perfect.

Your signals are called prayers.  As creatures, we send prayers to the Creator.

Prayer means we give attention.  So where we pay attention we will manifest collectively through our communion with the Universal.

When the unkown becomes known to you, a oneness of self with God dwells within and the spirit and faith of this produces a power of consciousness.

It will take only one psyche to send a signal to the master electromagnetic psyche to rearrange the strength and coordinate the fulfillment by that psyche that shall give the victory.”



From a lecture by Yogi Bhajan

Published as Soul Answer Newsletter April 19, 2011

'KRI International Teacher Training Manual, Level 1," copyright Kundalini Research Institute, Espanola, NM, 2003, page 8. 

The time has come of self-value.  And the question is not:  “To be or not to be.”  The statement is:  “To be, to be.”  “I am, I Am.” 

The time has come not to search for God, but to be God. 

Time is not to worship God, but to trust and dwell in the working God.

As this is coming through me, it is cleansing me.  If you are not listening and only hearing, you are not getting it.  But if you are listening, it will go into you.  You have to come to the awareness of how bad and unfortunate we have made this world as ugly as possible, and how beautiful actually God created it. 

We are purely enemies of God, because God within us is in pain, and there is no God outside us. 

Each one is the manifestation of God.  So, it won’t work to create God by making a stone God.  Every grain of sand is god.  And we have to have our subtle body, our sophisticated self to see it.

In reality, you are a bunch of molecules living by the Pranic Body.  You are nothing more, nothing less.  As long as the psyche will not merge in you, equally in balance, you will have no awareness.  Human existence is a combination of the Pranic Body and psyche energy, which is the universe, Prakirti, the creation in proportion.  When you have that state of mind you are clean and clear.  You stop searching:  you start practicing.  The oddness in you becomes even, and your flow becomes as vast as the universe—and sometimes beyond the universe.  You have the authentic reach to yourself.  I don’t want anybody because I want everybody.  This concept is very difficult.  I don’t want to be “I”; I don’t want to be “we.” 

I want to be “just as it is.”

 And my run is with the flow of the psyche of the universe as it takes me, as it moves me, as it desires me.  Man will stop cutting corners and come to a real existence.  And it’s not long from now.

Any person who thinks he is great may be nothing, because the Information Age is so powerful, and so knowable, and so acknowledgeable, and so understandable, that nothing can work.  We will not be competent to cheat each other, but we can help and deal with each other as equal.  There’s no beautiful, no ugly.  The love of existence of our life and of our breathing will be in need of the flow of the psyche in us, therefore we can be a real combination of self within the self. 

And the sensory system which will develop automatically out of us will be our archangel protecting us and glorifying us.


Keep Up!

(Chardi Kala II)


Har, Har, Har, Har.  Meditate on the Name,

As the tears of God’s Love come to your eyes,

The Path will be revealed.

And you’ll see God



Keep going!

Keep up!

Keep walking…





Sing the Nam!

The Music of the Spheres,

And keep on drinking

The Nectar Essence of God!


--YOGI BHAJAN from “Furman Khalsa—Poems to Live By”


Truth Is That Which Has No Fear! 

By Yogi Bhajan

As soon as you do a sadhana*  you will automatically begin to live more righteously and sensitively.  The first sign of that practice is that your “friends” will begin to leave you.


Because who are your friends?  Normally, your friends are friends of your habits.  When you become a friend of your Consciousness and dwell with God, you do not need friends.  You may have many friends.  But how could you be lonely?  How could you feel needy and form connections out of emotions and temperamental reflexes?  That is the Truth.  Can you confront that Truth?  Can you realize and live the Truth?

 Yes!  Because it is all in you, and sadhana*  can bring your mind to your refinement and reality.

Every human being is by nature very honest.  All that dishonesty you see displayed is done out of fear.  In your core reality and nature, there is no such thing as dishonesty.  There is no such thing as lying.  There are many things that have no fundamental existence or necessity.

Now, this is how it works.  When you mix anything in your life with fear, it becomes a non-reality.  That is because fear itself is a non-reality. 

There is nothing foreign, nothing you are not part of, and nothing that is not for you to face.  You always want to know what is true.  It is your instinct. 

Truth is that which has no fear.

 Even a truth spoken in fear is a lie.  When you mix fear with anything it becomes non-reality.  Your mind links with the ego and instantly creates complex fantasy and side paths.  That is why in many spiritual disciplines you have a look, a bana**, that projects your Consciousness, and you are afraid to wear it.  You are afraid you will be controlled and that people will ask you for things, seek you out, and demand your top performance and Consciousness.

That is a basic personality conflict within you.  That conflict is based in fear which is based in non-reality.  When you have this conflict, you do not live a human life.  You live like a bunch of Mr. Fears and Ms. Fears.  All your action and friendships form out of fear, fear, and more fear.  You are not creating from your Truth, out of relaxation, and out of love.

Please understand what I am saying.  When you become honest within yourself and to yourself, before your own Consciousness, there shall not and cannot be any fear. 


*Sadhana—Daily spiritual discipline.  In Kundalini Yoga, the optimum sadhana is done during the Ambrosial Hours or Amrit Vela before sunrise.  It consists of Japji Sahib (a prayer describing true Reality and how to realize it), 45 minutes of a Kundalini Yoga Kriya, 62 minutes of defined chanted meditations called “The Aquarian Sadhana”, and about 30 minutes of hymn singing, prayer and reading of the teaching of the day.

**Bana—method of dressing that signifies one’s spiritual commitment.  With Kundalini Yoga/Sikhism, bana consists primarily of a turban covering uncut hair, beard for men and usually wearing white clothing.


From: “The Mind, Its Projections and Multiple Facets.”  By Yogi Bhajan, PhD, with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD.  Kundalini Research Institute, Espanola, NM 1998.  pp. 103-104.

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Meditation to Eradicate Fear!

This was used in our Soul Answer Newsletter on Dec. 13, 2010