To be a teacher

The MindThe MindYou have to live like gods. You have to be universal. You have to give people hope! God will do the rest, I can assure you. They are lonely to their death and they have nobody to talk to. You should know who you are. The time is now. It will be too late later on. You’ll not be in a position to do anything. There will be so much insanity that you will be only there to save yourself. It is much better to save the humanity now.

Hope is brought to people by people who believe in God and expe­rience God-consciousness. They are the image of hope and they go where there is darkness. One candle is enough to take away dark­ness from a huge area.

Yogi Bhajan Quotes on Teaching

  • A Teacher doesn’t hear—he’s deaf. He doesn’t speak—he’s dumb. He doesn’t see—he’s blind. He just carries the teachings. He never amends them, never adds to them, never subtracts from them. You don’t interpret it; you just respectfully carry it to another, and that to another, and that to another. When you do this, all knowledge will come to you. Everything will dawn on you. Your Teacher will speak in you. Your Teacher will guide in you. 7/22/96
  • Some of you who are sitting here will become great Teachers of the Age of Aquarius. You must understand that you have to build your character first. Care for yourself, be kind to yourself, be compassionate to yourself. That is what you have to do.  4/23/97
  • If you want to become a Teacher of Kundalini Yoga, then your inside and outside both have to be saintly. Then the power of your touch, sight and word must create miracles and will create miracles. 4/24/97
  • Each student who comes to a Teacher is his personal, infinite responsibility. 4/23/97
  • A Teacher has no territory, no jurisdiction, no control, and no communication but the Will of God. He uses his little will, his personal, private will to let God’s Will flow. 4/23/97
  • It’s very important that you should know you and it’s most important that everybody should know you as trustworthy, honorable, graceful, steadfast, serviceful, kind and compassionate. These are a few faculties of a Teacher. 4/23/97
  • A Teacher carries the will of all humanity, plus the Will of God, plus the Self, plus everybody’s destiny. It’s a whole load. 4/23/97
  • Some people think that teaching Kundalini Yoga, the most powerful science of human strength and chakras, is a business. The first thing Jesus did is that he destroyed all those who were trading around the Temple.  4/23/97
  • When the whole world falls, you must stand as a lighthouse. When there comes a great, great destructive typhoon of temptation, you must bless it and walk out of it. 4/23/97
  • My kindness is your death. My kindness means you’ll never be a teacher. Never. My affection is that I totally carve you out and you cannot get defeated by time.  7/20/96
  • You are always afraid of tomorrow. “Should I become a Yoga Teacher? We will be poor. We will die hungry. My spouse will leave me. Da, da, da, da, da, da, da da, da, da, da.” This is what you do. But if you just think, “God has guided me to this. I’m going to grab it,”—unto God it is. Give God a chance to work, then see what happens. April 25, 1997
  • Why are you becoming Teachers? Because it is the highest status in a human life. It is elegant, it is excellent and it is very, very, very, very, very fulfilling. August 1, 1996
  • It doesn’t matter how much I teach you or how much you learn. The role of the Teacher is to elevate another person. April 21, 1997
  • You must know and see and believe and trust you are never an individual. Your “I” is an institution. A Teacher is an institution for help, for service, for raising people’s consciousness, and granting them the Heavens. He’s the guarantor—a Teacher is the guarantor that the other person’s life becomes heavenly. So if you are teaching a class for that ten or fifteen dollars, you are not in the right job. July 22, 1996
  • After twenty-seven years I am teaching the first Teacher’s course. Do you know how I used to pick teachers? “Hey, you two get up. Are you married or not?” “Oh yes, we are married.” “Go to such-and-such a city and start a center there.” And people stood their ground. Some of them are still there, enjoying and being. But now we are teaching how to be a Teacher. Why? Now the Age of Aquarius has come on us. We have to deal with the whole world, so everybody has to have this hands-on work.  That’s why. July 23, 1996
  • So just understand, with the grace of being a Kundalini Yoga teacher there’s a vastness of your heart which must go with it.  July 26, 1996
  • That is the first sign, the first qualification of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher—that he goes through calamity with a radiant smile, he deals with another person with a most humble understanding and he lives in the core relationship of Imperial Majesty. He appears as he appears, in utmost grace, with a bright and beautiful face and he doesn’t look like he belongs to this Earth. He belongs to the Lord because he is the Lord. July 26, 1996
  • First, we identify ourselves: We are, we are. Second, our words should be such that they should cool down any fire, the desperation, the depression of the person. Third, we must have the power to uplift the soul and serve the person, to be graceful. And finally, we must stand pure. July 20, 1996
  • You want to be Teachers. Then you have to rise above all people. You have to rise above yourself also, and then everything becomes minor. What becomes major is the answer to the call of duty. April 21, 1997
  • There’s a foolishness that Kundalini teachers do: they mix so many things—astrology, numerology, tarot cards, yum-yum, yo-yo, bananas-pananas-chananas. They are afraid to cover their head when they teach. They want to be very popular. If you want to sell yourself, sell in the open market, but do not take a profession as a Teacher. Don’t insult this institution. In the end you will be sorry and regret it. The teachings are never for sale, and a teacher never has a price. You are priceless, guaranteed by the One who made this Universe. July 22, 1996

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