MASTER THE POISONS!
From Yogi Bhajan Himself
July 9, 2019 & November 6, 2007
“There are five things which are bad. One is lust, another is anger, the third is greed, then there is attachment and pride. They come from Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. You can't get rid of those five things, because those five things come from the five elements, and you are the product of those five elements. So, all these tattvas*, these five elements have some essence.
“Kaam” is desire. (Lust/Water) Kaamanaa is the reference to the self-reverence. So, you learn through the experience of a yogi that Kaam should be converted into Kaamanaa. You can't get rid of it. Don't misunderstand that you can blame and say it is bad. What is bad about it? It is what it is. Without that desire, you cannot reach. But you can desire desirelessness. To be desireless, is a desire. So, you can convert desire into desirelessness. What are the benefits? Catch-22. If you desire the desirelessness and you perfect it, you don't have to desire; desireability will be yours. Your ability to get all desireability, and produce it in your environments, is granted. Very good deal.
“Krodh” is what you have from fire. You have anger. Mostly you get angry. If you do not get angry, people make you angry. The only times that you become truthful are when you are absolutely insensitively and sensitively in a passionate love, when you are in utmost fear, or when you are angry. These are the times that you come out without reservation, because when you are practicing anger, you are practicing insanity. At that time, you have no sense of metabolism, you have no sense of self-protection, you have no sense of anything.
So, anger is very consuming. Anger makes you less than a human, and more of a beast. But on the other hand, if you divert this anger toward your weaknesses, you'll be perfect. In essence you get angry if you do not do what is correct. So, anger was meant for self-purification. It was not meant to burn others.
Then third was greed: “Lobh.” (Earth) You want. You want beautiful things, you want sex, you want a partner, you want a soul mate, God knows how many stories you have made about yourself. But you want. It's very uncomfortable that you keep on wanting everything. But if you get diverted into one want, use your greed to live extremely greedily with the goal that you will not be greedy, then all of nature will serve you. You will have all. Nature will give you all that you need.
Now comes attachment: “Moh.” (Air) Well, you can be attached to me, you, us, all, none. And you can be attached to your neuroses, which normally 99.9 percent of us are. People are very neurotic. They circulate their life like a wheel, with the hub as self- neurosis. But out of the self-neurosis, if you become insane enough, neurotic enough, in love enough to attach yourself to Infinity, you can, from that mental swing, reach God on both sides. It's very simple.
“Ahangkaar”: pride. (Ether) You will boast; you will be prideful. You will feel others as inferior, yourself as superior. So, you'll play the game of inferiority and superiority complexes. You live a life of complexes and everything you do has a complex. So, you are very divided into pigeonholes. You do not know how to get out of it. But what is there which you cannot get out of? Let us be very sensitive about it.
You can be very proud and grateful and gracious that you have this chance of time and space. "I should be very grateful that I have time with you, and I have space with you. I can be very proud that my name is spiritual, guiding, reminding, going. "So many things your self-pride can give you. But if you do not compete and compare yourself with others and confuse yourself, you can be marvelous. So, all that there is, is Self-Realization. But basically, your fulfillment is not because of your insecurity. Because with that insecurity you are handicapped, and people see it.
*Tattwas: The energetic "building blocks" or ingredients of matter or substance—Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Ether.
BALANCE THE POISONS WITH THE BANIS*:
Jap Ji Sahib balances ether & pride
Jaap Sahib balances air & attachment
Anand Sahib balances fire & anger
Rehiraas Sahib balances water & lust
Kirtan Sohila balances earth & greed
*The Banis are the five powerful Sikh prayers that are recited at specific times of the day.
Lust: Instead of being lustful to exploit new bodies, a man can see in a woman, not an object of exploitation, but a mother or sister image to be respected. He can change his attitude from exploitation to service.
Anger: Instead of directing anger at others, be angry at your own negativity.
Greed: Instead of being greedy to possess things, be greedy to spread truth to all people: to possess a higher caliber; and to become a great saint or a great teacher.
Pride: Instead of being an egomaniac, identify yourself with the Infinite. Have pride and gratitude that God made you a human.
Attachment: Instead of being attached to earthly possessions, be attached to the value of the whole universe! Be attached to the idea of a healthy, happy, holy life; and not to wanting to see people suffer.
(From the Teacher's Manual).
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