In the next 12 to 14 years you will be needed by the world. It does not matter who one is today, or to whom one belongs; peoples’ minds are going to go empty. In the Piscean Age, the main need was for knowledge, for creative legacy. That’s why in the Piscean Age sex was taboo; it was monitored, matured, glorified. Sex and sensuality were considered the primary attractions. Beauty was physical, and people pursued each other.
But the time is changing; people are looking toward fulfillment of the self through purity and piety, individuality, and reality. They don't want to practice duality anymore. Sex will not be the attraction. A sensory system will develop; a new system in which the individual will find himself or herself complete.
Everybody will have access to all knowledge. With the push of a button you will be able to get any information you want. The whole world will be at your disposal. The obsession with sex will have no place. One will not look for satisfaction through physical intercourse. It will be automatic that one will find satisfaction through the self-sensory system, which people will develop in the coming 50 years. The foundation is being laid now because the cusp period is 1991 to 2012 for the Age of Pisces to go and for the Age of Aquarius to come. We have already gone through nine of these twenty-one years. [Note: As of early 2012 we are in year twenty-one.]
What is this personal sensory system? There will be no need for cosmetic makeup. Men and women are going to reach out with such dignity, such devotion, such an elevated loftiness of self, and the beauty of the human character will be so bewitching, that not only will the ones who are willing be enjoying and realizing, but also their realization will be so profound that no destructive temptation by another person will work.
The Piscean Age was the ugliest Age—an era in which the female was rooted out from her roots and exploited to the brink and to the brim by men. The male/female relationship didn't have any strength. It didn't have any character. It didn't have any taste. So females in the past century gave birth to some of the most fearful, insecure, impotent, or oversexed men, and sexual disorder was worse than ever before in the past 3,000 years.
The men whom you called great in the last century wanted to indulge in the power of destruction. That's why we created the atom bomb, the hydrogen bomb, smart bombs, we had two wars; and we killed more people in the name of religion than anything else. And religion did not become reality, but an ugly fanaticism.
The ironic thing that happened in this last century is that man started finding God outside himself. Man forgot that God is the working God, “Karta Purkh,” which Nanak, the first Sikh Guru, said works and breathes in us. It's part of us; it's not separate. We were blind to God's presence everywhere.
Today we have become limited, small, squeezed to a point of just physical existence. We have little quality, quantity, character, and commitment. Our character is mostly inconsistent. We often say things that are not true.
We do the most detrimental thing on this planet. In order to build a tower that surrounds the individual—like adding to how many houses, how many boyfriends, how much money we have—we end up on dirt, a termite heap of dirt.
In character we have become very shallow. We talk about how many TV sets we have, how much bigger our TV set is, how many cars we have. You won't hear a person talking about how much satisfaction, how much containment, how much contentment, how much character, or how much realization he has.
What you hear these days is, "Who had sex with whom?” “Who wants who?” “Who chased who?” “Who is nude?” “Who is more nude?” Do you understand? There's a competition going on. You see our magazines; it's a human joke. When a race of humans starts making a mockery of themselves openly and obnoxiously, nothing is sacred. So this is the state of affairs, and it has to go on for twelve more years of this cusp period [as of the year 2000].
The Age of Aquarius will be the Age of experience, in which people of experience will be liked, respected, worshipped, talked to, and understood. It's not a matter of how old you are or how young you are or how white you are or how black you are.
Religion, as it has been known, has become absolutely obsolete. In the past 5000 years religion has been teaching you to redeem your soul. The soul is already redeemed. What you should redeem is not being true to your words, not true to your commitment, not true to your character. That's what you should redeem.
The majority of people in the world are nothing but show business. You put on a show. And today even spirituality is nothing but a show. No human believes that they are a fact of life, a fact of existence, that they are real, that they are born in the image of God. The most magnificent Allah, most infinite God Jehovah, the most pure wise Lord Buddha, whatever you want to call God, has created you in His own image. So God in the New Age is called “He-She-It”—He, She, and It. Understand that this is the totality of God.
The fact is that there is nothing more beautiful, more worthy, or more conscious than you. The time has come for 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. The 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 it is that 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. 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 in equal balance, you will have no awareness. Human existence is a combination of the pranic body and the energy of the psyche (which is the Universe—Prakritee, 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. Men and women will stop cutting corners and come to a real existence. And it will not be 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 we will not be competent to cheat each other—nothing like that can work. But we can help and deal with each other as equals. There's no beautiful, no ugly.
The love of existence, of our lives, 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 that will develop automatically out of us will be our archangel protecting us and glorifying us.
Those who hustle and hassle and move and want will suffer. They will not get what they want. Now the time has come that we will have a meditative mind to wait and see what comes to us. Our minds will direct us to work toward the right channels. And we will meet the right people.
Our future is now, and our presence is our purity. We don't have to purify ourselves; we are pure. We simply have to stop making it ugly by diversion, by concoctions, by stories, and by creating meaningless romance and fantasy, and imagining things that are zero. We'll master ourselves through our service, through our character, through our commitment, and through the most powerful thing that we have—our grace. Our individual grace is the most wanted quality today. And our projection, which will give us satisfaction, fulfillment, and exaltation, is our nobility. We will act nobly, graciously, kindly, and compassionately. These are our essential features.
Our creativity will be our sensory system. And through this sensory system we will be overflowing with energy, touching the hearts of people and feeling their feeling, and filling their emptiness. We will act gratefully and our flow will fulfill the gratefulness in the hearts of others. It will be a new relationship. We will create a new humanity that will have the new sensory system, and thus we will establish the Age of Aquarius. This is the fundamental character you have to learn by heart.
© 2000 The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
This lecture excerpt was previously published in Aquarian Times, May 2009.