1. Learning is not a Weakness
Time and space and breath of life are the living trinity of life. Every process is a moment; every moment is a process. Learning is to gain wisdom. It gives a grip on our discipline and the disciple becomes the Master. Master creates the legacy; legacy lives forever; mortal becomes immortal. Oh Yogi, life is a living chance forever.
2. If Somebody is Avoiding Reaching Out to You, You Reach Out
(Knowing is the Knowledge)
If the head has gone cold and the heart has gone frozen, if hatred in somebody has eaten up the heat of life and there is no warmth coming to you, but still the body is vibrating and the breath of life is keeping it warm—reach out and melt away all the coldness through your humor and boldness, so that the flower of friendship can blossom and you can enjoy the fragrance. Oh Yogi, this is knowingness.
3. Be the Altar—Not the Alternative
Between time and space there is a place that is the altar of human legacy. Each individual must identify this altar and worship it. It will give personality, purpose and prosperity. Any alternative to this is to lose the gratefulness, the grace and the glow of life. Oh Yogi, this is the sacred secret of prosperity.
4. Let Your Manners Speak for You, Let Your Deeds Prove You and Let Your Deliverance Impress You
Everyone has a mission. Every mission has a magnitude. To fulfill and deliver the essence of magnitude, one requires manner and attitude. When one does it with devotion and conviction, success comes from all sides. Oh Yogi, this is the sacred secret of success.
5. Work Never Waits—Those Who Wait Have Not Started Yet
Nobody can stop time. Time creates the space. We move between longitude and latitude. It is the attitude that works out and completes every work for us. Oh Yogi, this is the sacred secret of deliverance.
6. Excuses, Avoidance, and Delays Will Not Stop the Consequences
Every sequence will have consequences. Every action will have reacti. Every start will have finish. Every beginning will have end. Our insecurity delays our achievement. Our excuses show our weakness, and our delay lays the foundation of frustration. The Perfect One, God Almighty, made us perfect to face every challenge and be a victor. As every artist wants to see his art the best, so our divinity wants us to conquer our duality. Oh Yogi, this is the sacred secret of victory.
7. Pros and Cons: Check Properly—It will Save You from Con Games
Play no games. Get straight to the strategy and establish the state and status with your statesmanship. Reach out to everyone with a diplomatic art and loving communication. Oh Yogi, this is the sacred secret of winning friends.
8. Be a Statesman and a Diplomat
lf you have a longing to belong, love and reverence are your handy tools to build a leadership to sail through the stormy ocean, and you enter the port of peace and tranquility. Oh Yogi, this is the sacred secret of leadership.
9. Your Individuality, Your Attire and Your Attitude—That Counts Above All
You must have vitality to create virtues. You must have values to honor virtues. Your honorable performance will give people trust. Your reverence and love give people belief in you, and your honesty and character will give people faith in you. Oh Yogi, this is the sacred secret of creating lasting memory of self or memorial in the heart of others.
10. Act Three Ways—Action, Support, Cover
(Must Include Safe Place for Retreat)
Every action has a reaction that is equal and opposite. What comes, goes. What is born must die. But the wisdom is to create a legacy that is perpetual, everlasting guidance for all. Every action force in a strategy must have a cover force and a support force and a place of retreat to take care of the casualties. With that planning, one can reach fulfillment. Oh Yogi, this is the sacred secret of joy and happiness in life.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan