108 Inspirational Quotes by Yogi Bhajan

On August 26th each year, the Kundalini Yoga community celebrates the birthday of Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga, who came to the West in 1968 with the intention of teaching this radical and ancient form of yoga openly for the first time in history.

To celebrate his immense contribution to the planet, I thought I’d share 108 of my favourite Yogi Bhajan quotes that inspire me to be the best version of myself every day.

Enjoy them and feel free to share and repost them wherever you feel called to. 

1. “Happiness is your birthright. Live it!” 

2. “I do not believe in miracles, I rely on them.” 

3. “What is the purpose of life? To elevate all, big or small.” 

4. “I did not come to collect students. I came to train teachers.” 

5. “The moment you value yourself, the whole world values you.” 

6. “There are three values; feel good, be good, and do good.” 

7. “We must be guided by faith. If we are guided by fear, we lock ourselves and our expansion.” 

8. “Travel light. Live light. Spread the light. Be the light.” 

9. “Learn one thing today: let the past go. Let it go at any cost. Those who do not forget the past, but remember the past and make it their security will find it very difficult to have a good future.” 

10. “Fighting will not solve any problem; discussion will. Discuss matters, don’t fight over things.” 

11. “Judgement is automatic. But the difficulty is when you do not communicate your judgement to each other […] Therefore, I say to you, judge, but let the other person know what your judgement is. Communicate your ad hoc judgement, hear the other person out, and then come to a mutual understanding. But you can’t stop judging.”

12. “Keep up and you will be kept up.” 

13. “Soul does not relate to mind; mind relates to soul. It’s a one way traffic.” 

14. “The mind becomes a monster when it becomes your master. The mind is an angel when it is your servant.” 

15. “There’s nothing which can be more precious in you than your own relationship with your own consciousness.” 

16. “With the most corrupt person, you can be honest; with the most angry person, you can be cool; and with the most insulting person, you can be graceful. If the balance of your personality and your sensitivity can remain under your control and your projection, you have learned the art of living.” 

17. “In any communication, or in any situation which you cannot confront because it is exaggerating, hot or aggressive, just change your breath. Breathe through the lips instead of through the nostrils. Exhale always through the nostrils. Inhale through the rolled lips and make it slow and long. It will slow everything as required. It will increase your sensitivity. It will give you 10 times more projection over the person you are talking to.” 

18. “What is God? In reality it is your own positive self, your higher Self, your universal Self, the Self which knows no defeat, the Self which can rise again and again and again like a wave in the ocean.” 

19. “As a healer, the first thing to tell every patient is to breathe deeply. Shallow breathing means no endurance, no patience.” 

20. “Prayer is when the mind is one-pointed and man talks to Infinity. Meditation is when the mind becomes totally clean and receptive, and Infinity talks to the man.”

21. “It is not meditation that stops the mind. It is the surrender of the mind to the soul, and the soul to Truth. It is when you prefer the word of Truth to the word of your own intellect.”

22. “When you don’t go within, you go without.” 

23. “If your presence doesn’t work, neither will your word.” 

24. “In-grown anger is like an in-grown hair. The pain it creates in life is unbearable.” 

25. “Fake it. You will make it, but you have to believe it.” 

26. “Be the answer, not the question.” 

27. “Your job is to control yourself. Your job is to discipline yourself. Your job is to deal with everything in life with affection, love and kindness.”

28. “Consult your spirit, your soul, on everything.” 

29. “Be the altar, not the alternative.” 

30. “You are very powerful, providing you know how powerful you are.” 

31. “If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time cease to react at all.”

32. “Three mantras you should never say: (1) I don’t know. (2) I’m not ready. (3) I can’t do it.” 

33. “What is a lie? Truth spoken in fear. Just realize that truth spoken in fear is nothing but a lie. And how many of you lie? Everybody. Whoever speaks in fear, lies.” 

34. “If you give your word, let the entire universe fall before you, but let your word stand.” 

35. “Kundalini Yoga was made for householders. It was not for the upper class. It was developed so that any household can successfully process through life with absolute dignity, divinity, and identity.”

36. “Love without trust is a river without water.” 

37. “It isn’t life that matters, it’s the courage you bring to it.” 

38. “We are not asking you to become religious. We are definitely asking you to become spiritual. for God’s sake, find your soul. Find out where you have come from, what you are doing here, and where you are going. Look at the map of your life.”

39. “You have to be you and that can only happen if you love yourself.” 

40. “Within us lives the most calm, serene lake of wisdom, the most beautiful, powerful pond of kindness, compassion and clarity.  Let us understand and let us dive into it within ourselves.”

41. “When you do not consciously relate to your body, your mind does not relate consciously to you.” 

42. “Every happening is a lesson, a message.” 

43. “Meditation is nothing but taking a mental shower.” 

44. “Your mind is your servant, your body is your vehicle and your soul is your residence.” 

45. “If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.” 

46. “Make yourself so happy so that when others look at you they become happy too.” 

47. “Have wisdom in your actions and faith in your merits.” 

48. “Hope is not a prediction of the future, it’s a declaration of what’s possible.” 

49. “When you speak, it should be as if Infinity is speaking.” 

50. “Our purpose in this life is to live in higher consciousness and to teach others to live in higher consciousness.” 

51. “The question is, “Are you spiritual or are you not?” The truth is you are. The reality is you don’t believe it”

52. “Teacher is not a great popular person. They teach what they know and make people better than them. Teacher must create a student better than him or her. Otherwise that person is not a teacher but a preacher. There are tons and thousands of preachers.”

53. “The fundamental law of truth is that it penetrates through all darkness.” 

54. “Friendship means only one thing: you don’t create fences around you, but try to remove fences from the life of another person.”

55. “Why is meditation essential? By meditating we take our garbage out.”

56. “If you only know one kriya, then share that. Just be humble, teach it. Every student is a teacher.”

57. “If you give your Self a chance, your Self will give you all the chances.” 

58. “If you are happy, happiness will come to you because happiness wants to go where happiness is.” 

59. “Love is the ultimate state of human being where compassion prevails and kindness rules.” 

60. “The fact is that there is nothing more beautiful, more worthy or more conscious than you.” 

61. “You cannot make your life a reaction to others; you must make your life your own.” 

62. “The soul is a continuous source of yourself. The body and mind are given to you to serve the soul.” 

63. “The moment you touch your soul, you become fearless.” 

64. “The known formula for happiness is: Commitment will give you character. That will give you dignity. That will give you divinity. That will give you grace. That will give you the power to sacrifice. Then you’ll feel achieved, and you’ll be happy.”

65. “If you do not understand that life is there to challenge you with every breath of life, you do not understand living. If you do not challenge your life yourself, somebody else will challenge it.”

66. “Yoga is not going to make you great. Yoga is going to make you you!” 

67. “Life is a chance to commit, and commitment means to go through it, to complete it. It is an experience.” 

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

69. “Love is a self-acknowledgement. When I love myself, I can be so rich that I can love everybody.”

70. “By construction, the fulfillment of a woman is motherhood; and motherhood does not mean that she gets pregnant and delivers a baby. If you understand her total behavior, you will understand her motherhood. Her motherhood is service, her motherhood is sacrifice, her motherhood is relationship. When she knows motherhood, she is fulfilled.”

71. “You believe the woman is a doormat. I believe woman is the door to God. You believe woman is the chick and I believe she is the eagle. Her sway and her grace is keeping the earth in its own place.” 

72. “In your commitment is your essence of your flow of spirit. In your commitment you know who you are. Without commitment, you do not know who you are.” 

73. “The process of growth through Kundalini Yoga is a natural unfolding of your own nature. The blocks to that growth are your attachments to the familiarity of the past, and your fear of the expanded Self. As you practice Kundalini Yoga you will grow. Like a snake you will need to shed old skins to be more of who you are.” 

74. “Elevate. Each day, live to elevate yourself, each day elevate one person. Make elevation your religion and you shall reach infinity.”

75. “Service is when you totally don’t feel like serving; you’re tired, you’re jet-lagged, you’re obnoxious, you’re very, very angry; and still you go into the kitchen and you make a good dish and you say, “Are you hungry? I made this for you”-that’s called serving.”

76. “Seva means doing a service, a service with no return. That is how grace gets multiplied, when you are not seeking any return.”

77. “The problem with you is, you want to be appreciated all the time, but you do not know to appreciate all the time.” 

78. “No two people really know each other before marriage because it takes about seven years to know each other, another seven to understand each other, another seven to live with each other and another seven to enjoy each other.”

79. “The power of prayer can bring peace to the earth and peace to the heart.” 

80. “Knowledge, happiness, purity and piety cannot be achieved from outside. They are always within you.”

81. “If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to know something, teach it.” 

82. “You surrender to a lot of things which are not worthy of you. I wish you would surrender to your radiance… your integrity… your beautiful human grace.”

83. “The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful—great and full—that you are alive, and you enjoy it.”

84. “Recognize the other person is you.” 

85. “There is a way through every block.” 

86. “When the time is on you start, and the pressure will be off.” 

87. “Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.” 

88. “Vibrate the cosmos and the cosmos shall clear the path.” 

89. “You are not insecure because of outside pressure. You are insecure because the inside cannot meet the outside.”

90. “We are willing to go to university of six years, specialize for two years, and write our PhD thesis for two years about how the wind blows, how cockroaches live or how monkeys play. But we never spend time on who we are and how we want to be.”

91. “When you meditate, the subconscious starts releasing the garbage. Mantra is the soap that cleans it.”

92. “Humans don’t change, the world changes around them. A human will change the world, world will never change the human.”

93. “Make just one knowledgeable, personal decision, that you shall not walk into any environment or any action that does not enhance your grace. You will never be disgraced, no matter what the world does to you.”

94. “Laugh because that is your purpose in life. Love because that is what you came here for. Shine because that is important. Share because it is demanded of you.”

95. “I’m your teacher. I always will want more. I have a bottomless hunger for your excellence.”

96. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” 

97. “We are not born to judge each other; we are born to know each other; we are born to love each other. We have not come here to kill each other; we have come here to serve each other.” 

98. “There lies the whole Universe, if you just don’t react. Think of all the energy that we waste being jealous, being neurotic, talking negatively, competing and comparing in a very negative way—these are not essential things of life.”

99. “If money is lost, nothing is lost. If health is lost, something is lost. If character is lost, everything is lost.”

100. “Who are you? You are a “hu-man being”. “Hu” means spirit, the light. “Man” means mental. Now you are the spirit of your mind. You are the bright light of yourself. That’s your identity.”

101. “Life is one simple challenge. Act, don’t react. Calm yourself and claim yourself. When you reflect like a torch for a long distance, it takes away the darkness.”

102. “Whenever you are secure, be grateful. When security comes without gratitude it becomes tragedy. Nobody will teach you this part. With security, remember to be humble.”

103. “There is no fun in exposing anybody. The action of a person will always expose him. That is why people of God don’t defend themselves. They are defended by God because they defend God.”

104. “When the heart gets into prayer, every breath of the heart creates a miracle.”

105. “All things come from God. All things go to God. This is the ultimate truth, which you must understand and you must believe and you must trust.” 

106. “Don’t expect life will treat you nicely if you do not treat life nicely.”

107. “The fact is, nobody can control anybody. All you can do is flow with each other like rivers and streams and end up in the same ocean.”

108. “What is the purpose of this life? To be happy. We have to be happy that we have inner conflicts and we clean them out every day. Every day you make your bed. You sleep in your bed; you have to make your bed. Right? So you live. There are conflicts. Conflict comes from all sides of the angle, triangle, chakras, etc. But you are beyond it. Conflicts have come to test your purity and piety, your unison-ness, your grace, and your reaction to it.”

There you have it; 108 of my favourite quotes from Yogi Bhajan! Feel free to share this post with anyone who you feel might benefit from it. And before you go, I’d love to hear from you: which quotes are your favourite? Tell me in the comments section below!