Life with Yogi Bhajan - Bluechip Leadership

Siri Singh Sahib JiSat Nam Dear Family,

I’ve been thinking about leadership for years. I’ve read books about it. I’ve seen lectures about it. I’ve even written about it. And I watched our teacher exemplify and model leadership impeccably. He said : “If you want to know something, study it; if you want to learn something, write about it; if you want to master something, teach it.”

I can think of many definitions of leadership and they would not be wrong, I’m just saying that I’ve come to the conclusion that leadership should first be defined by the maintenance of the purity of the teachings. Spirituality, consciousness and competence come next. These must all be satisfied to join the club of leadership.

On our blessed path, first, foremost, and always, the leadership must maintain through the purity of the legacy. That’s easier said than done. Nevertheless, it’s especially important for a spiritual entity. It’s way too easy to get off track. Purity of the teachings, the legacy, and the organization is the first and last order of business.

The question becomes, how is this purity continued? At first, it seems a simple task. It is anything but. Our egos get in the way. We think we know better. We think it’s our turn. We think we’ll keep up with the times. We think, we think, we think… When it comes to purity, thinking is not the answer, obedience is!

This morning in Sadhana Gurdwara we sang the Shabad :Waaho Waaho Saachae Mai Thaeree Taek with the repeating verse:
“ Waaho! Waaho! . Great! Great is my True Lord! I seek Your All-powerful Support. I am a sinner. You alone are pure.” Siri Guru Granth Sahib Page 153

Here the Guru is reminding us that our purity is up to him, we’re not capable. So, the more we rely on Him, the more pure our legacy is. Our teacher relied on the Guru for everything. This guaranteed his legacy as that of the purity of the Guru. It’s up to us to continue this linage. Once again the Guru has reminded us, it’s not about us, it’s about Him.

The first step in leadership requires no thinking. In fact, thinking becomes a detriment. All that’s required is a leadership which understands the purity and continues to practice living this purity of the lifestyle of our Gurus sincerely. That’s it. Without this, purity fades and fails. If it fails, it fails all those who come after; all those who counted on us and hungered, longed, and prayed to follow the legacy in it’s purity. We must not fail the future generations, period!

The good news is that our organization’s purity is not up to us. Our impurities will not come into play if we are committed to the teachings, the legacy, as is. This is the direction of Yogi Bhajan, the Siri Singh Sahib, and the purity is on his shoulders. Wide and strong, his shoulders are our benchmark.

So, this has become my duty as Chief of Protocol. Let us all keep asking the questions: Who knows the legacy? Who is living the protocol? That’s my initial criteria for purity. That is my criteria for leadership.

Stay tuned,

In the Humility of Service and Gratitude,
MSS Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa
Chief of Protocol