Yogi Bhajan: Moxie Orthodoxy

Siri Singh Sahib JiIf you look closely at some lectures that the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan, gave, especially late in his life, a different view of his reality is sometimes revealed. Sometimes like Guru Nanak, and often like the 3rd Guru, Guru Amar Das, all the sugar coating is removed and straight spirituality is expressed.

I’ve noticed that most people just mask over these teachings rather than take them all to heart. Well, that’s the way we all grow, albeit too slowly. Our beloved teacher is sometimes pure “spirituality unplugged,” It’s been my experience that he sometimes talked like this so that if the student looked closely enough, there was no doubt about what was ultimately expected.

In these direct lectures, the Siri Singh Sahib taught that many claim many things, and many others would listen to these claims. Many will believe their own grandeur, so there’s no discussing anything with them. That’s not who we are. So long as we remember that we are nothing but blessed with the humility to know that we’re just really lucky to have found a lifestyle which has granted us an understanding beyond the ordinary, beyond the beyond. For Sikh’s, the way to this understanding is ultimately through an orthodox form of our lifestyle. I know that the word “orthodox” is charged, but let’s not through the baby out with the bathwater.

What do you think the Guru means when he says, (paraphrased) ‘The more you do my will, the more is forgiven, until all is forgotten?’ Do you understand what this means? It means that if we don’t turn from the truth, the Guru’s words, serving His will is the only way to go. Everything else is worthless. I understand that this is hard to take. It’s not about what we want, that’s the trap. It’s always about what the Guru wants, period!

But, if our life truly depends upon hearing this, then, in spite of the pain it creates, shouldn’t we just be willing to hear it and give ourselves an alternative way in life? Isn’t this what’s best for us? I know that a lot of you don’t think you’re capable of becoming a real servant of the Guru - it’s just too much to ask, the commitment is too great. Either family, work, other needs get in the way. And, really, at some level, who does think they are worthy. Very few, that’s who. It’s a natural occurrence.

This is where trust is tested. Do you believe that you’ll be given everything necessary to overcome any tests on your way to your goal because your goal is to serve the Guru better and better? And, there right there is the answer. You don’t have to be the best servant in the world to be a servant, all you have to do is to sincerely practice to be a little better servant each day. That’s it! It doesn't matter where you live, where you’re at spiritually, where priorities lay, just begin and continue to serve as you can, and do it better each day.

That’s the secret. Keep up sincerely practicing. Never give up. Just do this one thing. This one thing straightens out every other thing. It is a magic thing. Practice living the teachings and the legacy a little better each day through service to Guru ji’s will, trust that your practice brings the Guru’s magic and joy into your life, and experience the reality of true orthodoxy.

Conclusion: Orthodoxy ( is adherence to correct or accepted creeds, especially in religion...a belief or a way of thinking that is accepted as true or correct ) in it’s true, compassionate, and tolerant form is divine; orthodoxy in it’s false, inflexible, intolerant, and controlling form is a living hell. So, blessedly, our lifestyle teaches compassion, and tolerance in is orthodoxy - we’re practicing the correct form of orthodoxy.

The raw view of our teacher’s reality is actually his great teaching gift to his students. When he speaks directly, Guru Nanak says, “O Nanak, speaking bland words, the body and mind become bland… The character-less person is discarded in the Court of the Lord. Those who are false within, and honorable on the outside, are very common in this world… Even though they may bathe at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage, still, their filth does not depart.”

Guru ji makes it quite clear that a common life is rarely seen as such by those who live it. An uncommon life is rare commodity, period. Guru says to not fool yourself into thinking you’re something you’re not. Wise up! You’re nothing except lucky. Lucky to be blessed to have everything needed to live an uncommon, a royal life, filled with continued grace, gratitude, devotion and love. Stay tuned,

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