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The Earth-Its phys­i­cal state

Excerpts from a lec­ture by Yogi Bha­jan on Decem­ber 11, 1990

Every drop of water wasted costs energy, every extra light costs energy. All that energy has to be pro­duced. One-third of the energy is wasted. The result is that we are pol­lut­ing the planet Earth. Our oceans are pol­luted, our rivers and lakes are pol­luted, and God bless us, our air is pol­luted. We have no self-control and the way we are liv­ing on this planet, the way we are cut­ting the forests, the way we are wast­ing the land, in one hun­dred years we will reach our doomsday.

I was in Moscow last year. We were about eight hun­dred peo­ple: three hun­dred reli­gious peo­ple; three hun­dred peo­ple of the government—senators, con­gress­men, leg­is­la­tors, polit­i­cal peo­ple; and two hun­dred sci­en­tists from all over the world. We gath­ered in Moscow, we talked for five days. The sci­en­tists kept telling us that if we do not act right now, we will never be in a posi­tion to recu­per­ate the Earth. We have reached a point beyond dan­ger. We all under­stood it. We came back home. Every­where in Amer­ica and all over the world there was Earth Day. One Sun­day it was cel­e­brated and news­pa­pers car­ried the sto­ries. The next day there were the same old habits, the same waste of energy, the same waste of water, the same pol­lu­tion. Do you under­stand that in two hun­dred years the United States has become a garbage pit? It’s a lot of land and a lot of resources; and lot of things are gone. It is sur­pris­ing how much pol­lu­tion has taken place.

Life has become noth­ing but smoke. Mankind needs a lot of strength. What is hap­pen­ing? We do not have our per­pet­ual strength.

Excerpts from a lec­ture by Yogi Bha­jan on April 23, 1990

I saw a very beau­ti­ful, yel­low vel­vet cloth in the garbage and I pulled and I pulled and I pulled and out it came, on and on and on. It was shock­ing to me. I made a very beau­ti­ful yel­low robe out of it, and it’s fan­tas­tic! I mean, I have many robes so it must be a spe­cial robe, because I still wear it some­times. Today that vel­vet is not made, it’s not avail­able, and it was the most costly vel­vet of its time. So what I mean is this: here we know one thing, dump. Dump the hus­band, dump the brother, dump the father, dump the mother, dump the fam­ily, dump the things—dump. We have only one word in the United States—dump. In real estate they say, “Loca­tion, loca­tion, loca­tion.” In the United States, they say, “Dump, dump, dump.” I came here to say, “Pump, pump, pump; up and up and up and up.” For us, we live by the moral, eth­i­cal rules and bylaws; life does not wait for man­made laws. Life is a vibra­tion, con­sciously lived or uncon­sciously ignored.

Excerpts from a lec­ture by Yogi Bha­jan on August 17, 1989

A very coura­geous man, a very strong man, a very real man can talk about peace. Peace doesn’t mean to just talk about peace, peace means we have to put all the pieces together and get to one pic­ture. It’s a song of vic­tory, it’s a song of God, it’s a song of real­ity. And as I have said, until this Earth stops revolv­ing, if those born of a woman don’t know how to respect woman, there shall be no peace. Just imag­ine that Mother Earth is a woman. What have we done to it? We our­selves do not know. What are we going to do to it? We are not going to know.

Our souls are in pain. Our souls are part of our tragedy, and Mother Earth is cry­ing in vain. That is the song of real­ity. And we are still gos­sip­ing and boast­ing; that is our insan­ity, and we call our­selves human, the light of God. We do not remem­ber our per­son­al­ity. Today is one day when you have hon­ored me by com­ing here and par­tic­i­pat­ing with me in the name of Almighty God, who out of His many boun­ti­ful bless­ings, gave us the planet Earth which we have raped, abused, misused—and we are not stop­ping. We are not at peace with Mother Earth, we are not at peace with envi­ron­ments, we are not at peace with our­selves, we are not at peace within our­selves. The time has come when we must all wake up to a sim­ple real­ity: with­out peace what else are we?

Every­thing about you will be taken care of. Sim­ple. And once you start your day with some­thing good and nice like that, then you will go on under that rhythm for the whole day. With­out prayer you are weak. You are not com­plete. We feel empty no mat­ter how many pos­ses­sions we have if we do not fully pos­sess our self. That empti­ness comes to us because we have not got the inflow of the unknown into the known of us. It is that com­bi­na­tion we are seek­ing as humans. It is that com­bi­na­tion that makes us fail­ures or makes us successful.

I am a human being with cer­tain known pow­ers. There is a cer­tain known con­cept of mind. And there is a cer­tain unknown con­cept of mind which is my reserve, which is right behind me all the time. Prayer is tap­ping energy from my own unknown. When­ever you want to reach your own unknown you pray. And the only chan­nel through which your own unknown can reach you for help is the power of your own prayer. Prayer is not talk­ing to God.

Those who see what­ever is hap­pen­ing around them and what­ever is around them as God, are always tapped into their known and unknown. There are those who are only tapped into their cloud. Yeah, that is a cloud up there. You know it, and I know it. But who brought that cloud? And who made the sky blue? …God is so great that whoso­ever touches that great­ness must appre­ci­ate it. And that appre­ci­a­tion of God is prayer. Prayer is your con­cept of appre­ci­at­ing the infin­ity of God which is your unknown. It is a rela­tion­ship right here. Between the known and the unknown there is a rela­tion­ship, an appre­ci­a­tion of the unknown, the vast­ness, and the cre­ativ­ity. “Gimme a car, a Mazda. I am your good son.” That is not prayer.

Learn to call on your­self. Learn to be your­self. Learn to vibrate. That’s one good thing we all can learn. Let us become prayer­ful in atti­tude. Then God will bless you in every field, what­ever your field is. It’s just a mat­ter of prac­tice. Once this prac­tice is estab­lished in you, you shall not have a prob­lem. The only prob­lem is when you stand against your­self… You must reach out for your­self. All other pow­ers are use­less if you don’t have your own power. And the power of your soul is the most pure power. Let the vibra­tion go out of you… [From your heart, not your head!] It is your prayer. It will meet all chal­lenges unto Infin­ity. Let your soul touch the unlim­ited shores.
From The Aquar­ian Teacher: Con­scious Communication.


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