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Learning to Bless

By Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa, Editor & Creative Director, Kundalini Research Institute, New Mexico, USA

Yogi Bhajan closed his classes with a blessing, a word or two that would elevate and uplift each individual and the group as a whole. One of his well-known blessings was, “Peace to all, Light to all, Love to all.” Like the sun, his blessing shined on everyone. He didn’t discriminate between friend or stranger, ally or enemy, devoted student or slanderer; he was a yogi. He lived above the polarity and blessed everyone whose path he crossed.

Learning to bless is one of our primary challenges as teachers. Before we can bless others, we have to clear our own duality. In order to bless, we must be a clear channel for the Infinite. Any remaining shadows must be swept away so that the clear light of consciousness can shine through. Also, we must learn to bless ourselves before we can bless others. This can be a daunting task. The negativity from our past or the lack of self-esteem from our childhood can make the thought of blessing ourselves untenable. To be able to bless all, we must see the God in all—even in ourselves: “If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.”

Meeting this challenge and overcoming this block becomes our greatest gift, for in blessing ourselves, we learn to bless everyone. Here’s a beautiful meditation called simply, “Blessing,” (KRI Blessing Mudra) from The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings which can serve you in learning to bless yourself and others.

“May the light prevail, may the lotus of the heart bring Thee the ecstasy in consciousness, the root of existence of truth, and one may realize that everyone is one alike. In that consciousness may we be blessed with tolerance, patience, and sacrifice, and practice the law of giving to reach the consciousness of the Giver. May this day be the turning point of the life, to give oneself the realization that it is the Infinity which is now, and now is the Infinity, and now is the Infinite, forever. Bring joy, happiness, and peace to every heart with all its sweetness in consciousness to make it a part and flow of Supreme Consciousness.”

-Yogi Bhajan