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Yogi Bhajan Quotes on Spiritual Activism

If you tolerate everything you shall go wrong, because your values go wrong, The mighty must not destroy the poor. You don't tolerate this. It is tolerance that you do not tolerate injustice.

The prostitute is being worshipped as a goddess. That's exactly what it is today because the civilization is nothing but a living prostitution and we are totally raping the Mother Earth left and right in the name of whatever we want.

The Universe is asking you to confirm with yourself whether you would like to serve the Earth, to save the Earth, be a sage of the Earth. Earth- the sustainer, the Mother of you, which nurtures you – can you nurture it back? That which serves you, can you serve it back?

Simple things, simple methods, and simple gestures can bring a flood of people on your side. Do whatever you can if you love this planet Earth. Trust in God and start doing something from this minute.
Summer Solstice 1982

Guru Tegh Bahadur laid down the first principle of the Khalsa: You shall give yourself to protect the weak - physically, voluntarily, aloud. You shall go and tell the king that in the political madness he cannot suppress the human being.

Life has to be decided by dharma. Righteous duty is called dharma, the call of duty to righteous action. The right of self-defense is a Dharma, it is not a war; it is not a fight.

Somewhere in life you need to be you, not what your religion wants, not what your society wants, not what your country wants, not what your neighbors want. No, you have to be you. Then, serve all with a big smile on your face.

The Cosmos works for those who have discipline, who have longing, who have some goal to reach in their lives, and who make a constant, constant, constant effort to reach it. That is dharma. Dharma is in every day, in every action, on every side of the day. Don’t waste yourself into the maya of this Earth.

Value your independence and virtue, your sovereignty. May you always be sovereign in your personality, your nature, and your action. And may Guru bless you. Take the flag of nobility and walk with it. There is nothing like being noble. Remember, nobility is the basic virtue to be human.

I ask every man who would seek peace to realize that peace doesn’t come by protests and rallies. Peace comes by peaceful actions, and so long as those born of the mother will not learn to respect the woman, there shall not be any peace on this planet. The day the woman will not be exploited on this planet, there shall be peace on this Earth.

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.

Mother Earth is crying in vain. 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?

Prayer is the only power we have. It is my personal individual belief that prayer can change the Universe. Politics and power cannot.

About the 1980s Nuclear Arms Race

We are committed spiritual people. As such, we are both fortunate and unfortunate: fortunate in that we are spiritually committed and that we are trying to be healthy, happy and holy; unfortunate in that we cannot tolerate the bizarre situation that is happening to our country or that will happen to our people.
Summer Solstice 1982

There is a way out. You have asked whether the Congressman and Senators are with us. Although it seems that people are only interested in their jobs and their security; that is changing. People are slowly becoming aware that there is going to be a time not far away when there will be no jobs, no lobbying, no children, no family. There is a concurrent consciousness awakening in all of us that this planet is not going to be here.
Summer Solstice 1982

We are waking up and trying to control our own house. I am not asking you to start any agitation. I am asking you to start creating public opinion. There are about 1,000 people here. At least each one of you has one relative you can write to. Urge them to write to one relative. Start a chain reaction. Calm, quiet, peaceful, nice... but start saying things, and don't stop until we stop it all.
Summer Solstice 1982

Do the prayer and be educated but that won't solve the problems, but if you form a public opinion about it, it will work. I suggest that every person who wants to live in America and feel he is American, must register himself or herself and go to a voting booth in the morning on voting day with a placard in your hand, 'I have come to vote against the atom bomb.'

I have done an experiment for the last six months. Whenever I call somebody on the phone or talk to somebody or write a letter, I just add one or two lines: “Do you want to live into the future? Do something about nuclear war.
Summer Solstice, 1982

Advocate. Educate another person. Let them have your view. If there is an atomic war, neither Democrats nor Republicans will be left. We will all evaporate at the same time.
Summer Solstice, 1982

On Voting

An American who does not exercise their vote is very treacherous in action. Because this country does not provide you any other hope than your fundamental right which comes to you every two years in the case of congress and every four years in the case of presidential elections. Please vote. That is a fundamental human right which you have been given and you must exercise. You know if you are a lunatic, vote lunatically. If you are very wise, vote wisely. If you are stupid, vote stupidly, but for God's sake you must vote.

Choose whom you want but you must vote. I think anybody who has not registered himself as a voter has done a national tragedy. What is that democracy where nobody wants to vote? Vote right and wrong but you must vote; that is democracy. And a democracy in which only half of the people vote, what is the democracy?

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan