Yogi Bhajan Laugh til I Cried

Sat Nam Dear Family,

Today things just didn’t go as planned, and this tweaked my memory to 25 years ago.

In September, 1985, I was driving the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan up to Santa Barbara, CA, to a meeting. These were intimate times when I could ask him anything and everything. This particular day I asked him a rather mundane question; his answer was anything but.

In innocence and ignorance, I turned to him and said, “Sir, what do you do when you ‘get out of bed on the wrong side.” He immediately responded, “What’s this wrong side of the bed?” I then automatically reminded myself that “English” isn’t taught in idioms and explained, “Well, Sir, it’s when you wake up and stub your toe getting out of bead, struggle to the bathroom and there’s nothing left in the toothpaste, eventually you make it to the car and the battery is dead, etc. etc. etc. And, it gets worse with each successive occurrence. “Oh,” he said, “that’s easy, just laugh.” “Laugh!” I exclaimed, “With all due respect sir, maybe you didn’t hear me correctly” (what a mistake to say, but, anyway, it was many years ago). I repeated, “It means everything in the day is going wrong and it keeps getting worse.” “O.K.” he asserted, “then cry.”

Countless times over the last 25 years, I’ve relied on this teaching. It’s funny what makes the biggest impression. When things weren’t going as I thought they should, I have been able to remind myself that my attitude (either laughing or crying) was my choice and that I could make the conscious choice.  Literally, it’s been a Godsend.

Stay tuned,

M.S.S. Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa

Chief of Protocol,

Sikh Dharma


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