Patience Pays and the Gift of Discipline

Being the Master’s birthday (August 26), today I was thinking about the most personally potent teachings from Yogi Bhajan. This affirmation referred to as Patience Pays has so many lessons embedded in it; it’s a treasure trove of teachings in four little paragraphs. Over the years it has helped me in many situations and so I wanted it to be #1 of the teachings I share with you today.


“Patience pays. Wait. Let the hand of God work for you. The One who has created you, let Him create all the environments, circumstances, and facilities and faculties. 

Too kaahay doleh paraanee-aa tudh raakhaigaa sirjanhaar.

Jin paidaa-is too kee-aa so-ee day-ay aadhaar.

Oh individual, why you are in a very doubtful state? The One who has made you will take care of you. The One who has created this Universe, all the planets, planetary faculties and facilities on Earth, He is the One who has created you. Wait. Have patience. Lean on him. And all best things will come to you.

Dwell in God. Dwell in God. Dwell in God. Befriend your soul. Dwell in God and befriend your soul. Dwell in God and befriend your soul. Dwell in God and befriend your soul. All the faculties and facilities of the Creation, which are in your best interest shall be at your feet. You need million things. Million things will reach you if you are stable, established, firm, patient. Remember, Creator watches over you and Creation is ready to serve you, if you just be you.

So please take away the ghost of your life and stop chasing round. Consolidate. Concentrate. Be you. And may all the peace and peaceful environments, prosperity approach you forever. Sat Nam”

Bring it all back to being you….TRUTH being your name. If you fall prey to doubt, fear, and worry these words will comfort you. If you feel unsupported and alone, these words will befriend you. If you are exhausted and frustrated from running around in circles and getting nowhere, these words will heal, strengthen and center you. If you feel desperate and agitated, these words will give you security and peace. If you are unfocused and distracted, these words will help you to concentrate.  But most of all, if you are itching for results, champing at the bit, impatient and intolerant of yourself and others AND you don’t let other people do things at their own pace because you think you can do them faster….then this is the salve for you.

Potent Teaching #2  is the value and importance of self-discipline. Yogi Bhajan had a lot to say on the subject because it is one of the most important foundational tools of spiritual practice. This is another teaching that is multilayered full of wisdom and imperative in the mastery of any field of study, but this teaching really “hits home” for me as an artist. Self discipline gives me form and flexibility. The more discipline I practice, the more freedom I have. The more control you have over where you are going, the happier and more fulfilled you will be:

Most people do not understand the value of self-discipline. It is like having a car with no brakes and no steering wheel and believing you are driving! Life does not mean anything if you have not enjoyed it. Many people have the capacity, intelligence, privilege, environments and stature in life, but they do not enjoy self-discipline. They are wandering within themselves. –  Yogi Bhajan, 2003

Most people think of self-discipline as a chore or something that someone else is pushing on you; tasks that are inflexible, impossible to upkeep, and impersonal. I found solace when he talked about self-generosity and being kind to yourself as part of discipline. This transforms self-discipline into an act of self-gifting…and I love giving myself presents:

“Those who practice discipline have to be very generous to themselves. Discipline should never be rigid. Discipline should be self-acknowledging, so that you can go along with it.” – March, 27, 1997

I’m all about being on top of my game… and so this really spoke to me. Anything that leads to commitment (which builds radiance) is a friend of mine:

“Discipline…leads to commitment, which leads to character. Character is when all your characteristics – all facets, flaws, and facts about yourself are under control and in balance.” – training manual

and last and most certainly not least…

“The most difficult thing in human life is the test of one’s own discipline. If you are not your own disciple and your own discipline is not stronger than you, you have hardly any chance to be happy. All pain in this world comes to those who have no self-superior discipline. And it is not somebody’s discipline being imposed on you. That is not the discipline. Discipline is your own discipline for your self, and your conscious discipline.” –Yogi Bhajan, April 5, 1994

I have found that my self-discipline is directly related to my level of
contentment, trust and creativity.

Back to Patience Pays….and my HEARTBEAT HOUSE classes in Atwater village every Sunday morning….August 27 and next Sunday September 3 we’ll be working with this affirmation and building self discipline for your own brand of happiness.

Come join me at 9:15am for Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Gong.

3141 Glendale Blvd. $10

Sat Nam



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