Sat Nam. Greetings and Happy New Year from New Mexico! In a 1987 New Year’s Eve lecture, Yogi Bhajan gives a great reminder. He said,
“The greatest human folly is a very simple mistake of not feeling grateful - not counting the pluses. I was talking to somebody on the telephone to wish her a Happy New Year and she told me, ‘Oh my God this year was terrible.' “I said, ‘How come? You have eyes you can see through, you have ears you can hear with, your tongue is speaking, what else do you want? Twenty percent of people do not have eyes. There are thousands and hundreds of thousands of people who do not have ears.’ “Sometimes, for very minor things, we become so obnoxious, so rude, so crude, that we say things that are not understandable. We want to close the year 1987 with the idea that we are here, we want to rejoice, we want to be happy. We understand the tragedies, we understand bad things happen to us. But we also understand that, in spite of all the bad things, we are here and being here is a triumph over tragedy. We want to start the new year with a simple idea that our anchor with the Guru and God shall come through. That is what actually Ang Sang Wahe Guru means…. “Happiness lies in compassion. When you are willing to give and you give without expecting any intake or reward, only then are you happy. Happy is not because of money. If money or jewelry or clothes can buy you happiness, or Italian food or French food or Swedish cheese can buy you happiness, then those people who have all that should be happy and everybody else should be unhappy. Two-thirds of rich people are unhappy and [only] one-third of poor people are unhappy. The standard of unhappiness is based on a one factual fact - People who do not count their pluses and do not live in gratitude are unhappy. People who just count their pluses and live in gratitude are always happy.”
I am looking forward to a great new year filled with pluses and gratitude with all of you! Speaking of greatness, KRI is honoring an individual and group in 2019. The KRI Board has selected Jagat Guru Singh Khalsa and the TOGO West African Teachers and Trainers for their many years of service, steadiness, and dedication to Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. I am very happy that we can honor them on our web site for all of 2019. Read more about the KRI 2019 Honors.
Start the New Year with a great product for your health and well-being from KRI. Original Classic Yogi Tea in bulk is available at the Source. We buy the bulk organic Yogi Tea mix directly from our Yogi Tea plant in Imola, Italy. It is said that when you travel the world and you find someone from our community, you will hear the words “Sat Nam” and you will get a cup of Yogi Tea. Make sure you have a pot of Yogi Tea always on the stove!
May we live in gratitude and service in 2019, Nirvair Singh Khalsa CEO KRI
KRI is a non-profit organization that holds the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and provides accessible and relevant resources to teachers and students of Kundalini Yoga.