Yogi Bhajan speaks about the sequence of Bana, Bani, Seva and Simran

Simran has no other evaluation except its own self-generating power. A man without Simran is just a monkey on the tree. It will never change. Your grit, your strength, your stability, your depth and your totality is based on your Simran. Simran is constantly tapping into the infinite. And then tapping into the Infinite you can have Seva. There are four fundamentals. Tell me where we have gone wrong.

Bana, Bani, Seva Simran. We always say Simran the last. Because Simran is Tek. Simran is our own ‘Tek.’ Simran is our own strength. Simran is what we depend on. Simran is our companion. Our friend, our constant associate, our well-wisher. Our total support. Simran is the ambassador of God within us. It’s our reality. It is the congeniality of man and God. Whosoever will do Simran can do Seva. Whosoever can do Seva, can be understood through his Bani and can wear Bana. The order is actually reversed. The majority of people are very shaky when they wear Bana. Especially in the United States. Because Bana puts you right in front lines. The moment you wear Bana, then you have to perform to what Bana shows. If you do not match up with the performance of Bana, you will be nakedly known for how stupid you are.

A person will say, “Hey, you look different, but you talk common. Your feelings and emotions are common. You don’t match up to who you are.” Bana is a reminder to match up to who we are, to feel who we are, to understand who we are. And Bana is also an invitation to people. It tells people, “There goes a Sikh of the Guru! There goes a person with purity and piety, who stands for something. There is the Khalsa.”

Copyright: The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, 7/25/1990

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