If You Fake it, You Can Make it

Excerpt from the book Man to Man: A Journal of Discovery for the Conscious Man, published by KRI

If you fake it, you can make it. The first idealistic position is, pretend you are holy. Pretend you are holy, attend all holy services; and second is, try to eat holy food. In other words, what I am trying to tell you is, look very religious. You may not be religious, don’t worry about what you are. You have to look very religious. Never eat food without saying a prayer, loud and clear.

Remember, when you come home, I’ll tell you, there’s a solution I once gave somebody. I said, “When you come home, wash your face, wash your hands and all that, and sit down and pray for a few minutes.” So when he came home, he washed his face and all that, he sat and prayed, and she said, “What did you pray?” He said, “I’m very happy and divine and thank God that I’m back home and I’m with you.” She told the entire neighborhood: my husband has met a yogi who has totally changed his life and now he comes home like an angel.

In the morning, as he left home he would pray, and she asked, “What prayer is this?” He said, “That when I come back, you should be healthy, happy and holy. I’m leaving you in the rhythms of God.” These words don’t cost anything and they are better than kisses and flowers and all that.

Write it down: “Fake spiritual behavior.” What am I saying? I’m telling you, don’t look at me, write it down. Write down a pattern. It’s called a fake spiritual pattern and just force yourself to live it. After about 3 months, she will totally inspire you to live it.

The gap between your fake spiritual inspiration and your living a spiritual life is about 90 days.

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

From Man to Man: A Journal of Discovery for the Conscious Man – The Men’s Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, PhD, Master of Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini Research Institute. 2008.

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