I was going through some old pictures and found a letter from Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji (aka: Yogi Bhajan).
I had sent him a letter asking for advice in dealing the challenges I was going through at the time. To give a little context I had recently graduated from school in India and was facing a lot of duality about being a Sikh and growing up as a Sikh in America.
This was right before I started the SikhNet.com website.
November 18, 1995
My dear son in divine
Sat Nam. I am very grateful to you for keeping up and going through the hell of life.
Life is a situation of test, trial and triumph. You will be tested in your life and you must be strong. There is no easy way, and no easy answer. You must face all of your doubts and excel in spite of them; this is the test of life. A test would not be a test if it did not take all of your grit to overcome it. Every man who has achieved greatness in his life has gone through the most difficult time, full of doubt and pain. However, one thing that you must remember is that these situations build your character and make you strong. There is nothing for you to do but to overcome yourself. I cannot dispel your doubts, only you can do this through your spiritual practice. Those you run away from doubt and fear without challenging it can never live in peace or have happiness. This is your test, my son. See it for what it is and get on with your life.
My deepest prayers and blessings are with you. May Guru Ram Das bless you and guide you.
In the name of the cosumes which prevail through everyBODY and the Holy Nam which holds the world.