Patience Pays

Patience Pays

Here is a beautiful audio recording which is a short audio affirmation by SSS Harbhajan Singh Khalsa (aka: Yogi Bhajan) which I used to listen to quite often. My wife Arjan has been leaving it playing continuously during the day and it’s so right on.  Hearing it allows me to to relax and not worry about things. Sometimes I get stressed out or feel overwhelmed and listening to it helps me relax and let go. So often we are in a hurry and want things to happen right away, or get worried about something and let that worry take over. This affirmation is just a reminder to relax, be steady, calm and patient, and let God/Guru take care of your affairs. 

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Two weeks ago I was driving home with my kids after some fun swimming in a pond. On the drive home I stopped at a stop sign, and then right after a police car pulled me over. He said I didn’t make a full stop and paused in the intersection (which was totally bogus! The police was just sitting there looking for any micro-mistake whether real or not just to give a ticket! Our tax dollars at work.). Obviously arguing with him wasn’t going to get me anywhere so I contested the ticket and he said I was to go to the local municipal court 1.5 weeks from then. I was so frustrated that a police would do that to me…with so many actual bad dangerous offenders out there. 

 So for the next week every time I was driving I was analyzing and grumbling about the stop sign stuff and what I would say to the judge. My stomach would tighten up every time I thought about it and was at stop signs. I kept thinking…"What is God trying to teach me in this lesson?"; Trying to find some meaning in all this. In any challenge I like to find meaning or a lesson.

Meanwhile my mind and stomach are tossing, thinking about what would happen when I went to court. It wasn’t a good feeling. I didn’t want to pay the $100 fine and have the ticket on my driving record. Especially when I didn’t feel like I did anything wrong. The same week my wife started playing the "Patience Pays" audio in the house and it started to sink in. I realized that my lesson was to just let go and trust in God/Guru that all would be taken care of. We often give to much energy worrying and thinking. Whatever would happen is the way it was supposed to be. I just needed to let go….surrender this stress and problem to the Guru and let him take care of it. That in itself takes some practice to really be able to let things go like this and trust that things will be ok.

Yesterday 9am was my date at the court. I arrived about 15 min before the time and was surprised to see the parking lot was already packed full. I went inside, signed in, and a man directed me to sit down in the court room which was almost full. At 9am the judge came in, explained how things would work for this arraignment, and one by one called each person up to the front.  It was interesting hearing all the cases (mostly driving related) and seeing the different kinds of people.

When it was your turn, you had to choose from one of three pleas, "Guilty", "No Contest" (giving up the right to court appearance and agreeing to pay fees), "Not Guilty" (Schedule a future court date when the police officer would appear). I haven’t had to do this before so wasn’t sure what I should do. Luckily I was near the end so had time to see and hear how different people plead and what happened. I didn’t want to plea "not guilty" because then I would have to come back and spend more hours in a court with no guarantee that I would get off. It would have been my word against the police’s word. I just had to use my intuition and make the right choice.

The judge was very fair and didn’t seem out to get people (some judges are irate and angry). So I decided plea "no contest" when I was called up and explained what happened. I made my case and he gave me the best outcome that I could have expected. A deferment which means that as long as I don’t get another ticket in 30 days then the ticket/charges will be dropped. I only had to pay some court fees ($29) and I was out the door.

I was so relieved and realized this was the best outcome that could expected. It felt great to know that God really had arranged things and taken care of me. The last time I had something like this was when I was traveling home from India and it was a similar kind of surrender and just letting go. 

Here is a video with some video visualizations that I made many years ago for fun. They might be more of a distraction…when you should probably be paying attention to the words, but anyways… it was fun for me…even if though the video came out a bit jurky.

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

Tu kaahay dolay praaniaa tudh rakhaygaa sirjanhaar | jin paidayas tu kiyaa soee kardaa saar

Oh individual, why you are in a very doubtful state? One who has made you will take care of you. 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. 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 around. Consolidate. Concentrate. Be you. And may all the peace & peaceful environments, prosperity approach you forever. Sat Nam" 

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