Caliber, Yogi Bhajan mentioned quite often in the meditation videos, is a combination of The Total Personality. in dictionary, caliber means: The quality of someone’s character or the level of their ability.
Caliber is the total capacity of an individual to project one’s identity. You do not miss, you do not fail, you do not go wrong, you do not go under. Your caliber does not fail you. Caliber is a basic, consistent power in which a person can project, communicate, and lodge oneself, like a bullet. You fire; the bullet goes into the person, it sits there. Human caliber is all that comes into the memory of every person whom you meet.
When does your caliber start developing?
The 120th day in the womb of the mother. Whatever she goes through is imprinted. Then, throughout your life, whatever you go through is imprinted, and it becomes your body language.
You cannot sustain your character, you cannot sustain yourself, you cannot sustain your relationship, if you do not have a normal character and the caliber of being you. Your love is false, your relationship is false, everything about you is false. The tragedy of you is that when you are a Teacher and people trust you and come to you, open their heart to you, and open themselves to you, you’ll end up exploiting them because you don’t have the caliber of a Teacher.
A Teacher is impersonal, like Infinity, and has integrity, self-awareness, and personality with absolute grace. It doesn’t matter what you give him, what you say to him, or how you deal with him. His faculty is only one. He or she must have the caliber to make another person the best within the time and space, and happy within life’s race, and continue to uplift.
You need that caliber with that tolerance and that daring intelligence, because a Teacher is not interested in the person. A Teacher always knows what he can do to a person to make the best out of it. It is not the wood, it is what you carve out of it. Sometimes you have to give it time, sometimes you have tolerance, sometimes you yell and scream, sometimes you chisel it out, sometimes this, sometimes that. But in the end you have to polish it to be something.
A Teacher has the infinite capacity of sacrifice. The Teacher has to bear the burden of bringing the student into reality. Sometimes it takes many, many lifetimes. The Teacher-student relationship is not every day, every month, every year, or one lifetime. The Teacher-student relationship is from Infinity to Infinity. It is the consistency of caliber.