By Patwant Kaur
Photo: Camila Muradas
Yogi Bhajan was a spiritual master, known as a dynamic catalyst for the evolution of human consciousness. He was a humanist who broke a brahmanic rule of secrecy about Kundalini Yoga. He taught this technique openly and democratically, and his work is recognized by great spiritual teachers. Poet, philosopher, prophet, sage, healer, above all else he was a teacher. He stated directly: “I have come here not to gather students but to create teachers.”
He helped people with drug and alcohol addiction and influenced them in a positive way to seek health. In 1969 he created 3HO, Happy, Healthy and Holy Organization. A residential drug rehabilitation program, called Super Health, was opened in 1973 in the United States.This program offered treatment for alcohol and drugs, by introducing people to a different lifestyle and through Kundalini Yoga training them to control their minds and clear emotional baggage. The program continues helping people until nowadays.
Yogi Bhajan was born on August 26, 1929 in India and his birthname was Harbhajan Singh Puri. During his early childhood through his grandfather he learned yoga. At sixteen he received from his teacher, Sant Hazara Singh, the title of master of Kundalini Yoga. In 1947 the territory of Índia passed for a turbulent time of division and at the age of eighteen he helped to lead over thousand people from the village where he use to live in Pakistan to New Delhi.
Yogi Bhajan was married to Bibi Inderjit Kaur and had three children and five grandchildren. He worked for the government, while continuing to study with various other Yogis, until 1968. Following inner guidance he left India to share the philosophy and the practice of Kundalini Yoga with the young people in the West. People who were looking for a new way of life.
He was a visionary and created a legacy around the teachings of Kundalini Yoga. He opened companies that work in the areas of computer science, security, consulting, healthy products, herbal medicines, massage oils. Most of the formulas used in his companies were developed by himself. The high desert of New Mexico was the place chosen by him to become the home of Kundalini Yoga and welcome people from all over the world. Yogi Bhajan also participated in the Sikh community and became the religious head of Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere founding Sikh Dharma International in 1971. Throughout his life he gave more than eight thousand lectures and wrote many books on the teachings of the Age of Aquarius. His teaching are lived and taught around the world. Yogiji, an affectionate nickname, left his physical body on October 6, 2004. His mission of “creating teachers and not collecting students” continues to be perpetuated through his teachings.
The yoga teachings within this article were used by permission of Kundalini Research Institute; For further information contact: : kriteachings.org.