Yogi Bhajan Master
of Kundalini Yoga
Born Harbhajan Singh Puri, August 26, 1929, in the part of India that became Pakistan in 1948,
he was the son of a medical doctor. He spent his youth in privileged environments in private schools.
When he was just eight years old he began his yogic training with an enlightened teacher,
Sant Hazara Singh, who proclaimed him to be a Master of Kundalini Yoga when he was sixteen and a half.
In 1947, at the age of 18, he led his village of 7000 people, near what is Lahore Pakistan today, 325 miles on foot to safety in New Delhi, India, where he arrived with only the clothes on his back.
Displaced Indians were given houses in India and soon he was able to continue his education at Punjab University.
After graduating with a degree in Economics, he began Indian government service with India's Internal Revenue Department,
and supervised the creation of the IRS building in New Delhi. Shortly thereafter he moved to the Customs Service
and become head of Customs at Palam International Airport (now known as New Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport.
In New Delhi, Harbhajan Singh was faced with a stark choice: to serve his government
by joining the Soviet military's psychic research program in Tashkent or leave the country. The Canadian High Commissioner, James George facilitated his immigration to Toronto, Canada in 1968.
Although a promised university position as director of a yogic studies department
did not materialize because of the death of his sponsor. In three months, he established classes at
several YMCAs, co-founded a yoga centre, was interviewed for national press and television,
and helped set in motion the creation of eastern Canada's first Sikh temple in time
for Guru Nanak's five hundredth birthday the following year.
Late in 1968, bearded and turbaned, Yogi Bhajan went to visit a friend in Los Angeles, but ended up staying to share the teachings of Kundalini Yoga with the already long-haired members of the hippie
counterculture of California and New Mexico. In effect, he had found his calling.
He authored and published more than 30 books on topics ranging from spirituality and consciousness
to communication and psychology. He founded several foods companies that manufacture and distribute natural
products based on these teachings. He fostered economic development in every community he conducted
As the Siri Singh Sahib, or the Sikh leader in the Western Hemisphere,
he met with Pope John Paul II to discuss inter-religious dialogue and worked side-by-side
with the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop of Canterbury to foster world peace.
Under his guidance 3HO mushroomed worldwide, to 300 centers in 35 countries.
In 1994 3HO became a member of the United Nations as an NGO (Non-Governmental-Organization)
in Consultative Status (Roster) with the Economic and Social Council, representing women's issues,
promoting human rights and providing education in alternative systems of medicine.
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Photos of Yogi Bhajan