Yogi Bhajan

Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga

Yogi Bhajan was the Master of Kundalini Yoga. Born in India in 1929 as Harbhajan Singh Puri, he was married and worked as a customs inspector.

He came to the West, arriving in Canada in 1969 during the Woodstock era, and started teaching Kundalini Yoga in USA.

“If you cannot see God in all, you cannot see God at all” ~ Yogi Bhajan

He stated his intention as ‘creating teachers not students’ and he taught for many years, travelling, lecturing, teaching. He placed particularly emphasis on teaching women, and the Khalsa Women’s Training Camp developed from this.

Yogi Bhajan was a humble leader and a pure channel of the Infinite.

“Somebody just shared his knowledge with me and by the Grace of God, I collected it. We are in a desert, and I have a little water with me that I want to share with people. Does that make me a  water man? Am I the rain? Am I the clouds? Am I the ocean? No. I am just a little can of water in the desert to which people can touch their lips and think of siviving. Beyond that, I am nothing” ~ Yogi Bhajan

He founded the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) and 3HO Foundation (Happy, Healthy, Holy Organisation). He was also a businessman and set up many thriving businesses including Yogi Tea and Akal Security which guards the major airports of USA. He died on 6 October 2004.

Here’s a tribute film to Yogi Bhajan called ‘Be the Lighthouse’. You will hear clips of his teachings and see photos from his life. He urges us to be like a lighthouse, to shine a light and uplift others.

Yogi Bhajan’s birth date is 26 August. Yogis all around the world celebrate by chanting his favourite mantra ‘Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru’ for 11 days leading up to the day. Guru Ram Das was the 4th Sikh Guru and was known for his humility, compassion and miracles, and Yogi Bhajan had a special connection with him.

Here’s a beautiful version of this mantra sung by Mirabai Ceiba.