Full Name: Panth Rattan Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji-Yogi Bhajan was born on August 26,1929, in a part of India that later became Pakistan. By 16 years old Yogi Bhajan was a Master of Kundalini Yoga. He came to the United States in 1969 and set up various for-profit and non-profit organizations such as 3HO Foundation (Happy Health Holy Organization), Sikh Dharma International, Kundalini Research Institute (KRI), Miri Piri Academy, International Peace Prayer Day, Golden Temple, Inc. (Yogi Tea and Peace Cereals), Sikh Net and Akal Security. At the age of 39 Yogiji realized the need for Kundalini Yoga in the West and took it upon himself to bring this sacred technology to the United States. He recognized that people were searching for inner peace, stillness and expanded consciousness but did not have the technology. Yogi Bhajan taught Westerners that Kundalini Yoga along with chanting (mantra) and meditation allows one to access higher consciousness, diverting them from drug use which was prevalent at that time. Soon, Yogi Bhajan developed a large following. He sought to create teachers, rather than students, so he had people travel with him to learn Kundalini Yoga and lessons of mindful living in order to share them with others. Yogi Bhajan taught of leading a Healthy, Happy, Holy life and developed the non-profit organization 3HO to provide teachings internationally under that principle. Settling in Espanola, New Mexico, Yogi Bhajan established the Hacienda de Guru Ram Das in 1972. Yogiji was a devoted Sikh and brought teachings of Sikhism to the Western Hemisphere. He was Named “Siri Singh Sahib” and “Chief Religious and Administrative Authority for the Western Hemisphere” by S.G.P.C. and the Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, giving him responsibility of creating a Sikh ministry in the West. Travelling the world, he promoted peace and unity among religions, sharing the Sikh understanding of one God who manifests through every religion. Yogi Bhajan worked with world and religious leaders to unite people under the vision of a sustainable, peaceful world. In addition to his religious triumphs, Yogi Bhajan is also recognized as a successful businessman who used his belief in the healing power of food to create health food companies which continue to thrive. The vibrant presence of Yogi Bhajan lives today through his teachings. The Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) continues to certify Aquarian Teachers each year, teaching in a style that honours the spirit of Yogi Bhajan and keeping his vision of health, world peace and an elevated future alive throughout the generations.
- Master of Kundalini Yoga, responsible for bringing Kundalini Yoga technology to people in the Western Hemisphere who desperately needed these teachings
- Studied comparative religion and Vedic philosophy in his undergraduate years.
- Received his Masters in Economics with honors from Punjab University.
- Earned a Ph.D. in communications psychology from the University of Humanistic Studies in San Francisco.
- Published over 30 books about spirituality, consciousness, communication and psychology.
- 1985 established International Peace Prayer day (still celebrated today)
- Traveled the world calling for world peace and religious unity at meetings with leaders such as Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama, and various U.S. Presidents: Mikhail Gorbachcv. and two archbishops of Canterbury.
“I rate him as “Man of the Century”, because it is he who brought the West closer to the ideas of Guru Nanak, and because of his efforts the Sikh religion was recognized in the West… He proved himself as a real visionary. My friend is no more, but his memory will keep the message alive. Such men never die. He will live forever. Let us prove to be worthy of his students.”
-S. Tarlochan Singh, Chairman, India’s National Commission for Minorities