Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, popularly known as “Yogi Bhajan” brought Sikh Dharma to the Western Hemisphere. He came to the United States in 1969 and set up various 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.
He brought to the West the inspiration of his deep love and reverence for the Sikh Gurus as well as the knowledge and teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib. His mastery of the “Shabad Guru” and by bringing the message of the Sikh Gurus to the West, it opened the hearts and minds of people in the Western Hemisphere and many began to embrace the Sikh way of life. Thousands of western-born people have embraced Sikhism with distinctive white turbans and open beards. Under the influence of Yogi Bhajan, there are Gurdwaras, yoga centers, businesses and ashrams in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Under Yogi Bhajan’s guidance and teachings, his organizations have served many thousands of people worldwide including in North America, South America, Central America, Europe, S.E. Asia, Russia and Africa. He recognized the enchantment and spiritual yearning that was felt by Western youth during the tumult of the 60’s and 70’s and began to teach them the technique of meditation and Kundalini yoga. He was bestowed the highest titles in Sikh Religion- Panth Rattan, Siri Singh Sahib and Bhai Sahib and authored over 35 books on many different topics. During his life time, he traveled extensively to various parts of the globe bringing inspiration, higher consciousness and teachings of the Sikh Gurus to a broad range of audiences from students of spirituality to corporate executives and government dignitaries.
Yogi Bhajan left for his heavenly abode in Espanola, New Mexico at the age of 75. The US Congress passed a bipartisan resolution honoring his life and work. The State of New Mexico honored him by naming a highway in his name-Yogi Bhajan Memorial Highway.
His credo: “It’s not the life that matters; it’s the courage that you bring to it.”
His philosophy: “Don’t love me, love my teachings. Become ten times greater than me.”
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