Yogi Bhajan taught Kundalini Yoga openly to the public for the first time in history in 1969, despite the taboo that had kept it shrouded in secrecy for centuries. Yogi Bhajan didn’t just teach physical exercise, meditation, and yogic breathing techniques as such, he taught people how to live, how to relate to each other, and how to relate to God.
Yogi Bhajan’s penetrating insight, infinite compassion, tireless service, and delightful sense of humor immediately endeared him to the eager young people who flocked to his Kundalini Yoga classes. He taught students how to access their intuitive awareness, how to experience higher consciousness without drugs, and how to build a future for themselves and their families. Dedicated to promoting the welfare and equality of women everywhere, Yogi Bhajan inspired women to lead, uplift, and heal through their inherent grace and power.
Yogi Bhajan was definitely not the stereotype of a yogi from a cave, wearing a loincloth and carrying a begging bowl. On the contrary, he inspired and was the driving force behind 19 thriving corporations, all of which espouse the principles he taught. Yogi Bhajan published over 30 books and over 200 other manuals, videos, and CDs featuring his teachings (available from KRI). In 1980, he earned his Ph.D. in the Psychology of Communication. Yogi Bhajan never took credit for any of his achievements; always saying it was all the grace of God and Guru, that he was “just the mailman delivering the message.”
Yogi Bhajan left his body on October 6, 2004, at the age of 75. Yogi Bhajan’s motto was “It’s not the life that matters, it’s the courage that you bring to it.” His bottom line, printed on the back of his calling card: “If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.” And Yogi Bhajan lived it well.
All information on this page summarized from Khalsa, Shakti Parwha Kaur. Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power. New York: Berkeley Publishing Group, 1996. This summary originally published on http://www.3HO.org & http://www.yogic-tools.com