Guruphiliac: This 'Song' Had Some Sour Notes

Saturday, August 02, 2008

This 'Song' Had Some Sour Notes

File under: Gurubusting and The Siddhi of PR

His name loosely translates to "a yogi named for the act of devotional singing." But apparently, the late Yogi Bhajan has provoked a different kind of tune in one former devotee:
I was raised in the 3HO community that Yogi Bhajan founded and led. He was a defacto charismatic leader. He ordered his devotees to do some very damaging and detrimental things like child swapping and sending young children off to India alone without their parents. He advocated child abuse and physically and verbally abused his students. He claimed to have psychic powers. He told people that if they left they would wind up homeless drug addict prostitutes. I can go on and on. For more accounts of my personal experiences, you can go to my blog at
Among other businesses, 3HO has their very own Blackwater-like private army, Akal Security, reportedly the largest firm of its kind in the States. We'll let you know if any tinted-windowed vehicles with turbaned silhouetted drivers show up out front anytime soon.

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At 8/04/2008 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And to top that all off, now there are all these bozos teaching "kundalini yoga" taht he made up. It's a load of bull, and tehy are all pushing this junk on unsuspecting schmoes without being upfront about the very questionable lineage of teh whole thing.

At 8/04/2008 11:18 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I dunno anything about 3HO's alleged abuses but one thing about 3HO members that always bugs me is that they seem to have missed the memo that told them Kundalini Yoga has been around way longer than this Yogi Bhajan guy. to listen to some of them you'd think the guy invented the concept of Kundalini Shakti

At 8/05/2008 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only did he not make up Kundalini Yoga, he's not really a sikh, and none of his followers are either!

Real Sikhs in America hate the guy for having taken up the mantle as "spokesperson for American Sikhs". He was able to get away with it as he worked for US intelligence as his cult had members in Pakistan.


At 8/24/2008 8:56 PM, Blogger indiakids blog said...

I just want to correct the statement that I am an "ex-devotee" - I was born and raised in 3HO (and yes, I can verify the abuse), and I left when I was old enough. Therefore, I was never a devotee - EVER.

He Co-opted the phrase "Kundalini Yoga" and bastardized its original meaning, and made up a bunch of routines and calisthenics and hokus pokus that's supposed to make people feel good. It's a bunch of bull. In that way, the 3HO sikhs are what I consider a co-opted and bastardized western version of Sikhism, where they add their devotional songs to the service and added Yogi Bhajan to the traditional Ardas hymn.

At 8/30/2008 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What puzzles me is that Ive met many Sikhs in America, genuine Sikhs.

The men wear turbans but I have never seen Sikh women wear turbans of the sort Ive seen worn by the female members of 3HO--the
ladies wear that tall and uncomfortable looking headgear even when running or jogging in our local park!

The funniest thing is that the fellows Ive seen at the 3HO house in our neighborhood do not seem to know how to tie their own turbans correctly--Yogi Bhajan apparently was unable to teach the correct method of wrapping a true Sikh paghra.

And one wonders whether Yogi Bhajan wore the Kaacha (underwear) that Sikh men must wear. They're so complicated to tie and untie that theyre designed
to slow a person down and assist them to avoid bad behavior.


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