Our Teacher: Yogi Bhajan
Yogi Bhajan left his physical body on Wednesday October 6th of 2004, due to a heart failure. He was 75 years old. Though he died young, in his lifetime he touched millions of people with his teachings of Kundalini Yoga; he transformed people by inspiring them to change their lifestyles.
Yogi Bhajan still continues to be a fountain of inspiration, knowledge, and a guide towards the perfect equilibrium between the material and spiritual wealth. He was able to transmit through his teachings the tools for a happy life.
Yogi Bhajan was the first one to teach Kundalini Yoga and White Tantric Yoga in the West. In September of 1968 he started giving Kundalini Yoga lessons in North America. After a couple of years he was able to create, with the help of his followers, organizations that promoted his teachings and Kundalini Yoga in the U.S.A.: 3HO, K.R.I., IKYTA International and Sikh Dharma Intenrnational, all with offices across the world.
The spread of Kundalini Yoga in the last forty years has been amazing, as it is the ability of Kundalini Yoga to transform lives through meditation and yoga.
Harbhajan Singh Yogi Ji was born on August 26th of 1929 in Kot Harkarn, now located in Pakistan. He had various spiritual teachers, and from a very young age he was able to practice and dominate the yogic technique, tantric yoga, and meditation with gong under the direction of Sant Hazara Singh, Tantric Mahan in that time. He was also trained with Acharya Narinder Dev in Hatha Yoga. In the Ashram of Sivananda in Rishikesh he learnt Vedantic philosophy. He studied many different religions, scriptures and sacred techniques. He also graduated in Economy in India and received the PhD in psychology by the University of California (UCLA). He then became head of the Sikh Dharma in the west with the title of Siri Singh Sahib. He was the last Tantric Mahan..
There are a lot of biographies and stories about Yogi Bhajan, however it is important to remember,as he said: “I am my teachings. Read them, practice them, and you will know them.”
- Source: Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher. KRI International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. Level 1 textbook, 2003