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ABOUT YOGI BHAJAN

Yogi Bhajan (Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, August 26, 1929–October 6, 2004), also known as Siri Singh Sahib to his followers, was born as Harbhajan Singh Puri into a Sikh family in the Indian province of Punjab (now Pakistan). Later an American citizen, he became a world-famous yogi, spiritual teacher, and entrepreneur. He introduced his version of Kundalini Yoga to the United States and was the spiritual director of the 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) Foundation with over 300 centers in 35 countries. He learned the fundamentals of Sikhism from his paternal grandfather. A refugee and Sikh student activist during World War II, he graduated with a master's degree in economics. In 1953, he entered the Indian Civil Service with duties that took him to remote ashrams and distant hermitages. This prompted his practice and pursuit of yogic knowledge. In the 1960s, he was an instructor at the Vishwayatan Ashram in New Delhi. He emigrated to Toronto in 1968, where in three months he established classes at several YMCAs, co-founded a yoga center, and was interviewed by national media, which helped set in motion the creation of eastern Canada's first Sikh temple. In the Spring of 1969, soon after he had begun teaching in Los Angeles, a hit medley "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" was topping the music charts on a record label owned by one of his students (and his green card sponsor), musician and entrepreneur Johnny Rivers. Yogi Bhajan incorporated the storyline of the dawning new age into his teachings, making him a counterculture celebrity. In the summer of 1970, he participated in an informal "Holy Man Jam. Through the 1970s and 1980s, as the Siri Singh Sahib of Sikh Dharma, he chaired numerous inter-religious councils and forums, including the Inter-Religious Council of Southern California, the World Conference for the Unity of Man, and the World Parliament of Religions.  

FAMOUS QUOTES

"You are the future of the United States of America, and nobody is going to take away anything from you. Peace within your heart will lead you to have everything that you need."

"Call on him. Telephone him. Send him a telegram, a wire. Use any method you like. So long as you call on him your call shall be answered."

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