PRINCE TO MASTER
Seventy years ago Yogi Bhajan was born an Indian
prince. He was the male heir of a family whose holdings included the entire village
of Kot Harkarn, now part of Pakistan. His birthdays were great celebrations. Each
year his weight in kilos was doled out to the poor in gold, silver and copper
Bestowed with the name Harbhajan Singh Puri at birth, he was not destined
for an ordinary life. The village wise men said his life would profoundly impact
millions of people. At the age of 18, when India was being partitioned into India
and Pakistan, he led his whole village into Northern India. He arrived penniless
with only the clothes on his back.
Yogi Bhajan mastered Kundalini Yoga in India
when he was 16 1/2 years old. In addition to his yogic practices (he's also a
master of Hatha Yoga), he finished college, served in the Indian military, married,
fathered three children, and was working as a Customs officer at Palim International
Airport when he received an invitation to go to Canada and teach Yoga at Toronto
FATHER OF KUNDALINI IN THE WEST
One of the reasons he
accepted the offer was that he had seen too many Americans and Europeans seekers
arriving in India, being exploited -spending a lot of money, and leaving without
having learned very much, if anything. He vowed to teach honestly, and share the
wisdom and the technology that he had gained. He was determined to give people
the technology of Kundalini Yoga so that they could empower themselves and show
them they didn't have to become anybody's disciple to progress on the spiritual
En route to Canada, he not only lost his luggage, when he landed in Toronto,
he discovered that the professor from the University who had hired him had just
died. So he had no job, only $35, and the clothes on his back. This was September
In December, he received another invitation, this time a personal
one from a man he had known in India, to spend a weekend visiting in Los Angeles.
"the Yogi," as he was called back then, had only intended to visit LA
for one weekend, he changed his mind. When he met the young people of the '60's,
whose destiny it was to usher in the new era-- the Aquarian Age, he knew his destiny
was to stay here and teach them. Since 1969 his home base has been the United
States, first LA and now New Mexico.
At his first public lecture on Sunday,
January 5, 1969, at the East West Cultural Center in Los Angeles, he spoke glowingly
of his vision of a Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization -- the "3HO Foundation."
He explained that it is everyone's birthright to BE healthy, happy, and holy,
and practicing Kundalini Yoga was one powerful way to claim that birthright.
of young people from all over flocked to the East West Cultural Center when they
learned of a Master from India teaching Kundalini Yoga! This was too much for
the woman in charge of the Center, and she asked Yogi Bhajan to leave. One of
his students owned an Antique Shop on the corner of Melrose and Robertson and
he offered the use of his showroom for classes.
Every night the enthusiastic
students would remove all the furniture before class, and put it back afterwards!
Soon they decided to convert the garage into a permanent classroom, and that became
the first "Guru Ram Das Ashram." Classes were packed full every night.
made it very clear from the very start that he had not come to get disciples,
but to train teachers. He said that in Kundalini Yoga, a person must initiate
him/herself! He encouraged people to learn, and then go out and teach what they
had learned. Starting with Washington, DC, 3HO centers started springing up all
over the country. Destiny was unfolding. There are now over 350 centers worldwide.
THE SECRECY TRADITION
Yogi Bhajan broke the ancient tradition of secrecy
to introduce what he calls the Yoga of Awareness to the West. Traditionally these
sacred teachings were passed from teacher to student in a very selective and elitist
fashion. Any student who wanted" Each soul has a role to play. Each human
has something to say. May consciousness prevail so we can come through the veil
of arrogance and ignorance to the joy and happiness of life. May we count our
blessings to be beautiful, bountiful and blissful." - Yogi Bhajan
have a right to be healthy, happy and holy. It is your birthright."
Yoga is a potent and effective system of self-transformation and personal development.
Kundalini Yoga stimulates individual growth through systematic techniques that
strengthen the nervous system and balance the glandular system (the guardians
of health), for increased stability and vitality. Meditation improves mental concentration,
sharpens awareness and give the direct experience of consciousness. Kundalini
Yoga encompasses and draws from all yogic systems and techniques.
effective and influential has the 3HO Foundation become, that in May of 1994,
it was recognized by the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization. Since
then, Yogi Bhajan's wife, Bibi Inderjit Kaur, Ph.D., and other 3HO Representatives
have attended and made presentations at numerous UN sponsored forums, conferences
Today, 3HO operates more than 300
centers in 35 countries.
"If you cannot see God in all, you cannot see
God at all."
Yogi Bhajan is the chief religious and administrative
authority for the Ministry of Sikh Dharma in the Western Hemisphere. Yogi Bhajan
has been given the Ministerial title of "Siri Singh Sahib" by the central
governing body of the Sikh religion, the Akal Takhat, in recognition for his unceasing
missionary work in the western world.
He is an individual of remarkable insight,
powerful energy and an unwavering commitment to global healing and spiritual awareness.
The Technology of the Shabad Guru
In these times of turbulent change, an
inner and outer balance is needed for both personal and social success. Life in
today's world is no longer based on what you believe, but on what you experience.
Those individuals who lack the tools to experience their own true identity will
find themselves frustrated and unfulfilled.
The Shabad Guru is an ancient
science that has been the foundation of the Sikh religion for hundreds of years.
It engenders an elevated consciousness and identity.
In the book, The Quantum
Impact of the Shabad Guru, by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Khalsa Yogiji,
Ph.D. and compiled by Mukhia Singh Shaib Dr. Gurucharan S. Khalsa, Ph.D., this
ancient knowledge is brought into a contemporary perspective, making it accessible
to all people. This technology forms the core of his counseling and teaching efforts.
KUNDALINI YOGA: The Flow Of Eternal Power
An Easy Guide to the Yoga of
Awareness - As Taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D.
For thousands of years yogis
preserved and carefully guarded the knowledge of the inner and outer workings
of a human being, very cautiously revealing the technology, selectively passing
it down verbally from Master to chosen disciple. They were selective because knowledge
gives power, and power can corrupt. Kundalini Yoga was always kept very secret.
It was never taught publicly until 1969, When Yogi Bhajan challenged the ages-old
tradition of secrecy.
The word kundalini literally means "the curl of
the lock of hair of the beloved." It is a metaphor, a poetic way of describing
the flow of energy and consciousness which already exists within each one of us.
The practices enable you to merge with or "yoke" with the universal
Self. This merging of individual consciousness with universal consciousness creates
a "divine union" called "yoga." The technology of Kundalini
Yoga applies its science to our bodies and minds, and is aimed at spirit which
has no boundaries, no discrimination. Therefore it is for everyone. It is universal
This is a yoga for householders, for people who have
to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families,
and managing businesses. It gives results in the shortest possible time. It does
not require you to leave your home, become an ascetic or sit in a cave. Kundalini
Yoga is designed to give you "hands on" experience of your highest consciousness.
It teaches a method by which you can achieve the sacred purpose of your life.
In 1969, when Yogi Bhajan saw the condition the young people were in from having
taken drugs, his compassion impelled him to teach them Kundalini Yoga. He knew
it was the fastest way to heal their bodies and minds, and give them the spiritual
awakening they were seeking.
Kundalini Yoga deals specifically with the most
powerful thing in the universe, the basic life energy, prana. Prana is the sub-atomic
energy, the life force. Kundalini Yoga is the path of discovery of the source
of the prana in us and teaches us how to use it. In Kundalini Yoga we harness
the mental, physical and nervous energies of the body and puts them under the
domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. Kundalini Yoga perfects
the finite life while connecting it to the infinite experience.
of Kundalini Yoga also balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous
system and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions, so we
can be in control of ourselves, rather than being controlled by our thoughts and
feelings. Of all the technology and wisdom that Yogi Bhajan could have taught
from his vast storehouse of mastery, he chose to teach Kundalini Yoga because
it is so effective, comprehensive, and so "do-able."
No matter what
we achieve, what success in the world we have, it ends up being hollow unless
we fulfill the soul's yearning to bring higher consciousness into our daily lives.
Kundalini Yoga is much more than just a system of physical exercise. It is a dynamic,
powerful, tool for expanding awareness. Approach it with respect, with reverence,
from the book by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa. Available through the Ancient Healing
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KUNDALINI YOGA - AN INTRODUCTION
Yogi Bhajan, master of white tantric and kundalini yoga started
teaching in America in January 1969. He is the director of Spiritual Education
for the Healthy, Happy, Holy organisation (3HO), which has expanded to over 100
centres teaching Kundalini yoga throughout the world.
"I have recognised
with the blessing of my master, that it is possible to be healthy, to be happy,
and to be holy while living in this society. You must have energy so that your
dead computer may live and pass on the signal to you and may compute all that
you want to do in this society. We call it, in the olden science, the Kundalini,..
which has been blocked in Muladhara, the lowest of all chakras or lotuses.
These are all imaginary things. Great big books have been written on them, and
these books also misled me for many years. Still I learned about it; and all these
chakras (or circles, as we call them in English) have put us in so many circles
that we do not come out of it, and we reach to nowhere. There is a way we should
get our computer to be in direct contact with him, the Biggest computer; and things
must then work automatically. That can't work until the Kundalini, the spiritual
nerve, breaks through the blockage at Muladhara, and thus, travels up and reaches
the stage that you may have Superconsciousness in Consciousness.
It is to generate
the pressure of the prana and mix it with the apana and thus, when the two join
together, you generate it in the pranic centre; with this heat of the prana, you
put a pressure or charge on the Kundalini, the soul nerve, three and a half circles
coiled (Kundal means "the coil in the curl of the hair of the beloved";
it does not mean snake or serpent) on muladhara, and thus awaken it, so that it
may pierce, through the imaginary chakras and pass ultimately through Jalandhara
Bandha (Neck Lock - the final blockage in the spine before the energy reaches
Now, let me define a few terms. Prana is the life force. It is the
life force of the atom. Apana is emanation or eliminating force. These are two
forces, positive & negative, in us which are governed by pingala and ida,
that is, right and left. When we join these two energies under the power and the
science of Kundalini Yoga, we mix the prana with the apana and bring, under that
pressure, the Kundalini up. When it passes through the central nerve or Sushumana
it reaches the higher chakras or lotuses; and thus man can easily look into the
future. His psychic power gets enlightened. He can know his total surroundings
and he is a blessed being.
After one inhales the prana deep (down to the navel
point) and pulls the apana with root lock (up to the navel point), prana and apana
mix at the navel centre. This is known as Nabhi Chakra or Fourth Vertebra. Heat
is felt during the Kundalini awakening and that heat is the filament of the Sushumana
or central spinal channel being lit by the joining of prana and apana. Below the
Nabhi chakra, the energy leaves the navel aid goes to the rectum (or lower centre)
and then it rises. This is called Reserve Channels. It relates to your Astral
Then, there are six more chakras through which the Kundalini must rise;
and it will happen all at once; and once you have raised it, that's it. But the
hardest job is to keep it up, to keep the channels clean and clear.
rectum to the vocal cord is as the silver cord. From the neck to the top of the
head is passage. From the third eye to the pineal gland is the gold cord. To make
the energy rise in these cords and passages, you must apply hydraulic locks. You
must put a pressure. You live in California? You know how we take the oil from
the ground? Put a pressure and the oil will come out. It is a staircase of energy.
Mulbandh brings apana, eliminating force, to the navel or fourth vertebra,
the central seat of the Kundalini.
Diaphragm lock takes it up to the neck.
Neck lock takes it up all the rest of the way.
The pineal gland or seat
of the soul does not work when the tenth gate (top of the head) is sealed. But
if pineal will secrete (when the Kundalini heat comes), your pituitary will act
as radar, keeping the mind from negativity.
Yes, Kundalini is known as the
nerve of the soul; and this has to be awakened, and when soul gets awakened, there
remains nothing. What else?
In the practical reality, these chakras are imaginary
and nothing else. This Kundalini is just a Kundalini and nothing else, and it
is not very important. These pranas and apanas are just there. Everything is set
in us. We lack nothing. We use these terms simply to make the process clear so
we can get on. It is very simple. After getting myself into the darkness for years
together, I found it was so easy, I could have saved myself a lot of hassle.
I found the kundalini really can come up like this, I was astonished! It was a
surprise to me. I said "That's all there is to the Kundalini?" and my
master said "Yes."
All it is, is creating the prana in that cavity,
and mixing it with apana, and taking it down (as we give pressure to the oil),
and bringing the oil up is Kundalini. That's it. That is the greatest truth. Truth
is bitter, I know, so I cannot speak all the truth. But I speak indirect and direct
truth, because I cannot speak something beyond truth. I have realised the truth,
and the fact is you cannot breathe by your will. It is the God in you which breathes.
Without that, you do not breathe. Now what is this breath business? I tell you.
is good information to the medical people. Under the eighth vertebra there is
a cavity. We call it prana centre. Good? In that prana centre, with the breathing
up to the tip of the tongue and-on to the ida and pingala, which adjust the temperature
of the body, we breathe pranic energy. Pranic energy is the life force of the
atom. If, fifty years ago, I would have talked to you about atomic energy you
would have said, "Go away. We don't understand you." When I talk pranic
energy ,don't feel that I am talking something mystic. It is practical. This pranic
energy is the life of the atom. We store it her (8th vertebra down). We know certain
actions through which we inhale with this pranic energy, and when we inhale with
this pranic energy, our pranic centre gets awakened. The pranic centre supplies
the pranic energy to the pranic nerve, and the pranic nerve supplies the pranic
energy to the muscles, which are responsible for the beat of the heart and that
of the diaphragm. We call it "U" muscle, because it is shaped like the
letter "U" and this "U" muscle is responsible for all this
life current in you which is automatic, beyond your control. You know what these
Yogis do? They create pranic energy reservoirs in that cavity, and so they live
on that reserve. This is what they do. They make the cavity active with certain
exercises; and thus, they know how to control the pranic energy or prana-vayu,
the life current. That's one part of it. The second is apana, which eliminates
everything. It is where the Kundalini power lives. Now, when the pranic energy
is in you, then the second part is that you can circulate it through your body.
You can feel it and make people feel it; we teach people how to do it. It is a
scientific thing that has got nothing to do with mystics, or something which I
can't explain. It is so simple, it is practical, and so we circulate it.
the circulation we time it to go with the spinal cord. Then we make it hit the
Muladhara. Thus we pierce through that bind or blockage before the Kundalini power.
The moment we do it, she has no option but to come up, and the moment she comes
up, you stand blessed. Then you will see; the computer will work. That's all.
it difficult? There is no secret about it. In twenty, thirty days, if you honestly
practise it about one hour, two hours each day, you can be through with it, and
this is what I did.
Two cautions: You must practice neck lock. Pull the neck
straight in, keeping the spine and neck absolutely straight with no bend of the
neck. The higher flood of circulation will cause cells of the brain to expand
because of the higher circulation of blood to that region and people shall go
mad, half-mad or die, because the lock was not there!!
Secondly, when you do
yoga, please, for God's sake, remember, you are playing with the energy which
is the life force of the atom. You must understand what you are doing. I'm giving
you a word of warning.
The fact remains that without having the Kundalini awakened,
your soul is not awakened, and if your soul is awakened, what else do you need?
If you will get into the action to awaken the Kundalini, the nerve of the soul,
and thus this car of yours will be driven or chauffeured by the soul and not by
the negative ego, then you have found God in you; and I shall be the greatest
man on earth, if I shall be privileged to touch the dust of your feet, if you
had that state.
R inked with permission from 'Beads of Truth': Summer 1972.
Editor in chief, Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa. -Copyright 1986 by the 3HO Foundation,
a non profit corporation dedicated to the advancement of the individual through
education, science and religion. 1620 Preuss Road, Angeles, California 90035.