Legal Infighting within Yogi Bhajan's organizations

by Gursant Singh ⌂ @, Yuba City California USA, Friday, June 11, 2010, 13:14 (4187 days ago)
edited by Gursant Singh, Monday, June 13, 2011, 07:58

Just read in these letters the infighting that is going on in the 3HO Sikh community and decide for yourself if the Tantric yoga Yogi Bhajan taught his students is damaging or not.
Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

The Name of Golden Temple and its Murals

"In England last year a firm advertised some blue jeans as Jesus Jeans. The whole religious world of England rose in one protest and stopped the manufacture of these jeans. The word Golden Temple has become an instrument of commercial affairs of Yogi Bhajan He has now even named shoe stores as Golden Temple. I was given a "Wha Guru Chew.""

"Yogi Bhajan is using the sacred Sikh mantras and the sacred name of Guru Ram Das as a mantle for his Tantric Sex Yoga which will inevitably lead to mental and physical debauchery of those who take his brand of Sikhism contaminated by crazy sex-energizing asanas seriously."

To the Members of the Khalsa Council:

The Record

A “Record” is defined as anything (such as a document or a phonograph
record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about
past events.

Records are therefore from my perspective very important. They provide clarity
about past statements and occurrences and in many instances are available to
settle disputes about what was actually said or done.

As the Khalsa Council and as Ministers of Sikh Dharma, I believe it is
extremely important to examine the record of guidance, teachings and
discipline provided to us by the SSS and to make our best effort to create a
our own record which is true to and consistent with that guidance, those
teachings and that discipline.

Below is part of a 1999 Solstice transcript containing a quote from "Kartar
Singh", currently a member of the Unto Infinity Board, as well as part of the
current Golden Temple Management Group. The contained statements were made on
June 25, 1999 at Summer Solstice on stage at Ram Das Puri in the presence of
the SSS and in front of the sangat.

I would have to check the video tape but I am confident that Kartar did not
stroll up on stage in his “Hefner-esque” maroon smoking jacket and black
mock turtleneck sporting a “call me Sonny, not Tubbs” pony tail and beard
stubble, or hide behind a mask with Peraim( see attached photos).
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YOGI BHAJAN TEACHES CLASS

June 25, 1999 (YB 318)

“YB: … Kartar has to do something to say, what else are you doing here,
open this, Kartar, you have to do something?

Kartar: Sat Nam.

YB: Tell him.

Kartar: Sat Nam, okay, hope everybody has had a happy solstice.

Class clapping.

Student: My name is Kartar Singh, I am the senior CEO of KIIT. And I wanted to
tell you about what the Siri Singh Sahib’s has given us. It is a group of
businesses, a number of which we started about twenty-five years ago with
about six hundred dollars in a garage with a couple little funky businesses.
Over those twenty-five years with the vision, direction and guidance from the
Siri Singh Sahib we have grown into thirteen companies in one big corporation.
In this year we’ll do approximately a hundred and fifty million dollars in
sales and we have four thousand employees worldwide.

We have product companies and you are enjoying some of the products now; you
have yogi tea at solstice. We have service companies. We have the pleasure of
having a security company that is doing security for solstice this summer and
we are all over the world. We have operations in the US , we are in Europe and
we are happy to announce we just started first preparation in India where we
have we now have a school: Miri Piri academy. And with the teachings of the
Siri Singh Sahib we’ll start a earn and learn program with the kids so that
they can incorporate working and studying at the same time.

Our future focus will on herbs and organic. We also have a computer company
and we have a new product called diagonal management system from the Siri
Singh Sahib and Sun and Son will bring that for the future.

We developed our businesses to be ready for the Aquarian age and it’s our
mission to bring products and services that incorporate the teachings of Yogi
Bhajan and a technology to humanity to bring upliftment and we also want to
have jobs for the family, jobs for all of you. To contact us you can go to
the booth and there is a brochure that gives the phone numbers, fax numbers,
and e-mails and the last thing I wanted to say was drink more Yogi tea, eat
lots of peace cereals, be healthy, happy, and holy, thank you.

Class clapping.

YB: I tell you what, you can bet on this, sooner or later time will come when
people have to drink yogi tea, have to eat herbal cereals, they have to, there
is no way out. So technically speaking we are just preparing for that great
tomorrow which is coming towards us. And as the Wahe Guru chew is very sweet
so same way you be very sweet and meet people head on and uplift them. I’ll
be asking all my staff to be on the platform to say thanks to you for coming
and if there is any mistake they are very proud it happened.

Class clapping.

YB: And all this corporation into KIIT Khalsa International Industry and
Traders would not have been possible if ED would not have done her job, so
this executive director Siri Ram Kaur come on they want to see you what are
you doing, forgive me she is a Virgo and then Taran Taran Kaur which spread
our everything in Europe and now she is working here. The possibility of
everything is very beautiful because all businesses which we started or I
started what do you want to call it, are now not mine. And all the land is not
mine, simply we pay the bills. I hope you will learn from it and create the
glory which belongs to you tomorrow.”

THE MAPLE PECAN CRUNCH

Fast forward to today- based upon my understanding of the recent disclosures
in the law suit, the Kartar Singh that makes the statement above is the same
Kartar who is a member of the UI Board (although he recused himself for
reasons that should appear obvious) which approved the 2007 transfer/sale of
Golden Temple (a company reportedly generating $125 million dollars in sales
annually) from UI to Kartar and five other “executives” at Golden Temple
(known collectively as Golden Temple Management(GTM). GTM paid a whopping
$100.00 to own Golden Temple .

This transfer came with the added provision that the six(6) members of GTM are
and have been entitled to 90% of the GT profits from 2007 to the present with
only 10% going to UI (after providing UI with a return on its capital
contribution). Moreover the deal provides that upon the closing of the pending
sale of the cereal division , 90% of that division’s proceeds (after UI's
capital contribution is repaid) are to be paid to UI of which Kartar is a
member. Golden Temple Management (including Kartar) will continue to be a 90%
owner of Yogi Tea, the remaining division of Golden Temple . To my knowledge,
none of these facts were disclosed to the Sikh Dharma Community at any time
prior to their discovery as a result of this lawsuit.

Finally, the following exchange appears in the deposition of Roy
Lambert(2-24-2010), attorney for UI regarding his e-mail response to an April
19, 2009 e-mail from Amrit Kaur Khalsa, Chancellor regarding the ownership of
Golden Temple( sent I believe as a result questions raised at the Khalsa
Council meetings last spring):

Q(McGrory). Do you think you were trying to hide the fact Golden Temple
Management had an ownership interest?

A(Lambert). I am sure we weren't going to disclose that, yes.

Q (McGrory) Yes, so you were intentionally not revealing that, correct?

A. (Lambert)Yes.

Q. (McGrory) Even though you knew that was one of the purposes of the
question, correct?

A. (Lambert) That's correct (Lambert Depo. p. 121 lines 14-25).

(Is it any wonder that Kartar and Peraim are wearing masks in the attached
photo?)

With all due respect, worrying about "judging" someone in this situation is in
my opinion a little like worrying about if the gasoline used to burn your
house down is leaded or unleaded, while the house is still on fire and you are
in the house.

We as a Khalsa have a chance and a choice. The lecture quotes above, the
attached photos, the actions of UI, SDS, Golden Temple Management prior to and
since the SSS’s passing and our response to these actions and events as
Khalsa are all and will continue to be a matter of Record. My intent is that
the record we create as the Khalsa honors our Guru, our teacher and fulfills
our identity, destiny, and responsibility as Khalsa. I look forward to
convening with my fellow Khalsa Brothers and Sisters at the McCurdy School in
April.
S.S. Gurujodha S. Khalsa
SDI Update: Khalsa Council Meetings


From: "Hari Nam Khalsa" <harinam56@hotmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 7:39 PM




Dear Brothers and Sisters in Khalsa Council,

When I do find the time in the next week, I will share with you as an Oregon attorney, and I promise with absolute neutrality, what in fact occurred last week in the Circuit Court of Multnomah County.

The one thing I do want to share with you at this time, because it is important to immediately respond to this misleading email, is that the explanation of what occurred is extremely one dimensional and "spinned" to the 9th degree. And certain statements, in my opinion are outright misrepresentations of the truth, i.e., "[Circuit Court] affirmed that the new Sikh Dharma International board is legally in control and responsible for Sikh Dharma"

Really? I must have been sleeping when the judge said that, so please send me a copy of the transcript where she said that. Obviously, all this is just not about the business and financial interests and never has been. There is a concerted attempt of a small number of people to take over not only 3HO and the world of Kundalini Yoga, but the Dharma itself.

For any of you out there who are still "sitting on the fence" or maintaining a position of "neutrality" for whatever reason you may have, please, wake up to the reality of what is happening and what the long-term consequences that your silence will ultimately support. I have made it a point not to call out any individuals in any of my public statements because I don't think it is fair or the classy thing to do.

However, in this case I must make an exception to you Ek Ong Kaar. In all likelihood you did not write this biased and outrageously insulting email. However, at the very least you have gratuitously allowed your name to be associated with it by it being sent out on your email address. To my understanding you are not now, nor have you ever been an attorney.

And you certainly weren't in the courtroom yourself last week. For you to come out with an unequivocal explanation of what a judge said in her courtroom 1600 miles away from your home (in particular because your description of what she said was so off-base) is to me unconscionable. So please, spare me the "May Guru Ram Das bless you and guide you, blah, blah, blah. After kicking us in the you know what, please don't go there, OK?

You've always been a person I've had great love and admiration for. I'm really, really sorry that you've been co-opted in this way. Now give me a chance to truly talk from my heart.....think long and hard about what you're involving yourself with here.


Blessings,S.S. Hari Nam Singh

Continued at reply to this post

See more photos and discussion on facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=108156&id=1214270541&l=5a22781e63

“Amid the legal infighting following Yogi Bhajan’s death, critics are offering another portrait of the Sikh leader.”
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3HO Sikhs are now fighting amongst themselves in a lawsuit over the millions of dollars in profits made from using the sacred Sikh religious symbols and scriptures for their own personal gain.3HO Sikhs, who follow Yogi Bhajan, funnel the money to support Yogi Bhajan's tantric cult church which 3HO Sikhs have deceptively camouflaged using names like "Sikh Dharma International", "3HO foundation", "Sikh Dharma Stewardship","SikhNet.com","Sikh Dharma Worldwide", "Unto Infinity Board","Khalsa Council" and "KRI(Kundalini Research Institute)". See "Sikhnet's" and "Sikh Dharma International's" slick new websites which were produced with the millions in ill-gained profits using the name of the Golden Temple, names and images of the Sikh Gurus, and sacred Sikh shabads for profit in commercial enterprises.


Read the full front page article about Yogi Bhajan's lust for power and greed of his 3HO Sikhs in Today's Eugene Register-Guard:

""Yogi's Legacy in Question"".[/link]

"New lawsuit hits Golden Temple with fraud!"


Read about the infighting in 3HO and Sikh Dharma--
Today's Eugene Register-Guard:

""Rift in 3HO Sikh community threatens business empire""


LETTERS IN THE EDITOR’S MAILBAG: Friday’s paper
Appeared in print: Friday, May 28, 2010

"Bhajan was a leader ‘by fluke’

Recently, a friend sent me articles from The Register-Guard on litigation involving Yogi Bhajan’s organizations in Oregon. The letters to the editor that followed, critical of the reporter, prompt me to throw some light on the subject. Bhajan was extremely good at what he did, but propagation of Sikhism he was not. Criticism of Bhajan’s cult cannot be construed as criticism of Sikhism.

Trilochan Singh, a distinguished Sikh scholar, in his 1977 book “Sikhism and Tantric Yoga,” describes Bhajan devastatingly: “Yogi Bhajan is a Sikh by birth, a Maha Tantric by choice but without training, and a ‘Sri Singh Sahib’ and self-styled leader of the Sikhs of the Western Hemisphere by fluke and mysterious strategy.” There was no mystery to his strategy. He ingratiated himself with the Sikh religious leadership in Punjab, which was more corrupt than the Vatican during the time of Martin Luther.

According to the Tantrics, the best form of worship is the fullest satisfaction of the sexual desires of man, therefore sexual intercourse is prescribed as a part of Tantric worship. In the annals of abuse of women, some had harems, others had concubines and Bhajan had secretaries. The Sikh gurus condemned the Tantrics and their practices. All the cases mentioned in The Register-Guard had merit.

Humility is the hallmark of a Sikh, and Bhajan had none of it. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, describes people such as Bhajan succinctly: “Those ... who have no virtues but are filled with egotistical pride.”

Hardev Singh Shergill President, Khalsa Tricentennial Foundation of North America Editor-in-chief, The Sikh Bulletin El Dorado Hills, Calif.

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

"The book Sikhism And Tantric Yoga is available at: www.gurmukhyoga.com.This website which is operated by a genuine White Sikh is highly recommended. Gursant Singh was a member of the Yogi Bhajan Cult (3HO and the Sikhnet Gora Sikhs or White Sikhs) for over 30 years and has intimate knowledge about the inner workings of this cult which attempts to miscegnate Sikhism with Hindu idolatry. I downloaded the book from Gursant’s website and found it to be absolutely compelling. I read it in one compulsive and sustained draught. It is a study not only about cults in Sikhism but about the miscegenation of the Sikh Religion by Hinduism. It is a classic work rendered in beautiful English prose and it is patently the work of a profound intellectual scholar with a deep knowledge of Sikhism."
Quotation taken from: http://www.sikharchives.com/?p=5513&cpage=1#comment-2011

You may also view individual chapters to "Sikhism and Tantric Yoga" at these links:

Sikhism & Tantric Yoga A Critical Evaluation of Yogi Bhajan
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=192

Sikh Doctrines and Yogi Bhajan's Secret Science
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=193

Yogi Bhajan's Adi Shakti Shaktimans and Shaktis
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=194

Yogi Bhajan's Clap Trap Theories of Kundalini Yoga
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=195

Yogi Bhajan's Ego Maniac Utterances
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=205

Yogi Bhajan's Seven Years in America and His Tinkling Titles
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=206

Yogi Bhajan's Arrest and Release on Bail
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=207

Yogi Bhajan Becomes the Only Maha Tantric in the World
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=208

Sikh Leaders without Conscience
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=209

Call to Truth and Authentic Sikhism
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=210

Please read an Excerpt below taken from "Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"

The Name of Golden Temple and its Murals

"In England last year a firm advertised some blue jeans as Jesus Jeans. The whole religious world of England rose in one protest and stopped the manufacture of these jeans. The word Golden Temple has become an instrument of commercial affairs of Yogi Bhajan He has now even named shoe stores as Golden Temple. I was given a "Wha Guru Chew.""

"Yogi Bhajan is using the sacred Sikh mantras and the sacred name of Guru Ram Das as a mantle for his Tantric Sex Yoga which will inevitably lead to mental and physical debauchery of those who take his brand of Sikhism contaminated by crazy sex-energizing asanas seriously."

Read about the "war between 3HO Sikh's Unto Infinity Board and Yogi Bhajan's Sikh Dharma". Yogi Bhajan set up all these organizations and installed their leaders. Decide for yourself if the Tantric Sex Yoga which Yogi Bhajan taught inevitably leads to mental and physical debauchery.

Many of these 3HO profiteers have cut their hair and renounced Sikhi! See these pictures below of Kartar Khalsa CEO of Golden Temple Foods and chairman of Yogi Bhajan's "Unto Infinity Board" who has cut his hair and is no longer a Sikh.
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(Is it any wonder that Kartar and Peraim, Controlling members of Yogi Bhajan's "Unto Infinity Board",are wearing circus masks in the above photo?)http://cirrus.mail-list.com/khalsa-council/Kartar-Peraim.2-10.jpg

See these articles in today's Eugene Register Guard which shows the greed surrounding this dispute:

"Money trail at heart of Sikhs’ legal battle."

Wha Guru being used sacriligiously for huge profits by 3HO Sikhs
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"What did the magician say to the Wha Guru Chew? Open sesame."

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Yogi Bhajan used the sacred name of the Golden Temple, names and images of the Sikh Gurus, and sacred Sikh shabads for commercial enterprises to make millions of dollars. Wha Guru is even used as the name of a candy bar by Golden Temple Foods!Links appearing on the internet advertise Golden Temple along with wine and alcohol such as in this Google search link: "Golden Temple Granola - Food & Wine - Compare Prices" Other internet links associate Golden Temple massage oil with sex and sensual massages as in this Google search: "Sensual Soothing... Golden Temple Soothing Touch Massage Oil."

See for yourself the pictures below of the Darbar Sahib(Golden Temple) in Amritsar and Guru Tegh Bahadar featured on yogi tea boxes:
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3HO Sikhs are associating yogis, ashrams, tantric sex yoga rituals,drinking of wine and magicians of the occult with the Sikh Gurus and the Golden Temple See the Rare Photo (above) featuring the Harimandir sahib in 1908 when it was under the control of the Pundits or mahants. Sadhus and yogis felt free to sit wearing only a dhoti and no head coverings.The Gurdwara Reform Movement stopped such practices in India and gave the Gurdwaras back to Gursikhs.

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Tantric Asanas taught by Yogi Bhajan for transmuting sexual energy:Reprinted from Yogi Bhajan’s official magazine “Beads of Truth” 11, p. 39

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Yogi Bhajan illustrated here controlling tantric shakti "energy". Notice the depiction of Shiva,above Yogi Bhajan's head, Shiva is the god of yoga for Hindus. The illustration also shows Kundalini Yoga Asanas taught by Yogi Bhajan for transmuting sexual energy

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Yogi Bhajan's students are intstructed to meditate on Yogi Bhajan's picture everyday which you can see displayed in the 3HO Espanola Gurdwara in the photo above.
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Idolatry is forbidden in sikhism....why does an 8-foot high statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, adorn the entranceway to the Siri Singh Sahib (yogi bhajan) lane in espanola. This is the hindu god of "prosperity", as in the 3HO publication "prosperity pathways".Adi Shakti Chandi 3HO Tantric Deity worshipped by 3HO in songs and prayers(shown above). Read about Yogi Bhajan's Shaktiman and Shakti women.

Read these shocking fire pujas and occult numerology,(below), practiced and advertised in the latest newsletter published by 3HO Sikhs. These "kriyas" or pujas are complete rubbish,only adding to the destruction and dissolution of the Sikh faith and should not be practiced by Sikhs of the Guru. The object of these practices is to combine the Sikh faith with Hinduism; to defang, neuter and completely destroy Sikhi. The strategy is to introduce idolatry and a stratified priesthood into the Sikh Religion. Yogi Bhajan and his 3HO shakti cult followers are introducing idolatry and Hindu practices of pujas and tantra mantra into the Sikh religion. The Bhajan movement is attempting to shift Sikh worship from the commonwealth of Gurdwaras to private estates controlled by 3HO priests of Yogi Bhajan's Tantric sex cult church.
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Idolatry is forbidden in Sikhism....why does a golden statue of a yogi adorn the entranceway to the 3HO Gurdwara in Espanola. This is a Hindu practise.
3-HO Sikhs demonstrate(in the photo above)their complete subservience to false worldly material power by exhibiting the Flag of God (The Nishaan Sahib) at an even level with the flag of the United States in front of the 3HO Gurdwara in New Mexico. The Nishaan Sahib, (The Respected Mark of God under the shadow of the Sikh Broadsword) should always fly higher than the flag of all the false materialists. The Flag of the Khalsa should occupy a place of exaltation above any government's flag that temporarily inhabits the material world.

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Tantric Yoga asanas (above) taught by Yogi Bhajan
and practised in 3HO Gurdwaras

"Tantric doctrines involving sex-poses or physical contact poses are extremely repulsive to Sikhism. The Sikh Gurus repeatedly ask the Sikhs to shun Tantric practices because they are based on a mentally perverted outlook of life. The Sikh Gurus ask the Sikhs to shun the very presence and association of Shakti-Cult Tantrics." Dr. Trilochan Singh "Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"

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Tantric Asana taught by Yogi Bhajan for transmuting sexual energy:Reprinted from Yogi Bhajan’s official magazine “Beads of Truth” 11, p. 39

See how Hindu gods and yogis are displayed in 3HO Gurdwaras, (see link in blue).

See this post which exposes the most shocking relationship Yogi Bhajan had with Jagjit Naamdhari who is considered by his disciples as the 11th Sikh Guru. The Naamdhari Sikhs keep the Siri Guru Granth in a closet while they bow to Jagjit and refer to him as "SatGuru Ji" as you can see in the photos at this link.

Read these comments by traditional Sikhs. "What better way to make money: add a religious tone to the product. All of a sudden, it seems legit."


If you want to stop these degrading and sacriligious practices by Golden Temple Foods and Yogi Bhajan's cult followers; Post a letter of support on this website or write your local food stores and demand they stop selling Golden Temple Food's products. Some of the major stores which carry these products are Trader Joes, Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats but there are many many other stores who sell millions of dollars in Golden Temple Granola, Peace Cereal, Yogi Teas, massage oil and Wha Guru Chews.

Yogi Bhajan's sacrilegious teachings in the name of Sikhism are illustrated quite distinctly by pictures of Yogi Bhajan's portrait, hindu idols being displayed in and around 3-HO Gurdwaras and the practice of kundalini and sex energizing tantric yoga asanas inside 3-HO Gudwaras by Yogi Bhajan's students.
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Idolatry is forbidden in Sikhism. Why does an eight foot high image (above) of Yogi Bhajan controlling the tantric shakti "energy" adorn the 3HO Gurdwara in Espanola? You can see the menacing image of Yogi Bhajan overshadowing the Sangat on the right side of the entire Espanola Gurdwara in the photo above.

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Idolatry is forbidden in sikhism....why does a golden statue of a yogi adorn the entranceway to the 3HO Gurdwara in espanola. This is a hindu practise.


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Yogi Bhajan's students are intstructed to meditate on Yogi Bhajan's picture everyday which you can see displayed in the 3HO Espanola Gurdwara in these photos.
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In a painting at the New Mexico 3HO Gurdwara(above)you can see the sacrilegious misrepresentation of our sacred Khalsa symbol "Khanda" with two swords around it. You may also observe in this painting how Yogi Bhajan is depicted on an equal level with Guru Ram Daas(the 4th Sikh Guru): Dr. Trilochan Singh recounts this observation in 1977 when he writes, "The other picture was the Khalsa symbol Khanda with two swords around it. The Khanda (double-edged sword) within this symbol was replaced by a picture of an American woman with Sari-like robes. The woman is called Adi Shakti. I saw this published in the Beads of Truth in London and have already commented on it in my book, The Turban and the Sword of the Sikhs. I told Shakti Parwha that this is the most sacrilegious misrepresentation of our sacred symbol. As usual she dismissed my opinion as unimportant."

The sikh code of conduct says food offerings to the GURU are forbidden, but there is a 'testimony' page over at sikhnet.com, a 3HO run site loaded with volumes of Yogi Bhajan nonsense talks. Yogi Bhajan instructs 3Hoer's to prepare meals as offerings at the gurdwara and calls this "a dish for a wish". This is nothing more than the Hindu practice of puja. The testimony states "a dish for a wish".
Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

"Yogi Bhajan is using the sacred Sikh mantras and the sacred name of Guru Ram Das as a mantle for his Tantric Sex Yoga which will inevitably lead to mental and physical debauchery of those who take his brand of Sikhism contaminated by crazy sex-energizing asanas seriously."


Yogi Bhajan studied and taught at the Sivananda Ashram in Delhi. This, in addition to his first Kundalini Yoga teacher Sant Hazara Singh. In the mid-1960s, Harbhajan Singh took up a position as instructor at the Vishwayatan Ashram in New Delhi, under Dhirendra Brahmachari. This yoga centre was frequented by the Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter, Indira Gandhi, and diplomats and employees from a host of foreign embassies.

Here's an article on Sivananda's approach to Kundalini Yoga:

www.dlshq.org/download/kundalini.htm

These are all Hindu practices.

You can also read about the Gurdwara Reform Movement which stopped such practices in India and gave the Gurdwaras back to Gursikhs.

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Gurdwara Reform Movement

A Rare Photo of Harimandir sahib in 1908 when it was under the control of the Pundits or mahants. Sadhus felt free to sit in meditation wearing only a dhoti.The Gurdwara Reform Movement (Gurdwara Sudhar Lehr) is the Legislation passed by the Punjab Legislative Council which marked the culmination of the struggle of the Sikh people from 1920-1925 to wrest control of their places of worship from the mahants or priests into whose hands they had passed during the eighteenth century when the Khalsa were driven from their homes to seek safety in remote hills and deserts.

When they later established their sway in Punjab, the Sikhs rebuilt their shrines endowing them with large jagirs and estates. The management, however, remained with the priests, belonging mainly to the Udasi sect, who, after the advent of the British in 1849, began to consider the shrines and lands attached to them as their personal properties and to appropriating the income accruing from them to their private use. Some of them alienated or sold Gurudwara properties at will. They had introduced ceremonies which were anathema to orthodox Sikhs. Besides, there were complaints of immorality and even criminal behavior lodged against the worst of them. All these factors gave rise to what is known as the Gurudwara Reform movement during which the Sikhs peaceful protests were met with violence and death and ended with them courting arrest on a large scale to gain the world's attention. Before it was all over many would fall as martyrs with some being literally blown apart while they were strapped to cannaon barrels.

‘During the Gurdwara Reform Movement, the Sikh leaders started a publication that was named Akali. From this paper and its policy the leaders began to be called Akalis, in view of which they formed the present Akali party. These Nihang Akalis should not be confused with the members of the Akali party.’ The Turban And The Sword’' , by Dr. Trilochan Singh. (Page 402)

I found this post at SikhSangat.com It exposes the most shocking relationship Yogi Bhajan had with Jagjit Naamdhari who is considered by his disciples as the 11th Sikh Guru. The Naamdhari Sikhs keep the Siri Guru Granth in a closet while they bow to Jagjit and refer to him as "SatGuru Ji" as you can see in the photos below.

The 'Namdhari' cult has been excommunicated from the Khalsa Panth. See for yourself the pictures of Yogi Bhajan depicting his close relationship with Jagjit Naamdhari.

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"However their are several instances which I find questionable about Yogi Bhajan. One includes the relationship they had with Jagjit Naamdhari (http://satguruji.blogspot.com/), and the other about an occurance that occured in the late 70's between Yogi and AKJ, where Yogi criticized Jatha for trying to "steal" members."

Yogi Bhajan wore huge gemstones for their so called “yogic energy and power". Yogi Bhajan adorned himself with these yogic rings and precious gems for different days of the week. Yogi Bhajan covered up the fact that these days are represented by different Hindu deities and the practice of wearing these yogic rings is really only the Hindu idea of pacifying the various gods and goddesses. Not only this, Yogi Bhajan used astrology and numerology in choosing these yogic rings. Yogi Bhajan believed the gemstones had "energy affects" and influenced our destiny, thinking and actions.
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Yogi Bhajan shown here on Sikhnet wearing a yogic ring for power

Around the year 2000, Yogi Bhajan tried to personally sell me a yogic ring for several thousand dollars. We were at Hari Jiwan Singh's house in Espanola where HJ keeps a vast collection of gems worth millions of dollars. Yogi Bhajan told me. "You're naked." And he stated I needed a ring with a particular stone to protect me.
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Yogi Bhajan’s wearing and promoting yogic rings is yet another Hindu practice camouflaged in the sheep’s clothing of "Aquarian or New Age spiritual thinking”. These things should not be practiced by Sikhs of the Guru. As Sikhs we should rely on the Guru alone for strength as Guru Arjan so beautifully states:

I have learnt the technique of true Yoga from the divine Guru. The True Guru has revealed this technique with the Light of the divine Word. Within my body He has revealed the Light that pervades all the regions of the earth. To this Light within me I bow and salute every moment. The initiation of the Guru are my Yogic rings and I fix my mind steadfastly on the One Absolute God.i,

A. G. Guru Arjan, Gaudi, p 208

The following is taken from "Sikhism and Tantric Yoga" by Dr. Trilochan Singh.

We quote Yogi Bhajan on Precious Stones and rings, which for him are his status symbol, and for possessing which he expends quite a lot of his energy and ingenuity. He says in Beads, Summer 1972, "Precious stones are not precious because the rich wear them and the poor do not. Rather, they are precious because when cut in the proper way they concentrate sun energy and can transmit to the individual through the skin. Hence most rings are worn on the ring finger. The quality of energy channeled by each stone differs and so does its effect on the individual. Stones also correspond to the planets and serve in mediating the scattered energy which comes from retrograding planets."
Yogi Bhajan has given the following comments on stones.
Ruby (Sun) concentrates the heart of the sun's rays.
Moonstone and Pearls (Moon) help balance out too much sun energy. They are commonly worn by Libra.
Diamond (Venus and practically everything) can concentrate miles of sun rays into one beam. Recently in Los Angeles someone was robbed of 100,000 worth of jewel within 72 hours.
Emerald (Mercury) has wonderful effect on the brain and is a cooling stone. Good luck for everyone.
Coral (Mars) is for balancing positive and negative forces.
Topaz (Jupiter) is a good luck stone.
Blue Sapphire (Saturn) can give so much energy to a person that he becomes negative. Those who are interested in details can read the Journal Beads, Summer 1972, p. 16. I do not know what is the opinion of the Jewelers on these statements but from the point of Sikhism these notions are worthless absurdities.
Yogi Bhajan does not wear the earrings of the Nath Panthi Yogis, but he wears precious gold rings (sometimes two and sometimes three) heavily studded with jewels, and cannot help displaying them ostentatiously, probably as a symbol of wealth acquired through the techniques of Tantric Yoga, which he sacrilegiously identifies with the techniques of Sikh mysticism. Bhai Gurdas, however, makes it clear to all Sikhs of all ages that Yoga asanas and yoga techniques are absolutely useless and unnecessary for Sikh meditations and the spiritual path of Sikhism:
jog jugat gursikh gurs am jhay a
The Guru has himself explained to the Sikhs the technique of true Yoga, and it is this: A Sikh must live in such a moral and spiritual poise that while hoping and waiting he ceases to aspire or crave for low ambitions and remains unconcerned and detached. He should eat little and drink little. He should speak little and never waste time in nonsensical discussion. He should sleep little at night and keep away from the snare of wealth. He should never crave avariciously after wealth and property.
Bhai Gurdas, Var 20 / 15

We still have very eminent scholars and saints who practice and live according to the Essentials of the Sikh Path with utter humility and devotion. They do not wear long robes. They do not wear gold and diamond rings. They do not contaminate Sikh doctrines and practices with practices of creeds and cults which are repulsive to Sikhism and strictly prohibited. There are piles and piles of correct interpretations of the Sacred Writings of the Sikhs written first by the great contemporaries of the Gurus like Bhai Gurdas, Bhai Mani Singh, Bhai Nand Lai, and our own contemporaries like Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh and Bhai Vir Singh. They not only interpreted it but lived it and suffered for it like living martyrs, never seeking anything but the Grace of God and the Gurus as a reward.
See an excerpt from a meditation taught by Yogi Bhajan listed on one of his student's websites promoting yogic gems at "YogaGems.com".

"Each finger represents a planet, whose energies we imbue with grace within ourselves and through our projection:

The little finger is Mercury, enhancing communication.

The ring finger represents the sun, empowering our physical bodies with healing and grace of motion.

The middle finger stands for Saturn. We strengthen virtues of patience and self-discipline.

The index finger is for Jupiter. We enshrine the light of wisdom within us.

The thumb represents the earth, ego, “dragons head and dragons tail.” We bring grace to the ego, so it supports our spirit.

I brought this realization of grace through the beautiful Light that had descended with me, wherein I experienced each finger’s cosmic connection—to the planet Mercury, the shining Sun, ringed Saturn, luminous Jupiter, and lastly, Earth—wherein dragons symbolize the spiraling DNA of creation, all these energies equally a part of my soul."

See these links by Yogi Bhajan's students promoting "Power necklaces".

Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

"Yogi Bhajan is using the sacred Sikh mantras and the sacred name of Guru Ram Das as a mantle for his Tantric Sex Yoga which will inevitably lead to mental and physical debauchery of those who take his brand of Sikhism contaminated by crazy sex-energizing asanas seriously."

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Yogi’s legacy in question |
Former followers say he abused his position for power, money and sex
By Sherri Buri McDonald

The Register-Guard

Posted to Web: Sunday, May 9, 2010 12:14AM
Appeared in print: Sunday, May 9, 2010, page A8

A slow, painful awakening led Premka Kaur Khalsa, a top secretary in Yogi Bhajan’s Sikh organization for almost 20 years, to leave the religious group in 1984, she said.

Premka Khalsa, 66, said she could no longer participate because of the inconsistencies she said she had witnessed between the yogi’s behavior and his teachings — the deception and abuse of power.

In 1986, she sued Yogi Bhajan and his Sikh organizations, settling out of court. In court papers, she alleged that the married yogi had sexually and physically assaulted her, that he was sexually involved with other secretaries and that, as the head of his administration, she worked long hours for little or no pay.

The organization’s religious leaders vehemently deny those allegations. Its business leaders did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

Kamalla Rose Kaur, 55, another former member of Yogi Bhajan’s 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) who wrote for a grass-roots newsletter in the community, said a light switched on for her when she was researching and writing about religious groups and thought, “Hey, we’re acting a lot like a cult.”

Former member Guru Bir Singh Khalsa, 60, who had been appointed a “lifetime minister” by Yogi Bhajan, said he received a wake-up call in the early 1990s, when Sue Stryker, then an investigator with the Monterey County District Attorney’s office, laid out evidence linking members of his spiritual community to criminal activity. Stryker, now retired, said a member of Yogi Bhajan’s Sikh community pleaded guilty and served time in prison for a telemarketing scam that bilked seniors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

These and other ex-members of Yogi Bhajan’s organization say they aren’t surprised by events unfolding now, six years after his death. Legal disputes threaten to splinter the community. Allegations of the yogi’s past wrongdoing are resurfacing. And the future of the Sikh organization’s businesses are in question.

The outcome will ripple far beyond the religious group, whose companies have become intertwined with the local economy and business community.

In Multnomah County Circuit Court, the group’s religious leaders are suing the group’s business leaders over control of the community’s multimillion dollar businesses, including Golden Temple natural foods in Eugene and Akal Security in New Mexico.

“Organizations/cults that have charismatic leaders and their followings, once their charismatic leader dies, this is generally the kind of thing that occurs,” Premka Khalsa said.

“It’s the meltdown of a cult,” said Kamalla Kaur, who spent nearly 20 years in 3HO, and now runs an Internet forum for ex-members. “They actually kept it together longer than we expected.”

Steven Hassan, a Massachusetts-based author, counselor and former leader of the Moon cult in the 1970s, said he has counseled about two dozen former 3HO members, including leaders, over the years.

“The group, from my point of view, was always about power and money,” he said. “(Yogi) Bhajan is the consummate … cult leader. By not specifying someone to take over, there often are these kinds of political battles and meltdowns — people basically being greedy like Yogi Bhajan was and wanting more of a slice for themselves.”

Attorney John McGrory, who represents the religious leaders in the Multnomah case, said his clients strongly disagree with the description of their organization as a cult. They “believe very strongly that it’s a religion,” he said. “They practice and follow it, and they are ministers.” The proof, he said, is in the thousands of adherents who still practice it.

McGrory said the real source of the discord in the community appears to be that the assets Yogi Bhajan built up over the years are being taken for private use, with the blessing of the managers the yogi appointed to safeguard them.

Gary Roberts, attorney for the business leaders, has said they’ve done nothing wrong and have acted in the interests of the Sikh community.

When a founder of an organization, or the head of a family, passes away, disputes among successors are common, said Krishna Singh Khalsa, a Eugene Sikh for 40 years.

“There’s nothing spiritual or charismatic or cultlike about that,” he said. “It’s simply where interests clash.”

Religious leaders voice concerns

A year before he died, Yogi Bhajan established the “Unto Infinity” board to oversee the network of businesses, property and educational and spiritual nonprofits. Members include Golden Temple CEO Kartar Singh Khalsa and three of the yogi’s former secretaries: Sopurkh Kaur Khalsa, Siri Karm Kaur Khalsa, and Peraim Kaur Khalsa. Kartar Khalsa and Peraim Khalsa are domestic partners.

In the years leading up to the Multnomah lawsuit, the group’s religious leaders expressed concern that the business leaders, the Unto Infinity members, had abandoned the group’s orthodox beliefs, which include not cutting one’s hair, eating a vegetarian diet and abstaining from alcohol.

In court documents, the religious leaders allege that the Unto Infinity members acknowledged in 2008 that they no longer practiced those core beliefs.

Unto Infinity members did not respond to Register-Guard interview requests. But in March 2009, when the Khalsa Council, an international group of Sikh ministers, asked them whether they had cut their hair, were no longer vegetarians, and drank alcohol, the business leaders responded by letter, according to the Khalsa Council.

The letter said, among other things: “The questions raised are irrelevant to our roles and responsibilities in the organization. We are not the religious leaders of the organization; we were given administrative and financial authority and responsibility.”

The Unto Infinity members wrote that they had made many sacrifices while the yogi was alive and that now they’re applying “more kindness into our personal lives.”

“We have learned the importance of factoring back into our lives more joy and balance as we continue to serve this mission for the rest of our way home,” they wrote.

The Unto Infinity members wrote that if the religious authorities decided to narrowly define what a Sikh Dharma minister is, “we may not continue to qualify.”

However, they noted, “many current ministers in Sikh Dharma have broken their Sikh or minister vows, marital vows, and the laws of our country and have remained ministers,” adding that that had been true even while Yogi Bhajan was alive.

Watching the business leaders back away from the group’s religious practices, some former members said, reminds them of what they experienced when they decided to leave the group.

“You go through stages of discovery of how you gave away your power and were deceived,” Premka Khalsa said.

“Once the person who is defining your reality — the charismatic leader — once he’s not there continuing to enforce the beliefs, then your eyes start to open,” she said. “You see things in a different way, and it can be disillusioning.”

Premka Khalsa said that’s especially true for the yogi’s secretaries, such as herself, who sacrificed much of their lives to serve him.

“I met him at 25,” she said. “I was 41 by the time I left, so my life of family, child bearing and (being) productive in the world, that whole piece was gone. Nothing was put into Social Security, and I walked out with the clothes on my back.”

The women in his inner circle “were denied having a personal relationship with any other men,” she added. “Some of us wanted to get married and have children, but we got sidetracked into agreeing to forego that with the intention of serving something bigger than us. Sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice.”

Flaws noted by former members

The group’s publications and Web sites praise Yogi Bhajan as an advocate for world peace and as a spiritual teacher who has helped improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

A resolution passed by Congress in 2005 after his death recognized the yogi as “a wise teacher and mentor, an outstanding pioneer, a champion of peace and a compassionate human being.”

But Yogi Bhajan also had flaws, former members said.

“He was a phenomenal yoga teacher, a phenomenal spiritual man,” said Guru Bir Khalsa, the former “lifetime minister” who left the group after 18 years. But the yogi “sabotaged his own dream,” he said.

Imposing at 6 foot 3 inches and 250 pounds, Yogi Bhajan claimed humility, but had a weakness for expensive jewelry, luxury cars and custom-designed robes, former members said.

“He was a big dichotomy,” Premka Khalsa said. “He was tremendously charismatic. It just drew you in. You felt held and you felt loved and you felt embraced and felt part of something that was magnificent and bigger than you, and always yummy.”

“On the other side, he could be devastatingly harsh and make decisions that seemed so contrary to what he would preach and teach,” she said.

“He was all about power and he became a victim of that experience,” she said.

Lawsuits on assaults, inheritance

With his long white beard, white turban and white robes, Yogi Bhajan advocated for world peace, founding an annual Peace Prayer Day in 1985. But his saintly public image contrasted starkly with his private behavior, Premka Khalsa and other former secretaries said.

In her 1986 lawsuit, Premka Khalsa alleged that Yogi Bhajan repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted her from November 1968 to November 1984.

McGrory, the religious leaders’ attorney, said his clients deny all the allegations in Premka Khalsa’s lawsuit, which “were never verified or substantiated.”

In court papers, she alleged that the yogi was sexually involved with various female followers, and that he ordered her to coordinate his sexual liaisons, including orgies, with other secretaries, which she refused to do.

The head of Yogi Bhajan’s administration, and an editor and writer for his publications, Premka Khalsa said she worked on average 10 hours a day, five days a week. She alleged that she was paid $375 a month — only in her last three years with the group.

“It was another part of how he kept us bound,” she said. “We didn’t have independent resources. He had a fleet of cars — one of which was mine to drive. And he had properties to live on, but they weren’t mine. You had few independent resources, so it made it hard to live out on (your) own. He did that with lots of people.”

Premka Khalsa alleged in her lawsuit that Yogi Bhajan called her “his spiritual wife, destined to serve mankind by serving him in a conjugal capacity.” He said if she did so, he “would care for her for all of her natural life,” she alleged.

When Yogi Bhajan died in 2004, his wife Bibiji Inderjit was to inherit half of their community property, and he designated that his half go to Staff Endowment, a trust to support 15 female administrative assistants. To receive her share, each assistant had to live in accordance with the yogi’s teachings and the Sikh Dharma Order, according to court documents. If she didn’t, her interest would be cut to 2 percent, the court papers said.

Among the trust beneficiaries are Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa, a plaintiff, and Sopurkh Khalsa, a defendant, in the Multnomah clash between the religious and business leaders, according to court papers.

McGrory said his clients deny that the Staff Endowment was in return for anything relating to Premka Khalsa’s allegations.

Yogi Bhajan’s estate still isn’t settled. In legal proceedings in New Mexico, the yogi’s widow argues that she was not aware of large gifts and expenditures her husband made while he was alive, and she wants an accounting of them, which could result in a determination that she is entitled to more of the remaining estate, said Surjit Soni, the widow’s attorney.

He said the yogi’s widow “does not begrudge or resist in any shape or form the bequest of Yogi Bhajan to his assistants … We just have to figure out what’s hers and what’s his and move on down the road.”

Soni declined to comment on the sexual abuse allegations.

Responding to the unpaid labor allegations, he said that many people volunteered their time to build the organization.

“It started with little or no sources of income and took the effort of a lot in the community lovingly coming together to provide their services,” he said. “They were doing it voluntarily. Nobody held a gun to their head.”

Another sexual abuse case against Yogi Bhajan, also settled out of court, was filed by the younger sister of Guru Amrit Khalsa, one of the yogi’s long-time secretaries.

Today, Guru Amrit Khalsa is one of the group’s two chief religious authorities, as well as one of the religious leaders suing Golden Temple CEO Kartar Khalsa and other business leaders.

Through McGrory, her attorney, she denied all allegations in her sister’s complaint.

The Register-Guard’s policy is not to name sexual abuse victims without their permission. Guru Amrit Khalsa’s sister’s whereabouts are not known, and she could not be reached for this story.

In court documents, she alleged that Guru Amrit Khalsa began trying to “entice” her into Yogi Bhajan’s organization when she was 11, and succeeded when she was 14.

She said she was with the group from 1975 to 1985. In her 1986 lawsuit, she alleged that starting in 1978, Yogi Bhajan repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted her.

The lawsuit alleged that the yogi was sexually involved with Guru Amrit Khalsa, as well as various other members of his administrative staff.

Guru Amrit Khalsa’s sister also alleged that Yogi Bhajan did not compensate her for skin and hair care products and snack foods she had developed and turned over to him in 1983 and 1984, after he had promised her an ownership stake or other payment.

“Truth is your identity”

The allegations in these lawsuits contrast with the public image of 3HO Sikhs in Eugene, who are widely regarded as devout, hard workers who have built a successful company that is a cornerstone of the natural foods industry here.

Firsthand knowledge of the abuse was confined to the yogi’s inner circle, Premka Khalsa and other former members said.

“The Eugene community, in general, is innocent and quite well intentioned,” she said.

Premka Khalsa said she sued Yogi Bhajan to try to expose what she called his lies and force him to change his behavior.

“The greeting we all have is Sat Nam, ‘Truth is your identity,’ and I wanted him to stop lying,” she said.

Premka Khalsa said she also wanted the rest of the community to know about the abuse, and she wanted to lend credibility to the complaint filed by Guru Amrit Khalsa’s sister because she said she was appalled by how badly she had been treated.

The suits were settled for undisclosed amounts, and they didn’t surface again until Guru Bir Khalsa, who had become disillusioned after learning of the group’s ties to telemarketing fraud, retrieved them from the archives of a New Mexico courthouse and put copies on the Internet in 2002.

“Sikh means seeker of truth and therefore I was just a seeker of truth,” he said. “The reason I wanted to put those documents on the Internet was to just turn the light on in the closet.”

“Yogi Bhajan had a dark side, and I think a lot of people don’t want to see it because of what that means about him,” Guru Bir Khalsa said. “I know, for myself, I wasn’t ready and didn’t want to see it. It’s kind of tough when you think you’ve invested as much as you have into something.”

Most of the former members quoted in this article asked to be referred to by the names they were using at the time they were part of the Sikh community.

“You go through stages of discovery of how you gave away your power and were deceived.”

— PREMKA KHALSA, A FORMER top secretary to Yogi Bhajan (SHOWN IN A 1973 PHOTO)

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Rift threatens business empire
Posted to Web: Saturday, May 8, 2010 11:55PM
Appeared in print: Sunday, May 9, 2010, page A9

When India-born Yogi Bhajan came to the United States in 1968 to teach kundalini yoga, a revolution was sweeping the nation. Young people were rebelling against the status quo, protesting the Vietnam War, and experimenting with free love, psychedelic drugs, Eastern religions and communal living.

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Idealistic young Americans flocked to Yogi Bhajan’s classes. Ashrams focused on his teachings began to pop up across the country, including in Eugene, Los Angeles, and Espanola, N.M. — the group’s main compound.

Soon after his arrival, he founded a nonprofit group 3HO (Happy, Holy, Healthy Organization) and began blending in Sikh teachings and practices.

In 1972, members of the fledgling Eugene ashram launched a tiny bakery in Springfield, which they later donated to the Sikh community. It grew into Golden Temple, an anchor of Eugene’s natural foods industry, and a major local employer and charitable donor.

The Eugene ashram grew steadily, becoming the Northwest hub for Yogi Bhajan’s brand of Sikhism. His adherents, with turbans, flowing robes and leggings, became a common sight.

Over the years, members of the ashram married, bought homes, sent their children to local schools and became part of the larger community.

In 2004, Yogi Bhajan died after devising a succession plan that split control of the community’s religious life and its business life — including Golden Temple, now a

Legal Infighting within Yogi Bhajan's organizations

by Gursant Singh ⌂ @, Yuba City California USA, Friday, June 11, 2010, 13:16 (4187 days ago) @ Gursant Singh

Just read in these letters the infighting that is going on in the 3HO Sikh community and decide for yourself if the Tantric yoga Yogi Bhajan taught his students is damaging or not.
Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Khalsa Council,
One last comment if I may, not directly related to the lawsuit itself. Of course I am concerned about the apparent self-dealing and abandonment of duty issues involving the family businesses and the huge amount of money involved. But as myself, many as you no doubt feel the greatest concern for preserving the sanctity of the Dharma and the teachings of our Teacher. From this last email from these five persons appointed by the UI Board, it is increasingly obvious what really is happening here, how it happened and what the long-term consequences will look like if they prevail. Frankly, what has happened here: UI found five turban-wearing members of the Khalsa Council who they could make a deal with. "Support our authority and enforce our organizational decisions and in return we will give you control of anything involving the world of 3HO,the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga, the Khalsa Council, and ultimately the Dharma itself. We don't want to get our hands dirty with those things anyhow because we've disavowed all that in our own lives (although we haven't disavowed the love of money). So you take care of us and we'll take care of you, because we really need each other (at least for now) to get what we want." For those of us who are sports fans, we know that as "The Fix is In." This was decided and continues to be decided (for us) behind closed doors. I know this is very uncomfortable for those of you who really, want to believe that everybody's intentions and points of view are equally valid and have to be respected as such. It's very difficult to believe that those we've laughed, cried and prayed with for decades are capable of this level of duplicity. Believe me, my heart has broken many times over this just like you. But as we like to say, "it is what it is". It's going to get increasingly hard for people to not take a side in this, as the envelope will continue to be pushed (evidenced by this letter from Ek Ong Kaar). And as my sister Haribhajan Kaur courageously stated in her email, I will definitely be there in April for KC meetings with those fellow members who were appointed by the SSS to represent this Dharma. On the other hand, I have no intention whatsoever of attending any so-called KC meeting called by self-appointed imposters (actually worse than that, appointed by people who cavalierly abandoned the Dharma). Sorry for the bluntness of this message, but really what else is there to say ?

Blessings,
S.S. Hari Nam Singh
Original Message -----
From: Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 7:01 PM
Subject: SDI Update: Khalsa Council Meetings

March 18, 2010

Dear beloved members of the Khalsa Council,

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

Amidst many challenges, we are given a tremendous opportunity to transcend our differences and to see the God in all (or not see God at all). The Siri Singh Sahib, in a 1980 interview, defined Khalsa as:
"…a body of people who believe in the purity and spirituality of existence and in the honesty of work. Khalsa simply means pure. Sovereign means free from Maya and illusion. It’s a very simple ethic. We do not limit ourselves because of political boundaries, beliefs or garments. We feel the spirit flows freely and everybody has the right to learn to be happy."

We are writing to update you that on Friday, March 12th , the Oregon State Circuit Court of Multnomah County affirmed the legality of recent actions taken by the Sikh Dharma Stewardship. It also affirmed that the new Sikh Dharma International board is legally in control and responsible for Sikh Dharma.

Given this clarity by the court, and given the relatively short time frame between now and the spring meetings for Khalsa Council, Sikh Dharma International has chosen to cancel the Khalsa Council Spring meetings, and to reconvene in the Fall of 2010.

Even though there is potential litigation still pending, it is our prayer that this clarity by the court is the first step in a journey of healing for all of us. The Siri Singh Sahib’s specific advice for this time after he passed was "not to judge each other, and to work together." We welcome any recommendations that the Khalsa Council has for how to move forward into the future that we may meditate and communicate to create unity and vibrate together in the frequency that we can see our infinite Creator in all.

The Siri Singh Sahib explained in the same 1980 interview:
"…My mission is to live the teachings and to reveal the teachings so through the ages they will be picked up. That’s what I am doing - I have no other mission. I have to leave behind a very practical science whereby people can become intuitively intelligent and can take care of their own lives, their own purpose and be happy …”

We are "a close knit and cohesive family and everybody of all kinds and types are family to us. There is no orphan for us in the world. Whatever wisdom we have belongs to all and to whoever needs it. We want everyone to establish their own businesses. Each individual is free and has his own private assets. We want each person to live well, live royally, and be a yogi."

We encourage all Khalsa Council members to celebrate Baisakhi in their local communities, and especially to support the Sikh Dharma of Los Angeles Baisakhi celebration on April 4th , dedicating this time to prayer and renewal.

May Guru Ram Das bless you and guide you now and forever. In the Name of the Cosmos which prevails through everyBODY, and the Holy Nam which holds the world.

Humbly yours,

The Sikh Dharma International Board of Directors
Sat Nam and blessings to all.


On Friday, March 12th, the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon
heard oral arguments in the case of the members of Sikh Dharma International
vs. the members of Unto Infinity LLC. The plaintiffs are SDI, SS Sardarni
Guru Amrit Kaur, MSS Hari Dharam Kaur, SS Avtar Hari Singh, MSS Guru Raj Kaur,
SS Guru Sangat Kaur and MSS GuruTej Singh. Friday’s hearing concerned the
issue of the plaintiffs’ standing to pursue the claims in this case, and the
defendants’ motion to dismiss the case.


The court did not issue a ruling on standing at the hearing. Instead, the
judge will issue a preliminary written statement on standing in the near
future based on the documents previously filed by both sides and the arguments
made in court yesterday. The court also did not rule on the remainder of
defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint.


However, the Court did rule that the UIB, as the member of SDI has the
technical and legal right (without getting into the merits of the case), to
remove the board members of SDI. With this ruling, the removal and replacement
of the SDI board by UI and SDS will be in effect for the duration of the case.
What this means for the legal case is that SDI will no longer be included as a
plaintiff. The plaintiff will now be the individual persons. The court is
allowing the case to move forward. The individual plaintiffs will be filing a
second amended complaint that no longer includes the corporate entity SDI as a
plaintiff. The court set a new hearing date of May 14 for argument on any
motions against the second amended complaint that will be filed.


The removal of SDI as a plaintiff has no bearing on the merits or outcome of
the case. The issues in the lawsuit, which include conversion of non-profit
assets to individual purposes, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, and
self-dealing, were not considered in this ruling, and the discovery process
will continue. The issue of standing must be determined before moving on to
these issues.


The Court Order from last week, stipulating that the net proceeds of the sale
of the cereal division of Golden Temple will remain in escrow and no funds
will be released until the court case has been heard in its entirety, will
remain in effect. We are grateful for that victory. Were it not for the
discovery process of this lawsuit, our community would still be completely in
the dark about the change of ownership of Golden Temple in 2007, whereby GT
management purportedly purchased 90% of the ownership of the business for
$100, and the current imminent sale of the cereal division. As a result of
last week’s court order, the monies from this sale will be protected for the
duration of the case.


Friday’s ruling was challenging, but we trust that God and Guru are guiding
the way. The former board members and officers of SDI will continue serving
our Sikh Dharma community through the vehicle of Sikh Dharma Worldwide. We and
our legal counsel are confident that our case against UIB is strong, and
although the legal process is sometimes long and cumbersome, our case will
prevail. We will follow up with additional communications within the next few
days to address some of the questions that will be coming up. Meanwhile, your
prayers that the highest good will prevail are gratefully appreciated.


Blessings,


SS Gurujot Kaur Khalsa

Secretary General

Sikh Dharma Worldwide
Sadh Sangat Ji,

I am sending this letter as my comment on recent events.

When the first floor of Lungar Hall at Hacienda de Guru Ram was built, it done as a Seva. It rose from nothing but a dream. It was funded by the contributions of the Sangat, and hands of many, giving time and labor.

A special Gurdwara was held to formalize the beginning of building. For a cornerstone, we bought a large block of marble, thought to have come from the same quarry as the marble of the Washington Monument in our nation’s Capitol. The Siri Singh Sahib came, dedicated and placed that cornerstone.

As a Sangat we were more concerned with building for our legacy than we were concerned with building our own houses. We did not come looking for a meal ticket, we gave our own. We built a Home for ourselves and our Generations, Generations of blood and of Generations of Spirit.

There was joy when it became the Home for the Khalsa Council. Brick and mortar became flesh and bone. Then the Siri Singh Sahib applied the monies from the businesses, which we as a family had built, to build the second story. It was such an excellent use. That second story became filled with our future. The offices held the administration of our Dharma.

Last week, Madam Ambassador Susmita G. Thomas, the Counsel General of India visited Hacienda de Guru Ram Das. Bibi Ji welcomed her. Local, State and National Political figures came to meet her. The Gurdwara welcomed her. She toured Sikhnet, and met with the Sangat at Langar. But the second story was not opened for her to tour. It is empty. There is no Bhai Sahiba Office. There is no Siri Sikhdar Office. The Sikh Dharma International Offices have been moved out.

The Khalsa Council has now been told that the Lungar Hall is not available to rent for Khalsa Council Meetings, because of litigation. The Khalsa Council has not entered into litigation. The Khalsa Council has not formally taken a stand.

The Khalsa Council meetings will be held this spring at the McCurdy Methodist School Gymnasium.

Last Spring 210 Sangat Members, petitioned the Sikh Dharma International Board to address leadership issues. Because of that Sangat voice, the Sikh Dharma International Board acted. If not for that action, our businesses would have been sold for private personal gain.

This March 20th the Executive Committee of the Khalsa Council will meet to determine an agenda for the Spring Meeting of the Khalsa Council. If you have an opinion about Khalsa Council addressing leadership issues, now is the time to voice that opinion.


Write to;

Jai Singh Khalsa jkhalsa@tkgeast.com, current Chairman of the Khalsa Council,
or;

Gurujot Kaur Khalsa, gurujot@jeweloflife.com Secretary General

Humbly,
Mukhtiar Singh
505-450-2802
Sadh Sangat Ji,

This is a letter that was recently sent out to the Khalsa Council.

Mukhtiar Singh


Dear Members of the Khalsa Council,
Sat Nam and blessings to all. I am writing to update you on the progress with our venue for our April Khalsa Council Meetings. As I mentioned in a previous email, Jai Singh, the Chairperson of the Khalsa Council wrote an email to Sopurkh Kaur as the administrator of the SSS Corp requesting that they sign a lease agreement allowing the Khalsa Council to use the Langar Hall for our upcoming meetings. I have copied his letter to Sopurkh and the response we recently received.

2-16-10
Sopurkh Kaur:
I am writing to you as the administrator of the SSS Corp. in my capacity as the Khalsa Council Chairperson regarding the upcoming Khalsa Council Meetings. The Khalsa Council desires to use of the Lungar Hall and adjacent facilities for the purposes of housing those meetings this spring.
Attached please find an agreement that the NM Ashram has been using as their standard for the use of the Lungar Hall amended to include The SSS Corp. as a signatory. It will be necessary to have the SSS Corp. sign off on the use if Khalsa Council is to have a secured authorization to use the premises.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this urgent matter. I will need an affirmative response in the form of an executed agreement by next Wednesday February 24th, 2010 or I will be forced to find alternate locations.
Sincerely;


From: sopurkh@aol.com
Date: February 23, 2010 6:49:55 PM EST
To: jkhalsa@tkgeast.com
Subject: Langar hall rental

Jai Singh,

In light of current litigation and unresolved issues, the Langar Hall will not be available for rent until further notice.

Thank you,
Exec. Committe of SSS Corp.



In light of their response to not allow the Khalsa Council to meet in the Langar Hall, on Friday, Feb 26th, we signed a contract with McCurdy school to hold our meetings there. We have visited the space, which is very adequate for our meetings. We will be using the gymnasium as our main room, and we are also renting a few classrooms for our break out groups. McCurdy School has been extremely accommodating and we are grateful to have a space that will meet our needs and is so close to the ashram.

The Executive Committee of the Khalsa Council will be meeting on March 20th, where we will be discussing and planning the upcoming agenda. Anyone who has suggestions for agenda items, please submit them to the chairperson of your section, or to Jai Singh, Ravi Kaur or myself. As the leadership body of the Khalsa, it is our duty to insure that the upcoming agenda best serves the future of the Dharma. Everyone’s input is valuable and appreciated.

Blessings,
SS Gurujot Kaur Khalsa
Secretary General
Sikh Dharma International

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Legal Infighting within Yogi Bhajan's organizations

by Gursant Singh ⌂ @, Yuba City California USA, Friday, June 11, 2010, 13:18 (4187 days ago) @ Gursant Singh

Just read in these letters the infighting that is going on in the 3HO Sikh community and decide for yourself if the Tantric yoga Yogi Bhajan taught his students is damaging or not.
Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

Dear Members of the Khalsa Council and Sadh Sangat,

Sat Nam and blessings. Last Thursday Golden Temple’s attorneys confirmed definitively to SDI and the court that UI no longer owned Golden Temple and that there was a sale pending of the Golden Temple cereal division. While no binding agreement had been entered into, the sale was expected to take place before the end of March.

SDI’s attorneys immediately began work on a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the sale. On Monday SDI deposed Golden Temple’s management and following those depositions the attorneys discussed meeting to resolve this matter prior to the TRO hearing scheduled for Thursday, February 25th at 1 p.m. In accordance with the schedule set last week, the TRO Motion was filed with the court on Tuesday, February 23rd. Following up on Monday’s discussion, on Tuesday Golden Temple’s attorneys invited SDI’s attorneys along with three of the Plaintiffs to meet to discuss the proposed transaction and why it was, in Golden Temple’s view, beneficial for the whole community.

Those meetings took place on Wednesday afternoon and evening and continued on Thursday morning as it was clear that this was going to be the avenue of action that would produce the best results, given the circumstances of the proposed sale transaction; albeit contemplating the loss of Golden Temple Cereal is and was extraordinarily disheartening.

After these lengthy discussions, SDI, the Defendants and Golden Temple reached an agreement, in which SDI would withdraw its TRO Motion in exchange for certain promises from the Defendants and Golden Temple. Late on Thursday afternoon, the parties’ agreement was presented to Judge Roberts who approved the agreement and signed it into effect as a Stipulated Order.

The decision not to pursue the TRO was reached after much discussion, prayer and meditation by the SDI Board members, the Plaintiffs and their legal team and advisors. Although our ultimate objective was to prevent the sale of Golden Temple until the litigation was concluded, given the tremendous momentum that had already gone into the sale, the next best alternative was to acquire the provisions included in the Stipulated Order. This was a difficult decision.

In summary, the order states that:
• SDI withdraws its TRO.
• All proceeds of the sale, though they are managed by Golden Temple Management (GTM), KIIT or UI, are held in escrow so that they do not benefit any individual during the period of this litigation.
• SDI will be allowed to share additional details of the cereal division sale with the community, that were discovered in the course of this process, once the sale goes through at the end of March.
• The four individual defendants, UI, KIIT, Golden Temple of Oregon (GTO) and GTM agree that so long as the litigation is continuing they will not sell any other portions of Golden Temple (which is really the Yogi Tea business - neither the US or European divisions) nor will they sell Akal Security.
o Note – GTO is allowed to sell such assets as it may need to in the regular course of business (such as outdated tea making machines)
• GTO will not increase compensation to any of its members during the course of this litigation, except for standard bonuses and cost of living increases.
• The CCC grants will continue to be covered. However the funding will now come from the interest on the escrow account and donations from GTO. This total must make $1.8 million per year. If these two funds total less than $1.8 million ($1.6 million for CCC grants and $250,000 for KIIT operating expenses) KIIT is authorized to withdraw funds from the escrow account to meet this total.
• The remainder of the 2010 grant funds set aside for SDI will be given to the custody of the SDI board that was in place at that start of this lawsuit, within 7 days. (Note – the first quarter grant funds for SDI were given to SDS).

Note, no one has waived any claims or defenses or given up any rights in the litigation by entering into this agreement.

We would invite the sangat to the Sikh Dharma Worldwide website (www.sikhdharmaworldwide.org) to read the order in its entirety to understand more detail of this complex agreement.

It was the Sikh Dharma International Board’s hope that we would be able to serve the sangat to uphold the Siri Singh Sahib’s Legacy Businesses, but because the GTM & UIB had gone to such lengths to conceal their commitment to sell this business that by the time we discovered their plans, it was basically too late to stop the sale. So it is with great sorrow that we must bow to the Will of God recognizing all that happens is for some greater purpose. We are grateful that we have engaged ourselves in this process so as to be able to prevent the likelihood of this happening again, at least for the duration of this litigation.

We live in faith that the Guru is guiding our sangat and future. Your prayers have made a difference and will continue to bring truth and light to this challenge we face collectively.

In Service to the Sangat of the Guru,

The Sikh Dharma International Board of Directors

Update on Court Hearing - Thurs. Feb 25

From: Gurujot Kaur Khalsa <gurujot@jeweloflife.com>
Date: February 27, 2010 7:59:38 AM GMT+02:00


Sat Nam. The following is a letter from the SDI Board of Directors regarding the court hearing on Thursday, Feb. 25th.
Blessings, Gurujot Kaur.

Dear Members of the Khalsa Council and Sadh Sangat,

Sat Nam and blessings. Last Thursday Golden Temple’s attorneys confirmed definitively to SDI and the court that UI no longer owned Golden Temple and that there was a sale pending of the Golden Temple cereal division. While no binding agreement had been entered into, the sale was expected to take place before the end of March.

SDI’s attorneys immediately began work on a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the sale. On Monday SDI deposed Golden Temple’s management and following those depositions the attorneys discussed meeting to resolve this matter prior to the TRO hearing scheduled for Thursday, February 25th at 1 p.m. In accordance with the schedule set last week, the TRO Motion was filed with the court on Tuesday, February 23rd. Following up on Monday’s discussion, on Tuesday Golden Temple’s attorneys invited SDI’s attorneys along with three of the Plaintiffs to meet to discuss the proposed transaction and why it was, in Golden Temple’s view, beneficial for the whole community.

Those meetings took place on Wednesday afternoon and evening and continued on Thursday morning as it was clear that this was going to be the avenue of action that would produce the best results, given the circumstances of the proposed sale transaction; albeit contemplating the loss of Golden Temple Cereal is and was extraordinarily disheartening.

After these lengthy discussions, SDI, the Defendants and Golden Temple reached an agreement, in which SDI would withdraw its TRO Motion in exchange for certain promises from the Defendants and Golden Temple. Late on Thursday afternoon, the parties’ agreement was presented to Judge Roberts who approved the agreement and signed it into effect as a Stipulated Order.

The decision not to pursue the TRO was reached after much discussion, prayer and meditation by the SDI Board members, the Plaintiffs and their legal team and advisors. Although our ultimate objective was to prevent the sale of Golden Temple until the litigation was concluded, given the tremendous momentum that had already gone into the sale, the next best alternative was to acquire the provisions included in the Stipulated Order. This was a difficult decision.

In summary, the order states that:
• SDI withdraws its TRO.
• All proceeds of the sale, though they are managed by Golden Temple Management (GTM), KIIT or UI, are held in escrow so that they do not benefit any individual during the period of this litigation.
• SDI will be allowed to share additional details of the cereal division sale with the community, that were discovered in the course of this process, once the sale goes through at the end of March.
• The four individual defendants, UI, KIIT, Golden Temple of Oregon (GTO) and GTM agree that so long as the litigation is continuing they will not sell any other portions of Golden Temple (which is really the Yogi Tea business - neither the US or European divisions) nor will they sell Akal Security.
o Note – GTO is allowed to sell such assets as it may need to in the regular course of business (such as outdated tea making machines)
• GTO will not increase compensation to any of its members during the course of this litigation, except for standard bonuses and cost of living increases.
• The CCC grants will continue to be covered. However the funding will now come from the interest on the escrow account and donations from GTO. This total must make $1.8 million per year. If these two funds total less than $1.8 million ($1.6 million for CCC grants and $250,000 for KIIT operating expenses) KIIT is authorized to withdraw funds from the escrow account to meet this total.
• The remainder of the 2010 grant funds set aside for SDI will be given to the custody of the SDI board that was in place at that start of this lawsuit, within 7 days. (Note – the first quarter grant funds for SDI were given to SDS).

Note, no one has waived any claims or defenses or given up any rights in the litigation by entering into this agreement.

We would invite the sangat to the Sikh Dharma Worldwide website (www.sikhdharmaworldwide.org) to read the order in its entirety to understand more detail of this complex agreement.

It was the Sikh Dharma International Board’s hope that we would be able to serve the sangat to uphold the Siri Singh Sahib’s Legacy Businesses, but because the GTM & UIB had gone to such lengths to conceal their commitment to sell this business that by the time we discovered their plans, it was basically too late to stop the sale. So it is with great sorrow that we must bow to the Will of God recognizing all that happens is for some greater purpose. We are grateful that we have engaged ourselves in this process so as to be able to prevent the likelihood of this happening again, at least for the duration of this litigation.

We live in faith that the Guru is guiding our sangat and future. Your prayers have made a difference and will continue to bring truth and light to this challenge we face collectively.

In Service to the Sangat of the Guru,

The Sikh Dharma International Board of Directors

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Legal Infighting within Yogi Bhajan's organizations

by Gursant Singh ⌂ @, Yuba City California USA, Friday, June 11, 2010, 13:21 (4187 days ago) @ Gursant Singh
edited by Gursant Singh, Sunday, September 25, 2011, 06:20

Please see this link to a very informative discussion forum with many ex Yogi Bhajan followers for inside information on the latest updates in the current litigation: http://forums.delphiforums.com/Kamallarose/messages?msg=1485.2
"So those running Golden Temple, making Yogi brand tea, can no longer use the words "Yogi" or "Yogi Tea" - those word belong to YB's heirs.

GTO must also pay $1,644,605.00 in back royalties to Bibiji and kids. She doesn't get any back royalties for the time before 2009. Of course she gets her legal fees paid.

Bibiji won by proving that Yogi Bhajan controlled everything. They call him the CMA, Central Management Authority. True enough."


Just read in these letters the infighting that is going on in the 3HO Sikh community and decide for yourself if the Tantric yoga Yogi Bhajan taught his students is damaging or not.

Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)"Yogi Bhajan is using the sacred Sikh mantras and the sacred name of Guru Ram Das as a mantle for his Tantric Sex Yoga which will inevitably lead to mental and physical debauchery of those who take his brand of Sikhism contaminated by crazy sex-energizing asanas seriously."

Selling Golden Temple
The Fight For Yogi Bhajan’s Empire
By Kamalla Rose Kaur, Special to Sikh News Network

Kartar Singh Khalsa, head of Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa’s business empire, testified in the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon, that selling the rights to the ‘Golden Temple’ brand name was just good business.http://www.sikhnn.com/headlines/1469/selling-golden-temple

Please see this link to a very informative discussion forum with many ex Yogi Bhajan followers for inside information on the latest updates in the current litigation: http://forums.delphiforums.com/Kamallarose/messages?msg=1485.2
"So those running Golden Temple, making Yogi brand tea, can no longer use the words "Yogi" or "Yogi Tea" - those word belong to YB's heirs.

GTO must also pay $1,644,605.00 in back royalties to Bibiji and kids. She doesn't get any back royalties for the time before 2009. Of course she gets her legal fees paid.

Bibiji won by proving that Yogi Bhajan controlled everything. They call him the CMA, Central Management Authority. True enough."

Peace Cereals are produced by Golden Temple Foods in Eugene Oregon and were owned by a group of Yogi Bhajan's students who are embroiled in a lawsuit over who owns Peace Cereal and Golden Temple Foods. All I see from all this fighting is a bunch of greedy and angry people and not much peace or love for humanity. You'd think that with all the yoga they supposedly do that they would have more peace of mind.

Peace Cereal used to advertise that 10 percent of their profits are being given to peace organizations, when in fact 10% of Peace Cereal's profits went only to support Yogi Bhajan's tantric agenda in the form of Yogi Bhajan's invention he called Peace Prayer Day! This is certainly misleading of Yogi Bhajan's organizations and follows in the same path as other YB fraud's like "The sleight-of-hand of Peace Cereal, switching from organic to conventional ingredients" and using Sikh religious symbols and scriptures for commercial profit. http://gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=304
"Ten percent of the profits of Peace Cereals go to the annual Peace Prayer Day, held at Ram Das Puri, near Santa Fe, New Mexico."

An ex Yogi Bhajan follower had this to say about the Yogi Bhajan Peace Cereal fraud, "At one point Peace Cereals was advertising that a certain percentage of their profits were being given to peace organizations.

The truth was that the money was used to support the 3ho event of Peace Prayer Day. For some reason I had been invited to a meeting about this and when asked my opinion I said, "Well, it's pretty misleading and self serving" and was promptly ignored and not invited back."
http://forums.delphiforums.com/Kamallarose/messages?msg=1479.29

See more photos and discussion on facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=108156&id=1214270541&l=5a22781e63

“Amid the legal infighting following Yogi Bhajan’s death, critics are offering another portrait of the Sikh leader.”
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3HO Sikhs are now fighting amongst themselves in a lawsuit over the millions of dollars in profits made from using the sacred Sikh religious symbols and scriptures for their own personal gain.3HO Sikhs, who follow Yogi Bhajan, funnel the money to support Yogi Bhajan's tantric cult church which 3HO Sikhs have deceptively camouflaged using names like "Sikh Dharma International", "3HO foundation", "Sikh Dharma Stewardship","SikhNet.com","Sikh Dharma Worldwide", "Unto Infinity Board","Khalsa Council" and "KRI(Kundalini Research Institute)". See "Sikhnet's" and "Sikh Dharma International's" slick new websites which were produced with the millions in ill-gained profits using the name of the Golden Temple, names and images of the Sikh Gurus, and sacred Sikh shabads for profit in commercial enterprises.


Read the full front page article about Yogi Bhajan's lust for power and greed of his 3HO Sikhs in Today's Eugene Register-Guard:

""Yogi's Legacy in Question"".[/link]

"New lawsuit hits Golden Temple with fraud!"


Read about the infighting in 3HO and Sikh Dharma--
Today's Eugene Register-Guard:

""Rift in 3HO Sikh community threatens business empire""


LETTERS IN THE EDITOR’S MAILBAG: Friday’s paper
Appeared in print: Friday, May 28, 2010

"Bhajan was a leader ‘by fluke’

Recently, a friend sent me articles from The Register-Guard on litigation involving Yogi Bhajan’s organizations in Oregon. The letters to the editor that followed, critical of the reporter, prompt me to throw some light on the subject. Bhajan was extremely good at what he did, but propagation of Sikhism he was not. Criticism of Bhajan’s cult cannot be construed as criticism of Sikhism.

Trilochan Singh, a distinguished Sikh scholar, in his 1977 book “Sikhism and Tantric Yoga,” describes Bhajan devastatingly: “Yogi Bhajan is a Sikh by birth, a Maha Tantric by choice but without training, and a ‘Sri Singh Sahib’ and self-styled leader of the Sikhs of the Western Hemisphere by fluke and mysterious strategy.” There was no mystery to his strategy. He ingratiated himself with the Sikh religious leadership in Punjab, which was more corrupt than the Vatican during the time of Martin Luther.

According to the Tantrics, the best form of worship is the fullest satisfaction of the sexual desires of man, therefore sexual intercourse is prescribed as a part of Tantric worship. In the annals of abuse of women, some had harems, others had concubines and Bhajan had secretaries. The Sikh gurus condemned the Tantrics and their practices. All the cases mentioned in The Register-Guard had merit.

Humility is the hallmark of a Sikh, and Bhajan had none of it. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, describes people such as Bhajan succinctly: “Those ... who have no virtues but are filled with egotistical pride.”

Hardev Singh Shergill President, Khalsa Tricentennial Foundation of North America Editor-in-chief, The Sikh Bulletin El Dorado Hills, Calif.

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

"The book Sikhism And Tantric Yoga is available at: www.gurmukhyoga.com.This website which is operated by a genuine White Sikh is highly recommended. Gursant Singh was a member of the Yogi Bhajan Cult (3HO and the Sikhnet Gora Sikhs or White Sikhs) for over 30 years and has intimate knowledge about the inner workings of this cult which attempts to miscegnate Sikhism with Hindu idolatry. I downloaded the book from Gursant’s website and found it to be absolutely compelling. I read it in one compulsive and sustained draught. It is a study not only about cults in Sikhism but about the miscegenation of the Sikh Religion by Hinduism. It is a classic work rendered in beautiful English prose and it is patently the work of a profound intellectual scholar with a deep knowledge of Sikhism."
Quotation taken from: http://www.sikharchives.com/?p=5513&cpage=1#comment-2011

You may also view individual chapters to "Sikhism and Tantric Yoga" at these links:

Sikhism & Tantric Yoga A Critical Evaluation of Yogi Bhajan
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=192

Sikh Doctrines and Yogi Bhajan's Secret Science
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=193

Yogi Bhajan's Adi Shakti Shaktimans and Shaktis
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=194

Yogi Bhajan's Clap Trap Theories of Kundalini Yoga
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=195

Yogi Bhajan's Ego Maniac Utterances
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=205

Yogi Bhajan's Seven Years in America and His Tinkling Titles
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=206

Yogi Bhajan's Arrest and Release on Bail
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=207

Yogi Bhajan Becomes the Only Maha Tantric in the World
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=208

Sikh Leaders without Conscience
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=209

Call to Truth and Authentic Sikhism
http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php?id=210

Please read an Excerpt below taken from "Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"

The Name of Golden Temple and its Murals

"In England last year a firm advertised some blue jeans as Jesus Jeans. The whole religious world of England rose in one protest and stopped the manufacture of these jeans. The word Golden Temple has become an instrument of commercial affairs of Yogi Bhajan He has now even named shoe stores as Golden Temple. I was given a "Wha Guru Chew.""

"Yogi Bhajan is using the sacred Sikh mantras and the sacred name of Guru Ram Das as a mantle for his Tantric Sex Yoga which will inevitably lead to mental and physical debauchery of those who take his brand of Sikhism contaminated by crazy sex-energizing asanas seriously."

Read about the "war between 3HO Sikh's Unto Infinity Board and Yogi Bhajan's Sikh Dharma". Yogi Bhajan set up all these organizations and installed their leaders. Decide for yourself if the Tantric Sex Yoga which Yogi Bhajan taught inevitably leads to mental and physical debauchery.

Many of these 3HO profiteers have cut their hair and renounced Sikhi! See these pictures below of Kartar Khalsa CEO of Golden Temple Foods and chairman of Yogi Bhajan's "Unto Infinity Board" who has cut his hair and is no longer a Sikh.
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(Is it any wonder that Kartar and Peraim, Controlling members of Yogi Bhajan's "Unto Infinity Board",are wearing circus masks in the above photo?)http://cirrus.mail-list.com/khalsa-council/Kartar-Peraim.2-10.jpg

See these articles in today's Eugene Register Guard which shows the greed surrounding this dispute:

"Money trail at heart of Sikhs’ legal battle."

Wha Guru being used sacriligiously for huge profits by 3HO Sikhs
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"What did the magician say to the Wha Guru Chew? Open sesame."

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Yogi Bhajan used the sacred name of the Golden Temple, names and images of the Sikh Gurus, and sacred Sikh shabads for commercial enterprises to make millions of dollars. Wha Guru is even used as the name of a candy bar by Golden Temple Foods!Links appearing on the internet advertise Golden Temple along with wine and alcohol such as in this Google search link: "Golden Temple Granola - Food & Wine - Compare Prices" Other internet links associate Golden Temple massage oil with sex and sensual massages as in this Google search: "Sensual Soothing... Golden Temple Soothing Touch Massage Oil."

See for yourself the pictures below of the Darbar Sahib(Golden Temple) in Amritsar and Guru Tegh Bahadar featured on yogi tea boxes:
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3HO Sikhs are associating yogis, ashrams, tantric sex yoga rituals,drinking of wine and magicians of the occult with the Sikh Gurus and the Golden Temple See the Rare Photo (above) featuring the Harimandir sahib in 1908 when it was under the control of the Pundits or mahants. Sadhus and yogis felt free to sit wearing only a dhoti and no head coverings.The Gurdwara Reform Movement stopped such practices in India and gave the Gurdwaras back to Gursikhs.

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Tantric Asanas taught by Yogi Bhajan for transmuting sexual energy:Reprinted from Yogi Bhajan’s official magazine “Beads of Truth” 11, p. 39

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Yogi Bhajan illustrated here controlling tantric shakti "energy". Notice the depiction of Shiva,above Yogi Bhajan's head, Shiva is the god of yoga for Hindus. The illustration also shows Kundalini Yoga Asanas taught by Yogi Bhajan for transmuting sexual energy

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Yogi Bhajan's students are intstructed to meditate on Yogi Bhajan's picture everyday which you can see displayed in the 3HO Espanola Gurdwara in the photo above.
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Idolatry is forbidden in sikhism....why does an 8-foot high statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, adorn the entranceway to the Siri Singh Sahib (yogi bhajan) lane in espanola. This is the hindu god of "prosperity", as in the 3HO publication "prosperity pathways".Adi Shakti Chandi 3HO Tantric Deity worshipped by 3HO in songs and prayers(shown above). Read about Yogi Bhajan's Shaktiman and Shakti women.

Read these shocking fire pujas and occult numerology,(below), practiced and advertised in the latest newsletter published by 3HO Sikhs. These "kriyas" or pujas are complete rubbish,only adding to the destruction and dissolution of the Sikh faith and should not be practiced by Sikhs of the Guru. The object of these practices is to combine the Sikh faith with Hinduism; to defang, neuter and completely destroy Sikhi. The strategy is to introduce idolatry and a stratified priesthood into the Sikh Religion. Yogi Bhajan and his 3HO shakti cult followers are introducing idolatry and Hindu practices of pujas and tantra mantra into the Sikh religion. The Bhajan movement is attempting to shift Sikh worship from the commonwealth of Gurdwaras to private estates controlled by 3HO priests of Yogi Bhajan's Tantric sex cult church.
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Idolatry is forbidden in Sikhism....why does a golden statue of a yogi adorn the entranceway to the 3HO Gurdwara in Espanola. This is a Hindu practise.
3-HO Sikhs demonstrate(in the photo above)their complete subservience to false worldly material power by exhibiting the Flag of God (The Nishaan Sahib) at an even level with the flag of the United States in front of the 3HO Gurdwara in New Mexico. The Nishaan Sahib, (The Respected Mark of God under the shadow of the Sikh Broadsword) should always fly higher than the flag of all the false materialists. The Flag of the Khalsa should occupy a place of exaltation above any government's flag that temporarily inhabits the material world.

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Tantric Yoga asanas (above) taught by Yogi Bhajan
and practised in 3HO Gurdwaras

"Tantric doctrines involving sex-poses or physical contact poses are extremely repulsive to Sikhism. The Sikh Gurus repeatedly ask the Sikhs to shun Tantric practices because they are based on a mentally perverted outlook of life. The Sikh Gurus ask the Sikhs to shun the very presence and association of Shakti-Cult Tantrics." Dr. Trilochan Singh "Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"

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Tantric Asana taught by Yogi Bhajan for transmuting sexual energy:Reprinted from Yogi Bhajan’s official magazine “Beads of Truth” 11, p. 39

See how Hindu gods and yogis are displayed in 3HO Gurdwaras, (see link in blue).

See this post which exposes the most shocking relationship Yogi Bhajan had with Jagjit Naamdhari who is considered by his disciples as the 11th Sikh Guru. The Naamdhari Sikhs keep the Siri Guru Granth in a closet while they bow to Jagjit and refer to him as "SatGuru Ji" as you can see in the photos at this link.

Read these comments by traditional Sikhs. "What better way to make money: add a religious tone to the product. All of a sudden, it seems legit."


If you want to stop these degrading and sacriligious practices by Golden Temple Foods and Yogi Bhajan's cult followers; Post a letter of support on this website or write your local food stores and demand they stop selling Golden Temple Food's products. Some of the major stores which carry these products are Trader Joes, Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats but there are many many other stores who sell millions of dollars in Golden Temple Granola, Peace Cereal, Yogi Teas, massage oil and Wha Guru Chews.

Yogi Bhajan's sacrilegious teachings in the name of Sikhism are illustrated quite distinctly by pictures of Yogi Bhajan's portrait, hindu idols being displayed in and around 3-HO Gurdwaras and the practice of kundalini and sex energizing tantric yoga asanas inside 3-HO Gudwaras by Yogi Bhajan's students.
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Idolatry is forbidden in Sikhism. Why does an eight foot high image (above) of Yogi Bhajan controlling the tantric shakti "energy" adorn the 3HO Gurdwara in Espanola? You can see the menacing image of Yogi Bhajan overshadowing the Sangat on the right side of the entire Espanola Gurdwara in the photo above.

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Idolatry is forbidden in sikhism....why does a golden statue of a yogi adorn the entranceway to the 3HO Gurdwara in espanola. This is a hindu practise.


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Yogi Bhajan's students are intstructed to meditate on Yogi Bhajan's picture everyday which you can see displayed in the 3HO Espanola Gurdwara in these photos.
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In a painting at the New Mexico 3HO Gurdwara(above)you can see the sacrilegious misrepresentation of our sacred Khalsa symbol "Khanda" with two swords around it. You may also observe in this painting how Yogi Bhajan is depicted on an equal level with Guru Ram Daas(the 4th Sikh Guru): Dr. Trilochan Singh recounts this observation in 1977 when he writes, "The other picture was the Khalsa symbol Khanda with two swords around it. The Khanda (double-edged sword) within this symbol was replaced by a picture of an American woman with Sari-like robes. The woman is called Adi Shakti. I saw this published in the Beads of Truth in London and have already commented on it in my book, The Turban and the Sword of the Sikhs. I told Shakti Parwha that this is the most sacrilegious misrepresentation of our sacred symbol. As usual she dismissed my opinion as unimportant."

The sikh code of conduct says food offerings to the GURU are forbidden, but there is a 'testimony' page over at sikhnet.com, a 3HO run site loaded with volumes of Yogi Bhajan nonsense talks. Yogi Bhajan instructs 3Hoer's to prepare meals as offerings at the gurdwara and calls this "a dish for a wish". This is nothing more than the Hindu practice of puja. The testimony states "a dish for a wish".
Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

"Yogi Bhajan is using the sacred Sikh mantras and the sacred name of Guru Ram Das as a mantle for his Tantric Sex Yoga which will inevitably lead to mental and physical debauchery of those who take his brand of Sikhism contaminated by crazy sex-energizing asanas seriously."


Yogi Bhajan studied and taught at the Sivananda Ashram in Delhi. This, in addition to his first Kundalini Yoga teacher Sant Hazara Singh. In the mid-1960s, Harbhajan Singh took up a position as instructor at the Vishwayatan Ashram in New Delhi, under Dhirendra Brahmachari. This yoga centre was frequented by the Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter, Indira Gandhi, and diplomats and employees from a host of foreign embassies.

Here's an article on Sivananda's approach to Kundalini Yoga:

www.dlshq.org/download/kundalini.htm

These are all Hindu practices.

You can also read about the Gurdwara Reform Movement which stopped such practices in India and gave the Gurdwaras back to Gursikhs.

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Gurdwara Reform Movement

A Rare Photo of Harimandir sahib in 1908 when it was under the control of the Pundits or mahants. Sadhus felt free to sit in meditation wearing only a dhoti.The Gurdwara Reform Movement (Gurdwara Sudhar Lehr) is the Legislation passed by the Punjab Legislative Council which marked the culmination of the struggle of the Sikh people from 1920-1925 to wrest control of their places of worship from the mahants or priests into whose hands they had passed during the eighteenth century when the Khalsa were driven from their homes to seek safety in remote hills and deserts.

When they later established their sway in Punjab, the Sikhs rebuilt their shrines endowing them with large jagirs and estates. The management, however, remained with the priests, belonging mainly to the Udasi sect, who, after the advent of the British in 1849, began to consider the shrines and lands attached to them as their personal properties and to appropriating the income accruing from them to their private use. Some of them alienated or sold Gurudwara properties at will. They had introduced ceremonies which were anathema to orthodox Sikhs. Besides, there were complaints of immorality and even criminal behavior lodged against the worst of them. All these factors gave rise to what is known as the Gurudwara Reform movement during which the Sikhs peaceful protests were met with violence and death and ended with them courting arrest on a large scale to gain the world's attention. Before it was all over many would fall as martyrs with some being literally blown apart while they were strapped to cannaon barrels.

‘During the Gurdwara Reform Movement, the Sikh leaders started a publication that was named Akali. From this paper and its policy the leaders began to be called Akalis, in view of which they formed the present Akali party. These Nihang Akalis should not be confused with the members of the Akali party.’ The Turban And The Sword’' , by Dr. Trilochan Singh. (Page 402)

I found this post at SikhSangat.com It exposes the most shocking relationship Yogi Bhajan had with Jagjit Naamdhari who is considered by his disciples as the 11th Sikh Guru. The Naamdhari Sikhs keep the Siri Guru Granth in a closet while they bow to Jagjit and refer to him as "SatGuru Ji" as you can see in the photos below.

The 'Namdhari' cult has been excommunicated from the Khalsa Panth. See for yourself the pictures of Yogi Bhajan depicting his close relationship with Jagjit Naamdhari.

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"However their are several instances which I find questionable about Yogi Bhajan. One includes the relationship they had with Jagjit Naamdhari (http://satguruji.blogspot.com/), and the other about an occurance that occured in the late 70's between Yogi and AKJ, where Yogi criticized Jatha for trying to "steal" members."

Yogi Bhajan wore huge gemstones for their so called “yogic energy and power". Yogi Bhajan adorned himself with these yogic rings and precious gems for different days of the week. Yogi Bhajan covered up the fact that these days are represented by different Hindu deities and the practice of wearing these yogic rings is really only the Hindu idea of pacifying the various gods and goddesses. Not only this, Yogi Bhajan used astrology and numerology in choosing these yogic rings. Yogi Bhajan believed the gemstones had "energy affects" and influenced our destiny, thinking and actions.
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Yogi Bhajan shown here on Sikhnet wearing a yogic ring for power

Around the year 2000, Yogi Bhajan tried to personally sell me a yogic ring for several thousand dollars. We were at Hari Jiwan Singh's house in Espanola where HJ keeps a vast collection of gems worth millions of dollars. Yogi Bhajan told me. "You're naked." And he stated I needed a ring with a particular stone to protect me.
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Yogi Bhajan’s wearing and promoting yogic rings is yet another Hindu practice camouflaged in the sheep’s clothing of "Aquarian or New Age spiritual thinking”. These things should not be practiced by Sikhs of the Guru. As Sikhs we should rely on the Guru alone for strength as Guru Arjan so beautifully states:

I have learnt the technique of true Yoga from the divine Guru. The True Guru has revealed this technique with the Light of the divine Word. Within my body He has revealed the Light that pervades all the regions of the earth. To this Light within me I bow and salute every moment. The initiation of the Guru are my Yogic rings and I fix my mind steadfastly on the One Absolute God.i,

A. G. Guru Arjan, Gaudi, p 208

The following is taken from "Sikhism and Tantric Yoga" by Dr. Trilochan Singh.

We quote Yogi Bhajan on Precious Stones and rings, which for him are his status symbol, and for possessing which he expends quite a lot of his energy and ingenuity. He says in Beads, Summer 1972, "Precious stones are not precious because the rich wear them and the poor do not. Rather, they are precious because when cut in the proper way they concentrate sun energy and can transmit to the individual through the skin. Hence most rings are worn on the ring finger. The quality of energy channeled by each stone differs and so does its effect on the individual. Stones also correspond to the planets and serve in mediating the scattered energy which comes from retrograding planets."
Yogi Bhajan has given the following comments on stones.
Ruby (Sun) concentrates the heart of the sun's rays.
Moonstone and Pearls (Moon) help balance out too much sun energy. They are commonly worn by Libra.
Diamond (Venus and practically everything) can concentrate miles of sun rays into one beam. Recently in Los Angeles someone was robbed of 100,000 worth of jewel within 72 hours.
Emerald (Mercury) has wonderful effect on the brain and is a cooling stone. Good luck for everyone.
Coral (Mars) is for balancing positive and negative forces.
Topaz (Jupiter) is a good luck stone.
Blue Sapphire (Saturn) can give so much energy to a person that he becomes negative. Those who are interested in details can read the Journal Beads, Summer 1972, p. 16. I do not know what is the opinion of the Jewelers on these statements but from the point of Sikhism these notions are worthless absurdities.
Yogi Bhajan does not wear the earrings of the Nath Panthi Yogis, but he wears precious gold rings (sometimes two and sometimes three) heavily studded with jewels, and cannot help displaying them ostentatiously, probably as a symbol of wealth acquired through the techniques of Tantric Yoga, which he sacrilegiously identifies with the techniques of Sikh mysticism. Bhai Gurdas, however, makes it clear to all Sikhs of all ages that Yoga asanas and yoga techniques are absolutely useless and unnecessary for Sikh meditations and the spiritual path of Sikhism:
jog jugat gursikh gurs am jhay a
The Guru has himself explained to the Sikhs the technique of true Yoga, and it is this: A Sikh must live in such a moral and spiritual poise that while hoping and waiting he ceases to aspire or crave for low ambitions and remains unconcerned and detached. He should eat little and drink little. He should speak little and never waste time in nonsensical discussion. He should sleep little at night and keep away from the snare of wealth. He should never crave avariciously after wealth and property.
Bhai Gurdas, Var 20 / 15

We still have very eminent scholars and saints who practice and live according to the Essentials of the Sikh Path with utter humility and devotion. They do not wear long robes. They do not wear gold and diamond rings. They do not contaminate Sikh doctrines and practices with practices of creeds and cults which are repulsive to Sikhism and strictly prohibited. There are piles and piles of correct interpretations of the Sacred Writings of the Sikhs written first by the great contemporaries of the Gurus like Bhai Gurdas, Bhai Mani Singh, Bhai Nand Lai, and our own contemporaries like Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh and Bhai Vir Singh. They not only interpreted it but lived it and suffered for it like living martyrs, never seeking anything but the Grace of God and the Gurus as a reward.
See an excerpt from a meditation taught by Yogi Bhajan listed on one of his student's websites promoting yogic gems at "YogaGems.com".

"Each finger represents a planet, whose energies we imbue with grace within ourselves and through our projection:

The little finger is Mercury, enhancing communication.

The ring finger represents the sun, empowering our physical bodies with healing and grace of motion.

The middle finger stands for Saturn. We strengthen virtues of patience and self-discipline.

The index finger is for Jupiter. We enshrine the light of wisdom within us.

The thumb represents the earth, ego, “dragons head and dragons tail.” We bring grace to the ego, so it supports our spirit.

I brought this realization of grace through the beautiful Light that had descended with me, wherein I experienced each finger’s cosmic connection—to the planet Mercury, the shining Sun, ringed Saturn, luminous Jupiter, and lastly, Earth—wherein dragons symbolize the spiraling DNA of creation, all these energies equally a part of my soul."

See these links by Yogi Bhajan's students promoting "Power necklaces".

Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

"Yogi Bhajan is using the sacred Sikh mantras and the sacred name of Guru Ram Das as a mantle for his Tantric Sex Yoga which will inevitably lead to mental and physical debauchery of those who take his brand of Sikhism contaminated by crazy sex-energizing asanas seriously."

The Register-Guard
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Yogi’s legacy in question |
Former followers say he abused his position for power, money and sex
By Sherri Buri McDonald

The Register-Guard

Posted to Web: Sunday, May 9, 2010 12:14AM
Appeared in print: Sunday, May 9, 2010, page A8

A slow, painful awakening led Premka Kaur Khalsa, a top secretary in Yogi Bhajan’s Sikh organization for almost 20 years, to leave the religious group in 1984, she said.

Premka Khalsa, 66, said she could no longer participate because of the inconsistencies she said she had witnessed between the yogi’s behavior and his teachings — the deception and abuse of power.

In 1986, she sued Yogi Bhajan and his Sikh organizations, settling out of court. In court papers, she alleged that the married yogi had sexually and physically assaulted her, that he was sexually involved with other secretaries and that, as the head of his administration, she worked long hours for little or no pay.

The organization’s religious leaders vehemently deny those allegations. Its business leaders did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

Kamalla Rose Kaur, 55, another former member of Yogi Bhajan’s 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) who wrote for a grass-roots newsletter in the community, said a light switched on for her when she was researching and writing about religious groups and thought, “Hey, we’re acting a lot like a cult.”

Former member Guru Bir Singh Khalsa, 60, who had been appointed a “lifetime minister” by Yogi Bhajan, said he received a wake-up call in the early 1990s, when Sue Stryker, then an investigator with the Monterey County District Attorney’s office, laid out evidence linking members of his spiritual community to criminal activity. Stryker, now retired, said a member of Yogi Bhajan’s Sikh community pleaded guilty and served time in prison for a telemarketing scam that bilked seniors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

These and other ex-members of Yogi Bhajan’s organization say they aren’t surprised by events unfolding now, six years after his death. Legal disputes threaten to splinter the community. Allegations of the yogi’s past wrongdoing are resurfacing. And the future of the Sikh organization’s businesses are in question.

The outcome will ripple far beyond the religious group, whose companies have become intertwined with the local economy and business community.

In Multnomah County Circuit Court, the group’s religious leaders are suing the group’s business leaders over control of the community’s multimillion dollar businesses, including Golden Temple natural foods in Eugene and Akal Security in New Mexico.

“Organizations/cults that have charismatic leaders and their followings, once their charismatic leader dies, this is generally the kind of thing that occurs,” Premka Khalsa said.

“It’s the meltdown of a cult,” said Kamalla Kaur, who spent nearly 20 years in 3HO, and now runs an Internet forum for ex-members. “They actually kept it together longer than we expected.”

Steven Hassan, a Massachusetts-based author, counselor and former leader of the Moon cult in the 1970s, said he has counseled about two dozen former 3HO members, including leaders, over the years.

“The group, from my point of view, was always about power and money,” he said. “(Yogi) Bhajan is the consummate … cult leader. By not specifying someone to take over, there often are these kinds of political battles and meltdowns — people basically being greedy like Yogi Bhajan was and wanting more of a slice for themselves.”

Attorney John McGrory, who represents the religious leaders in the Multnomah case, said his clients strongly disagree with the description of their organization as a cult. They “believe very strongly that it’s a religion,” he said. “They practice and follow it, and they are ministers.” The proof, he said, is in the thousands of adherents who still practice it.

McGrory said the real source of the discord in the community appears to be that the assets Yogi Bhajan built up over the years are being taken for private use, with the blessing of the managers the yogi appointed to safeguard them.

Gary Roberts, attorney for the business leaders, has said they’ve done nothing wrong and have acted in the interests of the Sikh community.

When a founder of an organization, or the head of a family, passes away, disputes among successors are common, said Krishna Singh Khalsa, a Eugene Sikh for 40 years.

“There’s nothing spiritual or charismatic or cultlike about that,” he said. “It’s simply where interests clash.”

Religious leaders voice concerns

A year before he died, Yogi Bhajan established the “Unto Infinity” board to oversee the network of businesses, property and educational and spiritual nonprofits. Members include Golden Temple CEO Kartar Singh Khalsa and three of the yogi’s former secretaries: Sopurkh Kaur Khalsa, Siri Karm Kaur Khalsa, and Peraim Kaur Khalsa. Kartar Khalsa and Peraim Khalsa are domestic partners.

In the years leading up to the Multnomah lawsuit, the group’s religious leaders expressed concern that the business leaders, the Unto Infinity members, had abandoned the group’s orthodox beliefs, which include not cutting one’s hair, eating a vegetarian diet and abstaining from alcohol.

In court documents, the religious leaders allege that the Unto Infinity members acknowledged in 2008 that they no longer practiced those core beliefs.

Unto Infinity members did not respond to Register-Guard interview requests. But in March 2009, when the Khalsa Council, an international group of Sikh ministers, asked them whether they had cut their hair, were no longer vegetarians, and drank alcohol, the business leaders responded by letter, according to the Khalsa Council.

The letter said, among other things: “The questions raised are irrelevant to our roles and responsibilities in the organization. We are not the religious leaders of the organization; we were given administrative and financial authority and responsibility.”

The Unto Infinity members wrote that they had made many sacrifices while the yogi was alive and that now they’re applying “more kindness into our personal lives.”

“We have learned the importance of factoring back into our lives more joy and balance as we continue to serve this mission for the rest of our way home,” they wrote.

The Unto Infinity members wrote that if the religious authorities decided to narrowly define what a Sikh Dharma minister is, “we may not continue to qualify.”

However, they noted, “many current ministers in Sikh Dharma have broken their Sikh or minister vows, marital vows, and the laws of our country and have remained ministers,” adding that that had been true even while Yogi Bhajan was alive.

Watching the business leaders back away from the group’s religious practices, some former members said, reminds them of what they experienced when they decided to leave the group.

“You go through stages of discovery of how you gave away your power and were deceived,” Premka Khalsa said.

“Once the person who is defining your reality — the charismatic leader — once he’s not there continuing to enforce the beliefs, then your eyes start to open,” she said. “You see things in a different way, and it can be disillusioning.”

Premka Khalsa said that’s especially true for the yogi’s secretaries, such as herself, who sacrificed much of their lives to serve him.

“I met him at 25,” she said. “I was 41 by the time I left, so my life of family, child bearing and (being) productive in the world, that whole piece was gone. Nothing was put into Social Security, and I walked out with the clothes on my back.”

The women in his inner circle “were denied having a personal relationship with any other men,” she added. “Some of us wanted to get married and have children, but we got sidetracked into agreeing to forego that with the intention of serving something bigger than us. Sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice.”

Flaws noted by former members

The group’s publications and Web sites praise Yogi Bhajan as an advocate for world peace and as a spiritual teacher who has helped improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

A resolution passed by Congress in 2005 after his death recognized the yogi as “a wise teacher and mentor, an outstanding pioneer, a champion of peace and a compassionate human being.”

But Yogi Bhajan also had flaws, former members said.

“He was a phenomenal yoga teacher, a phenomenal spiritual man,” said Guru Bir Khalsa, the former “lifetime minister” who left the group after 18 years. But the yogi “sabotaged his own dream,” he said.

Imposing at 6 foot 3 inches and 250 pounds, Yogi Bhajan claimed humility, but had a weakness for expensive jewelry, luxury cars and custom-designed robes, former members said.

“He was a big dichotomy,” Premka Khalsa said. “He was tremendously charismatic. It just drew you in. You felt held and you felt loved and you felt embraced and felt part of something that was magnificent and bigger than you, and always yummy.”

“On the other side, he could be devastatingly harsh and make decisions that seemed so contrary to what he would preach and teach,” she said.

“He was all about power and he became a victim of that experience,” she said.

Lawsuits on assaults, inheritance

With his long white beard, white turban and white robes, Yogi Bhajan advocated for world peace, founding an annual Peace Prayer Day in 1985. But his saintly public image contrasted starkly with his private behavior, Premka Khalsa and other former secretaries said.

In her 1986 lawsuit, Premka Khalsa alleged that Yogi Bhajan repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted her from November 1968 to November 1984.

McGrory, the religious leaders’ attorney, said his clients deny all the allegations in Premka Khalsa’s lawsuit, which “were never verified or substantiated.”

In court papers, she alleged that the yogi was sexually involved with various female followers, and that he ordered her to coordinate his sexual liaisons, including orgies, with other secretaries, which she refused to do.

The head of Yogi Bhajan’s administration, and an editor and writer for his publications, Premka Khalsa said she worked on average 10 hours a day, five days a week. She alleged that she was paid $375 a month — only in her last three years with the group.

“It was another part of how he kept us bound,” she said. “We didn’t have independent resources. He had a fleet of cars — one of which was mine to drive. And he had properties to live on, but they weren’t mine. You had few independent resources, so it made it hard to live out on (your) own. He did that with lots of people.”

Premka Khalsa alleged in her lawsuit that Yogi Bhajan called her “his spiritual wife, destined to serve mankind by serving him in a conjugal capacity.” He said if she did so, he “would care for her for all of her natural life,” she alleged.

When Yogi Bhajan died in 2004, his wife Bibiji Inderjit was to inherit half of their community property, and he designated that his half go to Staff Endowment, a trust to support 15 female administrative assistants. To receive her share, each assistant had to live in accordance with the yogi’s teachings and the Sikh Dharma Order, according to court documents. If she didn’t, her interest would be cut to 2 percent, the court papers said.

Among the trust beneficiaries are Guru Amrit Kaur Khalsa, a plaintiff, and Sopurkh Khalsa, a defendant, in the Multnomah clash between the religious and business leaders, according to court papers.

McGrory said his clients deny that the Staff Endowment was in return for anything relating to Premka Khalsa’s allegations.

Yogi Bhajan’s estate still isn’t settled. In legal proceedings in New Mexico, the yogi’s widow argues that she was not aware of large gifts and expenditures her husband made while he was alive, and she wants an accounting of them, which could result in a determination that she is entitled to more of the remaining estate, said Surjit Soni, the widow’s attorney.

He said the yogi’s widow “does not begrudge or resist in any shape or form the bequest of Yogi Bhajan to his assistants … We just have to figure out what’s hers and what’s his and move on down the road.”

Soni declined to comment on the sexual abuse allegations.

Responding to the unpaid labor allegations, he said that many people volunteered their time to build the organization.

“It started with little or no sources of income and took the effort of a lot in the community lovingly coming together to provide their services,” he said. “They were doing it voluntarily. Nobody held a gun to their head.”

Another sexual abuse case against Yogi Bhajan, also settled out of court, was filed by the younger sister of Guru Amrit Khalsa, one of the yogi’s long-time secretaries.

Today, Guru Amrit Khalsa is one of the group’s two chief religious authorities, as well as one of the religious leaders suing Golden Temple CEO Kartar Khalsa and other business leaders.

Through McGrory, her attorney, she denied all allegations in her sister’s complaint.

The Register-Guard’s policy is not to name sexual abuse victims without their permission. Guru Amrit Khalsa’s sister’s whereabouts are not known, and she could not be reached for this story.

In court documents, she alleged that Guru Amrit Khalsa began trying to “entice” her into Yogi Bhajan’s organization when she was 11, and succeeded when she was 14.

She said she was with the group from 1975 to 1985. In her 1986 lawsuit, she alleged that starting in 1978, Yogi Bhajan repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted her.

The lawsuit alleged that the yogi was sexually involved with Guru Amrit Khalsa, as well as various other members of his administrative staff.

Guru Amrit Khalsa’s sister also alleged that Yogi Bhajan did not compensate her for skin and hair care products and snack foods she had developed and turned over to him in 1983 and 1984, after he had promised her an ownership stake or other payment.

“Truth is your identity”

The allegations in these lawsuits contrast with the public image of 3HO Sikhs in Eugene, who are widely regarded as devout, hard workers who have built a successful company that is a cornerstone of the natural foods industry here.

Firsthand knowledge of the abuse was confined to the yogi’s inner circle, Premka Khalsa and other former members said.

“The Eugene community, in general, is innocent and quite well intentioned,” she said.

Premka Khalsa said she sued Yogi Bhajan to try to expose what she called his lies and force him to change his behavior.

“The greeting we all have is Sat Nam, ‘Truth is your identity,’ and I wanted him to stop lying,” she said.

Premka Khalsa said she also wanted the rest of the community to know about the abuse, and she wanted to lend credibility to the complaint filed by Guru Amrit Khalsa’s sister because she said she was appalled by how badly she had been treated.

The suits were settled for undisclosed amounts, and they didn’t surface again until Guru Bir Khalsa, who had become disillusioned after learning of the group’s ties to telemarketing fraud, retrieved them from the archives of a New Mexico courthouse and put copies on the Internet in 2002.

“Sikh means seeker of truth and therefore I was just a seeker of truth,” he said. “The reason I wanted to put those documents on the Internet was to just turn the light on in the closet.”

“Yogi Bhajan had a dark side, and I think a lot of people don’t want to see it because of what that means about him,” Guru Bir Khalsa said. “I know, for myself, I wasn’t ready and didn’t want to see it. It’s kind of tough when you think you’ve invested as much as you have into something.”

Most of the former members quoted in this article asked to be referred to by the names they were using at the time they were part of the Sikh community.

“You go through stages of discovery of how you gave away your power and were deceived.”

— PREMKA KHALSA, A FORMER top secretary to Yogi Bhajan (SHOWN IN A 1973 PHOTO)

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Rift threatens business empire
Posted to Web: Saturday, May 8, 2010 11:55PM
Appeared in print: Sunday, May 9, 2010, page A9

When India-born Yogi Bhajan came to the United States in 1968 to teach kundalini yoga, a revolution was sweeping the nation. Young people were rebelling against the status quo, protesting the Vietnam War, and experimenting with free love, psychedelic drugs, Eastern religions and communal living.

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Idealistic young Americans flocked to Yogi Bhajan’s classes. Ashrams focused on his teachings began to pop up across the country, including in Eugene, Los Angeles, and Espanola, N.M. — the group’s main compound.

Soon after his arrival, he founded a nonprofit group 3HO (Happy, Holy, Healthy Organization) and began blending in Sikh teachings and practices.

In 1972, members of the fledgling Eugene ashram launched a tiny bakery in Springfield, which they later donated to the Sikh community. It grew into Golden Temple, an anchor of Eugene’s natural foods industry, and a major local employer and charitable donor.

The Eugene ashram grew steadily, becoming the Northwest hub for Yogi Bhajan’s brand of Sikhism. His adherents, with turbans, flowing robes and leggings, became a common sight.

Over the years, members of the ashram married, bought homes, sent their children to local schools and became part of the larger community.

In 2004, Yogi Bhajan died after devising a succession plan that split control of the community’s religious life and its business life — including Golden Temple, now a lucrative international producer of natural cereals and tea based in Eugene.

Six years later, a dispute over who owns and controls the multimillion dollar businesses has erupted into a court battle that is fracturing the community. The fight in Multnomah County Circuit Court has centered around the shift in ownership of Golden Temple.

In 2007, CEO Kartar Singh Khalsa and five other Golden Temple managers became majority owners of the company, which previously had belonged to the larger Sikh organization.

Last week, sources confirmed that Kartar Khalsa and the other owners plan to sell the cereal business to a Chicago company.

Compounding the woes of the community — and its businesses — are legal claims by the yogi’s widow that have delayed the settling of the yogi’s estate and that threaten Golden Temple’s continued use of the “Yogi” brand.

Amid all the rancor, many wonder whether Yogi Bhajan’s brand of Sikhism will survive, and what will happen to the businesses it spawned.

Membership declining

At its peak in the 1970s, the Sikh community that Yogi Bhajan inspired had up to 10,000 members, according to published reports. Eugene was the Northwest hub of the community, although smaller than other centers in New Mexico and Los Angeles. Today, although down from those peak numbers, it still has several thousand members worldwide, the group’s religious leaders estimate in court papers. The group has about 100 adherents in the Eugene-Springfield area, one local member estimates.

Connie Elsberg, a sociology professor at Northern Virginia Community College who studied 3HO and wrote a book about female members, said the court battles now being fought are a turning point for the community and its businesses.

If Unto Infinity, the community’s board of business leaders, maintains control of all of the businesses, then “I think there will be a great deal of bad feeling and little willingness to compromise on either side,” she said. “There will not be much funding for the religious arm, and the religious branches will dwindle.”

But if Unto Infinity agrees to provide sufficient funding to the other branches, the organization may continue relatively unchanged, with some decline in numbers, Elsberg said.

Krishna Singh Khalsa, a longtime Eugene Sikh, said Sikhs are learning from this experience.

“We’re developing new approaches and new methods of governance,” he said. “This won’t happen again, and we’ll continue to develop and create success. There’s no question about that, and there’s no fear about that.”

Things were much simpler when Yogi Bhajan first gathered his American flock, many of them hippies engulfed in the drug culture.

“We stopped smoking marijuana and started getting high on breathing,” wrote photographer Lisa Law, whose exhibit of ’60s photos at the Smith­sonian includes a shot of Yogi Bhajan teaching yoga outdoors in New Mexico. “Enough of being potheads. Now we could be healthy, happy and holy.”

Yogi Bhajan’s converts were attracted to a variation of Sikhism that he created, incorporating kundalini yoga and vegetarianism — typically Hindu practices. He taught them how to do a form of yoga and meditate. He gave them Sikh names — “Singh” the middle name for men, “Kaur” for women, with the last name of “Khalsa.” He encouraged them to start businesses and “work by the sweat of their brow.” In some cases, he told them where to live, arranged their marriages and named their children.

His 3HO foundation describes its mission as to “practice and share the teachings of Yogi Bhajan so that they may serve, inspire, and empower humanity to be healthy, happy, and holy.”

Yogi Bhajan’s charisma and the teachings he brought from India were “very appealing an

Update on Court Hearing - Thurs. Feb 25

From: Gurujot Kaur Khalsa <gurujot@jeweloflife.com>
Date: February 27, 2010 7:59:38 AM GMT+02:00


Sat Nam. The following is a letter from the SDI Board of Directors regarding the court hearing on Thursday, Feb. 25th.
Blessings, Gurujot Kaur.

Dear Members of the Khalsa Council and Sadh Sangat,

Sat Nam and blessings. Last Thursday Golden Temple’s attorneys confirmed definitively to SDI and the court that UI no longer owned Golden Temple and that there was a sale pending of the Golden Temple cereal division. While no binding agreement had been entered into, the sale was expected to take place before the end of March.

SDI’s attorneys immediately began work on a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the sale. On Monday SDI deposed Golden Temple’s management and following those depositions the attorneys discussed meeting to resolve this matter prior to the TRO hearing scheduled for Thursday, February 25th at 1 p.m. In accordance with the schedule set last week, the TRO Motion was filed with the court on Tuesday, February 23rd. Following up on Monday’s discussion, on Tuesday Golden Temple’s attorneys invited SDI’s attorneys along with three of the Plaintiffs to meet to discuss the proposed transaction and why it was, in Golden Temple’s view, beneficial for the whole community.

Those meetings took place on Wednesday afternoon and evening and continued on Thursday morning as it was clear that this was going to be the avenue of action that would produce the best results, given the circumstances of the proposed sale transaction; albeit contemplating the loss of Golden Temple Cereal is and was extraordinarily disheartening.

After these lengthy discussions, SDI, the Defendants and Golden Temple reached an agreement, in which SDI would withdraw its TRO Motion in exchange for certain promises from the Defendants and Golden Temple. Late on Thursday afternoon, the parties’ agreement was presented to Judge Roberts who approved the agreement and signed it into effect as a Stipulated Order.

The decision not to pursue the TRO was reached after much discussion, prayer and meditation by the SDI Board members, the Plaintiffs and their legal team and advisors. Although our ultimate objective was to prevent the sale of Golden Temple until the litigation was concluded, given the tremendous momentum that had already gone into the sale, the next best alternative was to acquire the provisions included in the Stipulated Order. This was a difficult decision.

In summary, the order states that:
• SDI withdraws its TRO.
• All proceeds of the sale, though they are managed by Golden Temple Management (GTM), KIIT or UI, are held in escrow so that they do not benefit any individual during the period of this litigation.
• SDI will be allowed to share additional details of the cereal division sale with the community, that were discovered in the course of this process, once the sale goes through at the end of March.
• The four individual defendants, UI, KIIT, Golden Temple of Oregon (GTO) and GTM agree that so long as the litigation is continuing they will not sell any other portions of Golden Temple (which is really the Yogi Tea business - neither the US or European divisions) nor will they sell Akal Security.
o Note – GTO is allowed to sell such assets as it may need to in the regular course of business (such as outdated tea making machines)
• GTO will not increase compensation to any of its members during the course of this litigation, except for standard bonuses and cost of living increases.
• The CCC grants will continue to be covered. However the funding wi

Legal Infighting within Yogi Bhajan's organizations

by Gursant Singh ⌂ @, Yuba City California USA, Friday, June 11, 2010, 13:23 (4187 days ago) @ Gursant Singh

Just read in these letters the infighting that is going on in the 3HO Sikh community and decide for yourself if the Tantric yoga Yogi Bhajan taught his students is damaging or not.
Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

Sat Nam Sadh Sangat Ji,

Below is an e-mail exchange between a Sangat member ( Gurbani Kaur) and an Unto Infinity Board Member, (Siri Karam Kaur). I am sending this out because, even though this is not an official statement by the Unto Infinity board there has been very few communications from any of them. I believe it is better for all of us to have an opportunity to hear each other.

I have arranged the exchange earliest e- mail first, then reply, then reply, for ease of reading

Humbly,
Mukhtiar Singh
___________________________________________________________________________________

Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 07:32:49 -0700
Subject: Sale of Golden Temple
From: gurubani@gmail.com
To: sirikarm@kiit.com

Siri Karm, I just heard that you and the UI board have sold Golden Temple Please let me know if this is fact or rumor.
________________________________________________________________________

On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 5:07 PM, Siri Karm Khalsa <sirikarmkaur@hotmail.com> wrote:

Rumor.

I'm sure you can appreciate that we are not able to engage in detailed
dialogue on this subject nor many others due to the ongoing litigation that
members of the community initiated against us. The legal process contains
our dialogue while slanderers have their field day.

We pray for the healing of the community which has been polarized and poisoned by
orchestrated misinformation, slander and negative gossip. Slander steals the peace,
prosperity and clarity of the listener and creates a cancer that spreads. The Siri Singh
Sahib and the Siri Guru Granth Sahib speak volumes on this subject and its destruction.
(It does make it easier for the slanderer to inspire your donations to fund their agenda
if anyone allows their personal fear/ insecurities/ uncertainties to be ignited in anger
based on one sided smear.) I suppose that is the reason it goes on.

Khalsa consciousness is based in love, not in fear, and doesn't need to take the form
of slander to be resourced by the Infinite. When we are through the legal drama,
people will be able to see that our hearts, our integrity and our service to the SSS's
mission and our community was and will always be honorable.

The Siri Singh Sahib taught us that without a neutral mind, truth cannot be found.
Pre-judgment precludes seeing/ hearing the truth. With any preconceived opinion, a
person interprets what they see through that lens and misses much of what does not
fit into that pre-formed belief as a result. This is a basic teaching of the Siri Singh Sahib
re: the mind.

That is why our path is with Guru Ram Das, the heart center and the neutral mind. Alignment with our essential self is Peace, is Love. One who, dwells in that space of grace, is not attacking another. It is a self contained, fully resourced perspective of life that is not competing and comparing, judging and condemning. It certainly doesn't inspire slandering. None of those who are suing us (and who allow their helpers to wind up people in the community), spent one minute investigating the truth with us. Their motivation is to take over the organization by force from a perspective of fear and lack. Misinforming you and others is a part of their tactics. A minister doing this to the community, is no different than an nurse putting poison in an IV of a patient. Chanting the Nam is good antidote to poison and feelings of fear.

Blessings to you.

PS It is a wonder to me, how our community can credibly host Peace Prayer Day, that
our Teacher founded, and be a part of this personal war. How do we lead others in Peace
and not function that way in our own home? If you can't see God in All, you can't see God at all.
________________________________________________________________________
From: Gurubani Kaur
To: Siri Karm Khalsa ; bibiji@sikhdharma.org ; mukhtiar s khalsa ; Ram Das Singh Khalsa ; Amrita Khalsa
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2010 2:53 AM
Subject: Re: Sale of Golden Temple (NOT)

Thanks for your response but sadly this does not give me any more clarity on you or the UI boards intention on how you are handling the non profits or the businesses. I personally believe that as we enter the Aquarian age that transparency, honesty, character, and grace are a few of the many qualities that will carry all of humanity to the blessed destination of liberation. At this point I am attempting to stay neutral but as you and others know in order to reach that point; all facts must be presented in an honest, clear, and neutral way. The fact is I have not spoken to any of you face to face and if I did at this point I would not trust the words spoken from your lips. I spoke to Roy Lambert and felt no sense of protection or security for Sikh Dharma.. You may judge me for remaining asleep all these years while I raised Ram Das Singh and Amrita Kaur and maintained my personal household, but I truly believe that they were my personal responsibility to keep safe and protected as much I possibly could, now they are grown and starting their own families and it is my responsibility to them to protect what the Siri Singh Sahib created for them and their children.

As I said before, I encourage each and every member of the UI board along with the SDS board to present hard facts to the sangat. I believe you are living in fear by hiding behind the SDS members and the lawyers because there is something you do not feel comfortable in sharing with all of us. I would be grateful if I could organize an event and invite you to step out of your comfort zone and present to the sangat every fact and rumor that has been forwarded to us. I can say that at this point in time, I cannot come to a conclusion regarding this situation whether or not you are destroying the foundation the Siri Singh Sahib has worked so hard for. Please prove to us that we are wrong by disclosing documents, bank statements, or what ever it is that leads us to believe you are in fact destroying Sikh Dharma International.

Fact you attempted to fire every one on the SDI board why?

Fact: Guru Chander forced every SDI employee to sign some document that demanded them to agree to his authority or they would be fired. Why?

By the way are you aware that according to DOL this would be cause for a lawsuit?

Fact: You fired Shanti and Guru Tej from the Akal board. Why?

Siri Karm, I have come to the conclusion from just these acts is you are hungry for power and control, you are willing to use violence to scare employees even if it is not legal, and your own personal conscious is not even close to what the Siri Singh Sahib's was. I also heard that SDS wants to fire Bibi Ji and Guru Amrit Kaur, the list goes on and on.

Below are some of my responses to your comments.

"I'm sure you can appreciate that we are not able to engage in detailed
dialogue on this subject nor many others due to the ongoing litigation that
members of the community initiated against us. The legal process contains
our dialogue while slanderers have their field day."

I am sorry to say but I disagree with your comment of slanderers having a field day. The Fact is that here in Espanola we have about 300+ people in the community, many practice group sadhana, participate in Gurdwara, cook langar, read in the Akand Path, serve Miri Piri Academy etc., then we have are national communities and International communities. How can you make a comment like that when many of us are simply acting out of concern to protect each and every aspect of all the gifts and treasures the Siri Singh Sahib has helped us build? This comment is insulting and inaccurate.

"We pray for the healing of the community which has been polarized and poisoned by
orchestrated misinformation, slander and negative gossip. Slander steals the peace,
prosperity and clarity of the listener and creates a cancer that spreads. The Siri Singh
Sahib and the Siri Guru Granth Sahib speak volumes on this subject and its destruction.
(It does make it easier for the slanderer to inspire your donations to fund their agenda
if anyone allows their personal fear/ insecurities/ uncertainties to be ignited in anger
based on one sided smear.) I suppose that is the reason it goes on."

Sorry but this to me is bull shit. Ignorance and intolerance create fear, it seems that you use slander and negative gossip as your protection shield to separate us. The answer is simple. Use some of those precious dollars and buy a ticket and put an end to the misinformation, slander and negative gossip. You are so good with your words, you write like an educated poet, but really the true test is if you can deliver the truth and back it up with evidence, till then your words are just a bunch of ...ssaljdgp'jrg that means nothing more than garbage. No one inspires my donations to fund their agenda or creates fear, insecurities etc, that only happens if I allow it to happen, in this case until you disclose hard evidence there is no proof that what I read or hear is false just as what you tell me is false until you prove otherwise.

"The Siri Singh Sahib taught us that without a neutral mind, truth cannot be found.
Pre-judgment precludes seeing/ hearing the truth. With any preconceived opinion, a
person interprets what they see through that lens and misses much of what does not
fit into that pre-formed belief as a result. This is a basic teaching of the Siri Singh Sahib
re: the mind."

Again hmm not one of you, meaning Kartar Singh, Peraim Kaur, Sopurkh Kaur or yourself have provided solid information to help us develop a neutral conclusion to your actions. I have no pre-judgment, I simply continue to ask questions as do others, and you simply choose to ignore our questions. You have really created this litigation in a very direct way. Now that it is taking place you are upset by it, it could have been avoided in my opinion if you would have followed your own advise of "How do we lead others in Peace and not function that way in our own home" perhaps if you would have thought things through before preceding forward this all would have been avoided if you as upper management took a little time to calculate and consider how the sangat would react to such acts as the firings, the violent intrusions, the sale of businesses and ashrams, etc. If you would have just stepped back and put yourselves in our shoes, you may very well would have handled things differently.

"None of those who are suing us (and who allow their helpers to wind up
people in the community), spent one minute investigating the truth with us. Their motivation is
to take over the organization by force from a perspective of fear and lack. Misinforming
you and others is a part of their tactics. A minister doing this to the community is no
different than an nurse putting poison in an I V of a patient. Chanting the Nam is good
antidote to poison and feelings of fear."

Dang I tend not to believe this statement at all... again bull shit... Avtar Hari is on the board and my guess is that he has asked questions, I can ask him myself and forward this email to him so he can call you on this. I can pretty much rest assured that there is some documentation that on many occasions many people have requested you to disclose the truth, Bibi Ji being one I am sure. Maybe I am really naive and slow but I really do not believe that the members of the SDI board intend to take over the organization by force from a perspective of fear and lack, These people have been serving for many years, they pray, they teach, and they participate in life events, none of what I see any of you in. I am not a perfect Gursikh, nor am I a perfect human being, but I can say this, When I am being diverted I lose both trust and respect. I don't mean to sound rough but enough is enough so come here and be taped for the record so we can share your honest intentions and facts of what is going on so we can all get on with life and serve humanity with dignity, divinity and grace, and I ask you personally to reassess your opinions of all of us as sangat members and children of Guru Gobind Singh, servants of our creator and the Siri Singh Sahib's legacy, and make the effort to reunite us so that we can carry out this mission the Siri Singh Sahib prayed for us to accomplish..
It brings much sadness to my heart of many of the choices you are making and how it is affecting not only our community but many others.
My prayer for 2010 is that this all ends peacefully and everyone becomes clear on which path they wish to walk to complete this cycle of life.
Blessings and prayers to All.

"PS It is a wonder to me, how our community can credibly host Peace Prayer Day, that
our Teacher founded, and be a part of this personal war. How do we lead others in Peace
and not function that way in our own home? If you can't see God in All, you can't see God at all."

My response to this is why then do you not set an example to all of us on how to handle this situation that reflects mutual trust and respect, and why do you not show up to Peace Prayer Day, Khalsa Council or any other event to provide Sikh Dharma members with a clear, honest report disclosing all facts that we have in question.

Original Message -----
From: "Gurujot Kaur Khalsa" <gurujot@jeweloflife.com>
To: <khalsa-council@mail-list.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 11:15 AM
Subject: [khalsa-council] Response to Gurukirn Kaur/SDS letter


Dear Members of the Khalsa Council and the Sadh Sangat,
Sat Nam and blessings to all for a Healthy, Happy and Holy New Year.

While we find ourselves in the midst of very challenging times, may we continue to look to God and Guru to guide our way, and always remember the blessings that surround us.
I have read with appreciation and inspiration the responses from Khalsa Council members to the very misleading letter sent by Gurukirn Kaur, the President of the Sikh Dharma Stewardship. Her letter was yet another attempt on the part of SDS, to try to misdirect the sangat away from the serious issues we are facing. The purpose of her letter was to intentionally misinform the Khalsa Council and the Sangat as to the true purpose of the corporation that was restructured as a means to serve the members of the Sadh Sangat and the mission of Sikh Dharma, free from the illegal control of UI and the SDS.

Her statement that; "Those who have founded and are promoting Sikh Dharma Worldwide have voluntarily left this corporate structure in order to create their own organization," is a complete and utter falsehood, and the SDS well knows this. They know, as do you and I, that none of us are leaving Sikh Dharma International. The original Sikh Dharma International Board of Directors and Officers have stated repeatedly that we are fully committed to continue serving SDI and that we do not accept the legality of SDS's attempted removal of the SDI Board, Officers and staff. We have stated repeatedly that to the extent SDI or UI attempts to change the SDI by-laws; we do not accept the effectiveness, legitimacy or legality of any such change.
On the contrary, those who support the law suit and have restructured a safe entity through which to serve the sangat and Sikh Dharma have shown the courage and willingness to step forward to preserve and protect Sikh Dharma International and the vision and legacy of the Siri Singh Sahib. Much to the chagrin of the SDS, we are not going anywhere. Our feet are firmly planted in the soil nurtured by the Siri Singh Sahib's direction, guidance and inspiration for over three decades.
The decision to activate Sikh Dharma Worldwide is a step that was taken in response to the aggressive actions of the SDS/UI and in response to the requests of the Sangat to provide a safe place to make charitable contributions that uphold and build the spirit of the Sikh Dharma International family, as established by the Siri Singh Sahib. It is an independent Sikh Dharma non-profit 501C3 corporation which the Siri Singh Sahib directed to be established over 30 years ago. It was recently restructured to allow the original SDI Board of Directors and Officers and staff to continue to serve Sikh Dharma and the Sadh Sangat. We can marvel over the fact that the Siri Singh Sahib had the intuition and vision to have this entity created, and the purpose it would one day serve.
Again, to be clear, Sikh Dharma Worldwide is intended to serve as an independent and protected vehicle for tax deductible donations that will be dedicated to the continuance and support of the legacy of Sikh Dharma, the Sikh Dharma Ministry and the Khalsa Council, as established by the Siri Singh Sahib. It is independent of the other SDI affiliates and thus from the control of UI or SDS. Those who support it are in no way abandoning Sikh Dharma International. We are trying to preserve it, to defend it, and to protect it. Please do not be misled by the words in Gurukirn Kaur's letter.
It is ironic that Gurukirn Kaur repeatedly refers to the corporate structure that the Siri Singh Sahib set up with checks and balances when UI has dismantled those checks and balances by taking over the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation and has created a new corporation--the SDS--which in turn has attempted to remove the Siri Sikdar Sahiba, who the Siri Singh Sahib appointed for life, and to remove the Secretary General who is the CEO of SDI. This wholesale disregard by UI for the intent of the Siri Singh Sahib
is the basis of the lawsuit filed by SDI against UI and the SDS.
We all know that in the Sikh tradition there is no conflict with both being holy and being a warrior. Throughout Sikh history, the Gurus took a stand in the face of injustice to protect the innocent (here, our sangat and legacy non-profits) and Sikhism would not exist if they had not stood for the principles they believed in. They did not remain aloof or turn the other cheek from injustice, or claim to be "neutral" because it was more saintly or more conscious. Being neutral is in fact taking a stance, as it allows the status quo to go unchallenged and allows the injustices to continue.
In the past few weeks, we have been inspired by the spirit, the commitment and the devotion of the Sangat. Two Sikh Dharma communities have held benefits with the funds being donated towards the salaries of the supposedly 'fired' SDI staff members. We hope they will be sending out a report soon about their gatherings. In midst of difficult challenges, the most selfless and pure acts of consciousness emerge. Let's look to these acts of kindness and devotion to give us inspiration and hope during these difficult times.


With love and prayers for a blessed and very Happy New Year,


SS Gurujot Kaur Khalsa

Sadh Sangat Ji,

There has been what appears to be a deliberate misinformation campaign about Bibi Ji for quite sometime now. Bibi Ji has been open, available and keeps answering questions. The Chancellor of Sikh Dharma International has explained it to Khalsa Council. Yet again and again Bibi Ji has been characterized as somehow the cause of all problem.

This is how I understand the ongoing situation.

(I have also attached The Chancellor's explaination to the Khalsa Council, I have not attached all the supporting documents but they are available upon request)

1. Bibi Ji has not asked for more than information. She wants to maintain the right to determine if monies that came out her joint accounts (that she did not sign for) indeed went to uses she agrees with.

2. Bibi Ji has always paid and to continues to pay Das Vand.

3. Bibi Ji has repeatedly, in writing, personally, and though her lawyer, agreed that she is not pursuing ownership in the non-profit organizations.

4. Bibi Ji has not, "frozen" the Estate monies that was meant for any of the staff or benificaries. The "freezing" of those accounts was a decision made by the Trustees of that account. The decision to use up the Estate monies for lawyers while attempting to deny Bibi Ji's request to information has been completely the decision of the Trustees, not the courts.

5. Bibi Ji's attempt to gain the informaton denied her, has not stopped the royalty payments expressly requested in the Siri Singh Sahib's Will. The royalty payments were ceased by decision of the Unto Infinity Board and the opinion of their lawyer.Their opinion was; that because the likeness of the Siri Singh Sahib and his sayings were removed from the Yogi Tea and Golden Temple products, the Siri Singh Sahib's Estate no longer has any claim to royalties. Therefore royalty payments are no longer paid to Bibi ji or the staff. This has not been ruled on by any court, is only their opinion, and could very well not be legal.

6. In this matter, the only lawsuit filed against anyone has been the lawsuit filed against Bibi Ji. In October, 2007, the Trustees sued Bibi Ji (Trust v. Bibi Ji Lawsuit) by filing a Complaint asserting that Bibi Ji had no valid claims against the Staff Trust or Estate and that asked the court to require her to move forward with her claims or to withdraw them, so that the Staff Trust could be funded. Bibi Ji filed an Answer to the Complaint and included in that Answer a Counterclaim asking for an accounting, alleging that the Trustees had breached their fiduciary duty to Bibi Ji and the Living Trust, and asking that the Trustees be removed and independent trustees be appointed.

This is the only lawsuit between these parties. Bibi Ji has not filed a separate lawsuit; rather she has counter-sued in the lawsuit filed against her.


Mukhtiar Singh Khalsa
505-450-2802

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Continued at reply to this post

Legal Infighting within Yogi Bhajan's organizations

by Gursant Singh ⌂ @, Yuba City California USA, Friday, June 11, 2010, 13:24 (4187 days ago) @ Gursant Singh

Just read in these letters the infighting that is going on in the 3HO Sikh community and decide for yourself if the Tantric yoga Yogi Bhajan taught his students is damaging or not.
Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)


----- Original Message -----
From: mukhtiar s khalsa
To: ekongkaar@sikhdharma.org
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 5:37 PM
Subject: Re: Status of SDI: From Sikh Dharma Stewardship

Sat Nam Ek Ong Kar Kaur,

I will send this message from SS Gurukirin Kaur to the people I know, even though it is not straight, and it is not honest. It is not.

There was a structure with directives set up by the Siri Singh Sahib. At the highest central point of that structure, those directives are being ignored. By recognizing those people who choose to ignore those directives, you also are ignoring those directives.

I recognize Bibi Ji as Bhai Sahiba. I recognize Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur as Siri Sikhdar Sahiba.I recognize the current Secretary General SS Gurujot Kaur. I recognize the current Chancellor SS Amrit Kaur. I recognize the original and current Board of Sikh Dharma International. I recognize the original Board's right and duty to challenge in every way available the ineligibility of Unto Infinity Board members who no longer regard living as Khalsa important. I recognize the right and duty of all sons and daughters of the Siri Singh Sahib to challenge anyone who regards the opinions of a lawyer over the rehit of the Guru.

I recognize the authority of the Khalsa Council. I recognize the role it should play in advising and guiding this Dharma.

I recognize the Siri Singh Sahib's right to expect his wishes to be carried out and royalties from the businesses he created to be distributed to his staff and spouse for 75 years not "just a few". I recognize the Siri Singh Sahib's right to expect his wishes to be carried out so that his image and likeness to continue to be associated with the businesses and organizations he not only created but dragged kicking and screaming into existence. I recognize the Siri Singh Sahib's right to expect his wishes to be carried out and this dharmic family continues to have a policy of "No Hire No Fire".

I have never understood the idea that are sides in this Dharma. We have standards. We live to those standards. To say that there are sides, toys with the concept that some standards are not worth pursuing. I can not choose which standards we should start ignoring because these are challenging times.

Humbly,
Mukhtiar Singh Khalsa


----- Original Message -----
From: ekongkaar@sikhdharma.org
To: mukhtiar@newmexico.com
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 1:55 PM
Subject: Status of SDI: From Sikh Dharma Stewardship


Sat Nam, Mukhtiar Singh ji.

Blessings to you. Would you kindly consider forwarding this to your e-group? Deeply appreciate it if you could.

Thank you so much.

With Divine Light,

SS Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa

December 30, 2009

Dear members of the Khalsa Council and the international Sikh Dharma community,

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khlasa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh.

When the Siri Singh Sahib passed away, he did not designate a single individual or personality to move the mission forward. Rather, he recognized the innate capacity in all of his students to rise to the standard and serve the future. The system he created to replace him was one of checks and balances – a corporate governance structure infused with the values and ideals of his teachings. To hold that check and balance, he created different boards and various positions that, when working together harmoniously, could hold the kind of space for our community that he, himself, held as a graced and graceful Kundalini Yoga master and Sikh of the Guru.

It is to be expected that it will take time for us to grow into the shoes that he left behind. We also have to honor that every person is grappling in his or her own heart with an individual vision of how to protect and progress the Siri Singh Sahib’s legacy. Collectively we have had to deal with a tremendous amount of uncertainty since his leaving. Yet, he did leave structures, directions and processes in place and he trusted our maturity to honor and support what he created. The simple truth is that everyone has an individual idea of what we need to do. But now is the time to call on kindness, courage, civility and consciousness to forge unity among our differences.

All of that said, we are currently facing a very challenging time. We understand that there have been communication issues on all sides, and the result is that a vocal portion of our community has chosen to file a lawsuit rather than work within the corporate structure that the Siri Singh Sahib left. In their communications they are stating that they are doing the real work of SDI. The reality is that all of us are doing the real work of SDI. It is just a question of whether we are going to be able to figure out how to do it together or not. The unfortunate fall-out of the lawsuit is that it is creating a split in the community when it is written in our destiny to be one.

As we work with these difficult community dynamics, please be assured that the institution of Sikh Dharma International does exist. The corporate integrity established by the Siri Singh Sahib still exists. The co-operative relationships with the other legacy non-profits including 3HO, KRI, and Miri Piri Academy continue. The legal operation of the SDI Ministry still exists. The various affiliates still derive their non-profit status from Sikh Dharma International. Sikh Dharma International is alive and well, and it is operating to the best of its capacity in light of the lawsuit going on.

Those who have founded and are promoting Sikh Dharma Worldwide have voluntarily left this corporate structure in order to create their own organization. We wish them all success in finding a vehicle that serves their needs to further the Siri Singh Sahib’s mission. But in terms of the religious non-profit organization that the Siri Singh Sahib established, which gives ministers their status and which holds the role of organizing and communicating the Siri Singh Sahib’s teachings on Sikh Dharma in tandem with the other legacy non-profits, that institution still stands. And it stands by its own merit and identity – independent of the politics of the moment.

As we continue as a planet to move step by step into the Age of Aquarius, let us all keep our sadhana strong, our minds neutral and intuitive, and our expectations flexible. Like everyone, we are evolving, changing and growing with the shift of ages. It is through neutrality, our intuitive sensitivity, our deep love for one another and our collective consciousness that we can find our way to the other side of the events that are currently unfolding. We trust and know that Guru Ram Das, the Lord of Miracles, has always held this Dharma in his Radiant body and that everything unfolding today is within the Divine Will and the Divine Plan of which each and every single one of us is a part.

In the Name of the Cosmos which prevails through everyBODY and the Holy Nam which holds the world.

Humbly yours,

SS Gurukirn Kaur Khalsa
President, Sikh Dharma Stewardship
----- Original Message -----
From: SatSundri Khalsa
To: mukhtiar@newmexico.com ; Ardas Khalsa
Sent: Thursday, December 24, 2009 1:03 PM
Subject: FW: Dasvandh Contribution Instructions

Sat Nam -

Here is some information to those who would like to contribute financially in someway to the work of our SDI Team working to restore the integrity of the leadership of Siri Singh Sahib Ji's legacy. It would be great to foward to those you know.
Many blessings, in gratitude,
Humbly yours,
SatSundri Kaur

SS SatSundri Kaur Khalsa
Mobile US 505.927.8718
skype: SatSundri
http://satsundri.blogspot.com, www.dashmeshsadan.org
"The attitude of gratitude is the highest way of living, and is the biggest truth, highest truth." ~ Yogi Bhajan



From: swkhalsa@hotmail.com
Subject: Dasvandh Contribution Instructions
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2009 13:06:20 -0500

Dear Ones,

Sat Nam. Sikh Dharma Worldwide, an independent, non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation has been established so the Board and staff of Sikh Dharma International can continue their work of serving this Dharma. Sikh Dharma Worldwide is envisioned as a temporary entity to provide a safe haven for Dasvandh and other donations until the legal issues are resolved. The current Board of Sikh Dharma Worldwide is the same Board as the recently "fired" SDI Board.

Many people have inquired as to how they can support Sikh Dharma at this time. One of the best things to do in addition to your prayers, is to contribute to Sikh Dharma Worldwide Dasvandh. Contributions can be sent to:

Sikh Dharma Worldwide Dasvandh
551 W. Cordova Rd. #407
Santa Fe, NM 87505

For individuals wanting to sign up for automatic EFT or Credit Card donations, please see the attached donation form. You can fax or scan and email the form back.

For those Sangat members already on an automatic plan that wish to start Dasvandh payments going to Sikh Dharma Worldwide, simply send an email to Amrit Kaur who works with Dasvandh (amritsddv@gmail.com) stating your preference to switch from Sikh Dharma International to Sikh Dharma Worldwide.

Feel free to forward the attached donation form out to your Sangats if you are so inclined.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Humbly yours,

Satwant Singh Khalsa
dasvandh@gmail.com
703-346-4489

From: Ranbir Bhai [mailto:ranbir@ranbirbhai.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:34 PM
To: 'khalsa-council@mail-list.com'
Subject: Honor bestowed to Bibiji by India Sikh community

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Khalsa Council,

While we are discussing very serious matters among ourselves, Sikh world continues to bestow honors upon us while remembering Siri Singh Sahib and Bibiji’s service and sacrifices which build and inspire Sikh Dharma in Western Hemisphere.

On 12 December 2009, Bhai Sahiba Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa was conferred with the most prestigious SHANE KHALSA (Glory of Khlasa) award from Kesh Sambhal Parchar Sanstha in Delhi, India for her life-long services to the Sikh Panth. ( please see awards attachments. If it is blocked, please ask me for the copy. It is very beautiful Kirpan and plaque.) The ceremony took place at the Khalsa College, Delhi University, in India. Kesh Sambhal Parchar Sanstha is a non-political, non-governmental organization that propagates a spiritual way of life through its organization of various social, cultural, educational, and spiritual programs. Many congratulations to our Bhai Sahiba for this honored achievement.

I am sharing this award recognitions with Khalsa brother and Sisters around the world and their followers learning Teachings of Yogi Bhajan.


Satnam,

Sat Nam Sadh Sangat Ji,

I am forwarding an e- mail authored by SS Hari Nam Singh and circulated to the Khalsa Council e-mail list. I received this e-mail from several public sources and I have e-mailed SS Hari Nam Singh if he had any objections to posting this, he had no objections.

Humbly,
Mukhtiar Singh

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On Dec 22, 2009, at 3:44 PM, hari nam khalsa wrote:

Fellow Brothers and Sisters on the Khalsa Council,
My response to Gurucharan's "observations on recent court visit" will be short and sweet. For my own peace of mind, I want to state the following for the record. Obviously, I have feelings about this whole matter and have unabashedly taken a strong position against UI/SDS. That being said, I will try to limit my comments to what occurred in the courtroom on the day in question. I am an attorney and have practiced law in the Oregon court system for over 30 years. I attended the court hearing alluded to in Gurucharan’s email, and as an Oregon attorney, understood the meaning and implication of every word spoken by the judge at that hearing. While being more-or- less factually correct, the actual substance of Gurucharan‘s communication was self-serving and misleading and did not represent the truth of the matter. The bottom line is that the case was not thrown out of court; the judge merely wanted the complaint to be worded more concisely and within certain legal bounds and gave the plaintiffs the right to do so. This type of procedural process is not uncommon, especially in a complex case such as this one. It is equally important to mention that since this is still at the pretrial hearing stage and the facts of the case have not been brought forward yet, the court has obviously made no findings as to the merit of the allegations made in the complaint. I would refer everyone reading this email to the post- hearing email sent by Gurujot Kaur the other day. From my perspective, that was an accurate and comprehensive statement, both factually and substantively, as to what actually transpired last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Lastly, it is worth mentioning that not one of the members of the UI board attended the hearing, even though a majority of them live right here in Portland. On the other hand, all the members of "SDS" attended the hearing, for the most part flying in from great distances to do so.You are free to draw your own conclusions regarding that fact.

With Love and Blessings,
Hari Nam Singh

Sat Nam Sadh Sangat Ji,

I am forwarding an e- mail authored by SS Gurujodha Singh and circulated to the Khalsa Council e-mail list. I received this e-mail from several public sources and I have e-mailed SS Gurujodha Singh if he had any objections to posting this, he had no objections.

Humbly,
Mukhtiar Singh

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Continued at reply to this post

Legal Infighting within Yogi Bhajan's organizations

by Gursant Singh ⌂ @, Yuba City California USA, Friday, June 11, 2010, 13:26 (4187 days ago) @ Gursant Singh
edited by Gursant Singh, Friday, June 11, 2010, 13:33

Just read in these letters the infighting that is going on in the 3HO Sikh community and decide for yourself if the Tantric yoga Yogi Bhajan taught his students is damaging or not.
Please read an Excerpt below taken from

"Sikhism and Tantric Yoga"
by Dr. Trilochan Singh (Link to entire book)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gurujodha Khalsa" <gk1law@yahoo.com>
To: <khalsa-council@mail-list.com>
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 7:55 PM
Subject: [khalsa-council] What I find fascinating

This message was also sent by gk1law@yahoo.com to: yogamaster@aol.com,

M.S.S. Gurucharan Singh ji:

I have had an opportunity to re-read and review your recent e-mail posting entitled “Observation on recent court visit.” Apparently you found the proceedings “fascinating”.
Let me express what I find fascinating:

I find it fascinating that you can say: “As I have said before, emails are not the right forum -in any case- for complicated legal discussions.” at the end of an e-mail you wrote discussing complicated legal issues.

I find it fascinating that as “new observer” who wants to share a “personal –not a legal or SDS perspective” you spend a lot of your e-mail discussing specific legal rulings made regarding pleadings, discovery, dismissal and amending of pleadings which were presumably made on the basis of the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure, applicable case law, and Rules of Court. Perhaps you can tell me where to get a copy of that seminal legal treatise entitled: “legal pleading-Law 101” which forms the basis of your expertise.

I find it fascinating that you can say: “I want to support the vision and teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib and protect his organizations and assets from misuse and theft by illegitimate groups and misguided individuals.” and yet you work at the behest of the members of Unto Infinity who have abandoned SSS’s teachings and are who are making in my opinion a concerted effort to drain this organization of its financial and other assets.

I find it fascinating that you can say: “ I certainly see the partial truths and systematic manipulation through fear and exaggeration in many of the reports and emails.” in an e-mail that contains in my opinion your own partial truths, efforts at manipulation and exaggeration. I find it fascinating that you can state: “It is probably impossible not to view all this without a bias or distortion of the reality and the implications of the proceedings”, and then as a Mukhia Singh Sahib and self proclaimed “Yoga Master” you publish an e-mail containing your own bias and filtered/distorted view of the proceedings when in the alternative you could have followed your own “recommendation”, waited “a week or so” for the judge’s written ruling and hearing transcript to be issued, paid for copy and sent it out for people to read.

If you have difficulty following your own advice, can you understand why others may be disinclined to follow you?

S.S. GURUJODHA S. KHALSA

Sat Nam Sadh Sangat Ji,

I am forwarding an e- mail authored by MSS Gurucharan Singh and circulated to the Khalsa Council e-mail list. I received this e-mail from several public sources and I have e-mailed MSS Gurucharan Singh if he had any objections to posting this with no reply.

To follow will be rebuttal letters also posted to Khalsa Council.

Humbly,
Mukhtiar Singh

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----- Original Message -----
From: "yogamaster" <yogamaster@aol.com>
To: <khalsa-council@mail-list.com>
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 5:00 PM
Subject: [khalsa-council] Observations on recent court visit


Dear Khalsa Brothers and Sisters,

I was present at the recent hearing on the lawsuit initiated by the previous SDI directors. The judge dismissed the entire complaint. After criticizing the poor quality of the complaint she gave the lawyers for the plaintiffs a lecture on how to properly plead a case. Then she gave them the opportunity to present a new complaint by January 8th. As a new observer to such proceedings I wanted to share a personal - not a legal or SDS perspective on it.
The request for relief from the court needs to make sense. It needs to have a specific legal form which requires a "cause of action" sustained by specific facts that support that claim. The dots must be connected so that the judge or a person with neutral mind can make an informed judgment. In this case they did not connect the dots.

I was fascinated to hear the judge say that this complaint was so poorly constructed that no intelligent person could make any sense of it or understand even what is being asserted. She said it was a wandering, long novel. She also said that you can't litigate a case with "War and Peace."

She instructed the plaintiff's lawyers for over 45 minutes in the basics of legal pleading Law 101. She then dismissed the case in total. After dismissing the complaint she offered them the opportunity to file an amended complaint and approach the court again. It was not a question of the length of the complaint. It was so poorly conceived that it could not be understood!

She also instructed them that she would not entertain claims or discussion in their new complaint of religious issues of orthodoxy vs. progressive views nor claims that imply any fraud. She then rejected their requests for full discovery and granted the limited right of allowing only the attorneys to view the organizational documents of SSSC, SDS, and UI (i.e., the articles of incorporation, bylaws and minutes). She refused to allow plaintiffs themselves access to these documents. She then instructed the removed SDI board that it must also allow the attorneys for the Defendants the right to view the same documents of SDI.

Fascinating.

It is probably impossible not to view all this without a bias or
distortion of the reality and the implications of the proceedings. I have a position
in this. I want to support the vision and teachings of the Siri Singh Sahib and protect his organizations and assets from misuse and theft by illegitimate groups and misguided individuals. I am also acutely aware of the need for kindness and clarity between all parties no matter the beliefs and accusations. I certainly see the partial truths and systematic manipulation through fear and exaggeration in many of the reports and emails. As I have said before, emails are not the right forum -in any case- for complicated legal discussions.

So my recommendation is for those interested in the legal discussions and process to wait a week or so; do not leap to judgment; and read the actual transcript of the judge at the hearing. She was clear, concise, instructive and neutral.

And so we should all be.

Respectfully in Naam,

MSS Gurucharan Singh Khalsa

Comptroller's Report to the Khalsa Council

Date Fri, 18 Dec 2009 20:37:00 -0700
From: Guru Kirin Kaur Khalsa <gurukirin@sikhdharma.org>

Dear Honorable Members of the Khalsa Council and Sadh Sangat,

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ji Fateh.

As Comptroller General of Sikh Dharma International, I am saddened to report
to the Khalsa Council and Sangat the destructive and offensive events since
December 3, 2009. When I became Comptroller, I took this duty with great
sacredness in my heart that I would be serving the Guru and his Sangat, and
holding in trust the funds the Sangat offered to the Guru for his service. It
is a blessing and honor to serve all in this way and fulfill a destiny the
Siri Singh Sahib trained me for since I came to him at age 17. The SDI Board
saw the financial skills and dedication I had for this position and therefore
entrusted me to uphold Sikh Dharma International’s financial viability and
obligations as well as the sanctity of its records. Next year I will be
getting my CPA certification to gain additional knowledge to bring to this
position.

For the record, I was hired by the SDI board and I cannot be fired by a
Steward who assaults the staff and dishonors the Guru’s domain. Unless a
court order comes to change this, I am firmly still in service as your
Comptroller General for Sikh Dharma International.

The Events from December 3rd onward:

On Thursday, December 3rd, I was in a meeting out of the office in the morning
when I received a phone call informing me that Guruchander had stormed the SDI
office like a tank, declaring the SDS had “fired” the SDI Board and
Officers and that he was now the new acting CEO of SDI. He said Ravi Kaur and
I were fired from our officer positions, but could still be staff members if
we signed loyalty to him and his bosses, the SDS/UI boards.

Later that day he returned to the office as I was putting some things in my
car. He started to verbally assault me, accusing me of stealing and yelling
that I would be going to jail. (I believe this could have been in part a
reaction to some SDI members who, earlier in the day, were moving boxes of the
Chancellor’s office documents which had recently arrived from California
because the California office was being closed due to budgetary issues, and
our Chancellor was arriving from Alaska that day to review and inventory the
files). He was extremely hostile, escalating into a violent rage, and
frankly, very scary. It was clear that one could not have a rational
conversation with him in that state. It seemed like he was trying to bully me
into submission to his will. I tried to walk away but he followed me. I went
up to my office to get my purse so I could leave and get away from his
assault, and locked the door behind me so I would be protected. The next
thing I knew he was kicking at my door so hard the building shook.

He yelled at Ravi to give him a key to my office, she said “That is not
appropriate, please stop this.” He went on kicking and yelling. He was so
violent and loud the staff came out of their offices to understand what was
happening and I heard loud, panicked voices in reaction from other staff
members. When it sounded like there were others being assaulted in the
hallway, I opened the door to try and deal with it but Guruchander barged past
me into my office and later stole both financial computers from my office.
These computers had confidential Sangat financial information including your
donations, your ministry information and your Khalsa Council accounts.

He was so frightening and aggressive that the staff members tried to call the
police and others for protection, but he went into the staff office yelling:
“Hang up if you want to keep your job.” We were all frightened for our
safety. This staff member did not complete the call to the police, but the
next day I called the state police to file a report against Guruchander for
assault and theft.

I feel that never has the sanctity of the Guru’s domain been so violently
assaulted and by someone who claims to uphold it. It was clear to me after
this assault and theft that he was there to serve UI’s goals alone, and not
the sangat or Sikh Dharma.

During the night, the UI members ordered the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation
staff to change the locks at the office and give the key to Guruchander. This
goes against landlord/tenant laws but shows the premeditated, coordinated
efforts of UI and SDS to storm and try to take over Sikh Dharma International.

In addition, we later learned that Guruchander had stolen the external hard
drive backup attached to the Keshgar server, which is the server for 3HO,
Sikhnet, SDI and LYF. This holds all of the nonprofit electronic records.

It was a premeditated assault. There were no prior communications, nor had we
received anything in writing at that point. He proclaimed himself as the
new acting CEO of SDI and the SDS members as the new SDI board members. The
Secretary General of SDI is the CEO of the corporation and the By Laws have
clear guidelines laid out by the Siri Singh Sahib as to how this position is
trained, selected and installed. (To the extent UI has taken steps, without
valid authority, to revise those by laws now, after the fact, they clearly
will be doing so to entrench themselves in places of power and, indisputably,
are altering the wishes of the Siri Singh Sahib.) To give himself added
support he enlisted his wife to watch and take pictures and he brought Siri
Nirongkar Singh for security to enforce his will and subdue any potential
reaction from his intended take over and assault on the office and staff
working there. He had prepared a form statement demanding that all staff sign
loyalty to him and the SDS under UI or they would be fired. That weekend the
staff met and wrote him a letter which Ravi has previously sent to the Khalsa
Council. His response was that he would get back to us after talking with his
lawyer. He then sent a letter basically stating if we did not sign or call him
by December 12th, he considered we had resigned.

Comment: We believe that under New Mexico law if, in fact, Guruchander was
our boss and could legally fire us, all of his actions have been against
employment laws which protect employees from abusive employers. If he was our
boss, the staff would all have grounds to sue him.

This event was shocking, disturbing and traumatic and we are still dealing
with the aftermath of his assault with post traumatic symptoms. We are
grateful to the Sangat for their support to heal and provide us facilities and
resources to rebuild.

Within the next few days, I learned from our bank that Guruchander had gone
into another branch, given them paperwork about the SDS, and said that all of
the current signers were fraudulent and had been dismissed and that he was now
the only signer. The bank unknowingly allowed him to transfer all the SDI
funds at that bank into a new account which he opened with himself as the only
signer. However when we investigated this with the bank, they discovered that
Guruchander had used my social security number under his own name when he
opened the account. The SDI accounts (including the Khalsa Council account)
at this bank are now frozen until the bank‘s fraud department investigates
it further.
I do not know how he got my social security number. It may be from my
computer which he stole. In any event, we understand that such fraudulent use
of another person’s social security number, without authorization, is a
serious federal crime.

Our other bank where your Dasvandh money is deposited realized that
Guruchander and SDS do not have legal authority to change the accounts and
have refused them access.

This Raises Questions
1. What kind of elder does this kind of attack to five innocent ladies working
in their office serving the Dharma, the Guru and the Sangat?

2. What kind of Member (Unto Infinity) which by its very existence was created
to protect, fund and uphold a unified Dharma and serve the legacy of the Siri
Singh Sahib, instead rewrites by-laws and manipulates the Siri Singh
Sahib’s structure for their own benefit, to the Dharma's detriment?

3. It is hard to understand how a group (SDS) who states that they want to
help SDI to deliver its mission can behave in such a fashion: literally
terrorizing the women of the SDI staff, and for what purpose? If the SDS
wanted to make SDI more financially viable, this could have been handled in a
much different and more humane fashion. In fact, their behavior has had the
reverse affect as many people in the Sangat have said in these past two weeks
that they wish to stop their Dasvandh as they think it is going to be under
Guruchander’s, SDS and UI control. The SDS in their email to the Khalsa
Council said that they wanted to work in a collaborative effort to build SDI
but this was clearly not reflected in their premeditated aggressive behavior.
It seems like their communications are an attempt to whitewash their true
intentions and plans, and brings into question the ultimate design of this
hostile takeover led by the Stewards in service of UI to destabilize this
Dharma.

The Espanola Sangat was so disturbed and shaken by Guruchander’s behavior
that they had a special meeting on Saturday December 5th. At that meeting,
the Sangat confronted Guruchander, who said he was apologetic and that he was
human and could lose his temper. If we are to believe that his behavior came
from impulse, why did he bring a security guard to the SDI offices in the
beginning of the day when he first came to announce the firings? Is this the
behavior of a person who is later sorry that he was aggressive, violent and
destructive? Why did he come into the offices already in a violent rage?

Our experience was that he came with rage to dominate and bully not with an
attitude of collaboration, and went into a violent rage when things did not go
his way. Is this the CEO of SDI that we want? Clearly, it is abusive and he
should not be managing anyone until he deals with his anger problem.

At the meeting, the Sangat asked Guruchander to return these computers and he
said no. They asked him if he would step down from his position with the SDS
and he refused. Is this the kind of elder and leader that should be leading
this sacred Sikh Dharma path? The value of equality and respect of women and
mutuality on December 3rd, 2009 was violated by the very group who claims to
be upholding the Siri Singh Sahib’s mission. In fact, we see they
demonstrate the oppposite.

His assault has terrorized the staff, and none of us, to my knowledge have
received an apology from him or any sign of remorse. On the contrary, he has
locked us out of our offices, insulted us and assaulted us, called us liars
and thieves and fired us from our jobs disguising it as a forced resignation
when we did not bow down to his domination. Throughout our Sikh history the
Gurus have taught us to face this kind of tyranny with grace standing strong
in our integrity.

This kind of behavior and aggression has gone too far to ever be tolerated and
we as a Sangat need to now stand strong and not sacrifice our future for
avoiding the conflict. We are all under the guidance and will of God and Guru
for our spiritual evolution and as a spiritual community let us rise up to
deliver our destiny together. It is my prayer that the Sangat awaken to
understand the truth of this aggression that the UI and their Stewards have in
their heart toward the Sangats of Sikh Dharma, and have the courage and faith
to stand up against it.

I am grateful to the members of the Sikh Dharma International board for
serving the Guru, the Siri Singh Sahib’s mission and the Sangat and for
upholding this legacy in the face of those who wish to destroy it. I am
grateful they have taken a stand to say “NO” to this aggression and
unwarranted destruction of Sikh Dharma. I am in gratitude to the board for
taking a stand on behalf of the Sangat out of a spirit of love for this
Dharmic path to uphold this priceless legacy for our future generations. I am
grateful they have done this to serve the Sangat after the many painful
destructive decisions the UI and Stewards have made against our affiliates and
our communities and now against Sikh Dharma International. Please join in
saying “No More”. Please.

I live in prayer that as we go through these challenging times as a Sangat
that all of us will step up and the future generations will inherit the spirit
of Sikh Dharma as the Siri Singh Sahib truly gave it to us, creating the sense
of a family of the Khalsa, the pure ones. Together we can, as a Sangat uphold
the legacy and deliver this Dharma through these times.


Guru Kirin Kaur Khalsa
Comptroller General of Sikh Dharma International

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