It was Yogi Bhajan's stated mission to "create teachers not collect students" that led to Guru Dharam initiating the first Kundalini Yoga Instructors course in the UK in 1995 which developed into i-SKY.
Yogi Bhajan passed on 6 October 2004 but his mission continues to thrive. His teachings are now more accessible than ever both through certified teachers and through the searchable Library of Teachings.
History will remember Yogi Bhajan as the person who gave authentic Kundalini yoga to the modern world, breaking the centuries old code of secrecy and elitism, which had previously shrouded this practice.
When Yogi Bhajan came to the West in 1969 he clearly stated his intention; ‘I have come to create teachers not to gather disciples’. He created thousands of teachers since then who are at the heart of an international community called 3HO, the Healthy Happy Holy Organization, which supports, practices and spreads the teachings.
Yogi Bhajan was born Harbhajan Singh Puri on August 26th 1929 in India. His spiritual tutelage began formally at 7 years and at the age of 16 and a half his teacher Sant Hazara Singh pronounced him a Master of Yoga.
At the age of 18 he led 1000 people through the turmoil of the partition of India to safety in Delhi after their village became part of Pakistan.
He married Bibi Inderjit Kaur in 1953 and fathered three children.
He received a Masters degree in Economics from the Punjab University where he excelled both in the debating chamber and on the athletics field. He established a successful career, serving in the Tax and Customs Division of the Indian Government before travelling to the West in 1968. He received a PhD in the Psychology of Communication in 1980 from the University of Humanistic Studies in San Francisco.
Although recognised as a seer, a sage, a healer, a philosopher and a religious leader, Yogi Bhajan is remembered primarily as a spiritual teacher with a global constituency.
He held, independently and concurrently, three major spiritual offices: as Director of Spiritual Education of 3HO; as the Siri Singh Sahib - invited by the leaders of his own faith to become the Chief Religious and Administrative Authority for Sikh Dharma in the Western Hemisphere in 1971; and by a wider constituency as the Mahan Tantric - establishing and directing the practice of White Tantric Yoga around the world.
Yogi Bhajan was lauded and lambasted. He found and lost fame and fortune. As a yogi he knew the pair of opposites and chose neither. He was at home in all circumstances and with all people sharing, inspiring and, above all, teaching the technology of living together in the Age of Aquarius as elevated and radiant human beings.
In the history of the US Congress, only a handful of spiritual leaders have ever inspired a Joint Resolution honouring their life and work, they include Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, Mother Theresa and Yogi Bhajan.