Kriyas that sought to force energy up my spine through any means necessary.
So what is Kundalini Yoga? Often associated with Tantra Yoga, Kundalini Yoga is considered the fast way to enlightenment (becoming “god”).
Kundalini (Sanskrit-kund), means “coiled” or “serpent” and represents divine, psychic energy called “serpent power.” It is seen in the form of a coiled, female snake (the goddess aspect of the Divine) nestled at the base of the spine. For Hindus, who worship over 300 million gods, the aim of Kundalini Yoga is to reunite the goddess Shakti with her lover, Lord Shiva, god of destruction and creation, bringing about a state of bliss and enlightenment.
This is the “bliss” the yoga practitioner is said to experience after raising the kundalini energy through seven chakras (energy centres) located from the base of the spine up the spinal column to the crown chakra, the top of the head. Psychic powers are purportedly acquired when a person opens their sixth chakra, the third eye-just above the middle of the eyebrows.
The chanting of mantras, breathing techniques, deep concentration and meditation in Kundalini Yoga brings one into an altered state of consciousness. This is a form of self-hypnosis, the roots of which lie in the occult.
During the 60’s and 70’s, a surge of gurus (men claiming to be gods) traveled from India to America on a mission to convert the West to Hinduism. Along with its companion, Transcendental Meditation, taught by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, yoga was quickly sold to Westerners as a great way to reduce stress, build self-esteem, heal the mind and body, and experience the interconnectedness of all creation.
Harbahjan Sigh Puri (a.k.a. “Yogi Bhajan”) immigrated to the US in the 1970s and built a following amongst largely white, middle-class Americans. He started as a yoga teacher, but soon declared himself a religious leader. His idiosyncratic brand of religion was a blend of yoga, meditation and his quirky personal philosophy. And that composite belief system was frequently denounced and/or criticized by more mainstream and traditional Sikhs.
Over the years Bhajan put together a multi-million dollar financial empire, largely through the devotion, donations and hard work of his American followers. His business interests included AKAL Security, one of the largest private security companies in North America, which relied heavily upon government contracts. He also marketed teas, herbs and assorted health food.
Yogi Bhajan died a rich man and controlled numerous lucrative companies run by his devotees, including AKAL Security, which was launched from his New Mexico ashram.
Akal now boasts a billion dollars in government contracts.
Sikh Gurus designed Sikhism in the way they did. Traditional Sikh faith offers a complete spiritual path and a complete way of living a human life. Kundalini and tantric Yoga were NEVER taught by the Sikh Gurus. Yogi Bhajan drastically diverted from the teachings of the Gurus with his clap trap theories of Kundalini and tantric Yoga and now he and those who practice under Yogi are suffering for it!
Bhajan was the founder and absolute leader of a relatively small group called the “Healthy, Happy Holy Organization” (3HO) based in the United States with a membership of a few thousand Americans that often took on Sikh names like “Singh,” “Khalsa” and wore white.
Prominent sociologist and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Offshe stated in an affidavit that “3HO exhibits characteristics common to cult organizations.”
However, his former followers have less than glowing things to say about the dead guru. Many claim that 3HO exploited them and hurt their families. And some women have said that the guru’s attentions were less than spiritual. A former secretary once sued Bhajan for sexual harassment and gross misconduct.
Her lawsuit stated, “The method by which Bhajan induced others to follow him was to pose as a Yoga master and teacher, and then covertly subject yoga students to a process of mental and emotional conditioning in which their personalities are disrupted and ultimately destroyed.” But lawsuits against Bhajan and/or his businesses were quietly settled and the guru lived a life of luxury, until his death last year at 75.
According to renowned psychoanalyst Carl Jung:
“One often hears and reads about the dangers of Yoga, particularly of the ill-reputed Kundalini Yoga.The deliberately induced psychotic state, which in certain unstable individuals might easily lead to a real psychosis, is a danger that needs to be taken very seriously indeed.
New Lenox yoga instructor, Laura Kalinski (given the spiritual name, Balprem Kaur), is a member of 3HO – the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization founded in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan, a guru from India who called himself the “Lord of the Heavens.” Bhajan boasted about his occult powers and expertise in the occult practices of numerology, astrology, tarot cards, and more. He called for 3HO members to bring in the New Age of Aquarius saying, “The time has come not to search for God, but to be God.” New Agers believe the Age of Pieces (the Judeo-Christian age of the West) must die out in order to bring peace and wholeness to the earth they worship.
While a Sikh by birth, Bhajan was denounced as a heretic by orthodox Sikhs for incorporating Hindu idols, occult numerology, fire pujas (sacred rituals making offerings to an image of a deity), and deviant sexual practices (Tantric Yoga) into the Sikh religion, all of which are strictly forbidden. Some see the late, white-bearded, white-robed Bhajan as a great spiritual Master, but former members of his inner circle, including his top secretary, accused him of being a cult leader who had dictator-like control over his followers using psychological techniques, manipulation, fraud and deceit for money, power, and sexual favors.
Longtime member of 3HO, Gursant Singh, wrote these revealing words about Bhajan: “In his Journal Kundalini Research Institute of 3H0 and a number of his other papers, he leaves his followers in no doubt that he is the prophet of the new age with such mighty spiritual powers that he controls their destinies, their auras and their magnetic fields. He is their Master, their Spiritual Guide and their Guru. Without a living guru they cannot know the truth, and out of all the living gurus, he can reveal the truth best; and out of all his pictures, they must meditate on one picture of him...”
Bhajan requested his devotees to meditate on his picture from 15 minutes to 4 hours a day.
..if you see some guru’s picture on the wall, or religious statues in the entrance area or practice room, something more than yoga might be lurking within the instruction…A group with a hidden agenda can use meditation to download its program”
Yogi Bhajan ~”Guru Gobind Singh forgot somewhere to write that the Khalsa shall do Pooran praan tapaa. That’s the only way I can figure it out.”
Yogi Bhajan – “I was talking to a doctor today…and I said to him, “We are not going to cure people in the future because of medicine. Actually, a person is going to look at a person, and with mental frequency, he is gonna’ cure him.“
Yogi Bhajan – ” Now you say there is no life on Mars? Mars is populated…it is over-populated. The rate of production and sensuality is so heavy, and the beings–they grow so fast that they have to go and make war on all the other planets.”
Beads of Truth, 1972, “The Aura or Magnetic Field” lecture.
“Those who sleep North-South, their electric magnetic field and the magnetic field of the earth are one. They loose their initiative, they become zero. Their magnetic field and the earth’s magnetic field are one, thus, they can not hold the pressure of the earth’s field. Their nerves become weak. That is why you should sleep East-West.”
“Those who tune into him are tuned into HIM in return and this union is the Yoga of Awareness called Kundalini Yoga. Those who practice this will stand liberated.”
“A Date with Yogi Bhajan” lecture Beads of Truth 1972
His operation was included a highly armed billion-dollar security company, and those swords on the fronts of those turbans connote the very violence you’re trying so hard to stamp out with your new mantra. Anger and hatred are human and human is IT because that’s what we are. We’re a fucking hot mess and it’s great. I love my anger. Why try to amputate it like a fucking arm?
I did Kundalini in Park Slope at this ashram for a while and I flapped my arms around and jumped up and down in this white room layered with carpets and bedsheets like a damn fool thinking, someone somewhere is having a laugh because this is BULLSHIT. I had that thought and then like you, actively and consciously disregarded it because I decided I wasn’t being open-minded enough. I was cult-steamrollering my own damn self.
In the end I listened to my bullshit calling voice and did some research.
That charlatan has been taken to court many times, documented online, by former secretaries and assistants who have been sexually harassed and stolen from. He died pretty young by yoga standards—75—from good old heart failure—a disease of affluence. He drove around in a stretch, covered in pricey bling.
The Kundalini method is said to be yoga for the householder. Well tell me which householder has time to wake up at 4AM to chant 180 gurmukhi lines and then go make sure their shit floats and take a cold shower while shouting some other bullshit and putting almond oil all over themselves and then making a pot of hot yogi tea before getting the kids ready for school. He was a fat pig crook and in the Sihk community, which has NO yoga history besides this clown, they are embarrassed by him. Do your research. Listen to your hatred. It has an intelligence that should not be discounted. Great title by the way. I love reading your stuff. It pops.
“Those who wear white clothes, but have filthy and stone-hearted minds, may chant the Naam with their mouths, but they are engrossed in duality; they are thieves. They do not understand their own roots; they are beasts. They are just animals.”
– Sri Guru Granth Sahib, page 751
Recently I’ve had a unique opportunity to meet with leading Psychiatry Medical Doctors over the last year or so and discuss my 30 years with Yogi Bhajan and his Kundalini/tantric Yoga cult.
I have to thank my wife who being a Psychiatrist here in London has made this interaction with such experts in the field of Psychiatry possible. In my discussions with Psychiatrists from all over the UK, I described Yogi Bhajan’s character, his Kundalini/tantric Yoga from my personal experience and read several portions from Yogi Bhajan’s lectures.
The Psychiatrist’s conclusion, without exception, was that Yogi Bhajan was psychotic and exhibited severe delusions of religious grandiose. In these conversations with UK Psychiatrists I also described prominent Yogi Bhajan public figures like Guruka Singh, Gurmukh Kaur, Guru Singh, Hari Jiwan Singh and Guru Dev Singh. I read quotations from these leading 3HO Kundalini Yoga instructors as well.
Again the conclusion from all the mental health experts was that Kundalini Yoga practitioners develop psychotic behavior with delusions of religious grandeur which seem to get worse and worse as the length of time practicing KY becomes greater. For example, People like Guruka Singh and Hari Jiwan Singh who have practiced Kundalini Yoga for 40 years make more outrageous delusional statements than a novice KY Teacher Trainer practicing Kundalini Yoga.
If you watch the videos of Guruka Singh and Gurmukh Kaur you’ll readily see how they appear to be almost in some kind of hypnotic trance, they just don’t sound like normal well balanced people. Does Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga create delusions about “Magic Aquarian Age energy” beaming down from Jupiter? I submit that Kundalini Yoga is like an addictive drug which may seem to make people better but after time it acts in producing mental and physical side effects like delusions about the “Magic Aquarian Age energy” beaming down from Jupiter and the stars to liberate people who do Kundalini yoga on the banks of the Ganga River!
Another observation I discussed with the psychiatrists was how the Yogi Bhajan way of smashing everyone into altered states by piling on more and more exercises, meditations and perhaps a gong meditation leaves people spacey and prone to induction into his cult. That’s probably why he (Yogi Bhajan) did it and why Kundalini Yoga teachers keep on doing it. The heavy breathing (breath of fire as Yogi Bhajan called it) techniques, loud gong sounds ringing in your ears and hours of Yogi Bhajan mantra chanting, sometimes in front of his picture, put unsuspecting people into an almost trance like state, making students more susceptible to induction into the Yogi Bhajan cult. I told the psychiatrists how Yogi Bhajan would have us hold our arms up for hours in some “kriya” he made up. We were so exhausted after several hours that we’d believe or accept anything Yogi Bhajan said.
Gursant Singh Khalsa
Instructors use “sound current” in the form of mantras–chants said repeatedly to bring about a “higher” state of consciousness. The Adi mantra, Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, is chanted a number of times to “tune in” oneself at the beginning of each Kundalini Yoga class. Ong Namo means, I bow to the subtle divine wisdom. Guru De Namo means, I bow to the Divine or Infinite Teacher within. Yogi Bhajan taught, “God is your inner consciousness.” In a real sense, you are worshiping yourself. Chanting mantras are said to have penetrating power in the Cosmos connecting you to the deceased Bhajan and past Master Teachers in what is called The Golden Chain, providing divine guidance to the practitioner.
The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis lists over fifty possible dangers from hypnosis in their American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (Volume 31, Number 1, July 1988, pg. 46). It’s no coincidence that many listed are the same risks yoga instructors warn about. Dangers of these practices include: severe headaches, depression, uncontrolled weeping or laughter, spasmodic jerking, feelings of intense heat or cold, electricity passing through the body and itching or crawling sensations, memory impairment, hallucinations, identity crisis, mental illness/insanity, suicidal thoughts/suicide, anxiety/panic attacks, heart palpitations, heart attack and death. On the other hand, one may experience intense feelings of a beautiful oneness with the universe, infinite love, and ecstatic bliss.
Writing about Kundalini Yoga, Theosophist/occultist/medium, Alice Bailey, noted in her work, A Treatise on White Magic, that “only one in a thousand aspirants” are at the stage to begin such a practice and that may be “too optimistic.” She warned it could “produce insanity” and made clear “it is a most dangerous undertaking when induced before the mechanism is ready to deal with it” (Lucis Publishing Company, New York NY, 1951, pgs. 590-591).