“The purpose of life is to watch and experience living. To enjoy living, every moment of it. And to live in environments which are calm, quiet, slow, sophisticated, elegant. Just to be. Whether you are naked or you have a golden robe on you, that doesn’t make any difference. The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful – great and full – that you are alive, and you enjoy it.” – Yogi Bhajan
Yogi Bhajan was born Harbhajan Singh Puri in India on August 26, 1929. When he was eight years old, he was sent to study with the great Master, Sant Hazara Singh, under whose guidance he mastered Kundalini Yoga when he was around 16 years old.
Yogi Bhajan taught Kundalini Yoga openly to the public for the first time in history, despite the taboo that had kept it shrouded in secrecy for centuries. Yogi Bhajan didn’t just teach physical exercise, meditation, and yogic breathing techniques; he taught people how to live, how to relate to each other, and how to relate to the Infinite.
Yogi Bhajan’s penetrating insight, infinite compassion, tireless service, and delightful sense of humor immediately endeared him to the eager young people who flocked to his Kundalini Yoga classes. He taught students how to access their intuitive awareness, how to experience higher consciousness without drugs, and how to build a future for themselves and their families.
Although he himself was a devoted Sikh, Yogi Bhajan never tried to convert anyone. However, his example of unshakable faith and commitment to God and Guru was contagious, and many of his students recognized they were destined to walk through life on the Sikh path.
Yogi Bhajan left his body on October 6, 2004, at the age of 75. To many people, he hasn’t actually “died” because his presence is still so vibrantly with us.
All information on this page is summarized from Khalsa, Shakti Parwha Kaur. Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power. New York: Berkeley Publishing Group, 1996.
For more information visit http://www.yogibhajan.org/index.html