May 26, 2021 |

In the heart of the country, there’s a land we call our own,
On which our hopes are planted, by the Guru’s love they’ll grow.
It’s the home of the Khalsa, where our future’s being born,
Stronghold of our nation, where the pure ones shall be sheltered by the blessings of the Lord.

Read: "Ram Das Puri"

Categories: Music history


May 21, 2021 |

According to Guru Singh (Los Angeles), who recounted this story to me in 2012, there was a need to have photos of Yogi Bhajan for brochures and posters, so in October 1969 Guru Singh and Shakti Parwha Kaur took him to a photo studio located on Melrose Ave. near Jules Buccieri’s antique store, where the first kundalini yoga classes were held. The photographer was well known for doing “head shots” for movie stars so he took numerous photos of Yogi Bhajan.

Read: "History of the Tratakam Photo"

Categories: 3HO HistoryOur StoriesYogi Bhajan


May 10, 2021 |

Thirty-four years ago, when I first heard Yogi Bhajan speak of his vision of creating the 3HO Foundation, a “Healthy, Happy, Holy” Organization, I didn’t like the word “holy.” It sounded too churchy to me. Holy? I thought: sanctimonious, holier than thou, bor—ing!  Of course, that’s not what he meant at all.

Fortunately, I kept listening. He explained, “If you’re holy, you don’t do to anyone what you don’t want them to do to you.” So far, so good—the Golden Rule. Then he added that to be holy also means that you receive each inhalation gratefully, aware that it is God’s gift to you. Wow. Having that consciousness is a big order. It would require amazing focus to actually be aware of each incoming breath, but what a profound impact the acceptance of such a concept would have on our lives. Such a belief might cause us to be a lot more careful how we use each breath. We might change how we talk to one another. We might choose our words more thoughtfully. We might decide our actions with the thought in mind that God is living and breathing in us 24/7.

Read: "Who Wants to be Holy?"

Categories: 3HO HistoryOur Stories

April 30, 2021 |

Let us be holy, happy and bright
Beautiful days and cozy nights.
Joyful living and loving care,
You and me and us we share.
Smiles and our songs they’ll live forever
We’ll leave these memories for our children’s ecstasy.
That is our legacy, a guide to destiny, our destiny.

Read: "My Song"

Categories: Music historyPoetry

April 27, 2021 |

It was September 13, 1968. Harbhajan Singh Yogi, now thirty-nine years of age, waited his turn in the line-up that had just disembarked at Toronto’s international airport. In the queue were tourists, professionals, government people and hopeful immigrants. Gradually, Harbhajan’s place in line moved up, as people were cleared at the front by the customs inspectors.

Read: "Yogi Bhajan Arrives In North America"

Categories: 3HO HistoryYogi Bhajan