1969 to 1979 In this “High Times” article from 1979, Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa (Yogi Bhajan’s “First Student”), shares some highlights of the first ten years of 3HO history. View…Read: "Ten Years of Highlights in 3HO History"
This article originally appeared in Beads of Truth in 1979, and was written by S.S. Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa
The history of the birth, growth and expansion of the Grace of God Movement of the Women of the World.Read: "From Mantra, to Meditation, to Movement, to Mission"
Here are excerpts from an article originally published in a 1979 issue of Beads of Truth. “When you take away a nation’s songs, you take away its spirit.” ~Siri Singh…Read: "Music: The Companion that Soothes Us and Moves Us"
Poetry excerpted from the 1976 Fall issue of “Beads of Truth”. The poems are by women who describe their experience of the first Khalsa Women’s Training Camp in 1976.Read: "Poems and Reflections from the First Khalsa Women’s Training Camp"
The night wind blows in gusts so strong the earth shakes.
And my tent-home billows and wavers under its continued impact.
The darkening sky is shot with lightning and thunder shouts from the heavens.
But not even the monstrous wind beating at all of Creation
Can sweep away the kiss of God, the rainbow,
Which embraces the sky from one end to another.
It comes forth silently, gracefully, to stand immovable in the heavens, yet joined with the earth.
Ever present, it manifests and becomes known,
Only when God calls it forth to stand as an example, a thing of beauty, awe-inspiring.
The vibrant delicacy of its colors,
The purity of its radiance,
Glow as a gift from God.
We want to learn Gurbani because it is one thing in the world which churns out the purity in a person. There is one purpose of Gurbani: to churn out of the person the spirit, the soul, the divinity. Minus divinity there is no such thing as dignity. They are all interrelated.Read: "A Sikh Woman"
Every second of the day in camp was utilized. We ended our sadhana with a mile run. We breakfasted fast and dashed off to swimming and tennis. We tilled the land in the garden that provided our food. We clambered over the five foot wall and crawled on our bellies through the dirt of our obstacle course. We learned the noble art of Gatka (Indian sword fighting). At the sound of the bell, we raced to our karate class. Muscles that hadn’t even been thought of in years were restrengthened. We were tested at every turn. The initial trauma of learning to fire the five rounds of bullets turned into a feeling of confidence and power, respect and poise.
After our physical activities, we had intensive Gurmukhi classes; each day we read our Bhanis with more speed, accuracy, and comprehension. Our daily Gurbani classes gave us time to sing and chant together. We lived together, stood together and marched in formation together, through the streets of Espanola while the populous looked on in awe and wonder. We daily marched under the rising sun, learning to command each other as well as to be commanded by each other.Read: "The First Khalsa Women’s Training Camp in 1976"
Nearly six years ago, Yogi Bhajan began working with the young people of this country, to give them an alternative to drugs, to give them a means of keeping their bodies healthy, to give them values of life and to rebuild the structure of family life. He struck at the root of the problems facing the entire western societies today: the lack of respect and reverence for woman, the devaluation of the function of raising children, the breakdown of the family structure and the pollution of the basic vibration – the WORD.Read: "Dedicated to Woman"
Categories: Our Stories
This lecture by the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan appeared in the summer 1975 Beads of Truth. The mystery in the religious world has been that the religious leaders have…Read: "Simran and Seva"
Categories: Yogi Bhajan Lectures
The story of the first American Sikh enlisted in the U.S. Army who stood by the rights of the 1st Amendment to pave the way for Sikhs to practice their religious beliefs, including the wearing of beard and turban
Yes, there is a place for Sikhs in the United States Army. For this achievement, we can be grateful to those who went before us and who accepted the harassment and went through the Court Martials, who were forcibly shaven, but who ‘kept up’ in order to see that our basic human rights were upheld: the right to practice our chosen religion and to live actively in all aspects of society and the community without discrimination.
Baisakhi Day is celebrated as the Anniversary of the day when Guru Gobind Singh first initiated five of his faithful disciples into the Khalsa (the Brotherhood of the Pure Ones.) This year, another historical event took place in Guru Ram Das Ashram in Los Angeles, when for the first time in history, an American Sikh participated in administering the Amrit to the nearly 100 Sikhs who had come to receive it.Read: "Yogi Bhajan Lecture: Baisakhi – The Day of Rebirth"
Categories: Yogi Bhajan Lectures
Arriving in Los Angeles in 1968, Yogi Bhajan began his mission to share the teachings of Kundalini Yoga, and to help people live healthy, happy and holy lives. He first established Guru Ram Das Ashram as a yoga center in West Hollywood, and it was here in Los Angeles that Kundalini Yoga in the Western World was born.
In the spring of 1972, the ashram was moved to the current location, a former chiropractic and hydrotherapy office, where it was established as a formal Gurdwara.Read: "The Opening of Guru Ram Das Ashram Los Angeles in 1972"