This is an article from the April, 1979 Beads of Truth celebrating the 10th anniversary of 3HO.
It was the dream of a generation to live in peace, honesty and love. By the time most of us had made it to a Kundalini Yoga class we’d been through a lifetime of dead-end roads and paths of false promise, but the hope for Truth and a way to ‘live was still our primary motivation. For those of us who were lucky enough to have survived the drugs, the jails and the suicide of compromise, the experience of Kundalini Yoga gave us confirmation that we weren’t crazy for seeking the Truth – that it really did exist and that we had at last tapped into its source.
In the beginning, all we could do was rejoice, and rejoice we did. We sang and danced and meditated and laughed and breathed and feasted like we’d never done before. It was a true celebration of Life. But in time we needed a way to live our lives which was in harmony with our experience in Yoga class. We needed a way of life which could uphold our energy, our love, and our consciousness. We wanted to maintain our integrity in our relationships, in our jobs, and in our lifestyle. We needed that bridge which links the experience of meditation to the experience of daily life. From this longing, coupled with the vision and capacity of the Siri Singh Sahib (Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji), 3HO was born.
Our longing became our goal; a Healthy, Happy, and Holy way of life for anyone who sought it. A technology for experiencing expansion and aware ness, and a technology for living it.
The Siri Singh Sahib was one among us whose experience was from another time and space, and although he rejoiced with us, showed us how to rejoice and even gave us our reason for rejoicing, he always had his eye on the future. He came with a vision that could see beyond our cultural and experiential concepts, and he has always worked for the future. Despite our leanings to compromise, he has never compromised and that is why we have survived these ten years. For as he said a long time ago, raising the Kundalini is easy, it’s keeping it up that is the trick. Having a vision is not so unusual but living and planning each moment to move closer toward that vision is a mastery few have. He, in his life with us, has proven himself a master human being.
He is like a trail master of the pioneer days, but instead of guiding us across the terrain of our land he is guiding us across the terrain of our consciousness. We still are pioneers seeking the great sea of Infinity and the free land of higher consciousness. But it has fallen into our hands upon this great journey to provide for those who would join us and for those who would follow after us. So, from our rejoicing has come our building, and our generations may judge what has been built.
As all things upon this earth, 3HO has changed outwardly in these ten years. By God’s Grace we will continue to evolve as well. But one thing remains the same, and that is Kundalini Yoga and Sat Nam. From the circumstances of the times, certain needs arise and fade, styles wax and wane. But 3HO was not meant to establish modes or culture, but rather a truthful way of living. Truth cannot be limited to a style, for it is an essence. The only one assurance that that essence will flow through any style, or culture, or individual is if it vibrates Truth. Kundalini Yoga and Sat Nam make you vibrate.
Kundalini Yoga is as powerful today as it was ten years ago or a thousand years ago. If you do it, you vibrate. If you don’t, you don’t. If you chant Sat Nam, you see the Truth. If you don’t you don’t. But Kundalini Yoga and Sat Nam always have been, still are, and will continue to be the base of the 3HO Foundation. Kundalini Yoga awakens us to the Truth, Sat Nam links us to it.
In the collective heart and soul of humanity we are charting a way through the wilderness just as those who have come before us have done for us. And if in the future an individual cries out in his soul for the Truth and a path to walk upon, if there is a Kundalini Yoga teacher on the planet, that individual has a chance to find it.
By M.S.S. GANGA BHAJAN KAUR KHALSA