Yogiji stayed in the ashrams

April 18, 2005 |

Categories: Our Stories

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 1970 – Yogiji chopping wood at the Philadelphia Ashram.

Yogiji stayed in the ashrams is shared by Soorya Kaur (staff member of Yogi Bhajan) She shared this photo and these words on page 68 of her book YogiJi – The Light of Our Souls, written in 2005

When Yogiji came to a city to teach, he always lived with everyone at the Ashram. In fact, the Heads of the Ashrams moved out of their rooms and emptied their closets for him. He was aware that this may be the only time the house was sure to get overhauled. Everything was cleaned, repaired, painted and decorated in anticipation of his visit. Things buzzed with excitement in preparation for his arrival, and it was always so hard to let him go when the time came for him to leave.

Soorya Kaur Blessings

I wish to thank God for many, many blessings, but in particular, for my good friend Neesha Singh.  I could never have done this book without her editing and writing skills, and innate sense for photography.  We forged a partnership that made this book a reality in an extremely short period of time.

While I was working on the idea of this book, my pictures (I always attempted to make him smile for me) opened a floodgate of the intimate memories that I share here with you.  If I may humbly say this, I don’t think of this as “my book”. Because Guru Ram Das and Yogiji saw me through it, and it took on a life of its own.

It is difficult to decide whether Guru Ram Das adopted Yogiji or Yogiji adopted Guru Ram Das.  Every morning he performed Seva (selfless service) washing the floors of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. Yogiji heard Guru Ram Das’ Bani (prayers).  During this period, he was enlightened by a miraculous spiritually elevating experience. He and his bond with Guru Ram Das was sealed forever.  Guru Ram Das became his and our patron Guru.  We learn to call upon him to take our pain, to sort out our problems, to be there for us, to produce a miracle when needed, and he always delivered.

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