Yogi Bhajan wore many hats, or turbans. Originally born an Indian prince, he was the male heir of a family whose holdings included the entire village of Kot Harkarn, now part of Pakistan. He had mastered the ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga by the time he was 16 1/2 years old. In addition to his yogic practices he finished university, served in the Indian military, married, fathered three children, was a businessman, spiritual teacher and religious leader.
After a series of events led him to America, he saw that thousands of young people were addicted to drugs, alcohol and bad eating habits. He offered an alternative to the drug culture and decided to stay and help heal their mental and emotional problems — as well as the physical bodies that had been damaged by the use of drugs
Yogi Bhajan made it clear from the very start that he had not come to get disciples, but to train teachers. He broke the ancient tradition of secrecy to introduce Kundalini Yoga to the West. Traditionally these sacred teachings were passed from teacher to student in a very selective and elitist fashion.
He explained that it is everyone’s birthright to be healthy, happy, and holy, and practicing Kundalini Yoga was one powerful way to claim that birthright and then went on to create the 3HO Foundation (Healthy Happy Holy) and promoted the teachings of ayurveda and vegetarianism.
Yogi Bhajan was the only living Master of White Tantric Yoga and left his physical body on October 6th, 2004. His passing took place at his home in Espanola, New Mexico surrounded by family and friends. The cause of death was complications due to heart failure. He was 75 years old. One of his favorite sayings was “If you can’t see God in all, you haven’t seen God at all.”