To respect and uphold that which delivers us to our dignity and divinity…
A thoughtful response : and an invitation to awaken the neutral mind of pristine non-judgement and the freedom and creative relief that this brings. Let us not be collectively shackled to dogma of implied consensus!
The flag of a Kundalini Yoga teacher is “In God I dwell“. A daily practice of early morning sadhana is key to being able to deliver these teachings – for me this connection to God or the divine, the flow of a cosmic human reality where vital energy pervades all in high spirits is a beautiful gift to be cherished.
Yogi Bhajan who brought Kundalini Yoga to the wide world and so much healing and deeply nourishing knowledge asked that teachers look to his teachings and not to him as a personality.
In 2020, a former secretary of Yogi Bhajan published a book ( who had taken a case that was dropped during his lifetime and the veracity of which also called into question at that time ) and this led to other allegations of misconduct on the part of Yogi Bhajan. A report was commissioned by a body called “the olive branch“ – however the language that was used such as “investigation“ – is highly dubious and misleading. Teachers were encouraged to regard as legal something that was more in the realms of fieldwork. Unfortunately, the reality of social media leads to group think and is certainly not a forum for deep reflection – a deeply polarised situation ensued whereby those who would not choose to subscribe to a narrative of abuse may be labelled and judged in turn. Such is the sad state of affairs when we allow this duality to hold sway! Such a very strong test this is of teachers, of the caliber of teaching and of our connection to God, to the source of the teachings.
Kundalini Yoga and meditation offer a potent antidote to the pervasive negativity and fear in the world – calling for high spirits and human unity. Any sources that do not uplift this new paradigm and instead sow division and suffering or slander, are to be met with the enduring peace of a neutral mind. Once there is any doubt as to the truth of slanderous claims, I believe, there is no foundation for consensus. You can read more here as to the cause for discernment when handling this situation https://fairinvestigation.com
I would like to share a white flower in support of the purity and piety of the legacy of Yogi Bhajan to be a symbol of gentle neutrality among those of us who do not wish to participate in any narrative of abuse and see it as a distraction from the mission of serving others through these powerful teachings of Kundalini Yoga.
There is a song that I have also shared in response to this situation which you can listen to here
Guru Fatha Singh, who is a wonderful and inspiring veteran teacher, has been gathering those who were close to Yogi Bhajan in his lifetime to share their positive and uplifting stories and insights. There is indeed a wonderful legacy. Recordings of these sessions can be accessed online here.
In one of these sessions, with Nam Nidhan Kaur of Chile, she describes how a woman was raped during a retreat she was part of and that, Yogi Bhajan called her and told her to do sadhana with that woman for 40 days following her experience so that she could be totally cleared and healed of negative effects. She spoke of how Yogi Bhajan called her every day to check whether she was true to her word and doing the sadhana with this woman who had suffered abuse. This is but one story that demonstrates the sensitivity, awareness and commitment to the healing and upliftment of others.
Another alternative viewpoint is given by Guru Amrit Singh Jethadar who spoke of why he resigned from the board that approved The Olive Branch Report – he said that the report Yogi Bhajan comes across as a “lecherous scumbag“, this was not his experience of him. In another place we see how the methodology employed by the Olive Branch was to invite anyone to submit a statement – anonymously. Health records indicate that it would have been impossible for Yogi Bhajan to do what the report claims he was doing at the time, due to ill health. This has been detailed in the concerned response to that Report: https://fairinvestigation.com
Kundalini Yoga and meditation offer a potent antidote to the pervasive negativity and fear in the world – calling for high spirits and human unity. Any sources that do not uplift this new paradigm and instead sow division and suffering or slander, are to be met with the enduring peace of a neutral mind. Once there is any doubt as to the truth of slanderous claims, there is no foundation for consensus. I would like to share a white flower in support of the purity and piety that is served through the legacy of Yogi Bhajan. The neutral mind allows us to give space to commotion and drama and let it pass.
How can we serve ? Is perhaps, a better focus for our attention. Especially during these times.
“Don‘t stumble over something that is in the past‘