Yogi Bhajan - 1929 - 2004
"Born: Zero. Died at One"
Yogi Bhajan brought an extensive knowledge of Yogic Teachings to this country from India in 1969. He recognized that the prevailing culture of drugs, sexual freedom and political radicalism among the youth of America required a discipline like Kundalini Yoga if the young people were to grow, mature and progress beyond strident revolution.
Through Kundalini Yoga, he wanted everyone to have access to the technology to become healthy, happy and holy while living active and truthful lives. We can now choose to practice this technology to change our state of mind, eliminate interlocking neuroses, and bring higher values to the individual as well as increased powers of concentration and strength to persevere through all hardships.
Sat Tirath (Mirror of Truth) Ashram was established in Kansas City by Yogi Bhajan to promote spiritual growth and individual, community and planetary healing.
Yogi Bhajan traveled around the world sharing the teachings of the Sikh Gurus, and he was the first to publicly share the ancient teachings of Kundalini Yoga in the West. When Yogi Bhajan sent a pair of Kundalini Yoga teachers to Kansas City in the early 1970's, his instructions were clear. His aim was "to create teachers, not to gather disciples." He encouraged students to support each other in their yogic practices, and the Kansas City center was one of many established throughout the world.
In 1980, Yogi Bhajan appointed Karta Purkh Singh and Sat Inder Kaur Khalsa to direct the Kansas City center. He had many words of advice for us through the years. "Don't love me, love my teachings (Kundalini Yoga and Meditation)." And, "If you can't see God in all, you can't see God at all."
For a number of years, Yogi Bhajan visited Kansas City annually to teach Kundalini Yoga and Meditation and to conduct White Tantric Yoga courses. He was a Master of Kundalini and the Mahan Tantric. He respected Midwestern values and stressed the significant role of Sat Tirath Ashram in this location.
He said of Missouri: "You say, 'Oh, I am going to the mountains to find God.' or 'I am going to the desert to find God.' Or, I am going to the ocean to find God.' I ask you, Why not go to the Midwest to find God? Because in the Midwest there is work and you don't want to work."
In the Midwest they say, "Hey, Dude. Why are you loitering here? If you even move, they say you are loitering, because according to them you should be in a truck with a shovel and everything in it. In Los Angeles, there are a few people, a lot fo work, and no chance of hanky panky. Almost one third of the people here support hanky panky.
I sometimes see people wiorking in the (Sunshine Brass Bed) factory. They say to me, "Ji (greeting of one soul to another), I have this difficulty." I say. "Congratulations! At least you have for the first time learned in life what difficulty is."
One should know what difficulty is, and then one should try and remove it. It is as simple as that. In your life, if you do not know what difficulty is, how are you going to remove it? When are you going to learn that you can remove it, and when are you going to have the experience of having removed it, and when can you feel satisfied and say, "Oh God, thank God. I removed it. Now I am satisfied. I could do it." When you are going to learn from the inner consciousness that you could it it?"