Liberation From Caste

Bhajanism is a natural response to the unjust caste system.  Anybody of “low birth” would want to escape from a corrupt system based upon hierarchy of birth.  Mardi Gras was created as just such an escape from the rigid hierarchy of the Catholic Church.  Mardi Gras was started by outsiders who turned themselves into the consummate insiders club. You can’t get a ticket to ride on Jennifer Allen’s all female Muses crewe float on Fat Tuesday.  The Muses have established their position in the hierarchy as the first all female crewe.  Guru Singh did the same thing in Los Angeles when he became the first hippie to change his name and wear a turban to become an officer and shareholder in the multi-national Siri Singh Sahib corporation.  Today’s outsider is tomorrow’s insider.

Dr. Allen’s first son is married to a New Orleans native whose entire year revolves around the collecting, spray painting and disseminating of gold shoes at Mardi Gras.  Jennifer is at the high end of the food chain in the Mardi Gras hierarchy because she says so.  Jennifer has a great life with a fourth generation OB doctor for a husband in their fascinating New Orleans life.  They are the consummate Harry Connick, Jr. insiders with their self-bestowed Mardi Gras credentials. Meanwhile somebody else in the fertile swamp water of New Orleans is creating the new outsider crewe and it is probably gay.  Nola had a much more open, creative and vibrant gay scene than fascist Palm Springs or WeHo when I was there in 2010 and 2011 and “sissy” was the new outsider flavor of the season. 

The Trouble Maker From Nazareth  Was An Outsider

As a member of an untouchable caste Yogi Bhajan was an outsider.  Sikhis are Dalit caste outsiders.  Yogi Bhajan found the hipster outsiders of the day on Hollywood Boulevard and created his own insiders club by mooching the term kundalini yoga and combining it with outsider Dalit Sikh religion and feminist astrology.  Now the Bhajanists have created their own corporate insiders club of rich old white men with long gray beards.  Guru Singh is an ex-hippie who was a guitar strumming outsider on Hollywood Boulevard and now he is the consummate insider preaching to a captive audience on Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills. 

Jesus freaks, out in the streets, handing tickets out for God.
Turning back, she just laughs, the boulevard is not that bad.

-Elton John, Tiny Dancer

Rock Star Outsider

Yogi Bhajan was a rock star to Guru Singh.  Guru Singh put on his first turban because he wanted to be like his rock star outsider hero Yogi Bhajan.  Guru Singh smugly talks about how he and Yogi Bhajan made the whole thing up in a Melrose Avenue Bookstore.  This important information should be included in Yogi Bhajan’s official biographies by Tej Kaur, the custodian of records for Mr. Bhajan. 

 

my first turban by guru singh

First Los Angeles Hippie to Wear a Turban

Today’s outsider is tomorrow’s insider.