Usually a cult of personality fades out a few years after the death of the personality. Not so with the kundalini yoga cult of Bhajanism. There is no charismatic kundalini yoga teacher who can lead 3HO with the same effectiveness as Yogi Bhajan. The cult of his public personality lives on in a watered down form but it doesn’t matter because behind the scenes his Akal Security is worth a billion dollars.
Ask About Akal
Yoga West is really just a front for Akal Security, Inc. these days. Yogi Bhajan was an untouchable caste con artist who needed a body guard so he started his own security company and called it Akal. 3HO’s parent Siri Singh Sahib corporation is making billions from the Akal subsidiary so it doesn’t really matter who dresses up in flowing white tantric religious garments at Yoga West. Yoga is not even part of it anymore. Kundalini yoga is not about yoga so much as it is about promising women a female utopia. It started out being a way for Yogi Bhajan to get laid by using astrology. Now it is about big bucks.
Yogi Bhajan had the large physical stature and charismatic essence which enabled him to create a cult of personality around himself. Yogi “Bear” Bhajan became Big Daddy to the stoned-out hippies he found strung out along Hollywood Boulevard. Sometimes when you take a kundalini yoga class Yogi Bhajan’s name will be mentioned several times. Yogi Bhajan deserves a star on the Hollywood walk of fame for writing, producing, directing and acting.
You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard.
Some that you recognize, some that you’ve hardly even heard of.
-Kinks, Celluloid Heros
Cult of Personality Requires Charisma
When Yogi Bhajan passed in 2004 there was no yoga teacher with a personality powerful enough to carry the torch of Bhajanist Kundalini Yoga. The Age of Aquarius was supposed to happen in 2012. Some charismatic guy could be leading the pack. Gurmurkh was the hot kundalini yoga teacher for a while and I actually got her Golden Bridge studio on Highland Avenue confused with Yoga West on Robertson Boulevard. I chose Yoga West because Guru Meher taught his Senses of the Soul class there. Golden Bridge was closed when I came back to LA to take teacher training.
Standing on Robertson Bl. Talking to Guru Meher
When I first got into town I told Guru Meher that I was here specifically to take Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. Guru Meher is one teacher who repeats the name Yogi Bhajan over and over as if it is a mantra. Guru Meher is always ten minutes late to class and he is only there half the time because he is usually off teaching someplace else. Guru Meher and Yoga West was a major disappointment. When I left the desert in October 2017 I should have only stopped in LA for lunch and then continued on to the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, Northern California. Yoga West holds itself out as the home of Yogi Bhajan however it has lost touch with whatever real yoga spirit it may have once had when Yogi the Bear was still prowling that little cold water yoga studio in Beverly Hills.
Hoodwinking Dalit Hoodlums
If I was a kundalini Guru or teacher I would feel hoodwinked by the Bhajanist Cult of Personality. Yogi Bhajan was not a Vedic Hindu holy man, he is a Dalit Sikh outsider from an untouchable caste. The turban is a pretentious put-on. Bhajanism is inspired by the Fifth Dimension’s hit record The Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In. Bhajanism is fraudulent bait and switch tactics in which kundalini yoga is advertised but they are really selling a bricolage of radical feminism, pop culture, a little yoga and a whole lot of the Sikh religion. Guru Meher and Guru Singh carry on the charade because it is their very livelihood. Guru Meher and Guru Singh proudly raise their children to carry on the fraudulent cult of Yogi Bhajan’s fake yoga religion.
Would You Want Your Children to Follow a Dalit?
Ask yourself a question. What if they were your daughters? Would you want your daughter to hang her hopes and dreams on an untouchable who tells her whatever sweet nothings she wants to hear?