Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib
Harbajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, Ph.D.
you and God are nothing
but the two sides of the same coin."
is nothing but your own inner consciousness.
Now I will agree with you that you cannot always
feel this God, but that is because you think that you
are separate from God. We call it Maya. Maya is the
illusion of separateness: it is the quicksand of this life.
Sometimes we sink into this quicksand and then we
need a hook; we need some guidance to help us pull
ourselves out so that we can continue our journey.
The hook that we use to do this is called the Guru."
you cannot see God in all, you cannot see God at all." --
Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib
Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, Ph.D.
is the Siri Singh Sahib?
Siri Singh Sahib, Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji (Yogi
Bhajan) is the chief religious and administrative authority for
the Ministry of Sikh Dharma in the Western Hemisphere. Yogi Bhajan
was given the Ministerial title of "Siri
Singh Sahib" by the central governing body of the Sikh
religion, the Akal Takhat, in recognition
of his unceasing missionary work in the Western world.
He is an individual of remarkable insight, powerful energy and an
unwavering commitment to global healing and spiritual awareness.
Yogi Bhajan is a Master of Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga
of Awareness, and a dedicated and inspired teacher. Since arriving
in the United States in 1969, he has dedicated himself to bringing
meaning, dignity and a reconnection of Spirit into the lives of people
everywhere, especially those people who have become lost and confused
through the use of drugs.
As he has worked diligently to spread the science and practice of
Kundalini Yoga throughout the Western Hemisphere and beyond, Yogi
Bhajan has become widely recognized as a world leader and champion
of world peace and healing.
"Since ancient times, humans have found that they have zillions
of thoughts, billions of feelings, millions of emotions, thousands
of desires, hundreds of fantasies, and a multitude of realities and
We do everything to get rid of this pressure, because it is eating
us up inside. We try every method available, but ultimately, our mind
and thoughts rule us and bog us down."
"We have the Birthright to be
Beautiful, Bountiful and Blissful."
Bhajan, Ph.D., is also a gifted Doctor of Psychology, counselor and
yogic therapist. The counseling methodology called "The
Science of Humanology," helps people realize there inner
strength and well being by giving them practical tools to utilize
with an every day lifestyle. --
It is a Sikh's sacred duty to defend the weak and protect the innocent.
SECURITY AND SAFETY
GENERAL ORDERS FOR SEVADARS
The Security and Safety Sevadar's duties include...
Monitoring all activities occurring in the presence of the Guru as well as other activities of the members in order to maintain
a safe, hazard-free environment, and a peaceful, respectful Gurdwara decorum.
Assisting the Sangat in the performance of their worship and
other activities, especially to include the arrival and departure
of families with young children, giving aid and comfort to the
elderly and the infirm, and greeting visitors.
Taking direct Protective and/or Defensive Action in the event
of emergency circumstances such as fire and medical response,
disruptive or disorderly activity, or any act of aggression
occurring within or without the Gurdwara or amongst members.
The gathering and dissemination of intelligence data, and the
subsequent alerting of sangat members, and appropriate local
authorities to the existence of issues or circumstances involving
imminent or potential risk to the security of the Guru, sangat
members, or Gurdwara property.
Interfacing with, and assisting Local Fire and Medical Emergency
or Law Enforcement Response Team members in order to maintain
appropriate and respectful decorum in any emergency conditions
occurring in the presence of the Guru or upon the Gurdwara property,
NOTE: The above mission statement is intended to be general
in nature as opposed to specific, since it applies to the commonalities
of all Gurdwaras. ‘Special Orders’ are to be formulated
and disseminated mostly by local sangat members after consultation
with local Fire, Medical Emergency, Law Enforcement or other
agencies, and thereafter applied to the conditions peculiar
to local requirements, which may vary according to the Gurdwara
layout, structure, or the other unique geographical, economic,
and technical considerations of a specific Gurdwara.
Security does not happen by accident.
Security is herein defined as those actions or systems,
which minimize or prevent any adverse impact on our
sense of well-being, and our pursuit of happiness.
We can choose to be proactive-secure or reactive-sorry.
With rare exception, we want and expect security without sacrifice.
NOTE: We can view the subject of Security as an unpleasant, even terrifying concept, or as a fearless, even exhilarating exercise in courage. We can choose to be passive, wimpy victims,
or proactive, fearless survivors. To those members of the Sadh Sangat who choose
to remain in denial with regard to matters of Security
and Safety, who either claim that Gurdwara Security is unnecessary,
or who dismiss any thought of improving Gurdwara Security, I suggest
that you not only recall the tragic events of the August 5, 2012 Gurdwara
assault in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School
killings in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012, but that you
recall the days of Operation
Blue Star, the tragic assault on the Guru in Amritsar, India, June 1-6, 1984, a week which will live in infamy...
the event that involved the desecration of the Golden
Temple, and the destruction of the Akal Takht.
Going back much farther, remember Aurangzeb? Keep in mind also that the Siri
Singh Sahib of Sikh Dharma established a policy whereby a Security
and Safety Sevadar is posted at the door of the House
of Guru Ram Das Gurdwara in Los Angeles, California, even to this
day. His vision being that Gurdwara Security and Safety is not about acting out
of fear, it is about selflessly serving the Guru and the Sangat while
fearlessly defending the weak and protecting the innocent for which
Sikhs have a sacred duty. See Refuse To Be A Victim Course. See World's
Worst Mass Shootings.See How To Build A Team at Plus1Equals11.com.See Women: Wimps or Warriors?. See Are You Among The 'Unchurched'?
SANT SIPAHI - SOLDIER SAINT
JAPJI SAHIB - 37TH PAURI
Karam khand ki bani jor. Tithai hor na koi hor. In the realm of Karam, the Word is Power.
No one else dwells there,
Tithai jodh maha-bal sur. Tin meh ram rahia bharpur. Except the Warriors of great power, the Spiritual Heroes.
They are totally fulfilled, imbued with the Lord's Essence.
Tithai sito sita mehma mahi. Ta ke rup na kathne jahi. Myriads of Sitas are there, cool and calm in their
majestic glory. Their beauty cannot be described.
Na ohi marahi na thage jahi. Jin kai Ram vasai man mahi. Neither death nor deception comes to those
within whose minds the Lord abides.
Tithai bhagat vasahi ke loa. Karahi anand sacha mani soe. The Devotees of many worlds dwell there.
They celebrate; their minds are imbued with the True Lord...
is a blend of saint and soldier; this is a complete person.
are not a soldier your sainthood will be kicked around. If you
are only a
soldier, not a saint, you will start kicking others around." -- Yogi
"I can think of a number of fanatical, over-zealous religious groups who
would do us all well to take Yogi Bhajan's advice." -- Hari Singh Khalsa
Sat Nam. The Siri Singh Sahib was asked to express his priorities for a community gathering in the early ‘70s. His reply, “Security, Security, Security.” I share his vision. I have the concern that with the passage of time, nay, even as we speak, the memory of the Oak Creek massacre will fade away just as the memory of the infamous 1984 Operation Blue Star attack on the Sikhs in India seems to have disappeared from our recollection. Many Sikhs simply tag these events as the will of God and Guru, which is true, but we cannot stop there. There is a deeper message, a challenge, that has apparently gone unnoticed, i.e., our sacred duty to fearlessly "defend the weak and protect the innocent," just as Guru Gobind Singh taught us. So, I am requesting that the Sikh ministers act to meet our present day challenges. Not out of a sense of fear or apprehension, but with the same courage and fearlessness as did Guru Gobind Singh and our beloved Siri Singh Sahib. I urge my fellow ministers to answer this call by purchasing the Active Shooter Survival Training DVD shown below, and sharing it with their respective sangats. See Jai Jagdeesh Kaur's Ad Guray Nameh.
BE PREPARED AVOID BECOMING A HELPLESS VICTIM GET THIS SURVIVAL TRAINING DVD, NOW!
A reality-based training production.
Training covers the following topics.
Planning for Survival
Stopping the Shooter
Escaping the Violence
Hiding from the Shooter
Preventing Violent Intrusions
Collective Survival Strategies
Disrupting the Shooter’s Intentions
Training includes a step-by-step how-to, such as:
Protecting yourself from extreme violence
Responding to an active shooter
Managing workplace violence
Improving Gurdwara security
Becoming better prepared
Saving innocent lives
Points To Ponder
Who is responsible for your security?
Most people are reactive when it comes to their safety and well-being.
Most people respond only after threats have materialized and the problem is acute.
This approach brings little solace to the victims and is dangerous.
The most effective security is preventative as well as pro-active.
The radicalization of fringe elements in society is increasing.
The targeting of minorities is nothing new and will continue.
Community preparedness is a must; its absence is a liability. --
Alon Stivi, CEO, Direct Measures International
value is not in how many experiences you have had.
It is in your stability -- in how much sacrifice you can do.
Your value is in how effectively and how consistently you can
live for others. Your value is in how you can take command of
yourself and others in any situation. Your value is in your capability
of firmly planting yourself in the neutrality of your higher consciousness
and standing as a pillar of strength, turning every negative to a
Your value is how quickly you are there when the call comes." -- Yogi Bhajan
consciousness is a state of being whereby we live in service
to humanity, inspiring and assisting others to do the same. And while
it is our sacred purpose to celebrate Naam and live as saints,
it is our
sacred duty to defend the weak and protect the innocent." -- Hari Singh
Q: DOES YOUR SANGAT OR GURDWARA NEED MORE SECURITY? CONTACT YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT TO GET A SECURITY AUDIT.
Q: DOES YOUR SANGAT HAVE A GURDWARA SECURITY COMPONENT?
IF NO, YOU CAN GET HELP ORGANIZING A SECURITY MISSAL HERE.
IF YOUR SANGAT AND GURDWARA SECURITY IS ADEQUATE,
SHARE YOUR STORY HERE OR CALL 800-528-0413 EXT 354 EASTERN.
RESPONSES ARE CONFIDENTIAL
A POST 9-11 HISTORY OF DISCRIMINATION
remains true today, in the ancient tradition of ignorance,
that people of faith and otherwise good sense hasten
to ostracize and demonize any person or group
whose beliefs and customs are unlike their own.
at the Sikh Gurdwara in Fresno, California
Photo courtesy of Christian Parley, The Fresno Bee.
after September 11, 2001, an epidemic of hate crimes against minorities
swept the United States and other countries. The wave of hate crimes and hate violence affected Muslims especially, and anyone perceived to be a Muslim, e.g.,
Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians, Latinos, and other brown-skinned people.
Incidents occurred in every part of the public sphere: houses, roadways, workplaces,
airports, school grounds, and street corners, as well as churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and gurdwaras in nearly every major
city in the United States. In targeted communities, places of worship have been burned,
homes vandalized, families threatened, jobs denied, children bullied,
women harassed, men and women beaten and murdered.
RECENT VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES
SIX SIKHS SLAIN
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Sikhs murdered at their Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Top left to right, Satwant Singh, Sita Singh, and Paramjit Kaur,
Bottom left to right, Ranjit Singh, Prakash Singh, and Suveg Singh.
Sikh community members in the wake of the Oak Creek murders.
ANOTHER SIKH SLAIN
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Dalbir Singh of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, murdered in his store.
MUSLIM GIRL WOUNDED
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Malala Yousuf Zai, a 14 year old girl, was seriously wounded by religious fanatics for speaking out for peace and human rights. More.
I am a former U.S. Marine and someone who has been involved with Gurdwara and Solstice security for decades. I would like to address what I see as a general absence of security/soldier consciousness within Sikh communities by quoting the Siri Singh Sahib, who said: “Human is a blend of Saint and Soldier; this is a complete person. If you are not a Soldier your sainthood will be kicked around. If you are only a Soldier, not a Saint, you will start kicking others around.”
The Siri Singh Sahib was once asked to express his priorities at a 3HO Solstice Sadhana gathering in the early ‘70s. His reply was, “Security, Security, Security.” And since the establishment of the Guru Ram Das Ashram in Los Angeles, and until this very day, a sevadar is posted at the door of the gurdwara as ordered by the Siri Singh Sahib. Security has been a priority consideration since the earliest days of 3HO/Sikh Dharma.
recently speaking with a sangat member regarding the subject of Gurdwara
Security and Safety, she mentioned how she thought she would engage an active-shooter incident
within her community. She said her first instinct would be to physically
cover any potential victims with her body as a shield. I advised her
that this would be exactly the wrong action to take. I suggested that
she think about the instructions given by airline attendants concerning
an in-flight emergency. Passengers are advised to take self-saving
actions first by utilizing their oxygen mask on themselves before
attempting to assist anybody else.
may seem counter-intuitive, but self-preservation must be the first
response in order for other potential victims to be protected and
defended. Contrary to the unfortunate outcomes of numerous recent
horrific events, an active-shooter event is not a situation where potential victims
are without recourse. This is addressed in numerous, simple, and surprising
ways in a survival training video called Survival
Edge: Active Shooter Survival, available at ACTCert.com (ACT stands
for Attack Countermeasures Training), which I urge all communities
to acquire and view. This DVD provides a reality-based, step-by-step
training program that covers how to protect yourself and others from
extreme violence, including responding to an active shooter, managing
workplace violence, improving Gurdwara
security and safety, becoming better prepared, saving innocent
lives and surviving terrorism.
Though the outcome of the shooting event in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 2012 was horrific, those murders might have been preventable to a significant extent. There are specific actions (some even at the time of the attack) that could have possibly mitigated the outcome.
Since the incident, many Sikhs have opined that as unfortunate as it was, it was the will of God and Guru. This is true. But I opine that the event did not just happen in order to happen. It happened with a clear and challenging message to the Sadh Sangat: as Sikhs of Guru Gobind Singh, it is our sacred duty to defend the weak and protect the innocent.
My question is, what are we collectively doing to meet this challenge? What are we doing in the way of securing our communities, whereby we honor our sacred duty?
My concern is that with the passage of time, the memory of the Oak Creek massacre and other tragedies will fade away. I strongly encourage all members of the Sikh community – and especially Sikh Dharma Ministers – to act now to meet this ever-present challenge – not out of a sense of reactionary fear, but with the same attention and fearless dedication as our beloved Siri Singh Sahib.
As a member of the 3HO Solstice Security and Safety advisory team, I am working to help develop programs and awareness, and I am happy to receive communication from sangat members.
In the wake of the attention now being given for and against gun ownership, I have frequently recalled a scene from many years ago with a wince, even a shudder on one hand, and a smile with a head-shake on the other.
Women: Wimps or Warriors?
I was in a mixed group discussing security and gun safety training in which a young woman reluctantly picked up a handgun between her thumb and forefinger as if picking up a dead mouse. The scene stuck with me ever since. And all the recent talk about guns and violence has especially caused me to recall that silly albeit sad scenario. Silly because it looked so comical, sad because it is indicative of where I see many women, today.
a woman is attacked by a gun-toting assailant, her chance
of survival diminishes greatly if she has no training in
survival skills, e.g., martial arts and
"You can view security as a terrifying concept, or as an exercise in courage.
You can be a passive and wimpy victim, or a proactive and fearless warrior."
I am a passionate proponent of a more equitable balance
between our collective Saint-Soldier mind set as Sant
Sipahi. In this context I strongly urge Khalsa parents, especially
women, to consider the following points.
1) Become more familiar with leadership and survival skills, and acquire a working knowledge of firearms in general, and handguns specifically.
2) Consider enrolling your children at the New
Mexico Military Institute, located in Roswell, New Mexico. My
kids graduated high school with honors at NMMI in the early '80s,
the first children of Sikh
Dharma to attend a military school in America. The Siri
Singh Sahib expressed pleasure upon observing
cadet training when he visited NMMI in 1983. He advised us then that he
would have enrolled his own children at NMMI if he had known of its existence. A larger group of Sikh children
who attended the school in India also attended NMMI in the early '90s.
"If you cannot walk together, you
cannot work together." -- Yogi Bhajan
"Those who shall not learn to obey shall never
be in a position to command." -- Yogi Bhajan
"The Synergistic Equation is: 1 Plus 1 Equals 11. When
this synergistic equation is applied, the individual's
'me' morphs into a collective 'we' perspective. The result:
Tasks are accomplished exponentially." -- 1Plus1Equals11.com
NMMI provides an outstanding two year college option for your sons and daughters upon completion of their
time at Miri Piri Academy.
For those families for which MPA is not an option, NMMI has an excellent
four year high school college prep program in addition to their two year
college program, which is ranked #2 in the nation, and for which scholarships
are available. SeeNMMI
Strategic Measures Statistics. The former Sikhi students/graduates
of NMMI provide a testament to the advantages of attending NMMI, which
include a rigorous and challenging lifestyle, camaraderie and fellowship,
and outsanding leadership
training especially, along with NMMI's excellent scholastic program,
which prepared them for additional university training and exciting
careers anywhere in the world. NMMI is the only American prep school
that has a history of accommodating the Sikhi lifestyle, i.e., sadhana, kesh, turban, sipahi training, and vegetarian diet. And it is an excellent environment for our children to learn leadership
and soldiering skills for which the Siri Singh Sahib was a passionate
proponent. The NMMI program offers MPA students and other Sikh youth
is a unique and reasonably cost-effective opportunity to transition
from the Indian to the American experience together, and continue
bonding with their Sikh peers. SeeNMMI
4) Reflect on the Siri Singh Sahib's words, "Human
is a blend of saint and soldier; this is a complete person. If you
are not a soldier your sainthood will be kicked around. If you are
only a soldier, not a saint, you will start kicking others around." SeeWomen Warriors. SeeGurdwara Security. See Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar.
I know of no readily available source of formal leadership
training available to our Sikh youth other than the New Mexico Military
security is local.
Homeland security begins with hometown security."
IN MEMORIAM THE SIRI SINGH SAHIB OF SIKH DHARMA Celebrating his 82nd birthday, August 26, 2011
By Vaninder (Lovey) Kaur
Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, Ph.D. (L)
Singh Sahib Gurubachan Singh Khalsa (R)
TEACHER PAR EXCELLENCE
A PHILOSOPHER WHO STRIVED
TO BRING THE SOULS THAT WERE SUFFERING
INTO THE GURU’S SHRINE…
HARBHAJAN SINGH YOGI JI
AN INSPIRATATION OF OUR TIME
A SHINING STAR
THAT LED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
TO CONNECT WITH THE SUBLIME…
HE LED US TO GURU NANAK
AND REVIVED THE TEACHINGS
OF THE GURBANI, THAT HOLDS US
ON THIS EARTH
AND IN HEAVENS BEYOND US GURU RAM DAS JI HE REVERED
THE ADI SHAKTI OF THE UNIVERSE…
HARBHAJAN SINGH YOGI JI
AS I ENVISION HIM SPEAKING…
HIS LIGHT WAS SO CLEAR
HIS AURA SO SHEER
AS HE GUIDED US HUMANS
INTO A PEACE BEYOND COMPARE…
HE SET AN EXAMPLE
OF ‘SIMRAN’ AND ‘SEWA’
AND BELIEVED IN THE ESSENCE
OF THE KUNDALINI YOGA…
HIS MESSAGE SO SIMPLE
SO SOOTHING TO THE MIND
YET, SO DEEPLY ENTWINED
INTO OUR HEARTS AND MINDS
AS HE SAID: “BE HUMBLE, BE KIND,
AND MAY THE DIVINE
LIFT YOU ABOVE THE TORMENTS OF TIME”…
I THANK WAHEGURU FOR THIS TEACHER
HIS PRESENCE HIS TEACHINGS
MAY HE BE IN OUR HEARTS
AS WE GO THROUGH THIS LIFE
WITH A SPECIAL THOUGHT…
“WE NEED A TEACHER
TO CONNECT US TO THE DIVINE”
AND YOGI JI WAS JUST THAT
TO MILLIONS, IN THIS TIME…
MAY WAHEGURU BLESS HIS SOUL
HIS SELFLESS SERVICE TO MANKIND
HIS LIFE AS A WHOLE
WAS DEDICATED TO WAHEGURU
HE CAME TO THIS EARTH
TO STEER US TO THE GURU…
MAY WE BE BLESSED
WITH THE STRENGTH, HEART AND MIND
TO FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS
HE HAS MADE
IN THE SANDS OF TIME. --
to Succeed in Business As Taught to Us by the
Animals By Siri Singh Sahib Haribhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
"To be effective and excel through current pressures
and challenges, we must learn from and adopt:
The grip of a bear.
The skin of a rhino.
The loyalty of a dog.
The clarity of an owl.
The hunt of a wild dog.
The neutrality of a dove.
The attack of a cheetah.
The friendship of a wolf.
The intelligence of a rat.
The beauty of a peacock.
The diplomacy of a rabbit.
The endurance of a horse.
The responsibility of a cat.
The planning of a lion's pride.
The personality of a butterfly.
The communication of a crow.
The adjustment of a rattlesnake.
The executiveness of a king cobra.
The courage and strategy of a lion.
The brain and intuition of an elephant.
The vision and watch of the eagle's eye. The penetration and impact of stampeding buffalo."