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Yogi Bhajan given Hindu last rites

Part I: Emblem of his beliefs

Digest: Yogi Bhajan, an Indian customs officer who came to the United States in the late 1960s and built a significant religious following and a vast business empire under the name of ‘Sikh Dharma,’ had his last rites administered by a Hindu priest, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, of the famous Parmarth Niketan ashram, in Rishikesh, India. The ritual also included the immersion of his ashes in Mother Ganga on Jan. 18, 2005, a few months after his death. His wife, two sons, daughter and up to 30 of his disciples attended the special puja, an ashram spokeswoman told SikhNN. Yogi Bhajan has known the swami for more than 30 years. He, his family and disciples have performed rituals at the ashram, and his is family and disciples have continued to participate in its rituals since his death. Yogi Bhajan's family members denied his last rites puja took place at Parmarth. While Indian Sikhs expressed outrage by the discovery, his former students were not so surprised that Yogi Bhajan, who claimed to have created a better Khalsa than Guru Gobind Singh, would want to receive his final rites as a Hindu. His ashes also were immersed in Kiratpur, Punjab, and Ram Das Puri, a sacred land near Espanola, New Mexico, that Yogi Bhajan claimed the Hopi Indians blessed to him as their profit. The Hopi denied any connection to Yogi Bhajan. Yogi Bhajan’s oldest organization, 3HO, is considered a cult by three US experts.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Sunday, Nov 24, 2013 | 01:38 PM

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Yogi Bhajan given Hindu last rites

Part I: Emblem of his beliefs

Digest: Yogi Bhajan, an Indian customs officer who came to the United States in the late 1960s and built a significant religious following and a vast business empire under the name of ‘Sikh Dharma,’ had his last rites administered by a Hindu priest, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, of the famous Parmarth Niketan ashram, in Rishikesh, India. The ritual also included the immersion of his ashes in Mother Ganga on Jan. 18, 2005, a few months after his death. His wife, two sons, daughter and up to 30 of his disciples attended the special puja, an ashram spokeswoman told SikhNN. Yogi Bhajan has known the swami for more than 30 years. He, his family and disciples have performed rituals at the ashram, and his is family and disciples have continued to participate in its rituals since his death. Yogi Bhajan's family members denied his last rites puja took place at Parmarth. While Indian Sikhs expressed outrage by the discovery, his former students were not so surprised that Yogi Bhajan, who claimed to have created a better Khalsa than Guru Gobind Singh, would want to receive his final rites as a Hindu. His ashes also were immersed in Kiratpur, Punjab, and Ram Das Puri, a sacred land near Espanola, New Mexico, that Yogi Bhajan claimed the Hopi Indians blessed to him as their profit. The Hopi denied any connection to Yogi Bhajan. Yogi Bhajan’s oldest organization, 3HO, is considered a cult by three US experts.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Sunday, Nov 24, 2013 | 05:01 AM

Words: 4,195

Slug: HinduRites

President's Statement on Guru Nanak's Gurpurab

President Obama's statement on Guru Nanak ji's jayantee gurpurab.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 | 02:07 PM

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Hollywood bar removes portraits of Gurus from Indian maharaja’s room

A Hollywood bar this month confirmed that portraits of the Sikh Gurus that were installed in its special maharaja’s room have been removed, United Sikhs, a New York-based advocacy group said. The portraits were commissioned in India for The Pikey Café and Bar. Because the owner was hesitant at first, United Sikhs had to resort to a Facebook petition campaign.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 | 10:55 PM

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Professor Darshan Singh: DC Sikhs ask Akal Takhat to reconsider his excommunication

Part I: The strategy

The management at the Sikh Gurdwara, DC, voiced its concern over the contentious decision made by the Akal Takhat to excommunicate, in January 2010, its former jathedar, Professor Darshan Singh. He was invited to the newly re-opened gurdwara in Washington for Guru Hargobind’s Gurpurab earlier this summer. The new platform was used to ask the Akal Takhat jathedar to reconsider Darshan Singh’s excommunication. While 200 people attended the program on July 7, some questioned the management’s in-your-face strategy in dealing with this Panthic issue.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Friday, Oct 04, 2013 | 05:16 PM

Words: 3,560

Slug: DCReconsideration_Strategy1

Pakistan Tops Global Priority in US-India Summit

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Friday for their second White House summit since the November 2009 State Dinner, and for the first time since the Delhi summit in November 2010, when Obama cancelled his visit to Harimandir Sahib in Amritsar. Obama called for protection of minorities in Afghanistan, but did not elaborate on Pakistan. Last month, top secret documents leaked by intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden, to The Washington Post, show an intense focus of its "black budget" on its purported ally: Pakistan. It also showed years of alleged human rights abuses. Sikhs in Afghanistan and Pakistan have suffered the wrath of the Taliban with impunity from the governments. Singh called Pakistan the "epicenter" of terrorism.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 | 01:33 AM

Words: 650

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Sikh assaulted by NYC teens in apparent hate crime

Prabhjot Singh, a physician and an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York City, was attacked Saturday night by a group of teenagers shouting anti-Muslim slurs as he was walking near Central Park. He was taken to Mount Sainai Hospital, and he received a brace for a fractured jaw. The New York Police Department is investigating this as a possible hate crime.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Monday, Sep 23, 2013 | 06:43 PM

Words: 516

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Michigan Court Accommodates Turban

Courtrooms are the domain of their judges. When Hardip Singh of Battle Creek, Michigan, sat down in a Kalamazoo County courtroom, the judge ordered him to remove his "hat."

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Friday, Sep 13, 2013 | 10:49 PM

Words: 451

Slug: CourtDiscrimination

Akaal Takhat Forms Committee to Represent US Sikhs

Appoints Yogi Bhajan follower as head; VIPs make contentious stops during US visit

The Akal Takhat has formed a seven-member US committee to address the large volume of gurdwara disputes, and to advocate for all issues faced by Sikhs in the US, Jathedaar Gurbachan Singh told SikhNN. Issues include hate crimes, school bullying, airport security profiling and law enforcement training. The Sikh Coalition expressed concern. The convener of the committee is Satpal Singh Khalsa, who also represents Yogi Bhajan’s group, called Sikh Dharma, which adheres to many anti-Sikh practices and is considered a cult by at least two US experts. The Sikh Gurdwara, DC, in Washington, expressed concern. The announcement came during a week long tour in late August by the jathedaars of the Akal Takhat and Patna Sahib, and the head granthee of Bangla Sahib, on special invitation from Sant Baba Balwinder Singh Kurali of California, a disciple of the Nanaksar dharma, which also can be considered a cult by the experts’ definition.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 | 12:11 AM

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A Year After Oak Creek

A Sikh American Tragedy

Reporting from Oak Creek, Wisconsin - In the annals of Sikh history, which are filled with accounts of massacres and attempted genocides, the Oak Creek shooting pales in comparison. But, perhaps it cannot be compared.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 | 03:06 PM

Words: 2,023

Slug: OakCreek

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