Yogi Bhajan - Important Dates to Remember

Celebrating Yogi Bhajan and Guru Ram Das

Leading up to the Anniversary of the Birth of Yogi Bhajan is 11 days of Chanting for 31 minutes at any time of the day. Join the global community to connect with the spirit of Yogi Bhajan, offering thanks for all the blessings he so generously shared with us.

Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru

Celebrating Yogi Bhajan's Birthday Anniversary -Worldwide Simultaneous Meditation

It is traditional to do 2.5 hours of Long Ek Ong Kars (Adi Shakti Mantra or Morning Call) at a time best suited to your time zone so that at 3:00 Am Pacific Daylight Savings you can chant the Guru Ram Das Chant simultaneously around the world!

Ek Ong Kaar, Sat Naam, Siri Wha-hay Guru

Beginning at 3:00 AM Pacific Daylight Savings Time (Chant for 11 minutes): 
Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru


Yogi Bhajan Remembrance Day

Beginning September 28, come together each evening to chant for 31 minutes for 11 Days
Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru

The light of Yogi Bhajan's spiritual essence continues to bless all humanity. On this day every year, we remember Yogi Bhajan and celebrate his life.

NOTE: Overlaps with Guru Ram Das's Birthday Meditations

August 15 to August 25
August 26th
September 28 to October 6 - Guru Ram Das Birthday Anniversary
Beginning September 29 to October 6  - We chant for 11 days for 11 to 31 minutes, or longer

The 11 days leading up to his birthday is a very powerful time for fulfillment of our prayers and meditations - a time of blessing come together each evening in each other's homes to chant 

Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru

Dhan dhan raam daas gur, Honored and praised is Guru Ram Das
Jin siriaa tinai savaariaa The Lord, who created You, He alone has embellished You.
Pooree ho-ee karaamaat, Perfect is your miracle
Aap sir-jin-haarai dhaariaa The Creator Himself has installed You on the throne.
Sikhee atai sangatee, Your Sikhs, and the entire
Paarbrahm kar namasakaariaa Sangat bow, and revere You as the Supreme Lord.
Atal athaaho atol too(n), You are unshakable,
Tayraa ant na paaraavaari-aaUnfathomable, and Immeasurable Your extent is beyond limit.
Jinee too(n) sayvi-aa    They who serve You with love
Bhaa-o kar, Say tudh paar ootaari-aa Are carried across the world ocean by You.
Labh lobh kaam krodh moho, Greed, attachment, lust, anger, ego
Maar kadhay tudh These five passions have been beaten
saparvaari-aa and driven out by You.
Dhan so tayraa thaan hai, Honored is Your Place,
Sach tayraa paisakaari-aa True are your Bounties.
Naanak too(n) lehnaa too(n) hai, You are Nanak, You are
Angad and Gur amar too(n) veechaari-aa You are Guru Amar Das, So do I recognize You
Gur dithaa taa(n)man Seeing the Guru, my soul is sustained. Saadhaaria

Same chant, slightly different spelling, I find it easier to chant, when it is presented this way:

Dhan dhan ram das gur jin syreaa tinai savaari-aa Pooree ho-ee karaamaat aap sirjanhaarai dhaari-aa Sikhee atai sangatee paarbrahm kar namaskaari-aa Atal athaaho atol too(n) tayraa ant na paaraavaari-aa Jinee too(n) sayvee-aa bhaa-o kar say tudh paar utaari-aaLab lobh kaam krodh moho maar kadhay tudh saparvaari-aaDhan so tayraa thaan hai sach tayraa paiskaari-aa Naanaak too(n) lehnaa too(n) hai gur amar too(n) veechaari-aa Gur dithaa taa(n) man saadhaari-aa
(Teachers Training Manual)

And another spelling variation:
dhann dhann raam daas gur jin siri-aa tinai savaari-aa pooree hoee karaamaat aap sirajanhaarai dhaari-aa sikhee atai sangatee paarbrahm kar namasakaari-aa aTal athaa-o atol too(n) tayraa ant na paaraavaari-aa jinee too(n) sayvi-aa bhaa-o kar say tudh paar utaari-aa lab lobh kaam krodh moh maar kaDHay tudh saparvaari-aa dhan so tayraa thaan hai sach tayraa paisakaari- aa naanak too(n) lehanaa too(n) hai gur amar too(n) veechaari-aa gur Dithaa taa(n) man saadhaari-aa
(Spelling of Mantra from Guru Fatha Singh)

Remembering the Anniversary of the Siri Singh Sahib's Passing also known as Yogi Bhajan

Guru Ram Das Birthday Anniversary: We celebrate with a special Sadhana (spiritual practice) in the Amrit Vela (early morning) 3AM - 6AM of 2.5 hours by reciting Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur

The birthday of Guru Ram Das, the Lord of Miracles and spiritual guide of Yogi Bhajan. . The 11 days leading up to his birthday is a very powerful time for fulfillment of our prayers and meditations - a time of blessing.

September 29 to October 9

See below October 6 on Yogi Bhajan


The You-tubes of Yogi Bhajan

On this page ae the Videos of Yogi Bhajan teaching Kundalini Yoga.

The following is a list of all the You tubes on the page:

  • Be the Lighthouse - Tribute to Yogi Bhajan
  • Waheguru Mantra and Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Meditation
  • Meditation and Mantra
  • Control of the Mind - Part 1 of 2
  • Control of the Mind - Part 2 of 2 ( Meditation)
  • Discover Your Soul
  • Japji Sahib - Lecture by Yogi Bhajan - part 1
  • Japji Sahib - Lecture by Yogi Bhajan - part 2
  • Sadhana by Yogi Bhajan

Be the Lighthouse - Tribute to Yogi Bhajan

Waheguru Mantra and Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Meditation

Yogi Bhajan talks about intuition and a wonderful discussion about the root mantra Wahe Guru. He teaches how to do Sodarshan Kriya in this video.

Meditation and Mantra

In this video you'll learn why we meditate with a mantra and how meditation works with mantra to clean the subconscious mind. When subconscious mind is clear then your intuition is very effective.

Control of the Mind - Part 1 of 2

Lecture on the topic of the mind, Sikh, religion, discipline and other topics. From Summer Solstice in 1987 by Yogi Bhajan.

Control of the Mind - Part 2 of 2 ( Meditation)

Ending of the Lecture on the topic of the mind, Sikh, religion, discipline and other topics. This part is the actual meditation portion of From Summer Solstice in 1987 by Yogi Bhajan.

Discover Your Soul

In this talk, the Siri Singh Sahib (Yogi Bhajan) talks about meditation as a tool for mental clarity.

"If you do not find God within yourself, you do not find God at all." Instead of looking for your " soul mate" he says that when you connect to your own soul, then you understand that "Your very own soul is your soul mate." He also talks about the problem of information overload in the computer age and how to deal with it.

Japji Sahib - Lecture by Yogi Bhajan - part 1

Lecture by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji (AKA: Yogi Bhajan) on the topic of Guru Nanak's writings of Japji Sahib

Japji Sahib - Lecture by Yogi Bhajan - part 2

Lecture by Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji (AKA: Yogi Bhajan) on the topic of Guru Nanak's writings of Japji Sahib


This Sadhana Video Lecture by Yogi Bhajan is an excerpt from the DVD "Discover Your Soul". The DVD is a full lecture and meditation class taught by Yogi Bhajan, so this video is just a part of it. If you enjoy the video I highly recommend that you get a copy of the DVDs which has the full lecture and the meditations that were taught.

Yogi Bhajan's Christmas Talk 1969

Yogi Bhajan gives this historic talk twelve months after his first arrival in the US. The country was polarized and bitterly divided. In the previous two months, there had been an unprecedented outpouring of violent and nonviolent demonstrations against the war in Vietnam and the government in Washington. Under these highly charged circumstances, Yogi Bhajan lays out the defining principles of the 3HO Foundation. Citing the sacrifices of Jesus, Krishna and Rama, Yogiji calls on his students to purify themselves and become teachers and carry the responsibility of the Aquarian Age all around the world.

The talk is full of cautions and practical guidance. Yogi Bhajan advises against worshiping holy men when it serves better to live as one. He tells his students not to lose themselves in the imaginations of authors, but to live practically and to the truth.

ogiji cautions against wasting this precious human life, when it is meant to be lived in higher consciousness. He warns his students not to abuse occult powers, but instead to engage the power of God in service and humility. Yogi Bhajan also chides his young students not to hassle and protest, but to live as calm, quiet, peaceful, loving and magnetic people. And finally in this Christmas talk, he exhorts them to give up their fooling around, and instead to live as masters of the self and gods on this Earth.

As in the April 1969 lecture, Yogiji's English is a little choppy at times, but with teachers teaching today in Hungary and Thailand, Iceland and Ecuador, often in their second or third language, we should take heart. The time has come, and the message does get through.

Guru Fatha Singh, Toronto

Listen to Yogi Bhajan- 1969 Christmas Talk

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Who Was Yogi Bhajan?

On this page, I am trying to show people that have never met Yogi Bhajan who he was to a student, a teacher, to the world. I am trying for a sense of what it was like to be around him, to have him talk to you.

Experience Yogi Bhajan from a Student of Yogi Bhajan's

Sat Nam, 

I studied served and loved Yogi Ji. He was my spiritual teacher, my mentor and my boss. At the Parliament for the Worlds Religions in 1993, Swami Satchidananda came up to me and asked  "Where's the Boss?". He understood my relationship. I was always willing and ready to serve his mission.

When YogiJi sent me to Chicago he had seen in me a quality that I myself had not recognized. I represented him in our family businesses, as a Minister of Sikh Dharma both in the Interfaith community and with the Punjabi Sikh community and as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and for 3HO.

He was always firm with me and trusted I would complete the task he needed done and if I hesitated he would make it very clear in a forceful manner that he was sure I could!

I spent decades in classes with him and also serving him at the Ashram in Altamonte Springs, FL during Winter Solstices. These were special times where I saw him in various capacities both as a Religious Leader, casually as in a relaxed environment, and subtle in the way he helped people. 

I will share more stories. 

Shiva Singh Khalsa

Special Note: Yogi Bhajan refers to himself as a Saturn teacher.

"The planet Saturn is known as the Lord of Karma in many texts. Saturn manifests the lessons we need to learn, and forces us to face them. We can choose the easy way or the hard way, but Saturn makes sure we take responsibility for past actions, thoughts and feelings.

Saturn teachers take the same approach. They can give difficult, tedious tasks to teach a lesson and reveal you to yourself. They are taskmasters who seek to confront you with things that you don't want to see. These guides ask us to face our fears and the very things we run away from.

They push us past our emotions, and give us limits for us to push and test. Saturn is the higher vibration of the emotionally reactive Moon, setting boundaries and discipline with our feelings. Saturn teachers aid in breaking down the ego and false identities. Saturn teachers push your buttons, and during the process you may not like them, but the result is very worthwhile.

Yogi Bhajan as a Saturn Teacher, 3HO

"Being a student of Yogi Bhajan was like living in a spiritual pressure cooker 24/7 /365! He had a single objective as your spiritual teacher: to pressurize your life to the point he could change coal to a diamond.

Kundalini Yoga and its amazing power to transform was the main stay of my life then and now. I am eternally grateful for those hard sometimes bitter times and long powerful sadhnas, for that is the sweetness in my life today." Nanak Dev Singh Khalsa

A person once said about sadhana:

"Once sadhana is done, nothing should happen to you.

I said, "No, when sadhana happens, everything should happen to you, and you should come out as a winner, you should come out victorious!"

That is what sadhana gives you. It doesn't give you a written guarantee from God. The one who does sadhana builds himself such a powerful personality, he can conquer anything!

That is why I do my own sadhana.

I have been doing it for years. I do it even now. Some people ask me,

"You are a Master, why do you do sadhana?"

I say, "To remain a Master!"


The Man Yogi Bhajan

Why repeat the Name of God?

So that it enters our subconscious memory. Why do sadhana?

So that our conscious memory can subconsciously relate to the Supreme Consciousness. These are acts for the Self; they are extremely selfish acts.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 11, 1982

SSS Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji Tribute Video

The Teacher Within - Tratakum Gazing Meditation

This photo shows Yogi Bhajan in a state of neutral mind. In Kundalini Yoga, Tratakum Gazing Meditation involves Gazing into the eyes of a neutral person, such as Yogi Bhajan. This allows the person gazing at it, to go through it and into their higher consciousness. This is the only photo that captured this state of mind.

Note: There is more to the meditation than just gazing into the eyes, so you do want to get the instruction sheet and photo, referenced below.

In the yogic scriptures it says, "Even a glance from the eyes of a holy man can cure mental and physical imbalances." Once in a very great while there is a picture that has a transcendent quality of neutrality that allows the person gazing at it to go through it and into their higher consciousness. This is a form of meditation called Tratakum.

Years ago, a photograph was taken of Yogi Bhajan which had such a quality, and it has been used ever since by students as a link to their teacher and their inner consciousness. It is called simply, "The Meditation Picture." The picture itself does not have any power, and it would be folly to worship a photograph. The power is in the beholder, in the student who, by using the picture to help him tune into his inner awareness, elevates himself and gives life to the spirit of the Teacher inside.

When meditating on such a photo, it is impossible to get stuck on the level of personality. It will reflect you better than a mirror. In a mirror you can fool yourself with your own face. In this photo you cannot. In such a photo there must also be a light in the eyes of the teacher. A photo with the direct gaze of neutrality can heal and give you the instant ability to contact your own higher guidance.

As the different facets of an object of concentration present themselves to you, you actually experience different facets of your own self. The outer object is nothing but a gateway to the many facets of your self-experience. In a real sense, you become what you meditate on.

If you identify a new quality in an object of meditation, you have contacted and brought out that quality in yourself. For this reason, pictures of saints and objects of inspiration have always been subjects of meditation.

We are fortunate to have such a picture of Yogi Bhajan. It is said that if it is meditated on properly and seriously, the karmas can be erased and individual destiny expanded.

Teachers are connected by the Golden Chain, unto Infinity. Meditating on the picture allows you to ascend the Golden Chain. It is an action done with humility. Nothing else has the value of this meditation, Tratakum Meditation.

It is a must for any student or teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan to have an experience of this. The practice is called, "mental beaming." It gives the mind the ability to project to Infinity through the creative power of the imagination.

Try this practice for 40 days in the early morning before sunrise and see what effect it has on you. During this time, eat lightly, and see with new sight during the day. If you like, the panj shabd (Sa Ta Na Ma) can be chanted mentally while doing Tratakum.

Yogi Bhajan instructed that the meditation picture be surrounded by an orange border. Set the photo about 3-6 feet (30-60 cm) away from you. Set one or two candles in front of the picture so that it can be clearly seen. The rest of the room should be dark.

Tune in with the Adi Mantra (Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo), and humbly tell your mind that the higher Self will guide you across the ocean of individuality, into the peace of the Cosmic Self. Know that you will receive guidance in all matters.

Posture: Sit very straight in an easy meditative posture, and cover your head and body with a shawl or blanket. Sit on a sheepskin or wool blanket to insulate your auric field.

Eyes: Open the eyes wide, and look eye into eye at the picture. Draw up the lower eyelids slightly. You will feel like you do not need to blink anymore.

Mental Focus: Completely still the body. The breath will automatically become lighter and lighter. Look at the light in the eyes of the photo and travel mentally through the picture to the source of that light. Mentally ask a question and listen to the answer. During the meditation, the picture may seem to move and look three dimensional. You may feel like floating out of the body. Just remember to keep your gaze on the light of guidance in the eyes.

Time: Meditate from 15 – 31 minutes.

To End: Close your eyes and see the image at the Brow Point.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

Compiled from "Tratakum Meditation," The Aquarian Teacher, and "Traatakam: Gazing on the Face of the Teacher" by Gurudain S. Khalsa, Beads of Truth #7 vol. II. Published in Aquarian Times, August 2009.

The Tratakum Gazing Meditation can be found in the The Aquarian Teacher - International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, Level One Textbook- Instructor

The Meditation Photo is available through:

Ancient Healing Ways

SOURCE: 3HO Tratkaum Mediation

Personal Experience by Dharam Singh

The Tratik (gazing meditation) method using the Tantric Photo versus a Yantra or a flower is special in that I am looking at another person. An apparently "in-animate" image of another person but a very alive one. I can not fully analyze the image for anyone what exactly is going on. That would only create labels and a barrier to direct experience. What I can say is that nearly one hundred photos were taken of Yogiji while he \was in a state of perfect Tantra. The one we use is the one that was chosen.

The angle of the eyebrows....the fact that the eyes are actually focusing around you and not directly at you. There are too many things going on to describe. One message that is coming through is that he [the entity in the picture] is saying "I'm dwelling in the Infinite, why aren't you?" There is a quality of challenge to it, but not a menacing one. Though it's not an image for hanging above your fireplace.

The fact that I am looking at another "human", gives me a chance to be with my interpersonal issues. Maybe even issues that I may not feel capable of disclosing to another person, no matter how much I pay. There is an opportunity to resonate deeply with some parts of our self that can be pretty "sticky". My deepest, most liberating work has been done with the Tantric photo.

I KNOW parts of my brain and self that previously, were not shaking hands are, at least, on talking terms. And I'm talking about parts of myself thatI generally censor in my day to day connection with other homo sapiens. And it does take a bit of inspiration and courage to do this kind of work, even with a picture. I like doing this at around 3am or after Sadhana meditations before the daylight begins. You want nothing else distracting you, you want total darkness all around you with only candles providing the light.

I would sit with the intention of doing maybe 31 minutes but I'd keep adding time as time became a non issue. It was such a nutritious experience I'd often go for 70 minutes or so. Regarding the eyes, you'll want to raise both the upper and lower lids. This will keep more moisture close to the pupils of the eyes, keeping dryness at bay. I'd squint to retain moisture and blink when I have to. During longer sessions I'd use Singh Kaur's Guru Ram Das (For Protection), from Crimson Collection 1 and 2. It's spacious, clear and etheric enough to allow for the space.

We are fortunate to have such a picture of Yogi Bhajan, the Mahan Tantric. If it is meditated on properly and seriously the karmas cam be erased and individual destiny expanded. Teachers are connected by the Golden Chain unto Infinity. Guru Yoga allows you to ascend the Golden Chain. It is an action done with humility. Nothing else has the value of this meditation. It is a must for any student or teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan to have an experience of this. The practice is called "mental beaming". It gives the mind the ability to project to Infinity through the creative power of the imagination.

For instructions on how to do the Tratakum Meditation, a full-size copy of Yogi Bhajan's Tantric picture. A glossy 8.5 x 11" photo can be purchased from Ancient Healing Ways. Tratakam Meditation Photo and Information Sheet #17058 (there is more to the mediation than just gazing into the eyes)

Dharam Singh at Audarya Fellowship - India Devine