Blast from the Past: Celebrating 55 Years of History

Yogi Bhajan teaching students in Santa Barbara, California in 1969.

In 2024, we celebrate 55 years of our community and the teachings of Yogi Bhajan in the West.  We will be bringing more historical articles to you to celebrate, but in the meantime, here is what we shared in 2019:

In 2019 we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan’s arrival in the West in 1969. As soon as he arrived, he began teaching his students about Sikh history, Sikh Dharma and Kundalini Yoga.

To celebrate this milestone and Yogi Bhajan’s lasting legacy, we compiled 50 years of historical content from the Sikh Dharma community. We hope you enjoy the history, memories and the journey from past to present contained in these gems. We can’t wait to see what the next 50 years has in store for our global community!


 A Joyful Noise: Guru Dass Singh Explores the First 35 Years of Music in 3H0

1969: Guru Singh Tells the Story of Tying His First Turban 

1970: Two Students of Yogi Bhajan Take Sikh Vows

1970: Livtar Singh Recounts His Experience Taking Sikh Vows in 1970 

1971: Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru: Krishna Kaur Remembers the First Time She Heard this Mantra

1972: The Opening of Guru Ram Das Ashram in Los Angeles 

1972: Seeing Eye-to-Eye with the Master – Yogi Bhajan Teaches the Tratakam Practice

1973: The Highest Moment 

1974: Saving Yogiji: Sardarni Guru Amrit Kaur Remembers Serving as Yogi Bhajan’s Bodyguard 

1975: You’re in the Army Now! 

1976: The First Khalsa Women’s Training Camp

1976: Poems and Reflections from the First Khalsa Women’s Training Camp  

1977: Ram Das Puri – Where Angels Dare to Tread 

1978: Bathing in the Ram Das Sarovar

1969 – 1979: Ten Years of 3H0 History in Photos

1979: Music – The Companion that Soothes Us and Moves Us 

1979: The Birth, Growth and Expansion of the Grace of God Movement of the Women of the World

1980: Painting the Future – The Sarkar e Khalsa Gurdwara Sign at Summer Solstice

1981: We Belong to Each Other – Shakti Parwha Kaur

1982: Yogi Bhajan and Ram Dass Talk about Preventing Nuclear War 

1983: Requirements of a Spiritual Teacher

1984: The Sikh Concept of Guru

1985: Winning Your Mind 

1986: Year of Peace 

1986: Spreading the Word(s) . . . and Music

1988: 3H0 Europe – The ’70s and ’80s 

1988: 3H0 in Hamburg 

1989: The Music Within – Song of the Khalsa

1989: Conscious Cookery 

1990: Global Forum on Human Survival in Moscow

1991: The Administrator’s Alphabet

1992: The Sacred Sounds of Nirinjan Kaur

1993: Parliament of the World’s Religions

1994: 3H0’s NGO in Service to the United Nations Launched

1994: The Formation of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) 

1995: Annual Legislative Luncheon Launched in New Mexico

1996: The Early Years of SikhNet

1997: The Founding of Miri Piri Academy 

1998: Remembering Singh Kaur

1999: Don’t Cry for Me Children of Sikh Dharma

2000: The Siri Singh Sahib Speaks at the United Nations

2001: The Founding of Dashmesh Sadan in Anandpur Sahib

2002: Lord of Miracles Tour Launched

2003: The Celestial Sounds of Snatam Kaur

2004: We Come and We Go: Yogi Bhajan’s Last Lecture

Five Lectures, Five Decades: Timeless Truth from Yogi Bhajan

2005: Krishna Kaur Conducts Teacher Training in Ghana 

2006: One in the Spirit 

2007: The Great Transition – Passing of Babaji Singh Khalsa – First Teacher to Bring Kundalini Yoga to Mexico

2008: Sikh Dharma Presents Kalgi Crown Jewel to Takhat Hazur Sahib

2009: Food 4 Kids Launched in Northern New Mexico

2010: Langar Chile Provides Food Following Devastating Earthquake 

2011: My First Time Playing Kirtan in Darbar Sahib

2012: Serving with Empathy and Compassion in Australia

2013: Caring Coalition Launched in Arizona

2014: Gurutej Singh Publishes the Novel ‘Rajni’ 

2015: Miri Piri Brazil School Opened

2016: Sikh Dharma Recognized in Chile

2017: The Music Legacy of Guru Dass Singh

2018: Sikh Dharma Recognized in Argentina

2019:  Light of Guru Nanak Yatra

2019: Light of Guru Nanak Yatra participants and Miri Piri Academy students perform simran on the Kali Bein river in, where Guru Nanak Dev Ji emerged enlightened. Image courtesy of SikhNet.


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