A true seeker is one who will seek God in his heart

Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma

Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, comes to us from an ancient lineage that includes Baba Siri Chand, a 15th century leader of wandering Yogi's, called Udasi's.
Baba Siri Chand was the son of Guru Nanak the 1st Guru of the Sikhs. His father gave him the special assignment to bring together the different directions of Yoga (which were very divided and separate at that time) to integrate them in the just then emerging path of the Sikhs (this word means "Seekers"). Baba Siri Chand managed to fullfill this task towards the end of the 15th century during the reign of Guru Ram Das, the 4th Sikh Guru, who thereafter was said to occupy the "throne of Raj Yoga", the Royal Yoga.
The Sikhs practised this Yoga in many different forms from the 16th century on, until in the 19th century for many (mainly political) reasons the physical aspect of Yoga got rejected and lost among the Sikhs, though the devotional and meditative aspect remained strong.

What is Sikh Dharma?

"Nobody has to change their religion - Kundalini Yoga can help you to rekindle whatever religion you have!", according to Yogi Bhajan. Even so, many of his students get interested in Sikh Dharma, Yogi Bhajan's own spiritual path which is so well blended with and related to Kundalini Yoga. In the strict sense of the word Sikhs do not practise a religion, but follow a spiritual lifestyle (a Dharma). They are householders, who do lots of chanting (Kirtan), Karma Yoga (Seva), and Bhakti Yoga, listening to the message (Hukam) of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib (the book of sacred songs and teachings that is now considered the Guru of the Sikhs). They do not have priests. They do not missionarize in any way. There is no pretense of being the only or even the most important spiritual path. And no conversion is necessary for members of any other religion (or no religion!) to join in chanting the Divine Name and in partaking of the Prasaad (the holy food, imbued by the vibrations of the Mul Mantra).

Gurdwara at the Yoga Festival

Part of the Yoga Festival is a large, beautifully decorated Sikh Temple, called Gurdwara (Door to the Guru), where everybody is welcome no matter what you believe or do not believe. At the end of Sadhana hundreds of people gather there to chant Kirtan, meditate on the Hukam of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, pray and share in the Prasaad. For other aspects of the Gurdwara program, please see the notice boards outside of the Gurdwara and the program flyer of the festival.