April 9, 1991 Yogi Bhajan addressing the Khalsa Council about the schools in India.
"Some people are accusing me and I am for the school program in India, honorable members I am not against that program, I am not for that program. I like one thing in that program- it is sending our children to a living hell and making them to survive so no hell will be hell for them ever.
I tell you today I never send children in India except for three things. I knew their mathematics will be fine and their spelling and grammar will never be wrong. I didn't send them for science and computers and I also found out they will be in a living hell and they will built their personal unity and grit that they shall always survive anywhere in the worst circumstances.
I gave them the distance of twelve-thousand miles so distance should never bother them. I gave them the capacity to become international without much expenses. You do not understand and value what we have given to our children. When you keep your children here you will learn it in the hard way and you will pay for it and I will be sorry for it.
India school gave us nothing but it united our children like a rock. There was no facility, there was no water, it was damn cold, food was not tasty. Do you think I do not know? Am I that blind? Who told you that? But what India gave us we can't create it here. Where we will get the opportunity to send a child twelve-thousand mile away from us and I have nothing else but send them prayers."
Issues with quality & quantity of food for children.
From a Children's point of View From Bhajan's medical doctors point of View (1982)
Excerpt from the report of Dr. Alexandra Stein on 3HO childhood experiences, related to food:
... I was for months massively malnourished borderline, starving for months on end
...I'd go to the garden, and I'd eat rose petals, drink water just to make myself feel full
... Food was disgusting and contained bugs, worms, cigarette butts and other foreign objects.
... dietary restrictions as suggested by Bhajan ... eating only wheatberry-based dishes one day a week
... Even when school staff presented Bhajan with modest requests for increases in the food budget this was ignored or turned down.
July 1984 - Sikh Dharma letter
Announcement Education Program in India Beginning March 1985
1986 Letter from the School Program Director
about issues & action plans
1989 Newsletter School Program
including Yogi Bhajan's Food instructions:
"ONE Meal a Day Boiled Black Grams with vegetables