When scientific researchers wanted to measure Yogi Bhajan's meditative and yogic abilities,
You cannot do me, my brain frequency will melt your machinery.
Dr Ron Alexander (formerly Shama Singh) is a Mind- Body psychotherapist, international trainer of health care professionals specialising in creativity and trauma. He was recruited by Yogi Bhajan to co-found the original Kundalini Research Institute and the Center for Health and Healing at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He has been teaching yoga psychology, mindfulness and trauma-informed yoga since 1974, and travels the world now teaching and conducting training and workshops.
On Dec 22, 2020 GuruNishan interviewed him°.
As a student at Massachussets University, Dr Ron studied different yoga and meditation techniques.
In 1972 he took his first KY class.
When Dr Ron and his fellow student met Yogi Bhajan for the first time, he immediatelly started 'working on them'.
He called them 'Scientific Saints'.
The scientists wanted to 'study' Yogi Bhajan the way they had studied Swami Rama. While Swami Rama was in meditation, they had measured a 2,5 minute 'heart beat stop'.
YB agreed but in return he asked the scientists to start the Kundalini Yoga Research Institute (KRI).
An anecdote that sowed the first seed of doubt in Dr Ron's mind: he overheard YB saying to his secretary Sat Simram:
We cannot stay here for the night, they'll hear us.
At the first attempt to measure the meditative capacity of Yogi Bhajan, he did not want to cooperate.
His excuse was that his brain would melt their machinery.
Instead he told them to measure Pamela (Premka)'s meditative ability.
Also a second and third attempt to measure YB failed.
He was the only 'guru' around in the seventies who wanted to escape a scientific measurement of his yogic and meditative abilities.
Dr Ron witnessed Yogi Bhajan telling 'lunatic' stories during lecturers at Tantric Sessions: beyond believability!
Medical Doctors who were devotees of Yogi Bhajan nodded their heads at these stories, but said nothing.
When Dr Ron confronted YB, he said
You are negative and lack devotion.
The first Teacher Training manuals were created by 'the scientist saints'.
Dr Ron explains how Yogi Bhajan prepared to teach
about the Neutral Mind ...
Dr Ron and his colleague confronted Yogi Bhajan with the fact that they saw he made it all up. Yogi Bhajan reacted:
You discovered the inner secrets to my teaching.
Secretaries had to leave the room while the scientists were visiting.
More and more the scientists saw that 95% of his teachings were junk.
Compared to other yogic teachings that were around YB's lectures were 'fluff'. Substance vs fluff.
Dr Ron and Rama resigned from KRI to avoid their names being linked to such teachings.
One day a mother with 2 teenage girls is referred to him. They tell him how YB had proposed the girls that they came to see him on their own for a tantric healing, and not to tell their mother.
How Dr Ron's wife was very devoted to YB,
but finally as a professional psycho-therapist,
she had to choose for her clients.
What about the ethical boundaries for professionals?
Cases against Yogi Bhajan were filed but he was a master in using his political connections.
He got away with it … Today he would be in prison.
Yogi Bhajan used scientists as a cover up.
In 1986 Dr Ron was asked by the attorneys of Kate and Premka to do a psychological evaluation of them.
Be aware that these are only fragments of the truth.
Many more stories are out there, told and untold.
Telling these stories is needed. It is a prerequisite for justice and reconciliation.
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