Sikh activists make the case against Kaes in California schools and beyond

Congressman Dalip Saund self-identified as a Hindu

Investigative, Historic, Education | August 30, 2015

In the ongoing process to include new Sikh content in California schools curriculum, Sikh activists have created their own definition of a Sikh, sending mixed messages about the Sikh identity and articles of faith, and pushing to label Congressman Dalip Saund, who cut off his Kaes shortly after arriving in the U.S. in 1920, as the most notable Sikh from California. The activists, including the Sikh Coalition and SALDEF, assert Kaes is an optional tenet of Sikhism, and include Kaes-less persons in their organizations. Saund’s own writings show he cherished Hinduism and self-identified as a Hindu. “The word "Sikh" used for Dalip Singh Saund should be replaced with "Punjabi," said Onkar Singh Bindra, who is leading the curriculum effort, shortly before publication.

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Yogi Bhajan pictured as his true self, a yogi. He claimed the Akal Takhat jathedar gave him the title “Siri Singh Sahib.” The jathedar publicly denounced his claim, and later threatened to excommunicate him.

American yogis distort Sikh scripture

Part I: Bhajan’s yogic theories form framework of English translation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Panthic, Investigative, Historic | April 14, 2015

The Gurus considered any alteration of Gurbani, explicit or implicit, as a sacrilegious act, and so do their Sikhs. But for more than two decades, Sikhs have accepted and promoted an English version of their scripture, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, that contains not one, but countless, distortions – both single words and phrases – based on the Hindu yogic philosophy taught by the late Yogi Harbhajan Singh Puri Khalsa, a man who came close to being excommunicated for his sacreligious teachings by Akaal Takhat Jathedar Sadhu Singh Bhaura, in 1979. The distorted translation is authored by one of the yogi’s long-time disciples, Sant Singh Khalsa.

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This is one of two images recently found on the Internet that shows a picture of Yogi Bhajan draped in garlands, with a large statue of Lord Shiva in the background. The second picture shows his family praying to this picture during his ash immersion and last rites ceremony led by the pujya swami of Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh.

Yogi Bhajan given Hindu last rites

Part I: Emblem of his beliefs

Panthic, Investigative | November 24, 2013

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, president and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, performed Yogi Bhajan’s last rites rituals and ash immersion in Mother Ganga. This ashram on the banks of the Ganges River is devoted to Shiva, the Hindu god of yoga.

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India Denies Interfering in US Sikh Caucus, Contradicts Indian Press

Politics, Investigative | June 06, 2013

Reporting from Washington - The Indian ambassador denied that her government warned US authorities about the newly formed Sikh caucus, contradicting reports in the Indian media that Indian officials pressured US Congress members not to join the alliance.