Uncomfortable Conversations Podcast The Untold Stories of the 3HO Kundalini Yoga Community
Episode 40: WHITE SILENCE, EXCEPTIONALISM, SUPERIORITY AND THE SPIRITUAL WHITE WOMAN

Episode 40: WHITE SILENCE, EXCEPTIONALISM, SUPERIORITY AND THE SPIRITUAL WHITE WOMAN

September 10, 2021

Today we explore White Supremacy in all it's forms of White Silence, White Exceptionalism, White Superiority, Tone Policing, the prey and predator of the Spiritual White Woman and more ways it exposes itself in our actions, thoughts, behaviors and communication within the context of 3HO and the World.

Book referenced and played: ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

Link to purchase: https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/

 

Song Credit: White Lies by Death

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Episode 39: Shanti Oshan (Started Practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2014- 2021)

Episode 39: Shanti Oshan (Started Practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2014- 2021)

August 30, 2021

Shanti Oshan, previously known as Shanti Karam Kaur has been practicing Kundalini Yoga since 2014 but became deeply involved when she met her teacher in 2019, Isa at a Sufi retreat in Southern California. This is when she vowed to seek Truth through the guidance of God’s voice no matter what. She started Teacher Training in Oceanside, CA and dove headfirst into her path, going to the Sat Nam fest, Summer Solstice, followed by Winter Solstice. Last March, she went to the Espanola Ashram to be a farm intern on Khalsa Family Farms, and I wound up getting caught in the web of illusions in the 3HO/Kundalini Yoga community.

There were red flags everywhere, but ended up falling in love with a man in the community this past June, marrying him then breaking it off on her honeymoon, 3 weeks later, after finding out that he was a lying and not who he said he was. The marriage never became legal. (Thank God)

Having experienced narcissistic, and misogynistic behavior, lies, manipulation, and abuse within the 3HO Community and with this man, she is here to share her story and trusts that God always divinely protects her because the Truth will always prevail. She is known as a metamorphosis mentor, assisting beings in their inner healing and transformation, as she is learning herself. You can DONATE to this broadcast at:

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Episode 38: Dr. Ron Alexander (Mind-Body Psychotherapist; Original KRI Scientist 1970s)

Episode 38: Dr. Ron Alexander (Mind-Body Psychotherapist; Original KRI Scientist 1970s)

August 20, 2021

Dr Ron Alexander (formerly Shama Singh) is a Mind- Body psychotherapist, international trainer of health care professionals specializing in creativity and trauma.

He was recruited by Yogi Bhajan to co-found the original Kundalini Research Institute in 1973 as well as co-founder the Center for Health and Healing at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He conducted the early scientific research on Kundalini Yoga, and other forms of meditation, including Zen and Vipassana through the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Topeka, KS, and Santa Rosa Psychiatric Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA. Both in association with the Menninger Psycho-analytic Institute in Topeka, KS.

He has been teaching yoga psychology, mindfulness and trauma informed yoga since 1974 and travels the world now teaching and conducting trainings and workshops.

He’s the author of Wise Mind Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crises Loss and Change.

His forthcoming book in Spring of 2022, Core Creativity: A Mindful Approach to Unlocking Your Creative Abilities Also listen to podcast episode #8 to hear

Dr. Ron Alexander's early 3HO history https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-r8uhm-f5a25d

 

Article Referenced: From Maharaj to Mahan Tantric: The Construction of Yogi Bhajan's Kundalini Yoga by Philip Roland Deslippe https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6r63q6qn For more information, go to www.RonaldAlexander.com

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Episode 37: Taran Kaur (Started KY in 2014 - 2020; U.K.)

Episode 37: Taran Kaur (Started KY in 2014 - 2020; U.K.)

August 12, 2021

Today’s guest is Taran Kaur.   Her birth and original name was Alice, and she started practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2014 (late 20s) following guidance from 3HO’s website on Kriyas, meditations and doing many 40 days practices with them. 

Through this she quit drinking alcohol and focused on getting on the mat everyday rather than nursing a hangover. Alice continued to practice Kundalini Yoga with teachers on Youtube, at the end of 2016 after switching to health care and doing Radiant Body Kriya for 40 days she realised the reality of the destructive relationship she was in with her partner of nine years, left and returned home. 

Alice went on to study Kundalini Yoga Level 1 at Sahej TT, in the UK with Hari Har Kaur and Sat Siri Singh in 2017. following a calling to finally teach Yoga after years of practice and styles (Hatha in teens, Bikram in early 20s), here she got given the name Ajeet Amrita Kaur. 

 

Through the training Alice/Ajeet fell in love with the Sikh Dharma and went to Khalsa Camp to discover it’s depth, Alice/Ajeet went on to learn and embrace Sikhi from more Sikh camps, was blessed with Amrit in 2018 and given the name Taran Kaur, then legally changed it to Taranjeet-Kaur to honour a Kundalini background, ironically she has always shortened it to Taran. 

Taran (now 31) is navigating married life, mother to one daughter named Satnaam Kaur Evie. She ditched Kundalini Yoga in 2020 and continues rising early to meditate, is studying to be a therapist and makes Art in any free time she has. 

 

Song Credit:  Stay Gold by First Aid Kit 

 

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Episode 36: Narangkar Glover (Born and raised into 3HO;1974 in Hartford, CT)

Episode 36: Narangkar Glover (Born and raised into 3HO;1974 in Hartford, CT)

July 27, 2021

Narangkar is an artist and advocate for 3HO second generation adults. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two cats. 

Narangkar was born and raised in 3HO in the 70’s. Her parents are the Gurujohns who headed the Hartford CT ashram in the 70’s & 80’s. She a big extended family in 3HO as well: 2 aunts & uncles, one set of grandparents, 5 cousins plus 1 aunt born in 3ho. And 2 sisters. Narangkar & her big sister were child-swapped when they were 7, sent to live in Ram Das Puri to live with strangers. In 1983 they got sent to India for boarding school first to GNFC School, and then GRD Academy, and also attended New Mexico Military Institute (which was a short-lived US-based school “program” for 3HO kids).

Narangkar left around 18 or 19. In 2008 she started talking about her life growing up in 3HO through the blog rishiknots– advocating for the openness and truth about the abuse we children experienced. The goal is for people to better understand how any seemingly innocuous ’seeker’ culture can lead toward totalitarian and abusive environments that can cause serious and lasting harm.

 

Song:

Keyshia Cole “Shoulda Let You Go”

https://open.spotify.com/track/1yTfczdv9qGCfJpZF3y4yQ?si=ZbMReiZnRWaJzZY_1NvU7Q&dl_branch=1

 

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Episode 35: Shiv Cook (Started Kundalini Yoga in 2001 - 2020)

Episode 35: Shiv Cook (Started Kundalini Yoga in 2001 - 2020)

June 30, 2021

Today’s guest is Shiv Cook. 

On September 1, 2001, super successful on the outside, broken and sad on the inside, as well as being over 220 lb, Shiv was as she called it, "kissed by Kundalini Yoga". Within 4 months of her first taste, her home burned down two days before the WorldTrade Centers fell and nearly took her with it and this led to her leaving her practice as a Corporate Securities Attorney who was “failing at life and winning in success”, to see if she could find a more peaceful way of being. 

 

After sharing over 1,000 Kundalini Yoga videos on YouTube creating a vibrant community and reaching her first million views, Shiv deleted all 1,465 one evening in August 2020 just days from the 19th anniversary of that first practice. 

 

She has dropped the dogma, ditched the Guru, and is continuing to explore life to the beat of her own drum, sharing tales along the way. Nature is her teacher and life is her practice.

 

 

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Episode 34: Laurel Guruatma Khalsa (Joined 3HO in 1979-2020)

Episode 34: Laurel Guruatma Khalsa (Joined 3HO in 1979-2020)

June 10, 2021

Today’s guest is Guruatma Khalsa, now Laurel, has been in 3HO since 1978 until 2020. A native Chicago girl, just stepped into her 69th year, 43 of which were totally immersed in the 3HO/Sikh Dharma Community. 

She attended her first KY class in Madison, Wisconsin in 1978 and received her spiritual name in March of '79. For a short while she lived in the Des Moines, Iowa country ashram where she met her future (first) husband. They attended Summer Solstice together and she was invited to come live in Houston TX to be in charge of the Children's Program ...because they heard, "she's good with children". 

In 1984 Laurel married SatKartar Singh and they’ve been together now for 37 years. Her life-long challenge with a serious, rare and relapsing autoimmune disease, ended up leading her to specializing in yoga modifications and Chair Yoga for Seniors as well as to physically/mentally-challenged people at the City of Houston Adaptive Recreation Center. 

In May of 2020, while in the throws of launching her newly-renovated website yogictools.com and self-published book, "Stop & Feel it - One woman's extraordinary path of healing", she was shattered awake to the real truth of the horrible abuses of YB.  

After participating in the “Listening calls”, reading the AOB report in August 2020, as well as the last year of processing and reflection.  Shes’s been blown wide open to the real truth.

She’s since halted all business sales and teaching and she’s attempting to reconcile the mess of it all the best she can.  

She’s since renounced her  connection with 3HO and Sikh Dharma and relinquished her Minister license as well. 

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Episode 33: Mira “HarKrishan” Khalsa (Born and raised in 3HO; 2002-2020; Los Angeles, CA)

Episode 33: Mira “HarKrishan” Khalsa (Born and raised in 3HO; 2002-2020; Los Angeles, CA)

May 28, 2021

Today’s guest is Mira “Harkrishan” Khalsa.  She was born in 2002 in the Los Angeles ashram. Her parents are Siri Atma Singh and Gobind Kaur Khalsa. She attended Summer Solstice and Khalsa Youth Camp every year growing up. 

In 2005, her family moved to Nambe, New Mexico to be a part of the Espanola ashram and because her mother got a job at “The Ranch”, YB’s main property.  

In 2019, her family moved from the Espanola community to Santa Barbara. In 2020, she decided to change her name to Mira.

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Episode 32: Bibi Bhani Khalsa (1970-2020; Phoenix, AZ)

Episode 32: Bibi Bhani Khalsa (1970-2020; Phoenix, AZ)

May 17, 2021

Bibi Bhani Khalsa joined 3HO in 1970 in Columbia, Maryland. She landed in Phoenix, AZ the following year and has lived there ever since except for a brief time in Heber, AZ.

She is a musician who has made several recordings over the years. She spent time in LA and Espanola under YB's direction. She taught Kundalini Yoga for many years, but never transitioned to become a teacher trainer. She has two children who both went to school in India. She decided to leave 3HO and Sikh Dharma last summer after learning of the widespread corruption and criminal acts committed and perpetuated by YB. 

Song Credit:  Jimmy Cliff; I Can See Clearly Now

 

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Episode 31: Gérard Lach (Jap Nirantar; Germany, 2010 - 2017)

Episode 31: Gérard Lach (Jap Nirantar; Germany, 2010 - 2017)

May 10, 2021

Gérard Lach was born in 1978 in northern Germany.

He became involved in Kundalini Yoga/3HO during the years of 2010 to 2017 after suffering a herniated disc and cervical spine issues, seeking healing and repair after physical therapy.  Keeping his original name, while integrating his new spiritual name, Gérard Jap Nirantar took to the intensity of Kundalini Yoga and Gong Meditation.  

After practicing for several years, and feeling the tremendous impact of the gong meditations on his own body, he got referred to Nanak Dev Singh in Berlin, GE, in which he studied and learned Gong Meditation Training in 2012. 

Among other things, in 2015 he began to notice the culture of silence at the European Yoga Festival and among the “leaders”, that nobody was willing to openly discuss Karta Singh’s sexual transgressions in France as a lead teacher, even though it was a major topic buzzing around.  

It would take him another two years to see through the facade of ‘Sat Nam’ and realize that a lot of truths, present and historical were not being talked about. 

 

Song credit:  Fix You by Coldplay

 

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