Nine Treasures Yoga was founded by Tej Kaur Khalsa, a longtime teacher of Kundalini yoga and a student of Yogi Bhajan for over three decades.
“I was brought to the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation through a USC psychology experiment in 1972. Having studied counseling to heal people from their troubles, I realized after my first three months of yoga training that the practice took me light years ahead of anything else in a very short time. So fascinated was I by it all, I began a side hobby of transcribing and archiving the teachings. This quickly became my passion for decades, a way to saturate and submerge myself in the subtle essence of it all. I feel we are now on a magical mystery tour that is revealing itself quickly to those with a destiny to elevate humanity. May the seekers be supported. Sat Nam.” — Tej
Tej Kaur Khalsa has been a student of Yogi Bhajan for over 35 years. She is the Custodian of the Archives of the Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, and a recognized authority on the teachings. She has been involved in numerous Yogi Bhajan publications as transcriber, editor, and compiler including the Woman’s Camp Series, 72 Stories of God, Good and Goods, and The Master’s Touch. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, and during the many years she worked on Yogi Bhajan’s correspondence, received extensive training from him on yogic counseling. Her classes are occasions to enjoy deep meditative experiences and to learn vast amounts of yogic knowledge.
Harijiwan has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1975. For many years he directly served his teacher, Yogi Bhajan, while traveling the world extensively with him. This opportunity, to study with and observe a living master, provided him with invaluable insight into the nature of consciousness and the human condition, as well as a thorough understanding of the impact, interplay and significance of the various planetary and inter-planetary energy fields. Today, and throughout his years as a teacher and healer, Harijiwan remains committed to expanding his knowledge and experience to provide his students and clients with the most progressive, effective, self-empowering approaches that increase over-all joy and wholeness within the context of every day experiences. To learn more about Harijiwan please visit his website.
The History of Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga and Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini Yoga was brought to the west in 1968 by Yogi Bhajan, also referred to as Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji. Born August 26, 1929 to a wealthy family in an area of India today known as Pakistan, he was the eldest son of a very devout family. At birth they recognized the mark of a saint on the bottom of his foot, and he was taken to many holy spots during his first 40 days of life. At age 7, he was sent to study with his Teacher, Sant Hazara Singh, and by 16-1/2 he was declared a Master of Kundalini Yoga – a rare feat, especially for one so young.
Leaving behind a lucrative governmental career, in 1968 he came first to Canada and then to the USA, to answer the call of the yearning hearts of so many who were struggling to find spirituality in the turbulent drug culture of the ‘60’s. Yogi Bhajan broke with the long-held tradition of silence, opening Kundalini Yoga & Meditation as well as White Tantric Yoga (a deeply transformative & healing meditative practice) to the public. Soon Kundalini yoga centers began springing up across the United States and then throughout the world. For the next 35 years, he taught thousands of classes and inspired countless people to keep up and live in their excellence.
Today we teach Kundalini Yoga as passed down from teacher to student, for thousands of years, and as gifted to us through our Teacher, Yogi Bhajan. It is with deep gratitude and respect that we carry on this lineage.
Sant Hazara Singh
Yogi Bhajan’s teacher, Sant Hazara Singh, was the Master of Kundalini Yoga and also the Mahan Tantric, a unique position held by only one individual on the planet at a time. Santa Hazara Singh was a very strict and demanding Teacher. Yogi Bhajan was brought to study with him at his school at age 7, and he declared Yogi Bhajan to be a Master of Kundalini Yoga at age 16-1/2. Under his guidance, Yogi Bhajan learned the White Tantric Yoga knowledge which later aided him in raising the consciousness of many on this planet. When Sant Hazara Singh died the Tantric energy moved to one of his other students, a Tibetan, Lama Lilan Po. In 1971, Lama Lilan Po died, and the Mahan Tantric energy moved to Yogi Bhajan.
Baba Siri Chand
Baba Sri Chand is the protector of innocent seekers and is the holder of all yogic wisdom. Baba Sri Chand was born in 1494 as the beloved elder son of Guru Nanak and Mata Sulakhani. A devoted Sikh and extraordinary teacher, he selflessly offered his extended life in service to the light of Guru Nanak. From a young age, Baba Sri Chand received timeless wisdom from Guru Nanak and was initiated by him. Baba Sri Chand was crowned as a yogi by Guru Nanak. He was given the task directly from Guru Nanak to take care of the corrupt yogis who were manipulating and bothering the householders with their occult powers. His responsibility to protect and elevate the householder led to a journey reaching as far as Tibet, Bhutan and Afghanistan that ultimately dispelled the negativity and united the entire Sadhu Samaj (the different yogic sects of those times) under the universal message of “Ik Ongkaar” – One Universal Consciousness.
The Nine Treasures
It is said in the Sikh Ardas (prayer), when we meditate on the presence of the 9th Sikh Master, Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9 Treasures shall run to you. Sometimes referred to as Nao Nidh, Yogi Bhajan has explained to us,
“Those who shall become teachers to serve and pass on the messagses to forklift the other human beings, prosperity will serve them. That’s a fact. That is guaranteed. So this way we are creating a very consolidated, qualified and straightforward moving community.”
We are dedicating ourselves to become a flow of Infinite Love and Grace, so that Radiance can direct us where to serve, and bring to us all we need.
As we recite Ardas (prayer) every day, we are saying ‘Teg Bahadur simreeai ghar nao nidh aavai dhaai,’
‘Nine treasures of wealth’. This term is mentioned in the Sikh Ardaas (recited daily by Sikhs) and in Gurbani. Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the Tenth Guru, writes in the first part of Ardaas:
“Remember and meditate upon (Guru) Teg Bahadur; and then nine sources of wealth will come hastening to your home. (O Respected Gurus!) kindly help us everywhere.”
‘Nao Nidh’ appears in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji 39 times.
According to Indian thought traditionally Nau Nidheeaa(n) or Nine treasures are described as the following:
2. ‘Mahaan Padam’ – gems, jewels etc.
3. ‘Sankh’ – delicious things to eat
4. ‘Makar’ – training in the use of arms
5. ‘Kachhap’ – clothes, corn and the like
6. ‘Kund’ – dealings in gold
7. ‘Neel’ – trading in gems and jewels
8. ‘Mukand’ – mastery of the fine arts
9. ‘Kharab’ or ‘Warch’ – riches of all kinds
In the context of Gurbani the Nao-Nidh or nine sources of wealth are related to meditating on ‘Naam’ (the Lord’s Name).