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Why do cults encourage their followers to change their names?

Cults often encourage their followers to change their names as a way to disrupt a person’s authentic identity and replace it with a new identity. This is one of the ways cult leaders achieve their goal of promoting an “us vs. them” mentality and successfully isolating members from their former, pre-cult lives³. Changing names can also be a way for cult leaders to exert control over their followers.

The Lawsuit That Almost Exposed Yogi Bhajan Nearly 40 Years Ago

By now, you may have heard about Pamela Dyson’s lawsuit against 3HO cult founder Yogi Bhajan in 1986. At the time, her lawsuit was one of two lawsuits handled by the same lawyer against Yogi Bhajan. This is the story about the second lawsuit, the one you probably have not heard about.

New Report Documents Damage done to 3HO Children at the Cult’s Schools in India

"First and foremost, whether placed with other families, in ashrams, or in schools, children lacked the security and comfort of their parents from early ages and for long periods. Comfort and caring from other sources, with a few temporary exceptions, was also lacking. Interviewees felt they had no one to turn to for comfort or help. - Alexandra Stein, Ph. D. Report on Themes and Impacts of 3H0 Childhoods

Book Reviews – ‘Premka: White Bird in a Golden Cage’ and ‘The Inner Circle’

Unfortunately, this academic book review of Pamela Dyson and Peter Blachly's books from Nova Religio is behind a paywall. Here is the text: Premka: White Bird in a Golden Cage. My Life with Yogi Bhajan. By Pamela Saharah Dyson. Eyes Wide Publishing, 2020. 206 pages. $14.99 softcover.  The Inner Circle—Book One: My Seventeen Years in… Continue reading Book Reviews – ‘Premka: White Bird in a Golden Cage’ and ‘The Inner Circle’

Yogi Bhajan’s Lectures

He would, within the same lecture, praise his students as the saviours of mankind and then without missing a beat, berate them as ingrates, worms, dogs. His lectures were often populated with profanity, things you don’t expect from a ‘spiritual teacher’.

3HO – a Cult in Turmoil

...there is a battle for control of the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation, the organization that controls the 3HO Kundalini Yoga cult.

Yogi Bhajan’s Mini-Me

Yogi Bhajan died in 2004, but the techniques he used to create the cult of 3HO are alive and well and being used by Kundalini Yoga teachers to build their own little cults. Guru Jagat was an example. She passed away at a young age in 2021, but was well on her way to building a cult following.

The Yoga Hustler

This two-part podcast focuses on the grifter/Kundalini Yoga teacher Katie Griggs/Guru Jagat, but in the introduction, there is a decent summary of Yogi Bhajan's abuses and scams.