By Philip Deslippe and Stacie Stukin
Yogi Bhajan, a spiritual leader and an entrepreneur who promoted his own brand of Sikhism and founded 3HO, the Happy Healthy Holy Organization, in 1969, is probably best known as a guru who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West and formed a worldwide community of 3HO ashrams.
Over the years, the organization grew from a small group of hippies who spread out around the United States to teach yoga into a behemoth of nonprofit and lucrative corporate entities that continued to flourish even after his death in 2004.
His controversial legacy is getting new scrutiny.
A new report from An Olive Branch, a Pittsburgh-based consultancy guided by Buddhist principles that specializes in helping spiritual communities navigate ethical misconduct, concluded that “more likely than not” Bhajan used his power as a spiritual leader to perpetrate a range of abuses against women and female minors that included rape, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
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