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US Senate Passes Resolution on Yogi Bhajan by Unanimous Consent

04/08/2005

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    News Release
    U.S. SENATORS JEFF BINGAMAN AND PETE DOMENICI


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 7, 2005
    SENATE APPROVES RESOLUTION TO HONOR YOGI BHAJAN

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has approved a Congressional resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici that honors the late Sikh leader Yogi Bhajan. Rep. Tom Udall introduced the same resolution in the House of Representatives. That measure passed the House on Tuesday.

    The resolution points out that among his many accomplishments, Yogi Bhajan founded “Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization (3HO),” a nonprofit private educational and scientific foundation dedicated to serving humanity, improving physical well-being, deepening spiritual awareness, and offering guidance on nutrition and health. He was later given the title of Siri Singh Sahib, which made him the chief religious and administrative authority for Sikhism in the Western Hemisphere.

    “Yogi Bhajan was the beloved spiritual leader of thousands of Western Sikhs,” Bingaman said. “This Congressional resolution recognizes his distinguished life and the importance of his teachings.”

    “This is a lasting tribute to an influential spiritual leader who contributed greatly to the promotion of peace. Yogi Bhajan was an inspirational figure and a proud legacy for New Mexicans who remember his hopeful message and practice his teachings of humanity,” Domenici said.

    The resolution reads: …be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress— (1) recognizes that the teachings of Yogi Bhajan about Sikhism and yoga, and the businesses formed under his inspiration, improved the personal, political, spiritual, and professional relations between citizens of the United States and the citizens of India; (2) recognizes the legendary compassion, wisdom, kindness, and courage of Yogi Bhajan, and his wealth of accomplishments on behalf of the Sikh community; and (3) extends its condolences to Inderjit Kaur, the wife of Yogi Bhajan, his 3 children and 5 grandchildren, and to Sikh and ‘‘Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization (3HO)’’ communities around the Nation and the world upon the death on October 6, 2004, of Yogi Bhajan, an individual who was a wise teacher and mentor, an outstanding pioneer, a champion of peace, and a compassionate human being.
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