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Announcement of Yogi Bhajan Memorial Highway in U.S


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    In honor of Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji (Yogi Bhajan), Sikh Dharma International hosted a memorial service to celebrate the anniversary of his passing, October 6, 2004.

    Akhand Path Bhogs were held at the Golden Temple, the five Takhats and in Espanola, New Mexico, U.S. to honor his life and legacy. The Jethadars of the Akal Takhat, Anandpur Sahib and Patna Sahib traveled to Espanola to participate.

    Jethadars and other distinguished guests with Executive Committee members of Sikh Dharma's Khalsa Council

    As customary to our annual tradition, Sikh Dharma and 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) commemorated the birthday of Yogi Bhajan. The event was held in Santa Fe on August 27 at La Fonda Hotel. The highlight of the event was the official announcement on behalf of Governor Bill Richardson that a dedicated highway in New Mexico will now be named, " Yogi Bhajan Memorial Highway". Secretary of Transportation, Rhonda Faught, attended the event to make the formal announcement. Other notables attending the celebration were United States Congressman Tom Udall, New Mexico Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ben Lujan, judges from the Supreme and Appellate Courts as well as Cabinet Secretaries and city and county officials. Former New Mexico Governor Bruce King and Secretary of State, Rebecca Vigil Giron were among other distinguished guests who were affectionately longtime friends of their beloved, "Yogiji".

    The U.S. Congressional Joint Resolution was announced honoring the life of Yogi Bhajan which was a tribute to his mission and life's work. It was noted that only three other religious leaders have been bestowed this recognition: Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II and Martin Luther King.

    Some notables from left to right: Secretary Rhonda Faught, Speaker Ben Lujan; Dr. Bibiji Inderjit Kaur, Bhai Sahiba and wife of Yogi Bhajan; Siri Sikdar Sahiba Guru Amrit Kaur; back row Ranbir Singh, son of Yogi Bhajan; front row center: Governor Bruce King and wife Alice,

    It was mentioned that Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh was a dear friend of Yogiji's and upon his passing sent condolences stating: "Yogi Bhajan spread the Sikh faith across the world with his inspired and dedicated service to the faith and to the legacy of the great Gurus. Many devout Sikhs have been deeply moved by his words, ‘Wherever you are and whatever you may be doing, keep chanting Sat Nam Wahe Guru in your hearts, and the Gurus will be with you.’ "

    It was a memorable occasion and for all to pay tribute to their teacher, confidante and trusted friend.

    Mukta Kaur Khalsa
    Secretary of Foreign Affairs
    (505) 367-1316 tel
    (505) 753-0537 fax

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