Having directed thousands of investigations as a New Mexico State Prosecutor for over 25 years, I was so impressed with AOB’s utter lack of professionalism and understanding of how to do a most basic investigation, that I simply could not believe that they had ever been granted a required license to do investigations. So I checked. They are in Pittsburgh, and the State of Pennsylvania does require a license for anyone to do private investigations. What I discovered is that not only do they not have a license, they do not even have the minimum qualifications to apply for a license. In short, what they are doing is illegal.

I do not know for sure what happened. But there are only 2 possibilities. The first is that our Leadership (sic) and their lawyers were not told by AOB when they were hired that they did not have a license and what they would be doing was against the law. Considering the enormous amount of money that they were going to make, it must have been easy for them to just shut up and not tell the Leadership and their lawyers that they did not have the required license and that the investigation would be illegal. The second is that they were told and the Leadership and lawyers just didn’t care that it was an illegal investigation.
I can only assume that at some point the Leadership and their attorneys became aware that AOB did not have a license and that the entire investigation was and is illegal. If there did come a time when they knew that the investigation was illegal, they then would have decided that they were so desperate to get a Report that they continued to direct and pay for this illegal investigation. Throughout history desperate people’s moral compass have been guided by the justification in their minds that the ends justify the means. But they never have, they never will and they do not here and now. If you have any doubt about this, ask CRT and the SSSC about their complicity in this illegal investigation. In their announced new age spirit of transparency, honesty and sharing, they need to tell you.
If the Report concludes that YB was a sexual predator, because of how incompetent, unfair and unprofessional the investigation was, the conclusions will simply not be credible or reliable. If because of additional information that AOB may have received that has not been made public, the Report concludes that it cannot say that YB was a sexual predator, because of how incompetent, unfair and unprofessional the investigation was, those conclusions will also not be credible or reliable.
If there were a protest march about this, one side would be chanting:
Unfair, incompetent and illegal!!
Unfair, incompetent and illegal!!
Unfair, incompetent and illegal!!

The other side would have a double chant:
We don’t care!!
We don’t care!!
We don’t care!!
It’s who we have become!!
It’s who we have become!!
It’s who we have become!!

The community (family) that we were 6 months ago no longer exists. I am not a politician, and I do not need to win popularity contests. I have only from time to time written what I deeply believe from what life has taught me.
And this has not been an academic exercise. I have lost some relationships that I honored and that had been developed and nurtured over many decades, some very, very personal. But I came across one of the guiding principles of my life a long time ago in high school when I read Polonius’ advice to his son Laertes: “This above all: To thine own self be true. And it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
It is time for me to move on from this format, and I bid thee Farewell.

No Confidence

Written by Guru Terath Singh and posted by his wife Jivan Joti Kaur on SUTRA on April 7, 2020.

Because of his extensive experience for decades as an investigator, as an attorney with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, as an attorney for the NM Medical Board, as the Chancellor for International Sikh Dharma and as a hearing officer (judge), he has some very real concerns about An Olive Branch as the investigative team we have hired to do the investigation for the Yogi Bhajan allegations. He has not come to any conclusions of his own about the allegations, he is just very concerned about the process. He hasn’t known how to go about making public his concerns, so he asked me to post them here and on Facebook.  Thank you for reading…


My wife sent a statement to the Olive Branch people and in it she suggested that they contact me since I was privy to so much information from the early ‘70s when I was appointed Chancellor by the Siri Singh Sahib until years after he died. I received a form letter from them asking if I wanted to submit a written statement or participate in an interview. He are my responses:

Dear Ms. Wiedman:
Thank you for your email. I do not participate in social media. My wife informed me from time to time of the nature and extent of social media attention to the Yogi Bhajan (“YB”) allegations. She thought it would be helpful for me to address what was going on in messages that she could post. I am attaching those messages. They may give you some context of my professional experience and approach to this matter.

I would like you to address my initial concerns. Although requested numerous times, there has been no information given about the investigators’ education, training and experience doing investigations. With only the most superficial information that is available, I do not know if I would be aiding a thorough investigation or enabling one that is not competent. I would like to know the education, training and experience of each investigator, including the total number of investigations of any kind that has been done, and in cases of alleged sexual misconduct, how many involved complete denials (as opposed to issues of consent, etc.) and how many concluded without findings of sexual misconduct. I am not, of course, asking for any information about the identities of anyone or of any confidential information. Just numbers. Looking at the very limited information on the website, it appears that the investigative “dept.” is part of a bigger enterprise that is largely focused on helping spiritual communities who have been victimized by sexual misconduct of religious leaders. This raises questions of bias that I would like you to address.

I would also like to know what standard you will be using in coming to conclusions. Is it that something might have happened, probably happened, clear and convincing evidence that it did happen, damn sure that it did happen (analogous to beyond a reasonable doubt). Is the timing of the end of the investigation set in stone? With so many people to contact (including all members of the “staff” for 30-40 years), it does not seem reasonable to set an absolute end date. And as you know, you don’t know what you don’t know – ie, more information can lead to more interviews and work. It is the nature of an investigation.

I certainly do not intend this communication to create conflict or defensiveness. I just need this basic information. If we do proceed, because I was a Mukhia Singh Sahib minister and General Counsel to YB and all of the entities for over 30 years and privy to so much information, I think that the only efficient way to proceed would be with an interview. I expect that as in any substantive investigation an interview would have the form of you asking me if I have any information that can help you further understand whatever specific claims you are investigating. I am sure that in some situations I would have useful information and in others I would not.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Guru Terath Singh (“GTS”)

Dear Ms. Wiedman:

Upon a more careful reading of the FAQs, I noticed that in addition to always sensational sexual misconduct allegations, you will be looking at “other misconduct” allegations. Those are always dangerous words. In order to prepare for an interview, can you describe the “other misconduct” allegations? Are you referring to allegations about his yogic “education?” – ie, in a factitious way, that he did not ever produce Certificates of Completion for courses or weekend seminars presented by Swami Whatshisname in the 1930s and 40s? Or the more serious allegations that have been trumpeted by the usual suspects over the past 30-40 years of fraudulent business practices, drug dealing and murder?

With respect to the sexual misconduct allegations, have you requested or received all social media conversations of whatever level of privacy (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) from each of his specific accusers during at least the past 2 years that are always discoverable? If not, why not?

If he was still alive, would you present him with the specific allegations including the names of his accusers and the what, when, and where the alleged offenses occurred? If not, why not? Since he has been dead for 15 years, who are you sending that information to so that he, his legacy, his family and staff can actively defend themselves? I know these are difficult questions but they need to be addressed.
Again, I look forward to hearing from you. And as a trained and experienced EMT and Paramedic for the Santa Fe County Fire Dept. for about the past 10 years after my retirement form State Government, I hope you, your family and business associates are staying safe during these difficult times.
Guru Terath Singh

Olive Branch replied on April 6th and refused to provide any information. They referred me to the FAQs and the CRT for information that for the most part only they have. If you look at the FAQs, you will see that none of the requested information is there. And despite repeated requests as recently as during a minister’s meeting, the CRT won’t even disclose any substantive information about Olive Branch’s investigative experience.

The fact that in preparing for an interview I would not even be told what the “other allegations” are was shocking. Even accused terrorists have the right to know what they are being charged with so that they can defend themselves. And we are not talking about accused terrorists. This is about Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji.

This is not an “investigation” by any accepted definition of that word. Freshman class Justice 101 teaches that the purpose of an investigation is to prepare for a trial. With the information developed in the investigation, both sides can then present their evidence at a trial. Here, without any traditional safeguards, the investigation has become the trial!! The closest historical analogies that come to mind are Stalin’s Show Trials in the 1930s and the McCarthy Hearings in the 1950s.

This is a disgrace. The people who put this together and those who have given them such awful advice should step aside and just get out of the way. But then what?
Then – the powers that be should hire a retired District Court Judge or a panel of retired District Court Judges and task them with getting to the bottom of all of this. They should have funds to hire real investigators that they know through experience can get the job done. They might even consider hiring retired career FBI agents who are now doing private investigations. In any event, they would know how to proceed.
YB taught that one way to approach difficult problems is to poke, provoke, confront and elevate. Well I’ve done enough poking, provoking and confronting. It’s time for the last part.

I want to share 2 stories with you that have been helpful to me as I go through the kaleidoscope of life’s challenges. I discovered the first shortly after I was appointed Chancellor when we were laying the foundation of what would become SDI, 3HO, KRI, the Khalsa Council, the businesses and so many other things. I knew that others must have had similar experiences as they built what would become the world’s major religions. Here’s something I found during those studies.
After Jesus Christ was crucified, his followers were tortured, put into the lion’s den for the amusement of the Romans as they were being torn apart, had to go deep into the catacombs to just pray together and so many other terrible things. Almost all of the early Popes were hunted, captured and killed. But they kept up.

Then in 312 AD Constantine was the Roman Emperor and had to win one final battle at the Milvian Bridge on the outskirts of Rome to consolidate the Empire. The reality was that he was surely going to win the battle. But before the battle began, he saw a cross in the clouds and heard a voice say to him that “Under this symbol, you shall prevail.” And he did prevail. He then told his top General to find the Pope. Pope Miltiades was living (hiding) in a basement of a house in Rome and was captured. He was dragged out to Constantine who was on his war horse outside the house. Miltiades surely thought that this must his time to join his martyred predecessors.
Constantine told him about the cross and the voice he heard and in so many words said: “From this day forward, I am a Christian and so is the Roman Empire.”
312 years.

The other is something the beloved American folk singer Pete Seeger said: If this was a world where everything was good, people were smart, respected each other, had what they needed and mostly died from old age, you’d have to go a very long way out of your way to make a difference. But in a world that sucks, like this one, you don’t have to do much at all. Just give someone a smile or a hug and practice random acts of kindness. There has probably never been a time when you could do so much by doing so little.
I like that.

Take care and be safe.
Guru Terath Singh

Stop! Stop!

Guru Terath Singh Khalsa served as the Chancellor for Sikh Dharma, basically the top legal man on Yogi Bhajan’s staff, for over 30 years.  These are his words about the controversy surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct by Yogi Bhajan, shared by his wife, Jivan Joti K. Khalsa on Facebook, March 7, 2020.

The problem, folks, is that in this time of Social Media, because it is said, it is automatically believed. This leads to modern-day mass hysteria.  Here it is…

STOP!  STOP!  This is becoming an Age of Aquarius lynching.  As a starting point, you should ask yourself a very straightforward question:  In your life experience, is the man described by only a handful of people out of the tens of thousands who interacted with him the man you knew?  Is he?  And if you never met him, do you think that are your personal experiences of kundalini yoga, meditation, devotion to the Guru and the many other experiences that you have had could have come from the teachings of a monster?
This should not be the world of McDonald’s instant gratification. The consideration of serious matters takes some time. Additional information from an investigation can give you more to consider. Patience pays.

I have been down this road. In addition to what I shared in my first message of being involved in thousands of investigations, I was also one of the first lawyers in the United States to represent multiple victims of priest sex abuse and was involved in a Federal Court lawsuit against the Catholic Church in Catholic New Mexico in the 1990s.

This was years before the Boston Globe articles that exposed the widespread complicity of the Church in the sexual abuse of children. I received ongoing death threats.  But we did a thorough investigation, even including me deposing leaders of the Catholic Church in Winnipeg (in December of all times), concluding with evidence of the Church’s direct complicity in the horrible abuse of many, many children. But it did take time.

I want to share the story of Rebecca Nurse with you. In the late 1600s in Salem, MA, an elderly woman in her 70’s was accused of being a witch. Among other things, it was said that she put a spell on children who would then have fits of spastic movements and howling. At her trial, the evidence was that she and her husband were lifelong members of the Church, that they were respected for having raised many children, all with the highest virtues. That they served the community through their church, with many of the most respected people in the town testifying that she was pious and had the highest moral character. The jury found her not guilty.

With that, a couple of the kids starting having fits in the courtroom. The jury asked to reconsider their verdict. They did, came back and found her guilty. They then took her out and hung her from a large oak tree

3rd Time Confronted with Allegations

Guru Terath Singh Khalsa served as the Chancellor for Sikh Dharma, for over 30 years.  These are his words about the controversy surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct by Yogi Bhajan, shared on February 28, 2020.

If this is the first time you have engaged with these allegations, it is a gut-wrenching experience. There is a deep desire to want to believe a woman – or women – who say they were sexually abused and assaulted by a powerful man. And, for those of us – including me –who spent decades assimilating the SSS’s (Siri Singh Sahib aka Yogi Bhajan) teachings and personally interacting with him on an ongoing, regular basis regarding important matters, it seems inconceivable that he would have committed these monstrous and evil acts. But it has happened – Bernie Madoff and Elijah Mohammad are prominent examples. In his recent book, Malcolm Gladwell refers to these people as mismatched personalities.

This is the 3rd time that I have been confronted with these allegations. The 1st time was 40 years ago in the 1970s when Time Magazine notified us that they wanted to give us an opportunity to respond to a story about YB (Yogi Bhajan) and 3HO (3HO Foundation) they were going to publish. The article stated that what YB was teaching was not Sikhism, that yoga had no place in a Sikh’s life, that he was sexually promiscuous and many other things generally describing him as “a charlatan and a heretic.”  The SSS had me as Chancellor conduct an internal investigation and contact and have numerous meetings with the Time reporters, giving them documentation that there was no basis for many of the allegations. It didn’t matter. Except for misquoting me, the story went out as originally drafted, and life went on.

As a New Mexico State Prosecutor for 25 years, I was involved in thousands of investigations regarding whether the State should take action against the licenses of health care professionals – doctors, dentists, psychologists, as well as CPAs, real estate agents, etc. I was also a Judge for the State Public Education Dept. for 20 years in cases whether charges were brought against licensed teachers and administrators. The stakes were very high. There was the need to protect the public from offenders and there was the possibility of stripping innocent people of their livelihoods after years of education, training and practice. They had to be done fairly and right. In the typical “he said-she said” sex cases where both people could be believed, investigations would look at other things and interview other people regarding what the parties did, said and wrote in the context of the sex claim to try to determine who was credible.

The 2nd time I was confronted with these allegations was 30 years ago when Premka (author of “Premka: White Bird in a Golden Cage”) and Kate filed lawsuits against the SSS alleging that they were helpless, brainwashed victims of his treachery. I had worked with Premka for over 10 years on a regular basis as we and so many others were laying the foundation for all that exists today – the beginning of the Khalsa Council, development of the local and international Sikh Dharma, 3HO and KRI organizations, the purchase of Ram Das Puri, the beginning of the India school program, relationships with the India Sikh bureaucracy, the beginning of the businesses, etc. I knew her.

For me Premka’s case was easy. She alleged in the lawsuit that the (kundalini) yoga that YB taught subjected her to a “thought reform (brainwashing) program.” She claimed that while many creative publications went out under her name (“Peace Lagoon, “Beads of Truth,” etc.), she “exercised no independent thought,” that “she was not the creator of the thoughts,”, that in most cases “she had no independent knowledge of the facts, ideas or feelings she related when she wrote,” that she was nothing more than a “robot” and a “scribe,” and that ”she performed no in depth analysis.” She hired “experts” who would testify about the brainwashing effects of doing kundalini yoga that deprived her and others of the ability to exercise independent judgment. Many of these “experts” were associated with deprogramming kidnappings that occurred in the 1970s and 80s.

Now apparently “many” women are saying that they were victims of similar assaults.

How does any conscious person respond to these allegations?

Fortunately, societies have been confronted with these problems since time eternal. When done with dispassionate analysis, they have been done successfully. The ”Boston Massacre” case is an example. When done with preconceived beliefs regardless of the facts, there have been horrific results (the Salem Witchcraft Trials). To examine and understand this phenomenon, read “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds,” describing some of the most widespread and accepted delusions in human history.

There is a most basic approach that has been used. Before jumping to conclusions and aligning with others of similar beliefs, find out what did or did not happen. There have been all kinds of uninformed, emotional responses – it happened! It didn’t happen! All of these good faith reactions have been published to the world before even one thorough investigation of these claims has been completed.  Not one. The result is that some of the Siblings of Destiny are beginning to form a circular firing squad, and that is dangerous.

And yet, without an in depth attempt to get to the bottom of this, the first “official” communication that went out to the world was: ”Credible allegations concerning sexual misconduct…”  While the allegations are clearly serious, no one – no one – knows if they are credible without a thorough investigation.

It is time to step back, take a breath and before making one of the most important decisions of your life, wait until you receive the results of what is hoped to be a professional, competent and unbiased investigation of the claims. Anything less is a disservice to you, your family, your students and each other.