The primary contributors to this website have been:
OngKar first met Yogi Bhajan in 1969, when she was 5 years old. Her family was close to SSS and over the years, he stayed at her home many times. She also had the opportunity to serve him for extended periods of time as an adult when he visited her community.
When the firestorm of allegations against Yogi Bhajan started to take place, it became apparent that no one was representing him and that the actions which were taking place were assuming he was guilty. As a Sikh, a seeker of truth, we learn that part of getting to the truth is looking at all sides.
OngKar started talking to dozens of people in our Dharma, many who were close to Yogi Bhajan on a daily basis for many years. Through her conversations, many people expressed that they felt disheartened and frustrated that Yogi Bhajan was not being represented and that the only voices being heard were what was communicated directly from the CRT or on behalf of the accusers via social media.
She started digging into what a fair investigation should look like. This website is a result of what she learned and is a forum for people to understand more about what a fair investigation entails. OngKar also created the review of the “Bogus Report” done by AOB, using information she had collected for the prior 6 months.
Her views are consistent with hundreds of “Students of Yogi Bhajan” around the globe.
Disclaimer: OngKar works for Sikh Dharma International and her opinion does not represent the opinion of the Sikh Dharma International organization.
Guru Terath Singh
As a student of Yogi Bhajan and because of his extensive experience with investigations, early on in this process, Guru Terath Singh had deep concerns about how things were being handled.
His contribution to this website is in the form of speaking to the “Best Practices” of how investigations should be conducted, and how horribly wrong the AOB process was in conducting their “investigation”.
About Guru Terath Singh
Guru Terath Singh served as the Chancellor for Sikh Dharma for over 30 years. As a New Mexico State Prosecutor for 25 years, he 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. He 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. These investigations had to be done fairly and right.
He 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 1990’s.
In contrast to Guru Terath’s experience, the AOB, has done only two investigations, according to the CRT April 21, 2020 update:
“AOB has performed five projects for Buddhist organizations. Of the five projects, two were independent investigations, including interviewing students who reported harm and receiving testimony from supporters of their teacher and rebuttal witnesses.”